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August 10, 2020

Moderna partners with AWS as it races to develop COVID-19 vaccine

Enterprise -- SiliconANGLE - Biotech firm Moderna Inc. said today it has selected Amazon Web Services Inc. as its "preferred" cloud computing provider. Under the partnership, Moderna said, it will use Amazon's cloud platform as its standard for data analytics and...

August 10, 2020 06:44 PM

Firefox gets next-gen anti-tracking defense, stymies 'bounce' trackers

Enterprise -- Computerworld - Mozilla today announced a new defense against advanced tracking tactics that it will be switching on in Firefox 79 starting immediately and pushing out to the remaining user base during the next few weeks.Calling the improved technologies...

August 10, 2020 03:37 AM

Tablet market surges 26% due to remote working boost

Enterprise -- ChannelPro - The rare increase is due to a rise in demand for low-budget remote working equipment, Canalys claims

Worldwide tablet PC shipments increased by more than a quarter (26%)...

August 10, 2020 02:41 AM

The inherent irony of Chrome OS

Enterprise -- Computerworld - Ah, Chrome OS. How far you've come.I found myself contemplating the state of Google's Chromebook platform this week as I read over a new interview detailing some of the specifics of the upcoming Chrome OS Windows app support system - and...

August 10, 2020 02:37 AM

Can You Make Money on Connected Cars?

Aspencore -- EETimes - What are the connected car business models-current and emerging?

What car data and content has value to customers in automotive and other industries?


August 10, 2020 12:53 AM

August 09, 2020

Smartwatch tracks medication levels to personalize treatments

Life -- EurekAlert - Engineers at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering and their colleagues at Stanford School of Medicine have demonstrated that drug levels inside the body can be tracked in real time using a custom smartwatch that analyzes the chemicals found...

August 09, 2020 11:43 PM

How to Pick the Best Smartwatch (or Dumb Phone) for Your Kid

Life -- The Wirecutter - If you don't want to give your kid a smartphone but do want them to have a way to communicate as they become more independent, a smartwatch or a flip phone could be your answer. After testing eight of these devices with our own tween-age...

August 09, 2020 10:34 PM

August 05, 2020

Microsoft to Continue Talks to Buy TikTok From ByteDance

U.S. News -- Microsoft Corp said on Sunday that it would continue discussions to acquire popular short-video app TikTok from Chinese internet giant...

August 05, 2020 05:16 PM

Autonomous Vehicles, Assisted Navigation to Help Passengers at Airports

Aspencore -- EETimes - Some people have difficulty navigating airports, specifically elderly travelers and those with disabilities. We propose a solution that embodies several technological trends, namely apps that assist with navigation, and the use of autonomous...

August 05, 2020 04:55 PM

For The Record(tm) Granted Patent for Blockchain Verified Recordings

Business Wire -- Through the innovative use of blockchain technology, For The Record secures the highest level of recording integrity for courts & government.

August 05, 2020 04:03 PM

This Temperature-Screening System for COVID-19 Can Check Up to 9 People at Once

Electronics -- IEEE Spectrum - THE INSTITUTE A team of researchers at Thailand's National Electronics and Computer Technology Center, part of the country's National Science and Technology Development Agency, in Pathumthani, has built a temperature-screening...

August 05, 2020 03:25 PM

The Best Pixel 4a Pre-Order Deals (So Far)

Life -- Lifehacker - Google finally announced the long-rumored (and often-leaked) Pixel 4a smartphone Monday. While the new mid-range handset shared the stage with its more powerful Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G counterparts, we still don't much about either of those...

August 05, 2020 03:19 PM

August 04, 2020

DISH selects Tucows as technology partner, acquires Ting Mobile assets

Globe Newswire -- DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH) and Tucows Inc. (NASDAQ: TCX, TSX: TC) today announced that DISH has chosen Tucows as a technology partner for its retail wireless business. With a history of digital innovation, Tucows has made the strategic decision...

August 04, 2020 07:11 PM

Lucy mission one step closer to the Trojan asteroids

Life -- Phys.org - NASA's Lucy mission, led by Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), has achieved an important milestone by passing its System Integration Review and clearing the way for spacecraft assembly. This NASA Discovery Program class mission will be the...

August 04, 2020 04:32 PM

Virgin Orbit determines cause of rocket launch failure

Life -- Phys.org - Virgin Orbit said Monday it has determined what caused the failure of its debut rocket launch and is working toward a second flight that will carry small satellites for NASA.

August 04, 2020 04:32 PM

Six things to know about NASA's Ingenuity Mars helicopter

Life -- Phys.org - When NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida later this summer, an innovative experiment will ride along: the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter. Ingenuity may weigh only about 4 pounds (1.8 kilograms),...

August 04, 2020 04:28 PM

How to Get iOS 14's Hidden Back Tap Controls on Your Android

Life -- Lifehacker - iOS 14 and Android 11 will add new "back tap" gesture controls when they roll out later this year, but you can get the feature early on any Android device running Android 7.0 or higher right now. (iPhone users can install the iOS 14 beta...

August 04, 2020 04:27 PM

August 03, 2020

Atlassian brings a table view to Trello

Tech -- TechCrunch - Atlassian today announced a number of updates to both its Confluence workspace and its Trello collaboration and project management tool. the focus here, the company says, is on supporting "the next phase of remote work." Trello alone saw...

August 03, 2020 08:11 PM

Amazon warns Echo Buds owners to update firmware to avoid overheating risk

Tech -- The Verge - Amazon has begun sending emails out to owners of its Echo Buds true wireless earbuds, cautioning those customers to update the device firmware as soon as possible to avoid a "potential safety risk."


August 03, 2020 07:54 PM

Samsung Could Drop Bixby As Part Of Deal With Google

Media -- PYMNTS.com - Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. could eliminate Bixby, the virtual voice assistant, and the Galaxy Apps Store from its mobile devices under a deal with Alphabet Inc's Google, Reuters reported.

It is the latest effort by Google to convince Samsung...

August 03, 2020 03:30 PM

Phablets are so pre-pandemic: Pair a smaller phone with a tablet instead

Enterprise -- ZDNet News - The combination of a smaller, less-expensive smartphone and an entry-level tablet makes more sense for returning students who need an equipment upgrade in the fall of 2020.

August 03, 2020 04:25 AM

The best Chromebooks you can buy, from budget to rugged to Pixelbook Go

Enterprise -- ZDNet News - Not everyone needs a MacBook or a Windows 10 laptop. These Chromebook laptops feature low prices and long battery lives.

August 03, 2020 03:49 AM

Microsoft Teams: Here comes the new Tasks app

Enterprise -- ZDNet News - Tasks in Teams is currently being rolled out to a small number desktop users, which will continue through September.

August 03, 2020 03:08 AM

Mozilla Firefox 79 Released, This is What's New

Enterprise -- OMG! Ubuntu! - Mozilla Firefox 79 is available to download for Windows, macOS and Linux. The new build makes adds tab page tweaks, better tracking protection, and more.

August 03, 2020 01:47 AM

Are newer medical IoT devices less secure than old ones?

Enterprise -- Network World News - Experts differ on whether older connected medical devices or newer ones are more to blame for making healthcare networks more vulnerable to cyberattack.The classic narrative of insecure IoT centers on the integration of older devices...

August 03, 2020 12:21 AM

Top programming languages: Python still rules but old Cobol gets a pandemic bump

Enterprise -- ZDNet News - Python programming language is once again the most popular choice, according to IEEE Spectrum.

August 03, 2020 12:20 AM

Remote working tools: How to use Microsoft OneDrive like a pro

Enterprise -- Silicon Republic - One of the most important remote working tools in your arsenal will be your file storage system. Where many of your files may have once been stored on a physical server, many businesses will have had to navigate fully to cloud storage...

August 03, 2020 12:13 AM

August 02, 2020

Lockheed Martin Technology Protects NASA's Mars 2020 Mission

PR Newswire -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) developed the technology behind the aeroshell that will protect NASA's newest Mars rover, Perseverance, and deploy the first-ever Mars helicopter. The Mars 2020 spacecraft with its Perseverance rover is scheduled to launch...

August 02, 2020 11:46 PM

China celebrates completion of rival sat navigation system

Life -- Phys.org - China is celebrating the completion of its BeiDou Navigation Satellite System that could rival the U.S. Global Positioning System and significantly boost China's security and geopolitical clout.

August 02, 2020 09:53 PM

Why NASA's Mars rover Perseverance will use nuclear power to stay warm

Life -- Live Science - A spacecraft is only as strong as its power source, which is why when NASA was designing its Perseverance Mars rover, the agency turned to radioactive plutonium.

August 02, 2020 09:47 PM

Mars-bound spaceship experiencing technical issues: NASA

Life -- Phys.org - Mars 2020, the spaceship carrying NASA's new rover Perseverance to the Red Planet, is experiencing technical difficulties and is running on essential systems only, the agency said Thursday.

August 02, 2020 09:22 PM

July 30, 2020

Plutonium-238 to help power perseverance on Mars

Life -- Phys.org - After its long journey to Mars beginning this summer, NASA's Perseverance rover will be powered across the planet's surface in part by plutonium produced at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

July 30, 2020 05:13 PM

July 29, 2020

With Perseverance and a little MOXIE, MIT is going to Mars

Life -- Phys.org - On July 30, a two-week window of opportunity opens for Perseverance-the newest Mars rover, forged in the spirit of human curiosity-to begin its journey toward the Red Planet with a launch from the Cape Canaveral Space Launch Center on the eastern...

July 29, 2020 08:06 PM

New machine learning method allows hospitals to share patient data -- privately

Life -- EurekAlert - Penn Medicine researchers have shown that an approach called federated learning is successful in the context of brain imaging, by being able to analyze magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of brain tumor patients and distinguish healthy...

July 29, 2020 07:02 PM

The Best Outdoor Security Camera

Life -- The Wirecutter - An outdoor security camera is a powerful deterrent to mischief makers and a convenient way to determine whether that thing going bump in the night is a friend, foe, or furry creature. We recommend the Google Nest Cam Outdoor for the job....

July 29, 2020 05:59 PM

Mars Perseverance rover 'go for launch,' says NASA

Life -- Phys.org - NASA on Monday gave its latest Mars rover Perseverance the all clear to launch later this week on a mission to seek out signs of ancient microbial life.

July 29, 2020 05:57 PM

Mars 2020 mission to be guided by USGS astrogeology maps

Life -- Phys.org - When NASA's Perseverance rover lands on Mars next year, it will be equipped with some of the most precise maps of Mars ever created, courtesy of the USGS Astrogeology Science Center. Not only are the new maps essential for a safe landing on...

July 29, 2020 05:29 PM

NASA's next Mars rover is brawniest and brainiest one yet

Life -- Phys.org - With eight successful Mars landings, NASA is upping the ante with its newest rover.

July 29, 2020 05:29 PM

NASA camera spots China's Tianwen-1 Mars spacecraft speeding away from Earth

Life -- Live Science - An observatory affiliated with NASA's quest to identify potentially dangerous asteroids spotted something equally speedy but not quite as natural: a spacecraft bound for Mars.

July 29, 2020 05:22 PM

July 27, 2020

Chrome competitor, The Browser Company, quietly raises $5M

Tech -- TechCrunch - A handful of Silicon Valley's notable figures are backing a software startup looking to challenge Google Chrome's dominance.

The startup, called The Browser Company, is led by Joshua Miller, who previously served as the Obama White House's...

July 27, 2020 05:06 PM

NASA's 2024 Moon mission is in serious trouble

Tech -- BGR - NASA needs a lot of money if it hopes to achieve a crewed mission to the Moon by 2024, but lawmakers aren't giving in.

A budget proposal for NASA asked for nearly $5 billion but was cleared for just over $1.5 billion, making a Moon return impossible


July 27, 2020 04:15 PM

White House's chief technology officer becomes Pentagon's top techie as well

Tech -- GeekWire - White House chief technology officer Michael Kratsios speaks at the Center for Democracy and Technology's Tech Prom in 2018.

White House chief technology officer Michael Kratsios ⁠- who enlisted Amazon, Microsoft...

July 27, 2020 04:04 PM

Google and Microsoft join forces to make better PWAs available in the Play Store

Tech -- Chrome Unboxed - We've been excited to see the recent, rapid growth of PWAs in the past few months and, as this trend continues, the continuing expansion of PWAs in the Google Play Store. Google has had methods for developers to wrap their PWAs for...

July 27, 2020 04:00 PM

Want to Improve Firefox Performance on Linux? Turn This Setting On

Enterprise -- OMG! Ubuntu! - Learn how to enable WebRender in Firefox on Linux. This new tech can deliver a major performance boost by using your system's GPU to render web content.

July 27, 2020 03:40 PM

Google Leaks Upcoming Pixel Device Names, Including Pixel 4a 5G

Tech -- ExtremeTech - Speculation has been rampant as rumored release dates for the Google Pixel 4a have come and gone without a word. Now, we might finally know what Google's planning for its 2020 phone releases, but not because it told anyone. Strings in the...

July 27, 2020 04:40 AM

Which Chromebook is better for students?

Tech -- Mashable - Anyone who's gone to school in the past decade or so understands that a three-ring binder and some notebooks alone don't cut it anymore. With a new age of remote learning upon us, student-friendly Chromebooks are going to be more important...

July 27, 2020 04:33 AM

3 new Chromebooks enter development with 11th-gen Intel chips inside

Tech -- Chrome Unboxed - From what we can tell at this point in 2020, there is little standing in the way of continued Chromebook development. More and more boards continue being piled on as we move through the year and it seems that, pandemic or no, new Chromebooks...

July 27, 2020 04:28 AM

Mobian is a Linux-based smartphone OS based on Debian

Tech -- Liliputing - Now that there are a handful of smartphones designed to run GNU/Linux distributions, there are a growing number of developers creating phone-friendly operating systems. One of the latest is called Mobian, and while it's not exactly a brand...

July 27, 2020 04:25 AM

CutiePi Sidekick mode: Linux tablet is also a controller for external displays

Tech -- Liliputing - The CutiePi is a Linux tablet with a built-in handle, a custom user interface, and a Raspberry Pi single-board computer at its heart. Set to begin shipping in November, the CutiePi is up for pre-order through a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign....

July 27, 2020 04:17 AM

Google Might Have Accidentally Revealed Android 11's Launch Date

Tech -- ExtremeTech - The Pixel 3a will be one of the first phones to get Android 11.

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown many businesses into disarray, and Google has been particularly hard hit. It had to delay the Pixel 4a launch, and it's not even...

July 27, 2020 04:16 AM