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Boston bans most city use of facial-recognition tech in privacy win

Boston bans most city use of facial-recognition tech in privacy win

We're using cookies to improve your experience.Boston on Wednesday joined the still small, but growing, number of U.S. cities that have for the most part banned city officials' use of technology.   The , sponsored by Councilor Michelle Wu and Councilor Ricardo Arroyo, passed by a unanimous vote . The new measure prohibits both the city of Boston and any official in the city of Boston from using "face surveillance" and "information derived from a face surveillance system."There are, importantly, a few key exceptions. One such exception, allowing city employees to still use technology like to...

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Facebook will warn you when you share old news

Facebook will warn you when you share old news

We're using cookies to improve your experience.Sometimes an article that was relevant a few years ago is painfully obsolete now, and sharing it might do more harm than good (and invoke the fury of your journalist friends). And sometimes it's just so old that everyone (but you, apparently) has already seen it. Yet, it happens to all of us — it's easy to forget to check the publication date, which is often hidden from view. Now, Facebook is doing something about it. On Thursday, the company announced it will start showing a notification screen, letting users know that they're sharing an...

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Drive an EV across the country using ultra-fast chargers

Drive an EV across the country using ultra-fast chargers

We're using cookies to improve your experience.A drive from the nation's capital to Los Angeles usually takes about 40 hours of pure driving — and that's without stopping for charging breaks if you're in an electric vehicle. But on Wednesday, charging network Electrify America finished its first cross-country route with fast-charging available all along the way. That means every 70 miles on the 2,700-mile journey you can find a charger. The best part is that the route on Interstates 15 and 70 includes super-fast chargers at public stations. recharging cars at speeds up to 350 kilowatts....

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Apple Watches eject water in a mesmerising way. Let's see that in slow motion.

Apple Watches eject water in a mesmerising way. Let's see that in slow motion.

We're using cookies to improve your experience.are back with a new video, and once again — presumably due to — Gav is flying solo.This time, instead of , he's armed with a water-logged Apple Watch."Before the world ended I went swimming, and I saw that my Apple Watch had gone into water lock mode, where it sort of disables all the finger inputs from the screen," he explains in the clip above. "To unlock it you spin the digital crown and it ejects all the water that's inside it through the two speaker holes, using the speaker itself. It just sort of fires water all over your wrist."And I...

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North Face, Patagonia, and REI boycott Facebook ads to #StopHateForProfit

North Face, Patagonia, and REI boycott Facebook ads to #StopHateForProfit

We're using cookies to improve your experience.The brands are revolting against Facebook.Well, at least some of them are. Temporarily, that is.Five companies, ranging from major clothing brands to online job platforms, have to stop advertising on Facebook for the month of July in protest of the company’s response to hate on its platform.We’re in. We’re Out Learn more:— The North Face (@thenorthface)Patagonia is proud to join the Stop Hate for Profit campaign. We will pull all ads on Facebook and Instagram, effective immediately, through at least the end of July, pending meaningful action...

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Google's Wing drones deliver library books to Virginia students

Google's Wing drones deliver library books to Virginia students

We're using cookies to improve your experience.Many U.S. states are lifting some or most of their COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, allowing folks to retain at least some semblance of pre-pandemic life. But not everyone is ready or able to venture outside again. And for those people, Google has a lofty solution.Public schools in Montgomery County, Va., last week became the first in the world to offer a library book drone delivery service. The idea—allowing kids to access titles even when the library was closed due to novel coronavirus—, a Blacksburg Middle School librarian and one of the...

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Facebook drops, YouTube rises as a source of U.S. news

Facebook drops, YouTube rises as a source of U.S. news

We're using cookies to improve your experience.YouTube’s in, Facebook’s out.Google’s video streaming platform is catching up to Facebook as the most popular social media platform for news in the U.S., .According to a 2020 digital news report the Reuters Institute published on Tuesday, the number of Americans who use Facebook for news decreased by 4 percent from last year. YouTube, on the other hand, saw a 4 percent increase.Overall, 35 percent Americans use Facebook for news while 24 percent use YouTube.The report came amid ongoing debates over how social media platforms should handle...

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This autonomous robot can outsquat you

This autonomous robot can outsquat you

We're using cookies to improve your experience.Created by , Digit is a human-sized autonomous delivery bot. It can carry boxes weighing up to 40 pounds and uses its sensors to navigate its environment and even climb stairs. More notably you can find Digit working out alongside people, opening the door for a variety of useful tasks.

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Talkspace bails on Facebook deal, CEO cites 'violence, racism, and lies'

Talkspace bails on Facebook deal, CEO cites 'violence, racism, and lies'

We're using cookies to improve your experience.Feeling empowered to walk away when things go bad is key to all healthy relationships. On Monday, the CEO of the online therapy app provided a perfect example of that very behavior by ending his company's planned partnership with . According to shared online, CEO Oren Frank was sick of all the racism — not to mention violence and lies — Facebook incites. As the country reels from the police killing of and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Donald Trump to threaten Black Lives Matter protesters with death, Frank appears to have made the reasonable...

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Reddit's former CEO slams Reddit for 'amplifying hate, racism and violence'

Reddit's former CEO slams Reddit for 'amplifying hate, racism and violence'

We're using cookies to improve your experience.On Monday, Reddit CEO Steve Huffman posted an to employees, saying that the company does "not tolerate hate, racism and violence," and that its "values are clear."But Ellen Pao, who was an interim CEO of Reddit in 2014, has something to say about that. "I am obligated to call you out: You should have shut down the_donald instead of amplifying it and its hate, racism, and violence. So much of what is happening now lies at your feet. You don't get to say BLM when reddit nurtures and monetizes white supremacy and hate all day long," she tweeted on...

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K-pop fans spam Dallas police 'snitch' app with videos and memes to support protesters

K-pop fans spam Dallas police 'snitch' app with videos and memes to support protesters

We're using cookies to improve your experience.On Saturday, the Dallas Police Department posted a tweet telling people to send them videos from ongoing protests against police brutality via the iWatch Dallas app. "If you have a video of illegal activity from the protests and are trying to share it with , you can download it to our iWatch Dallas app," "You can remain anonymous."Instead, Twitter users are flooding the official snitching app with unrelated videos, memes, , and even footage of the police themselves. If you have video of illegal activity from the protests and are trying to share...

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Waymo's self-driving minivans will return to California streets in June

Waymo's self-driving minivans will return to California streets in June

We're using cookies to improve your experience.Waymo is ready to get back to the business of being on the streets of California.The Alphabet-owned company shut down a public testing program for its self-driving minivans in early March, as the global pandemic started to reshape society in the United States. Now that fleet will reportedly return to the streets of San Francisco on June 8.That revelation comes from obtained by The Verge, which reported the news on Saturday. The self-driving fleet will apparently be running deliveries for a pair of non-profits: , which sets local kids up with...

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SpaceX becomes first private company to launch NASA astronauts into space

SpaceX becomes first private company to launch NASA astronauts into space

We're using cookies to improve your experience.For the first time in nearly a decade, NASA launched astronauts into space from U.S. territory. And for the first time ever, it was on a spacecraft built by a private company, Elon Musk's SpaceX.The company's reusable Falcon 9 rocket took off from Florida's Kennedy Space Center on Saturday after the first attempt was aborted Wednesday. The Crew Dragon spacecraft carries two NASA astronauts, and , who are expected to reach the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday. Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon will lift off from Launch Complex 39A – the same...

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Zombie fires could be awakening in the Arctic

Zombie fires could be awakening in the Arctic

We're using cookies to improve your experience.Some fires won't die.They survive underground during the winter and then reemerge the following spring, as . They're called "overwintering," "holdover," or "zombie" fires, and they may have now awoken in the Arctic Circle — a fast-warming region that . The European Union's is now watching these fires, via satellite. Zombie fires smolder underground for months, notably in dense (wetlands composed of ancient, decomposed plants), and then flare-up when it grows warmer and drier. "Zombie" is fitting. "It really does describe what these fires do,"...

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Arizona sues Google for tracking users' location even when they turned tracking off

Arizona sues Google for tracking users' location even when they turned tracking off

We're using cookies to improve your experience.Google is in trouble over location tracking. According to a report by the , the state of Arizona sued Google on Wednesday for allegedly collecting data about users' whereabouts even if they had turned off location tracking. Google's Android allows users to turn off location tracking in its settings. But according to the lawsuit, filed by Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, Android devices continued to record and keep location records in some apps, such as mapping, weather, and search apps, even if location tracking was disabled. To fully...

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SpaceX has released a Crew Dragon simulator, so you can endure the terror of space from home

SpaceX has released a Crew Dragon simulator, so you can endure the terror of space from home

We're using cookies to improve your experience.Space is a terrifying place devoid of oxygen and mercy, and you should never go there. But if you insist on spitting in Death's eye and forsaking the Mother Earth that raised you, at least do a few dry runs before clambering aboard your flying metal shroud.SpaceX has released allowing you to try docking their Crew Dragon spacecraft with the International Space Station. It appears fairly simple at first glance, with a dozen big grey buttons allowing you to adjust the roll, pitch, and yaw. However, this innocent exterior belies a very difficult...

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Alternative meat is having a moment. Real meat may be done sooner than you think.

Alternative meat is having a moment. Real meat may be done sooner than you think.

Picture two industries. One is increasingly associated in the consumer's mind with dirt and disease. Not only is much of its product pumped full of antibiotics and , not only does it come with an elevated risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer, but now its workers are testing positive for coronavirus in droves, and its supply chain is in pain.The other industry makes a product that many consumers find just as tasty as the first industry's product, but without the health risks. Even in the midst of a global pandemic, this industry is having no trouble sourcing its ingredients or forcing...

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May 7
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Zoom acquires secure messaging company to fix video chat encryption

Zoom acquires secure messaging company to fix video chat encryption

We're using cookies to improve your experience.To offer end-to-end encryption, is acquiring Keybase, a provider of secure messaging and file-sharing. Keybase staff will help build an end-to-end encryption system for Zoom’s video conferencing service, which will be available to paid users. The purchase, on Thursday, occurs weeks after Zoom admitted it actually wasn’t offering full encryption as previously advertised. The does encrypt your video sessions—scrambling the content as it's sent over an internet network and decrypting it to make the video data clear once it arrives on your...

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From Netflix to Disney Plus: How the biggest streaming services handle HDR

From Netflix to Disney Plus: How the biggest streaming services handle HDR

We're using cookies to improve your experience.You may have everything you need to watch your favorite shows and movies in glorious HDR, but that doesn't mean streaming services will let you.It's probably a safe bet that most folks through streaming apps like Netflix and Hulu. After all, why spend $30 on a UHD Blu-Ray disc when you can just stream the content you want to watch from the cloud instead? That said, HDR support across the big-name streaming apps is spotty. Even if you're to see the heightened range of whites and blacks that makes HDR images shine, there's almost no guarantee...

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Sandwich robots are coming — Strictly Robots

Sandwich robots are coming — Strictly Robots

We're using cookies to improve your experience.The robots will be able to identify necessary sandwich ingredients, and even be able to recognize when ingredients are missing.

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The best shows to catch up on while we're hiding from coronavirus

The best shows to catch up on while we're hiding from coronavirus

We're using cookies to improve your experience.Everything's been canceled, all your friends are avoiding you (for good reason!), and you've checked Twitter so many times that there are literally no new updates for you anymore.It's time to do what you've always said you would, and watch that dang show already. You know: The one your friends wouldn't shut up about, and you kept saying you toooootally wanted to check out, if only you had the time. Or the one that you put in your queue after a million glowing reviews, but never actually found the motivation to hit "play" on. The one you kept...

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