Drones May One Day Deliver Your Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream

A Japanese drone startup said on Tuesday it was partnering with Unilever, the owner of Ben & Jerry’s, to explore developing an ice cream drone-delivery service in New York. February 5, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag Move over ice cream truck. The parent company of Ben & Jerry’s is looking at using drones to deliver ice cream. On Tuesday, a Japanese drone startup announced it was partnering with Unilever, the owner of Ben & Jerry’s, to explore developing an ice cream drone-delivery service in New York. The startup, Terra Drone Corporation, said it showed off the concept during a recent Unilever’s investor event by using a drone to deliver a package of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream cups to a pre-determined location. The drone flew and landed, carrying three 72 gram-ice cream containers in a delivery box that said “Open Me.” Related: Amazon’s New ‘Prime Air’ Drone Can Morph […]

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Disney+ Reaches 28.6 Million Subscribers Since November Launch

Disney’s CEO said most of the subscribers to Disney+ came from the U.S. But going forward, the company expects new subscribers to come from foreign markets as the streaming service expands to more European countries and India this March. February 5, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag The strong start for Disney+ continues. On Tuesday, Disney announced the company’s streaming service has attracted 28.6 million paid subscribers as of today, up from the 10 million+ sign-ups it attracted on launch day back in November. “The launch of Disney+ has been enormously successful, exceeding even our greatest expectations,” company CEO Bob Iger said in an earnings call. He credited the streaming service’s success to the Disney library, which includes the classic TV series The Simpsons, along with the new Star Wars-themed show, The Mandalorian. Iger called the The Mandalorian a “bona-fide hit” and pop culture phenomenon, thanks in part to one of the show’s characters […]

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I Don’t Care If You Like Me, I Just Want To Be Understood

‘In order to be trusted, people need to know what you stand for,’ Facebook’s CEO said on Wednesday. As a result, expect Zuckerberg and his company to better clarify their positions on various matters over the coming year. January 30, 2020 4 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag Don’t get Mark Zuckerberg? Well, Facebook’s CEO plans on educating the public on what he stands for over the coming decade to try and restore people’s trust in his company. “My goal for this next decade isn’t to be liked, but to be understood,” he said in a Wednesday earnings’ call. “In order to be trusted, people need to know what you stand for.” Zuckerberg made the statement as the social network’s reputation has taken a dive among consumers. The company’s past privacy scandals, and struggles to battle misinformation while fending off allegations of censorship have infuriated users and US lawmakers across […]

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Amazon Staffers Risk Jobs to Call Out Its Climate Change Policies

The company has been warning employees they can face termination if they continue to publicly criticize Amazon for taking insufficient action to tackle climate change. In response, more than 350 employees are arguing the company is trying to censor their views. January 28, 2020 3 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag A new policy at Amazon, which can result in punishment or termination for employees who publicly criticize the company’s stance on climate change, has prompted more than 350 employees to speak out in protest. The employees claim the company is trying to silence their activities, which includes urging Amazon to phase out fossil fuel use, and to stop making its cloud computing services available to the oil and gas industry. “It’s our moral responsibility to speak up, and the changes to the communications policy are censoring us from exercising that responsibility,” Sarah Tracy, a Software Development […]

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Atari Wants to Build Video Game-Themed Hotels

The first hotel will break ground later this year in Phoenix, Arizona. Another is being planned for Las Vegas. They promise to offer Atari-themed lodging, along with lots of video gaming experiences. January 28, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Atari Interactive thinks it has an idea to rekindle interest in the gaming brand: It wants to build Atari-themed hotels. On Monday, the company announced it was partnering with a design agency to build at least eight video-gamed themed Atari Hotels in the US with the first one slated to break ground in Phoenix, Arizona later this year. Related: How Boutique Hotels Are Courting Googlers and Gamers The idea is certainly unconventional, but Atari says the concept will connect with the public at a time when the market for gaming is exploding. Not only will the hotels provide Atari-themed lodging, but also lots of video gaming, including the latest VR and […]

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Hacking of Jeff Bezos’ Phone is Tied to Saudi Prince, Reports ‘The Financial Times’

The stunning allegation reportedly comes from a forensic analysis Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos commissioned to determine the culprit behind the hack, which resulted in his private photos ending up in the hands of the ‘National Enquirer.’ January 22, 2020 3 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag How did the private photos of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos end up in the hands of the National Enquirer? A forensic analysis claims that malware sent from the WhatsApp account of the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was involved. On Tuesday, The Financial Times reported on the stunning allegation, which comes from a forensic analysis Bezos commissioned to determine the culprit behind the hack. According to the investigation, Prince Mohammed exchanged phone numbers with Amazon’s CEO back in 2018 during a dinner in Los Angeles. In May of that year, the prince’s WhatsApp account then sent an encrypted video file to Bezos’ smartphone that turned out […]

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Microsoft to Go ‘Carbon Negative’ by 2030 to Combat Climate Change

Microsoft originally sought to become a ‘carbon neutral’ company, meaning it could generate carbon emissions as long as it offset them through other means, but “in short, neutral is not enough to address the world’s needs,” says Microsoft president Brad Smith. January 17, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag Microsoft is tackling global warming by pledging to remove more carbon out of the air than it generates by 2030. The ambitious plan to go “carbon negative” will entail Microsoft moving the company’s infrastructure to run on renewable energies and electric vehicles, planting entire forests, and investing $1 billion to fund carbon capture technologies. “If we don’t curb emissions, and temperatures continue to climb, science tells us that the results will be catastrophic,” Microsoft President Brad Smith said in Thursday’s announcement. Microsoft originally sought to become a “carbon neutral” company, meaning it could generate carbon emissions as […]

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‘Don’t Be Evil’ Motto Is Dead

Ross LaJeunesse, Google’s former head of international relations, published a scathing 2,175-word blog post about his former employer. January 3, 2020 3 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Google is facing criticism from a former company executive, who claims the tech giant prioritizes profits over human rights. “The company’s motto used to be ‘Don’t be evil.’ Things have changed,” Ross LaJeunesse, Google’s former head of international relations, who left the company last year, wrote in a scathing 2,175-word blog post published today. Related: How Google’s Youngest-Ever Hire Launched an AI Company Backed by Mark Cuban (Podcast) LaJeunesse pointed to Google’s Project Dragonfly, a now-abandoned effort to re-enter the Chinese market with a censored search engine, which reportedly would’ve allowed Chinese authorities to track users’ search history. It axed Dragonfly after pushback from lawmakers and employees, but LaJeunesse claims the episode is evidence of Google’s “Greed and abuse of power.” This story is bigger than me, and […]

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Here Come the ‘Star Wars’ Scams: Don’t Fall for Them

Cybercriminals are using ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ as bait by creating fake websites that claim to offer free access to the film. But in reality, the websites try to trick you into handing over your credit card information. December 23, 2019 3 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Desperate to watch the new Star Wars film? Don’t get too desperate. The movie, which opens tomorrow, is the latest pop-culture phenomenon to be exploited by cybercriminals to trick people into installing malware or handing over credit card information. Antivirus provider Kaspersky Lab has already uncovered more than 30 fake websites and social media profiles that pretend to be official movie accounts. The scam works by offering users free streaming access to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, but only if they first register with the fraudulent site by typing in their credit card information. “To further support the promotion of fraudulent websites, cybercriminals […]

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Instagram Wants to Know How Old You Are

The new policy is part of Instagram’s ongoing effort to protect younger users — and to not run afoul of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). December 5, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Instagram is taking a small step to prohibit kids under the age of 13 from using the app. Starting today, the Facebook-owned property will ask new users to enter their date of birth when they sign up. The new policy only applies to new users, and tweens desperate to sign up can just lie about their birthday because Instagram will use an honor system and won’t actually be verifying new users’ ages. Related: What You Need to Know About Instagram’s New Creator Account “Millions of teens online often don’t have any means to prove their age or identity and the ability for AI/machine learning to accurately identify younger users is still in its […]

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Inactive Users Need to Log In Or Say Goodbye to Your Account

The company is notifying the affected users they’ll need to log back in by Dec. 11 or lose access. On the plus side, the company is reclaiming the Twitter handles so that active users can grab them up. November 27, 2019 3 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Twitter is warning inactive users to log back into their accounts or risk losing access. The company is going to embark on an account purge. On the plus side, the company is reclaiming the Twitter handles so that active users can grab them up. But the main goal with the coming purge is to crack down on misinformation amid the coming 2020 presidential election. Related: How to Use Twitter Analytics: The Complete Guide “As part of our commitment to serve the public conversation, we’re working to clean up inactive accounts to present more accurate, credible information people can trust across Twitter,” the company said in […]

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Twitter Bans Political Ads as Facebook Doubles Down

‘We believe political message reach should be earned, not bought,’ says Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. October 31, 2019 5 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Twitter is taking the opposite approach to Facebook and ending all political advertising on its platform. “We believe political message reach should be earned, not bought,” Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said on Wednesday. Dorsey made the announcement as the company’s rival, Facebook, is embroiled in a controversy for permitting political candidates to run ads free of any fact-checking. Facebook has defended the policy as protecting free speech, but Democratic lawmakers and presidential candidates claim the social network is paving the way for millions of internet users to be exposed to misinformation. Related: Mark Zuckerberg’s Former Mentor: ‘The People at Facebook Live in Their Own Bubble’ Today, Twitter’s CEO decided to weigh in on the controversy by announcing an end to all paid political ads on his own platform, which […]

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Microsoft Wins $10B Pentagon Cloud Contract, Amazon Loses Out

For Microsoft, the contract is a big win for the company’s Azure cloud computing service. October 28, 2019 3 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag The U.S. government has awarded Microsoft a massive $10 billion contract to run the Pentagon’s cloud network. On Friday, the Department of Defense selected Microsoft for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure contract, also known as JEDI. As part of the deal, Redmond will supply cloud computing for the Pentagon over the next decade. The JEDI contract calls for Microsoft’s Azure service to provide a fast online network to power U.S. military operations. The cloud infrastructure will also need to be able to defend against the most sophisticated cyber attacks while facilitating access to AI-powered algorithms for defense analytical purposes. Related: Bill Gates Says Startup Founders Should Not Take Weekends or Vacations in the Early Days of Building a Company The news is raising eyebrows because Microsoft’s rival in the cloud computing […]

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SpaceX’s Satellite Internet Plans for Mid-2020 Launch in the US

CEO Elon Musk demoed the technology this past Monday night. October 24, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag SpaceX is eyeing a mid-2020 launch date for the company’s satellite-powered internet service, Starlink. On Tuesday, SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell mentioned the launch date for the U.S. market, during a media roundtable, according to SpaceNews. The company’s goal is to launch six to eight additional batches of satellites over the next months so that the broadband service has sufficient coverage. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk demoed the technology on Monday night. “Sending this tweet through space via Starlink satellite,” he said over Twitter, which was followed by another tweet that said: “Whoa, it worked!!”   Whoa, it worked!! — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 22, 2019   Related: Elon Musk Received the Highest CEO Compensation Package Ever, and 27 Other Crazy Things We’ve Learned About the SpaceX and Tesla CEO To send out the tweet, […]

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Is That Instagram Email a Phishing Attack? Now You Can Find Out.

Check if that e-mail you received from Instagram is real or not by visiting this tab in the app’s settings. October 8, 2019 3 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Got an email from Instagram? Don’t automatically assume it’s legit. On Monday, Instagram launched a new feature designed to stop phishing attacks from hackers masquerading as the social media service. “Bad actors are getting better at imitating emails from Instagram, and it is becoming increasingly difficult for people to distinguish between a genuine email and a fake one,” the Facebook-owned service said. Related: What You Need to Know About Instagram’s New Creator Account At first glance, the emails from the hackers look legitimate since they use Instagram logos. They offer verified badges, claim your account has been hacked and needs to be secured, or accuse you of violating copyrights. But the scammers just want you to click a link and type your login information into […]

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Is Instagram Making Your Photos and Messages Public? (Hint: No.)

US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry was among the public figures who re-posted a fake message warning about a purported privacy policy change at Instagram. It was a hoax in 2012 and it’s still fake in 2019. August 22, 2019 3 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Will Instagram make all your photos and messages public as part of a privacy policy change? No. That didn’t stop a number of celebrities and US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry (you know, the guy responsible for the nukes) from falling for a years-old hoax that falsely claims Facebook’s photo-sharing app will change its rules so that Instagram “can use your photos” starting today. “Everything you’ve ever posted becomes public today. Even messages that have been deleted or the photos not allowed,” the post reads. Related: 10 Instagram Accounts Every Entrepreneur Should Follow The fake message claims that posts and messages can be used […]

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Facebook Users Can Sue Over Facial Recognition, Court Rules

Facebook users in Illinois claim the tech giant violated the state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act, which requires companies to obtain consent when collecting their biometric information. August 9, 2019 3 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag A federal appeals court is allowing a group of users to sue Facebook on claims the social network collected their facial data without consent. On Thursday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit rejected Facebook’s efforts to dismiss the ongoing class-action lawsuit, which could potentially require the company to pay billions in compensation. The lawsuit dates back to 2015 when three Facebook users living in the state claimed the tech giant had violated the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, which requires companies to obtain consent when collecting their biometric information. Since 2010, Facebook has been using its own facial-recognition technology for photo-tagging purposes. It works by generating a digital template from your photos, […]

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Facebook Experiments With Mind-Reading Tech to Control VR

It involves using infrared light to measure brain activity to translate thoughts into computer commands. July 31, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Being able to control a computer with your mind remains in the realm of science fiction. But Facebook is working on an approach that would do it without drilling holes into your brain. On Tuesday, the company provided an update on its plans to create a “brain computer interface,” which it teased back in 2017. Although the technology could take a decade to develop, Facebook is finding some promise in using infrared light to measure brain activity and thoughts into computer commands. “Like other cells in your body, (brain) neurons consume oxygen when they’re active. So if we can detect shifts in oxygen levels within the brain, we can indirectly measure brain activity,” the company wrote in a blog post. To detect those shifts, Facebook is […]

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Netflix Lost 123,000 U.S. Subscribers After Price Hike

It’s also facing new competition in the video streaming space later this year from Disney and Apple. July 18, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Netflix reported a rare drop in U.S. subscribers following a price hike announced back in January. In the second quarter, Netflix lost 123,000 U.S. subscribers, which totaled at 60.1 million. The company’s international subscriber count also failed to reach Netflix’s forecasts, going up by only 2.8 million, as opposed to the projected 5 million. In total, the company’s subscriber count reached 151 million. “Our missed forecast was across all regions, but slightly more so in regions with price increases,” Netflix said in its shareholder letter. In January and in the following months, Netflix began raising the price for its different subscription packages. The standard plan — the company’s most popular offering, which offers HD quality — went up from $11 per month to $13. The basic […]

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Like It or Not, You’re Getting Twitter’s Redesigned Website Soon

The redesign makes the site look a lot more like the company’s mobile app. But if you don’t like it, you’re out of luck. July 16, 2019 4 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Twitter’s major redesign to its desktop website is slated to soon replace the old interface for good. The redesign, which began rolling out on Monday, makes the site look a lot more like the Twitter mobile app. You’ll notice large swaths of white space, bigger fonts, and no more profile bio indicting your follower count on the homepage. Expect the site to also be “faster, easier to navigate, and more personalized,” according to Twitter. Woah, what’s this? A shiny new https://t.co/q4wnE46fGs for desktop? Yup. IT’S HERE. pic.twitter.com/8y4TMzqBGa — Twitter (@Twitter) July 15, 2019 If you don’t like the redesign, you’re out of luck. As Mashable noted, Twitter plans to retire the old user interface for the new […]

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