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Microsoft and Google team up to bring more web apps to the Play Store
Jul 13, 2020 8:25 AM ET

Microsoft and Google team up to bring more web apps to the Play Store

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 13, 2020 - Web apps will support more features on Android. Microsoft’s support for Android is going beyond native apps and devices like the Surface Duo. Thurrot reports Microsoft is collaborating with Google to help bring more (and importantly, better) progressive web apps to Android devices through the Play Store. Apps built using Microsoft’s PWABuilder tool will use Google’s Bubblewrap utility and library to take advantage of new features, including a new standard for web shortcuts, “deeper” push notifications and visual. [more...]

VR time machine helps an inventor relive his past
Jul 13, 2020 8:20 AM ET

VR time machine helps an inventor relive his past

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 13, 2020 - Camera glasses and lots of hard drives played a role. Life is made of fleeting moments that you may easily forget, but one inventor might have found a way to remember it... much of it, anyway. As PetaPixel reports, Lucas Rizzotto recently developed a virtual reality “time machine” that lets him revisit any moment recorded using camera-equipped Snap Spectacles. He just needs to dial in a Back to the Future-style “destination time” to see what he. [more...]

NASA-backed project could automatically fix 3D printing for Moon bases
Jul 13, 2020 8:15 AM ET

NASA-backed project could automatically fix 3D printing for Moon bases

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 13, 2020 - Space settlements wouldn't depend as much on supplies from Earth. If humanity is going to 3D-print Moon bases, it can’t afford for things to go wrong — and NASA is backing technology to make sure those parts get built. According to Parabolic Arc, the agency recently selected a project from Relativity Space (which is working on 3D-printed rockets) that could detect and fix 3D printing in real time. If production of a habitat. [more...]

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s new Vikings don’t change up the formula much
Jul 13, 2020 8:15 AM ET

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s new Vikings don’t change up the formula much

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 13, 2020 - It’s been nearly two years, but Ubisoft is finally gearing up to release a new Assassin’s Creed game. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is billed as “the ultimate viking fantasy,” set not in the fjords of Scandinavia but in the fields and rivers of England during the ninth century Viking invasion. Players are put in the role of Eivor, a Viking from Norway, as they attempt to lead their people to establish a settlement in England. It. [more...]

Fitbit
Jul 13, 2020 8:10 AM ET

Fitbit’s Charge 4 can wake you up when you feel well-rested

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 13, 2020 - It's also smarter about using your phone's GPS. You now have more reasons to wear your Fitbit Charge 4 around the clock. The 9to5Google team reports (via The Verge) that a Charge 4 update has introduced two major features to improve your sleep habits and encourage more exercise. Smart Wake sets alarms based on when you’re likely to feel rested, rather than a set time. So long as you have that leeway, it could help you start. [more...]

Rackspace preps IPO after going private in 2016 for $4.3B
Jul 13, 2020 8:05 AM ET

Rackspace preps IPO after going private in 2016 for $4.3B

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 13, 2020 - After going private in 2016 after accepting a $32 per share, or $4.3 billion, price from Apollo Global Management, Rackspace is looking once again to the public markets. First going public in 2008, Rackspace is taking second aim at a public offering around 12 years after its initial debut. The company describes its business as a “multicloud technology services” vendor, helping its customers “design, build and operate” cloud environments. That Rackspace  is highlighting a services. [more...]

LA-based Replicated adds former GitLab head of product as its chief product officer
Jul 13, 2020 8:00 AM ET

LA-based Replicated adds former GitLab head of product as its chief product officer

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 13, 2020 - Replicated, the Los Angeles-based company pitching monitoring and management services for Kubernetes-based applications, has managed to bring on the former head of product of the $2.75 billion-valued programming giant GitLab as its new chief product officer.  Mark Pundsack is joining the company as it moves to scale its business. At GitLab,  Pundsack saw the company grow from 70 employees to 1,300 as it scaled its business through its on-premise offerings. Replicated  is hoping. [more...]

Google’s Fitbit deal could avoid EU antitrust probe by agreeing not to use health data for ads
Jul 13, 2020 7:55 AM ET

Google’s Fitbit deal could avoid EU antitrust probe by agreeing not to use health data for ads

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 13, 2020 - Google announced its plans to acquire Fitbit for $2.1 billion back in November. As of this writing, the deal has yet to go through, courtesy of all the usual regulatory scrutiny that occurs any time one large company buys another. EU regulators are often a key hurdle for these sorts of deals, and this time it may be no different. Citing “people familiar with the matter,” Reuters notes that Google may be facing down. [more...]

Original Content podcast: Yep, ‘Hamilton’ is still very good
Jul 13, 2020 7:50 AM ET

Original Content podcast: Yep, ‘Hamilton’ is still very good

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 13, 2020 - With the release of “Hamilton” on Disney+, Jordan and Darrell finally got to watch the musical biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton — albeit in recorded form, rather than live on-stage. And as we discuss on the latest episode of the Original Content podcast, they were pretty delighted by what they found. Not that a Broadway hit that’s won virtually every award really needs defenders at this point — but the Disney+ version. [more...]

Qualcomm to invest $97 million in India’s Reliance Jio Platforms
Jul 13, 2020 7:45 AM ET

Qualcomm to invest $97 million in India’s Reliance Jio Platforms

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 13, 2020 - Qualcomm  has become the newest high-profile backer of four-year-old Reliance Jio Platforms, which has raised more than $15.7 billion in the past 12 weeks from as many investors. On Sunday evening, Qualcomm Ventures  said it will invest $97 million in Reliance Jio  Platforms to acquire a 0.15% equity stake “on a fully diluted basis” in the top Indian telecom operator. Qualcomm said it will help Jio Platforms “roll out advanced 5G infrastructure and services for Indian customers.” Reliance. [more...]

Watch the first trailer for Far Cry 6, featuring Giancarlo Esposito
Jul 13, 2020 7:44 AM ET

Watch the first trailer for Far Cry 6, featuring Giancarlo Esposito

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 13, 2020 - Image: Ubisoft Ubisoft debuted the first trailer for Far Cry 6 as part of its Ubisoft Forward digital conference today. The cinematic trailer didn’t have any gameplay, but showed a city in revolt under the regime of Antón Castillo, who is played by Giancarlo Esposito, perhaps best known as Gus Fring in Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. In Far Cry 6, players control Dani Rojas, who is tasked with stopping Castillo’s regime. Much like its. [more...]

China Roundup: Tech giants take stance on Beijing’s data control in Hong Kong
Jul 13, 2020 7:40 AM ET

China Roundup: Tech giants take stance on Beijing’s data control in Hong Kong

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 13, 2020 - Hello and welcome back to TechCrunch’s China Roundup, a digest of recent events shaping the Chinese tech landscape and what they mean to people in the rest of the world. This week, the unprecedented national security law descended on Hong Kong, changing the day-to-day life of the people there, as well as businesses across the board. The law has important implications for the tech sector, providing a litmus test of business. [more...]

WeWork’s chairman says it expects to have positive cash flow in 2021
Jul 13, 2020 7:35 AM ET

WeWork’s chairman says it expects to have positive cash flow in 2021

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 13, 2020 - After aggressive cost-cutting measures, including mass layoffs and selling several of its businesses, WeWork’s  chairman expects the company to have positive cash flow in 2021. Marcelo Claure, who became WeWork’s chairman after co-founder Adam Neumann resigned as chief executive officer last fall, told the Financial Times that the co-working space startup is on target to meet its goal, set in February, of reaching operating profitability by the end of next year. Claure is also. [more...]

Tesla lowers the starting price of its Model Y electric SUV
Jul 13, 2020 7:30 AM ET

Tesla lowers the starting price of its Model Y electric SUV

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 13, 2020 - Tesla has lowered the price of another vehicle. This time it’s the Model Y, an electric SUV the company started shipping in March. The long-range all-wheel drive version of the car is now listed with a purchase price of $49,990, or $3,000 less than what it was before. The car’s new pricing was first reported by Electrek over the weekend.   In May, Tesla  cut prices for several of its electric cars, including high-end vehicles like the. [more...]

Amazon bans TikTok on employee phones, then calls it a mistake [Updated]
Jul 13, 2020 7:25 AM ET

Amazon bans TikTok on employee phones, then calls it a mistake [Updated]

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 13, 2020 - Amazon told workers to delete TikTok or lose mobile access to company email. Amazon now says it sent the email announcing a TikTok ban by mistake, according to The Verge. "This morning's email to some of our employees was sent in error," an Amazon spokesperson said, according to the Verge article. "There is no change to our policies right now with regard to TikTok." We're still waiting to hear back from Amazon.. [more...]

Yes, Apple silicon Macs will have Thunderbolt ports
Jul 13, 2020 7:20 AM ET

Yes, Apple silicon Macs will have Thunderbolt ports

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 13, 2020 - Company's statement offers clarification in the wake of Intel's announcement. Macs with Apple silicon will still support Thunderbolt, according to Apple. The clarification came after Intel's Thunderbolt 4 announcement led many to speculate that Macs without Intel CPUs would not have Thunderbolt ports. Here's Apple's statement, which was provided to The Verge: Over a decade ago, Apple partnered with Intel to design and develop Thunderbolt, and today our customers enjoy the speed and. [more...]

CERN has discovered a very charming particle
Jul 13, 2020 7:15 AM ET

CERN has discovered a very charming particle

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 13, 2020 - Two charm quarks, two anti-charms make for a massive tetraquark. The quark model was an intellectual revolution for physics. Physicists were faced with an ever-growing zoo of unstable particles that didn't seem to have a role in the Universe around us. Quarks explained all that through an (at least superficially) simple set of rules that built all of these particles through combinations of two or three quarks. While that general. [more...]

The 4 biggest announcements from Ubisoft Forward
Jul 13, 2020 7:13 AM ET

The 4 biggest announcements from Ubisoft Forward

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 13, 2020 - Ubisoft, like many other video game companies, was unable to host its typical in-person press conference at E3 in June due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, it hosted a digital event on Sunday called “Ubisoft Forward,” revealing more about its biggest upcoming games. Those included Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Watch Dogs: Legion, its newly-announced battle royale shooter Hyper Scape, Far Cry 6, and more. The company says it also plans to hold another Ubisoft Forward. [more...]

SpaceX stands down from Starlink launch for the third time [Updated]
Jul 13, 2020 7:10 AM ET

SpaceX stands down from Starlink launch for the third time [Updated]

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 13, 2020 - It's not clear why additional checkouts were needed, again.      The third time was not a charm. A little more than an hour before a Falcon 9 rocket was due to launch on Saturday morning from Florida, SpaceX announced it was, "Standing down from today's launch of the tenth Starlink mission to allow more time for checkouts; team is working to identify the next launch opportunity. Will announce a new target date. [more...]

This self-driving startup built a “car without wheels” for remote driving
Jul 13, 2020 7:05 AM ET

This self-driving startup built a “car without wheels” for remote driving

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 13, 2020 - Voyage pulled the curtain back on its system for remote driving. The ideal self-driving car would drive itself all the time, in all situations. But achieving that goal in practice is difficult—so difficult, in fact, that most self-driving companies have provisions for human backup to help cars get out of tricky or confusing situations. But companies are often secretive about exactly how these systems work. Perhaps they worry that providing. [more...]

How small satellites are radically remaking space exploration
Jul 13, 2020 7:00 AM ET

How small satellites are radically remaking space exploration

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 13, 2020 - "There’s so much of the Solar System that we have not explored." At the beginning of this year, a group of NASA scientists agonized over which robotic missions they should choose to explore our Solar System. Researchers from around the United States had submitted more than 20 intriguing ideas, such as whizzing by asteroids, diving into lava tubes on the Moon, and hovering in the Venusian atmosphere. Ultimately, NASA selected four of. [more...]

YouTube creator Jeffree Star dropped by makeup retailer Morphe
Jul 13, 2020 6:39 AM ET

YouTube creator Jeffree Star dropped by makeup retailer Morphe

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 13, 2020 - Makeup retailer Morphe has parted with YouTuber Jeffree Star, after weeks of public acrimony in the YouTube beauty community. Star has been accused of using racist and offensive language, as well as manipulating other creators and people close to him. “Today we’ve made the decision to cease all commercial activity related to Jeffree Star and affiliated products,” a tweet from Morphe’s account reads. As of right now, Star’s products remain on the site, but a. [more...]

How to catch a glimpse of the comet NEOWISE dazzling the skies right now
Jul 13, 2020 6:15 AM ET

How to catch a glimpse of the comet NEOWISE dazzling the skies right now

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 13, 2020 - Comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE Near Barcelona. | Photo by Albert Llop / NurPhoto via Getty Images For any early birds who have ventured outside in the US this week, you may have seen a tiny — yet spectacular — sight in the pre-dawn sky. A comet with a bright, opulent tail has been gracing the skies in the wee morning hours before sunrise, and it’s been giving photographers quite the show. [more...]

Olivia Rodrigo Performs Dreamy Rendition of "All I Want" For a Disney Channel Sing-Along
Jul 13, 2020 6:00 AM ET

Olivia Rodrigo Performs Dreamy Rendition of “All I Want” For a Disney Channel Sing-Along

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 13, 2020 - Olivia Rodrigo blessed fans with an acoustic rendition of her song "All I Want" on Friday. The 17-year-old songstress, who performed the pensive tune during the Disney Channel Summer Sing-Along, beautifully crooned about finding love as she strummed a ukulele against a floral backdrop. "All I want is love that lasts / Is all I want too much to ask?" she sings. "Is it something wrong with me? / All I. [more...]

Music Mood Board: When You Need to Be Reminded of Your Worth
Jul 13, 2020 6:00 AM ET

Music Mood Board: When You Need to Be Reminded of Your Worth

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 13, 2020 - Welcome to the first installment of Music Mood Board! I'll be sharing weekly roundups of tunes that perfectly align with my current mood. That means I'm trusting y'all with my (*gulps*) feelings in hopes that we can all connect through mutual emotions and universal experiences. This week, I've been focusing heavily on inspiring tracks with messages of self-love. Full disclosure, I recently went through something that spurred me into a pit of. [more...]

Get Extraterrestrial With These 16 Alien Movies on Netflix
Jul 13, 2020 6:00 AM ET

Get Extraterrestrial With These 16 Alien Movies on Netflix

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 13, 2020 - If you often find yourself scanning the sky for UFOs and reading the latest news about Area 51, then Netflix has some sci-fi movies you're sure to enjoy. Whether you think we're alone in the universe or not, there's no denying that alien movies are pretty awesome. Movies featuring aliens can be funny (like Men in Black), family-friendly (like E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial), epic (like Independence Day), or straight-up terrifying (like Signs). But no matter what, throwing some. [more...]

Brooklyn Beckham Is Engaged to Nicola Peltz: "I Am the Luckiest Man in the World"
Jul 13, 2020 6:00 AM ET

Brooklyn Beckham Is Engaged to Nicola Peltz: “I Am the Luckiest Man in the World”

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 13, 2020 - Congrats are in order for Brooklyn Beckham and Nicola Peltz! On Saturday, the 21-year-old model confirmed his engagement to the 25-year-old actress in a heartfelt Instagram post with a photo taken by Brooklyn's little sister, Harper. "Two weeks ago I asked my soulmate to marry me and she said yes xx I am the luckiest man in the world," Brooklyn captioned the scenic snap with Nicola. "I promise to be the. [more...]

Kelly Preston Dies: ‘Jerry Maguire’ Actress Was 57; Spouse John Travolta Reveals Death
Jul 13, 2020 6:00 AM ET

Kelly Preston Dies: ‘Jerry Maguire’ Actress Was 57; Spouse John Travolta Reveals Death

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 13, 2020 - Kelly Preston died today her husband John Travolta has revealed. The 57-year old Twins and Jerry Maguire star passed away Sunday after a long fight against breast cancer. Hawaii-born Preston’s spouse of nearly 30 years and her Gotti co-star  took to social media late tonight in a heartfelt post: Married in 1991, the couple have a 20-year old daughter Elia and a nine-year old son Benjamin. Travolta and Preston lost their 16-year old son Jet in 2006 from circumstances. [more...]

Rock Band Great White Issues Apology After Performing Concert For Mask-less Audience
Jul 13, 2020 6:00 AM ET

Rock Band Great White Issues Apology After Performing Concert For Mask-less Audience

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 13, 2020 - The rock band Great White have released an apology after performing at an outdoor concert in Dickinson, North Dakota in front of a crowd of fans that were not wearing masks or adhering to social distancing rules at a time when cases of COVID-19 cases are surging across the country. The concert took place on Thursday and was part of a series titled “First on First: Dickinson Summer Nights”. According to the event’s Facebook. [more...]

Ex-Pop TV Chief Brad Schwartz Exits Audible Exec Post After Just A Few Weeks
Jul 13, 2020 6:00 AM ET

Ex-Pop TV Chief Brad Schwartz Exits Audible Exec Post After Just A Few Weeks

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 13, 2020 - After less than a month in the job, Brad Schwartz has exited as chief content officer of Amazon-owned digital audio platform Audible after a two-year-old sexual harassment and gender bias lawsuit resurfaced. The personnel move was confirmed to Deadline by sources familiar with the situation after Bloomberg initially reported the news. Schwartz was not named as a defendant in the lawsuit, which was dismissed. In June, Schwartz had stepped down as president of PopTV to make the. [more...]