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Jun 23, 2019 8:10 AM ET

New Hampshire installs first historical marker to honor computer programming

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 23, 2019 - New Hampshire has installed what appears to be the first historical highway marker honoring computer programming, according to the Concord Monitor. The new sign honors BASIC, Beginner’s All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code, a programming language that was invented at Dartmouth College in 1964. The sign came about after Concord Monitor journalist David Brooks noted in a column that the state’s 255 historical markers honored things like bridges and historical figures, but that there was “distressingly little. [more...]

Jun 23, 2019 7:50 AM ET

Neal Stephenson’s Fall is Paradise Lost with brain uploading and weaponized fake news

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 23, 2019 - The Singularity — a moment where technological progress speeds up exponentially and humanity as we know it becomes obsolete — has jokingly been referred to as the “rapture of the nerds.” Neal Stephenson’s novel Fall, or, Dodge in Hell takes things a step further: what if the nerds weren’t simply the prophets of a new order, but literally became our gods? Over a sprawling web of modern techno-thriller, near-future sci-fi, and high fantasy subplots, Fall lays. [more...]

Jun 23, 2019 7:40 AM ET

Walmart launched an unlimited grocery delivery subscription service

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 23, 2019 - Walmart has introduced an unlimited grocery delivery service called Delivery Unlimited, as spotted by TechCrunch. The service is an expansion of the company’s existing delivery and pickup efforts, and costs $98 a year. The company already offered a delivery service for online orders: customers could have items shipped to their nearest store for free, or to their home for a $9.95 delivery fee for each order. TechCrunch notes that this new annual subscription will cost. [more...]

Jun 23, 2019 7:30 AM ET

Amazon laid off ‘dozens’ of game developers amidst reorganization

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 23, 2019 - Amazon has confirmed that it has laid off “dozens” of game developers from Amazon Game Studios amidst a reorganization, and has reportedly canceled some unannounced games, according to Koktaku. The layoffs game at the end of this week’s E3 in LA, and an Amazon spokesperson told Kotaku that “Amazon Game Studios is reorganizing some of our teams to allow us to prioritize development of New World, Crucible, and new unannounced projects we’re excited to reveal in the future.”. [more...]

Jun 23, 2019 7:20 AM ET

Genius.com accuses Google of copying its song lyrics

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 23, 2019 - In the last couple of years, if you type a song title into Google, you’ll get a box that includes the its lyrics, alongside the usual search results. It’s a useful tool, but one company that specializes in song lyrics, Genius Media, says that Google has been copying their lyrics for years for its search results. Genius has been around since 2009, and it describes itself as a platform “platform for. [more...]

Jun 23, 2019 6:40 AM ET

Philips Hue company announces lights that beam data at 250 Mbps

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 23, 2019 - Signify, the company formerly known as Philips Lighting that produces Hue-branded smart lights, has announced a new range of internet-transmitting Li-Fi lights called Truelifi. They’re capable of transmitting data to devices like laptops at speeds of up to 150 Mbps using light waves, rather than the radio signals used by 4G or Wi-Fi. The product range will consist of both new lights as well as transceivers that can be retrofitted into. [more...]

Jun 22, 2019 7:50 AM ET

Lyft introduces pink-wheeled scooter that it says is better for scooter sharing

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 22, 2019 - Lyft is introducing its first scooter model built specifically for scooter sharing. It’s meant to be more durable, with a longer battery life and bike-like brakes. The scooters are available in Denver, the first place Lyft rolled out its scooters last year. The new hand brake, on the left handlebar, is much like the ones on bikes, and will stop both wheels if pulled. The new frame, made by Segway, doesn’t fold,. [more...]

Jun 22, 2019 7:40 AM ET

Russia used social media to keep EU voters at home, report finds

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 22, 2019 - Russia-linked sources are using social media in an attempt to influence elections in the European Union, according to a new report on disinformation released today by the European Commission, just one month after parliamentary elections in the union. The report, an update on a continuing plan to battle disinformation, said some progress had been made in deterring malicious campaigns. Officials said plans to tackle disinformation campaigns through a task force had shown. [more...]

Jun 22, 2019 7:30 AM ET

Refinery29 is turning its Money Diaries finance column into an interactive show

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 22, 2019 - Eko, the Walmart-backed studio behind last year’s WarGames, is teaming up with Refinery29 to produce a series of interactive experiences, reports Variety. The first of these, a scripted show based on the Money Diaries column, has already entered development, and is scheduled to be released later this year. It will be available on Refinery29, and will task viewers with making spending choices on behalf of the characters. Choose Your Own Adventure-style shows have been catapulted back into popularity by Netflix’s. [more...]

Jun 22, 2019 7:10 AM ET

Tinder co-founder’s lawsuit against Tinder parent company moves closer to a trial

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 22, 2019 - Tinder co-founder Sean Rad’s $2 billion lawsuit against the dating app’s parent company is one step closer to trial. In an order last night, New York Supreme Court judge Saliann Scarpulla rejected IAC’s motion to dismiss Rad’s case, allowing Rad and his co-plaintiffs to pursue their allegations that Match Group and IAC purposely undervalued Tinder in an effort to avoid paying out billions of dollars in stock options to the original dating. [more...]

Jun 22, 2019 6:50 AM ET

Amazon hires Washington, DC official who participated in HQ2 talks

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 22, 2019 - One of the DC government’s top economic development officials, who tried to charm Amazon into building its second headquarters in the District, will be stepping down to work for the tech giant in the coming weeks. Brian Kenner, DC’s deputy mayor for planning and economic development, helped lead the Mayor Muriel Bowser administration’s “Obviously DC” campaign. The campaign was aimed at tempting Amazon to locate a new headquarters in the DC. [more...]

Jun 21, 2019 3:40 PM ET

Waymo strikes a deal with Nissan-Renault to bring driverless cars to Japan and France

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 21, 2019 - Waymo inked a deal with Nissan and Renault to bring its driverless cars and trucks to France and Japan, the companies announced Thursday. The wording of the deal is vague and doesn’t indicate any concrete plans to launch either robot taxi or delivery services, as Waymo has done in the past with its other automotive partners. Instead, the three companies will simply “explore driverless mobility services for passengers and deliveries.” “This. [more...]

Jun 21, 2019 3:10 PM ET

How the creators of Yakuza turned hard-boiled detective drama into a game

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 21, 2019 - Last year, the Yakuza series wrapped up with its sixth and final entry, which bid farewell to lovable hero Kazuma Kiryu. Given the strong attachment fans had to the character, the team behind the series realized they had to go in a different direction for their next game. Judgment, which launches next week on the PS4, is similar to Yakuza in a lot of ways, but it’s also a hard-boiled detective story. It’s something that producer. [more...]

Jun 21, 2019 2:10 PM ET

Dr Disrespect’s suspension is a big moderation moment for Twitch

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 21, 2019 - Last week, Twitch banned one of its top streamers — Guy Beahm, better known as Dr Disrespect — for broadcasting from a public bathroom at E3. The ban now puts Twitch in a tricky position: Twitch needs to show that violating the company’s guidelines comes with real punishment, but a lengthy suspension means losing one of the platform’s biggest stars to competitors, like YouTube. Beahm is one of Twitch’s most. [more...]

Jun 21, 2019 1:40 PM ET

Both parties are mad about a proposal for federal anti-bias certification

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 21, 2019 - Yesterday, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) unveiled legislation called “Ending Support for Internet Censorship Act,” which would shake up the legal foundation of the internet in an effort to root out online bias. Under the proposed law, companies like Facebook and Twitter would be required to obtain a government certification that they are not making politically biased decisions about content moderation, in exchange for liability protections they currently receive automatically. Hawley’s bill would. [more...]

Jun 21, 2019 1:10 PM ET

Xbox One controllers, natively supported in iOS 13, are much cheaper today

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 21, 2019 - Today’s best deals don’t stick to an overall theme. There is a little bit for everyone, with sales on the Xbox One controller and wireless adapter bundle (compatible with iOS 13 and tvOS 13), the Amazon Echo Dot smart speaker and Logitech peripherals, a great deal on Fujifilm’s X-T2, and more. Microsoft’s Xbox One controller and wireless adapter bundle are $44.99 at Amazon and B&H Photo, which is over $30 off the usual. [more...]

Jun 21, 2019 12:40 PM ET

Uber tweaks its driver app amid rising tensions over worker rights

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 21, 2019 - Uber made several changes to its app Thursday to improve the experience for both novice and seasoned drivers. The update came as ride-hailing drivers rallied in support of legislation in California that would reclassify them as employees rather than contractors. Uber is testing out several new features for drivers, including a scrolling feed of promotions and gamified “quests” that are viewable before drivers sign on to start driving. For new. [more...]

Jun 21, 2019 12:10 PM ET

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is out now for iOS and Android in the US

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 21, 2019 - Pokémon Go creator Niantic Labs’ newest augmented reality game based on the Harry Potter universe is available now for both iOS and Android in the US, a day earlier than we anticipated it would launch in the region. The game, called Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, is similar in style to Pokémon Go, asking players to traverse a virtual map overlaid on the real world and collect magical artifacts. Originally, Niantic and its partner Portkey Games, the new subsidiary of Warner. [more...]

Jun 21, 2019 11:40 AM ET

Blue Origin fires up the engine of its future Moon lander for the first time

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 21, 2019 - For the first time, aerospace company Blue Origin has fired up a brand-new engine the company developed for its future Moon lander. The engine, dubbed the BE-7, ignited for a full 35 seconds during a test at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. It’s a big step for the company as it prepares to build its lander, named Blue Moon, and eventually send it to the lunar surface. Blue Origin founder. [more...]

Jun 21, 2019 11:10 AM ET

YouTube gives up, tests hiding comments by default on Android

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 21, 2019 - YouTube finally seems to have realized the obvious: comments, for the most part, are bad and you shouldn’t read them. It’s currently testing a new layout in the Android app that hides comments from sight unless you press a button to expose them. However, according to XDA Developers, the rollout so far hasn’t expanded beyond India. If you frequently use the app, you probably know that comments live beneath the “Up. [more...]

Jun 21, 2019 10:40 AM ET

Apple recalls older 15-inch MacBook Pros because the batteries could catch fire

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 21, 2019 - Overheating batteries are no laughing matter, so this may be urgent: Apple has just issued a recall for the 2015 MacBook Pro with Retina Display, saying its batteries “may pose a fire safety risk.” The company says there are a “limited number” of affected units, sold between September 2015 and February 2017, but that could easily be quite a number of laptops. But the company did sell that third-generation MacBook Pro between. [more...]

Jun 21, 2019 10:10 AM ET

Google Maps has a fake business listing problem

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 21, 2019 - Google Maps is overrun with fake business listings and phone numbers that reroute to competing businesses, according to a Wall Street Journal report. Hundreds of thousands of fake listings appear on Google Maps every month, with the Journal estimating the service currently has about 11 million falsely listed businesses. Though Google claims in a self-funded 2017 academic study that only 0.5 percent of local searches are false listings, a separate investigation by the Journalsuggested otherwise. In searching. [more...]

Jun 21, 2019 9:40 AM ET

Apple says incoming China tariffs would be disastrous for business

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 21, 2019 - Apple says the Trump administration’s tariffs could lower the company’s economic output and put it at a disadvantage compared to its international competitors, particularly its Chinese counterparts. In Apple’s letter to US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, the company argues that the proposed tariffs, which would impact nearly every Apple device including the iPhone, MacBook, AirPods, and Apple Watch, would hurt Apple’s US employees and its ability to contribute to the US economy.. [more...]

Jun 21, 2019 9:10 AM ET

Good Omens protesters demand show be removed from completely wrong company

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 21, 2019 - It’s a truth universally acknowledged, that an angry fan online must be in search of a website to launch a mostly useless petition. A recent protest from a Christian group asking Netflix to remove Good Omens from its library is a perfect example — except that Good Omens isn’t part of Netflix’s library, because it’s an Amazon show. The petition was first reported by The Guardian, which discovered that a Christian organization known as the Return. [more...]

Jun 21, 2019 8:40 AM ET

Walmart is using AI-powered cameras to prevent theft at checkout lanes

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 21, 2019 - Walmart has been surveilling its checkout registers using a computer vision technology called Missed Scan Detection to identify when items move past the scanner without having been scanned. As reported by Business Insider, the technology has been implemented in more than 1,000 stores across the US over the past two years, and it monitors both self-checkout kiosks and traditional registers managed by human cashiers. The system runs on cameras that watch. [more...]

Jun 21, 2019 7:10 AM ET

Used Nest cameras had bug that let previous owners peer into homes

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 21, 2019 - Google says it has fixed an issue that allowed old owners of Nest security cameras to continue to view a feed from the device, even after deregistering it from their account. The issue could have potentially allowed an old owner of one of the cameras to continue to look through it, even after selling it to someone else. The new owner would have had no indication that a stranger could. [more...]

Jun 21, 2019 7:10 AM ET

Everything you need to know about Libra, Facebook’s ambitious cryptocurrency

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 21, 2019 - Facebook is planning to launch a cryptocurrency it hopes will “transform the global economy.” The currency, named Libra, is being developed by Facebook, but the company intends to share control with a consortium of organizations, including venture capital firms, credit card companies, and other tech giants. At launch, you’ll be able to send Libra inside of Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, with it mostly being meant as an intermediary for transferring. [more...]

Jun 21, 2019 6:40 AM ET

Adobe Lightroom returns to the Mac App Store

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 21, 2019 - Adobe has made Lightroom, its pro photo editing and management tool, available on the Mac App Store. It’s the first pro Adobe app to make it to the App Store since Apple redesigned it with Mojave, last year’s version of macOS. The Mac App Store version of Lightroom is the “new” Lightroom formerly known as Lightroom CC, which syncs with complementary mobile and tablet apps and has a different UI to what. [more...]

Jun 21, 2019 6:40 AM ET

Amazon launches its first inexpensive Fire TV televisions with Dolby Vision support

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 21, 2019 - Amazon and its manufacturer partners have been selling inexpensive 4K TVs with Fire TV software built in for a few years now. But tonight, Amazon announced the first model that includes support for Dolby Vision. The Toshiba-branded set will be sold exclusively by Amazon and Best Buy. A 55-inch model ($449.99) is on sale immediately today, and 43-inch ($329.99) and 50-inch ($379.99) models will be available later this month on. [more...]

Jun 21, 2019 6:10 AM ET

YouTuber proves Apple’s new Mac Pro would not actually grate cheese that great

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 21, 2019 - Ever since Apple first announced its new, cheese grater-shaped take on the Mac Pro, one question has been on everyone’s mind: how well would the Mac Pro actually work as a $6,000-plus cheese grater? Fortunately, we no longer have to wait, thanks to YouTube Winston Moy, who went and machined a replica of Apple’s new Mac Pro chassis to answer the question once and for all. Unsurprisingly, it doesn’t do a great job,. [more...]