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Mar 28, 2020 7:40 AM ET

Google Podcasts rolls out new design, launches on iOS

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 28, 2020 - Google is starting to take its Podcasts app a bit more seriously today: the company is reportedly rolling out a more advanced design to Android users and launching the app on iOS for the first time (also featuring the new design), via Engadget. It’s a move that sets Google Podcasts up to better compete with more established podcast providers like Apple, Overcast, or Spotify. The new design, which 9to5Google spotted rolling out early over the weekend, adds. [more...]

Mar 28, 2020 7:10 AM ET

Dell now lets you control iPhones from its PCs

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 28, 2020 - The app lets you mirror your iOS device’s screen onto your Dell PC. | Image: Dell If you’re an iPhone user with a modern Dell computer, you can now mirror your phone’s screen to your PC and control it using Dell’s Mobile Connect app. Version 3 of the iOS app lets you control your phone using your PC’s keyboard and mouse, and you can also drag and drop photo and video files to transfer. [more...]

Mar 28, 2020 7:10 AM ET

How to stop trolls from taking over your Zoom call

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 28, 2020 - Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images Zoom is an easy-to-use videoconferencing tool with a generous free tier. With people around the world isolating indoors to protect themselves against the spread of the coronavirus, it has never been more popular. But its popularity has also attracted trolls. The phenomenon of “Zoombombing,” in which an uninvited guest uses Zoom’s screen-sharing feature to broadcast porn and shock videos, has been on the rise.. [more...]

Mar 28, 2020 6:10 AM ET

In an unprecedented move, Disney parks will remain closed until further notice

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 28, 2020 - Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/Tribune News Service Disney originally aimed to reopen its various theme parks by April 1st, but in light of the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus and recommendations from both local authorities and health experts, Disneyland and Disney World will remain closed until further notice. “While there is still much uncertainty with respect to the impacts of COVID-19, the safety and well-being of our guests and employees remains The. [more...]

Mar 27, 2020 1:30 PM ET

Patreon says more creators are signing up for accounts than usual

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 27, 2020 - COVID-19 is taking its toll on independent artists Patreon says the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have reached its platform. In a blog post today, the company said more than 30,000 creators signed up for an account in the first few weeks of March. These creators are likely independent artists who have been particularly impacted by government restrictions of large gatherings, as well as restaurant and business closings. The company also. [more...]

Mar 27, 2020 1:10 PM ET

Never buy hardware today based on a promise of software tomorrow

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 27, 2020 - Photo by Brennan King / The Verge The headline on this story — never buy hardware today based on a promise of software tomorrow — doesn’t really apply to the new iPad Pro, which I reviewed yesterday. But I’ve been thinking about it ever since I hit the publish button. The phrase is a mantra we repeat over and over here at The Verge when there’s a promise that a future software update. [more...]

Mar 27, 2020 12:25 PM ET

The Morning After: Reviewing the iPad Pro (2020)

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 27, 2020 - And Huawei's new phone comes with a 10x optical zoom. Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. I spent the last few days talking with Huawei, listening to Huawei and (briefly) playing with its new flagship P40 Pro phone. If you've been following the company's progress over recent years, you'll know it really hit its groove making aggressively high-specced smartphones with incredible cameras and imaging tricks. But hopes of becoming the de. [more...]

Mar 27, 2020 12:00 PM ET

‘Flight Simulator’ developers explain its ‘shared world’ multiplayer

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 27, 2020 - Share the skies with other players, plus real-life air traffic and weather. Last year we got some hands-on time with a pre-alpha build of the next Flight Simulator game in Microsoft's long-running series. While that gave a peek at the game's photorealistic environment and inclusion of information like piped-in live flight traffic and weather data, Windows Central points out a seven-minute video the developers just posted that goes into the game's multiplayer features. The main mode is a. [more...]

Mar 27, 2020 11:45 AM ET

DataGuard, which provides GDPR and privacy compliance-as-a-service, raises $20M

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 27, 2020 - Watchdogs have started to raise the issue that new working practices and online activity necessitated by the spread of the coronavirus pandemic are creating new sets of privacy, security and data protection challenges. Today a startup is announcing a growth round of funding to help online businesses navigate those issues better. DataGuard, a Munich-based startup that provides “GDPR-as-a-service,” is essentially a cloud-based platform to help those doing business online ensure. [more...]

Mar 27, 2020 11:30 AM ET

Meet the European startups that pitched at EF’s 13th (and first virtual) Demo Day

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 27, 2020 - Entrepreneur First (EF), the the London-headquartered company builder and “talent first” investor, unveiled its latest cohort of “deep tech” companies in a first virtual Demo Day, amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. Presenting startups, in the format of a slick pre-recorded video, are made up of teams formed across EF’s three European locations: London, Berlin and Paris. In total, 25 new startups have been created across deep technology fields such as AI,. [more...]

Mar 27, 2020 11:25 AM ET

Huawei announces the P40 and tries to stay relevant without Google

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 27, 2020 - Huawei has unveiled new flagship phones today, the P40, P40 Pro and P40 Pro+. These are beautiful phones with great specs. But it would only take you a few minutes to realize that there’s something odd with them. There is no Gmail, no Google Maps and no Google Play Store. Last year, the U.S. government restricted U.S. firms from maintaining a business relationship with Huawei. Even though Huawei can only. [more...]

Mar 27, 2020 11:15 AM ET

Airbnb to provide free or subsidized housing for 100,000 COVID-19 healthcare workers

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 27, 2020 - The hospitality and travel industry may be reeling, but Airbnb  is still doing what it can to support the global effort to fight the spread of the coronavirus causing a worldwide pandemic. The company announced today that it will provide “free or subsidized housing” for 100,000 people working as frontline healthcare, relief for first response professionals focused on stemming the COVID-19 crisis. Airbnb’s effort will work by allowing Hosts on its platform to opt-in to making. [more...]

Mar 27, 2020 11:10 AM ET

DoNotPay’s new service will try to help you get bill extensions due to coronavirus

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 27, 2020 - Image: DoNotPay DoNotPay is ready to help you out if you need to delay your rent, credit card, or utility bill payments as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The company, known for its legal aid chatbot, is launching a new service that requests waivers and payment extensions from companies and landlords. The new product allows the service to identify any bills such as utilities and rent that are eligible. [more...]

Mar 27, 2020 10:20 AM ET

500 Startups moves to rolling admissions instead of cohorts

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 27, 2020 - 500 Startups is scrapping its cohort model for accelerating companies and moving to a rolling admissions process, the accelerator said during its latest demo day. One of the progenitors of the accelerator model in the US along with Techstars and Y Combinator, 500 has been a cornerstone of the early-stage company building platform. The move to a rolling admissions mirrors an approach taken by other accelerator programs including MuckerLab, the wildly successful Los Angeles-based early. [more...]

Mar 27, 2020 10:10 AM ET

Gig workers could get unemployment benefits under $2 trillion Senate stimulus bill

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 27, 2020 - The Senate’s historic $2 trillion stimulus package will make history in one more way: by providing some financial assistance to gig workers. Late last night, the Senate passed a $2 trillion stimulus bill in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the bill, which makes its way to the House of Representatives for a vote this week, gig workers would be eligible to apply for unemployment benefits. Additionally, the. [more...]

Mar 27, 2020 10:10 AM ET

Why Half-Life’s City 17 was pivotal to gaming’s post-Soviet obsession

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 27, 2020 - Half-Life: Alyx. ‘There’s an element of exotica’ The underground labs of the original Half-Life were set somewhere among New Mexico’s towering desert canyons. It wasn’t your prototypical blockbuster locale, but it was still Hollywood-esque, reminiscent of Cold War-era sci-fi films like Them!, where US Army men battled against giant irradiated ants below a blistering American sun. The setting of Half-Life’s sequel, on the other hand, felt markedly different: colder, darker, and altogether more otherworldly.. [more...]

Mar 27, 2020 10:05 AM ET

Daily Crunch: Airbnb offers housing for healthcare workers

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 27, 2020 - Airbnb  says it will subsidize housing for 100,000 workers at the front lines of COVID-19 care, Groupon gets a new CEO and Stripe invests in a universal checkout startup. Here’s your Daily Crunch for March 26, 2020. 1. Airbnb to provide free or subsidized housing for 100,000 COVID-19 healthcare workers Airbnb’s effort will work by allowing Hosts on its platform to opt-in to making their space available, with any fees that Airbnb. [more...]

Mar 27, 2020 9:45 AM ET

Tesla email reveals two employees have tested positive for COVID-19

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 27, 2020 - Two Tesla  employees, who had been working at home for nearly two weeks, have tested positive for COVID-19, according to an internal email sent Thursday morning by the company’s head of environmental, health, and safety department and viewed by TechCrunch . The employees were not symptomatic in the office, and both are quarantined at home and recovering well, according to the email from Tesla’s EHS department head Laurie Shelby. Their co-workers, who were already. [more...]

Mar 27, 2020 9:40 AM ET

Spotify will let artists link out to personal donation pages

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 27, 2020 - Spotify Spotify’s always billed itself as a platform for creators, so today, it announcedthat it’s going to help artists in need. The company will allow creators to link out to donation pages, whether it’s their own, a friend’s, or just an organization’s. Spotify won’t take a cut of the proceeds, and artists can opt into the feature when it eventually launches, which the company says will be “soon.” Interested artists can. [more...]

Mar 27, 2020 9:25 AM ET

Cyber insurer Chubb had data stolen in Maze ransomware attack

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 27, 2020 - Chubb,  a major cybersecurity insurance provider for businesses hit by data breaches, has itself become a target of a data breach. The insurance giant told TechCrunch it was investigating a “security incident” involving the unauthorized access to data belonging to an unnamed third-party. Chubb spokesperson Jeffrey Zack said the company had “no evidence” the incident affected Chubb’s own network and that its network “remains fully operational.” But the spokesperson declined to. [more...]

Mar 27, 2020 9:20 AM ET

Facebook appoints Treasury’s Kimmitt as lead independent board director

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 27, 2020 - Facebook has filled the lead independent board director role with former Deputy Secretary of the Treasury and U.S. Ambassador to Germany Robert M. Kimmitt. His job will be to serve as the go-between connecting Facebook CEO and controlling shareholder Mark Zuckerberg with the rest of the board. Meanwhile, the CEO of The Cranemere Group Limited Jeffrey D. Zients will not seek re-election to Facebook’s board at the 2020 annual meeting,. [more...]

Mar 27, 2020 9:15 AM ET

ULA successfully launches first US Space Force payload

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 27, 2020 - The United Launch Alliance  (ULA) has completed its 134th successful launch, continuing its perfect track record with a mission today for the U.S. Space Force. This is the first-ever dedicated mission for the Space Force, a new branch of the U.S. armed forces dedicated to the defense and protection of America’s strategic assets in space. The payload today was the sixth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite that has been deployed for. [more...]

Mar 27, 2020 9:10 AM ET

Sony’s WH-1000XM3 wireless headphones are nearly $100 off at Amazon

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 27, 2020 - Photo by James Bareham / The Verge It’s possible that noise-canceling headphones suddenly ended up on your wishlist due to the extended self-quarantine period many of us are experiencing around the world. If that’s the case for you, we’re finding good deals every day on some of our favorite models. Today’s deal is on the Sony WH-1000XM3, which are easily among the best headphones you can currently purchase. Instead of. [more...]

Mar 27, 2020 9:05 AM ET

Prisma Health develops FDA-authorized 3D-printed device that lets a single ventilator treat four patients

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 27, 2020 - The impending shortage of ventilators for U.S. hospitals is likely already a crisis, but will become even more dire as the number grows of patients with COVID-19 that are suffering from severe symptoms and require hospitalization. That’s why a simple piece of hardware newly approved by the FDA for emergency use — and available free via source code and 3D printing for hospitals — might be a key ingredient in. [more...]

Mar 27, 2020 9:00 AM ET

Report: WhatsApp has seen a 40% increase in usage due to COVID-19 pandemic

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 27, 2020 - Social media usage has grown as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, as more users go online to stay connected with family, friends and colleagues. Now, new data from insights and consulting firm Kantar reveals exactly how much some apps are benefiting. According to a survey of more than 25,000 consumers in 30 markets conducted from March 14 to 24, WhatsApp is the social media app that has experienced the greatest gains. [more...]

Mar 27, 2020 8:40 AM ET

Marshall’s new Uxbridge speaker features AirPlay 2 and Alexa voice support

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 27, 2020 - Image: Zound Industries The Marshall Uxbridge Voice is the latest Bluetooth speaker from Zound Industries, and it adds AirPlay 2 support to the lineup for the first time. Along with Apple’s streaming technology, the speaker also supports regular Bluetooth and Spotify Connect, and you can control it using the Alexa voice assistant. The speaker will be available starting on April 8th for $199 (£169.99 / €199). Unlike previous Bluetooth speakers. [more...]

Mar 27, 2020 8:40 AM ET

Coronavirus pushes [email protected]’s crowdsourced molecular science to exaflop levels

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 27, 2020 - The long-running [email protected] program to crowdsource the enormously complex task of solving molecular interactions has hit a major milestone as thousands of new users sign up to put their computers to work. The network now comprises an “exaflop” of computing power: 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 operations per second. [email protected] started some 20 years ago as a way — then novel, and pioneered by the now-hibernating [email protected] — to break up computation-heavy problems and parcel them. [more...]

Mar 27, 2020 8:35 AM ET

TuSimple partners with supplier ZF to mass produce self-driving truck tech

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 27, 2020 - Self-driving truck startup TuSimple  is partnering with automotive supplier ZF to develop and produce autonomous vehicle technology, such as sensors, on a commercial scale. The partnership, slated to begin in April, will cover China, Europe and North America. The two companies will co-develop sensors needed in autonomous vehicle technology such as cameras, lidar, radar and a central computer. As part of the partnership, ZF will contribute engineering support to validate and integrate. [more...]

Mar 27, 2020 8:30 AM ET

Apple extends free trials for its pro creative apps

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 27, 2020 - Apple  announced today that they are temporarily extending the free trials on Final Cut Pro X and Logic Pro X from 30 days to 90 days, giving potential customers stuck at home a longer window of time to try out the software. Apple said the company hopes the promotion will benefit creative Mac users, and especially students, who find themselves creating and learning in new environments. Apple joins a number of. [more...]

Mar 27, 2020 8:20 AM ET

Garry Tan and Alexis Ohanian on how to survive these crazy days (and what to learn from them)

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 27, 2020 - Garry Tan  and Alexis Ohanian founded Initialized Capital roughly nine years ago and they’ve closed four funds since, including most recently in late 2018. That $225 million vehicle is roughly twice the size of their previous fund, but because of the coronavirus, the firm, and its portfolio companies — some of which include Opendoor, Instacart  and Coinbase — could be facing a tougher road in 2020. Certainly, that’s true of nearly ever other venture firm and startup. [more...]