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Tesla Factory Safety Under Scrutiny After Worker Is Injured

Tesla is already under scrutiny because of its uncertain financial outlook, troubles producing a new model and safety questions about its driver-assistance technology.<p>Now it is coming under fire on a new front: workplace injuries.<p>California’s job safety watchdog said Friday that it was …

Tesla

Department of Justice reportedly investigating AT&T and Verizon over collusion against eSIM technology

The US Department of Justice has reportedly opened an antitrust investigation to determine whether AT&T, Verizon, and mobile industry group GSM Association (GSMA) colluded to prevent consumers from easily switching carriers with devices that support eSIM, according to <i>The New York Times</i>. All four …

U.S. Department of Justice

Google gives up on Google Allo, hopes carriers will sort out RCS messaging

After the failure of Allo, Google cedes control of Android messaging to the carriers.<p>It's time for another chapter in the saga of Google's messaging …

Google

Democratic party sues Russia, WikiLeaks and Trump campaign over election disruption

The party alleges in the federal lawsuit that Trump campaign officials conspired with Russia to hurt Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton<p>The Democratic National Committee has filed a lawsuit against the Russian government, the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks, alleging a widespread conspiracy to help …

Donald Trump

SmugMug acquires Flickr from Yahoo

SmugMug, a photo-sharing service for consumer and professional photographers, has acquired Flickr, the two companies announced this afternoon.<p>Flickr was sold by parent company Oath, a subsidiary of Verizon that includes companies like Yahoo and AOL. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. …

Flickr

Apple notifying WWDC 2018 scholarship applicants of award status

Apple’s WWDC is set for June 4. Now, the company has begun notifying scholarship applicants of their award status. While the typical ticket price is $1599, WWDC scholarship winners receive free access to the conference and more.<p>In addition to a free ticket, this year’s winners will enjoy free …

Apple

Founder of cryptocurrency debit card faces new fraud charges for $32 million ICO scheme

The U.S. government is following through on its promise to crack down on initial coin offering scams. On Friday, the SEC announced charges against Raymond Trapani, the third co-founder of Centra Tech Inc., which raised $32 million for a cryptocurrency debit card last year through a flashy ICO …

Cryptocurrency

SmugMug acquires Flickr from Yahoo, says ‘the future is bright’

In an exclusive interview with <i>USA Today,</i> it was revealed that Flickr, a photo-sharing site purchased by Yahoo Holdings (Oath Inc.) in 2005, has been …

Flickr

The OnePlus 6 may feature a ceramic back

With the OnePlus 6 launch imminent, we're starting to see more and more details emerge about the upcoming flagship, with a new OnePlus India teaser …

Mobile Technology

Ginger Page is the 24/7 writing tutor you need on any device

Ever fielded a text or email so chock full of typos and grammar errors that it felt less like reading and more like code breaking? The sad fact is that the advent of quick, on-the-fly digital communication has done its fair share of damage to the English language.<p>Unfortunately, if you suffer from a …

Europe’s largest bank is stepping up its efforts to stop financing fossil-fuel projects

HSBC, Europe’s largest bank, said today (April 20) that it plans to extend its ban on financing new coal-power plants to even more countries, will prohibit the financing of new offshore oil and gas projects in the Arctic, and won’t support new greenfield oil-sands projects.<p>The bank’s head of …

Fossil Fuels

California regulators investigating worker safety at Tesla

FREMONT, Calif. (AP) — Workplace safety regulators say they are investigating two incidents at automaker Tesla's factory in Northern California.<p>The New York Times reported Friday that the investigations come after the Center for Investigative Reporting catalogued a series of workplace injuries at …

Tesla

Apple offers free battery replacement for some MacBook Pros with built-in battery flaw

Apple on Friday said component failure in a limited number of MacBook Pros has caused built-in battery to expand, adding, it will offer worldwide free replacement for such batteries.<p>Apple said the flaw, reported in some 13-inch Macbook Pros without touch bars, is not a safety issue.<p>The affected …

MacBook

Intel won't make wearables anymore, but its mobile chips aren't going anywhere

Earlier this week, <i>The Information</i> reported that Intel will be shutting down its New Devices Group, the branch responsible for developing wearable …

Wearable Tech

Crypto YouTuber hacked out of $2 million during a livestream

Another day, another heist: Ian Balina, a cryptocurrency YouTuber known for his (sponsored) ICO reviews, was apparently hacked out of $2 million during a livestream session.<p>Balina was reviewing ICOs on his channel as usual, when a viewer suddenly notified him that “someone” had moved all tokens out …

Internet

Google Photos for Android reorganizes the bottom bar to prioritize main tab & view

In addition to rolling out a more advanced movie editor this morning, Google Photos is also introducing a minor reorganization to the bottom bar today. The backup service is interestingly prioritizing the app’s main view at the expense of Assistant.<p>When the Android app switched to a bottom bar, …

Google Photos

Texas court rules 2015 revenge porn law is unconstitutional

Revenge porn is getting attention across the nation as state, regional and even federal lawmakers wrestle with how to deal with the practice of posting private, intimate photos of people without their permission. A 2015 Texas law that made revenge porn a misdemeanor with up to a year of jail time …

Judiciary

New video highlights improved performance from Tesla’s Autopilot feature

Tesla loves boasting that its Autopilot feature can reduce the likelihood of an accident by a significant margin. Most recently, Tesla CEO Elon Musk …

Tesla

Google's plan to fix texting on Android is really about the death of SMS

Google finally has a plan to fix Android's texting problem.<p>This week, the company confirmed its long-rumored plan to improve messaging on Android and …

Apps

Apple's recycling robot disassembles 200 iPhones an hour

About a year ago, Apple made the bold proclamation that it was zeroing in on a future where iPhones and MacBooks were created wholly of recycled materials. It was, and still is, an ambitious thought. In a technologically-charged world, many forget that nearly 100 percent of e-waste is recyclable. …

Rare Earth

Cryptocurrencies Like Bitcoin Can't Replace the Dollar, Says New York Fed Chief Nominee

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey predicted that Bitcoin will eclipse all the world’s currencies in around 10 years .<p>But the man nominated to be head of the …

Cryptocurrency

AT&T sued for pilfering news-streaming technology

My24hournews.com filed suit against AT&T for skipping out on a $100 million deal to use the former company's news-streaming technology and hampering that's company's launch.<p>According to a <i>Bloomberg</i> report, My24hournews.com says that AT&T backed out of a $100 million investment in the streaming …

Pay-TV

Amazon Prime lands futuristic love story ‘Zoe’

Sundance film festival darling Drake Doremus' futuristic love story, <i>Zoe</i>, is one of the more anticipated titles of the year. The director of <i>Like Crazy</i>, <i>Douchebag</i> and <i>Breathe In</i> will premier his eighth film on Saturday as the Tribeca Film Festival's headlining title. According to <i>Deadline</i>, Amazon has …

Love Stories

Twitter Bans Ads from Russian Computer Security Company Kaspersky Lab

Twitter has banned ads on its service from Russian security software maker Kaspersky Lab, after the U.S. government prohibited agencies from using …

Social Media

Apple offering battery replacement program for some 13-inch MacBook Pros

Apple has today begun rolling out a battery replacement program for the non Touch Bar 13-inch MacBook Pro.<p>The company says there is an issue with a small number of MacBook Pros manufactured between October 2016 and October 2017. Affected users can mail in their MacBook Pro, find an Apple Authorized …

MacBook

Flickr has been sold after 13 years at Yahoo. Can Flickr be relevant again?

It won’t be easy.<p>Flickr, the pioneering online photo-sharing community — whose rise and purchase by Yahoo in 2005 was a key storyline in the “Web 2.0” era — has a surprise new owner.<p>Verizon, its current owner via its Oath subsidiary, has sold Flickr to SmugMug, an even older, subscription-based …

Flickr

Chrome OS Settings and Shortcuts to appear in launcher alongside Android apps Chrome OS

With Android tablets being... Android tablets, Chromebooks are quickly being adapted to fill the void. On supported devices, they combine the utility …

Google

Facebook used to hate pre-roll video ads. Now it’s changing its mind.

Facebook is going to put more pre-roll video ads in more places.<p>Facebook resisted selling pre-roll video ads for years, the kind of ads that run before you get to watch the video you clicked to watch. The feeling was that people don’t actually like them, and they either ruin the experience or cause …

Selling

German Supreme Court dismisses Axel Springer lawsuit, says ad blocking is legal

Germany’s Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit yesterday from Axel Springer against Eyeo, the company behind AdBlock Plus.<p>The European publishing giant (which acquired Business Insider in 2015) argued that ad blocking, as well as the business model where advertisers pay to be added to circumvent the …

Ad Blocking

Screen Actors Guild pledges to fight AI-driven face-swapping porn

The slow war against AI-powered, face-swapping pornography continues. The Screen Actors Guild, the labor union representing the biggest names in film and television, says it's "fighting back" against deepfakes, videos that superimpose actors' faces onto the bodies of porn stars.<p>SAG-AFTRA president …

Jordan Peele

Tesla facing investigation by California officials over worker injuries

The company has been accused of underreporting employee's on-the-job illnesses and injuries to the state's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.<p>Tesla is a company that is used to making headlines, only lately, the headlines aren't the kind it would prefer to make. Case in point: the …

Tesla

AT&T is launching a $15 TV streaming subscription

AT&T will be launching a “skinny bundle” of television channels that will only cost $15 a month, according to <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>. This would make the offer, which does not include sports, one of the cheapest available for live streaming TV.<p>The deal, to be called AT&T Watch, was announced by …

Televisions

Twitch becomes unexpected casualty in Russia's Telegram ban

The world’s most popular livestreaming site appears to be caught in the crossfire as Russia fights popular encrypted messaging app Telegram. Russian streamers are reportedly unable to stream or watch other channels, having to find tricks to get around the ban.<p>One of the first acknowledgements came …

Internet

Amazon sale drops a popular $200 robot vacuum to just $80

<b>UPDATE: Well, you guys definitely swarmed at this deal! It’s unfortunately sold out now, but here’s another great robot vacuum you can get for less</b> …

Tech Trends

Your first look at the new Apple Newton documentary

Apple’s Newton MessagePad is one of the most intriguing Apple products in history: a product people considered a flop, but which was actually years ahead of its time.<p>If you’re a fan of the device, then this weekend you’ve got the chance to attend an exclusive screening of forthcoming documentary,</i> …

Documentaries

Facebook starts its facial recognition push to Europeans

Facebook users in Europe are reporting that the company has started giving them the option to turn on its controversial facial recognition technology.<p>Jimmy Nsubuga, a journalist at Metro, is among several European Facebook users who have reporting getting notifications asking if they want to turn …

Privacy

Chips down: China aims to boost semiconductors as trade war looms

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has long pushed the development of top-end semiconductors as a key strategic objective.<p>Now, as a trade war with the United States looms, a government decision to accelerate the development of the domestic chip industry underlines how far those goals have fallen …

China