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May 17, 2019 8:40 AM ET

Facebook says it will restore groups infiltrated by saboteurs

iCrowdNewswire - May 17, 2019 - Facebook is “working to restore” a number of groups that were erroneously removed or affected by “sabotage,” according to the company. A spokesperson told The Verge the social network “removed several groups from Facebook after detecting content that violated our policies.” After investigation, it discovered content had been “posted to sabotage legitimate, non-violating groups.” Facebook is working to restore any groups affected and to “prevent this from happening again.” The situation allegedly. [more...]

May 17, 2019 8:30 AM ET

Boosted’s first electric scooter is a $1,599 vehicle built to conquer city streets

iCrowdNewswire - May 17, 2019 - The electric skateboard company finally branches out into a new form factor California company Boosted is known for its category-leading electric skateboards, but it’s now ready to back up years of talking about branching out into other form factors. Today, the company announced the Boosted Rev, a $1,599 dual-motor electric scooter that matches Boosted’s well-tested (and well-loved) electric drivetrain technology with a rugged frame meant to handle rides through basically. [more...]

May 17, 2019 8:20 AM ET

Ajit Pai proposes new rule that would allow carriers to block robocalls

iCrowdNewswire - May 17, 2019 - On Wednesday, the Federal Communications Commission announced a new measure that would grant mobile phone carriers new abilities to block the growing number of unwanted robocalls. The new rule would make it easier for carriers, like AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile, to automatically register their customers for call-blocking technology. As of right now, customers have to opt-in on their own. It would also allow customers to block calls coming from phone. [more...]

May 17, 2019 8:10 AM ET

Apple keeps iPhone 6S going with ‘made in India’ campaign

iCrowdNewswire - May 17, 2019 - Apple is known to keep its older iPhone models and designs around to flesh out the entry-level of its product portfolio, but this is getting a little ridiculous. The iPhone 6S, now in its fourth year of existence, is the subject of a new marketing campaign in India where its local manufacturing is prominently advertised. With India in the midst of a contentious general election and concerns about nationalism prominent in many. [more...]

May 17, 2019 7:40 AM ET

Fox’s new sci-fi show is about an evil Alexa taking over the world

iCrowdNewswire - May 17, 2019 - Netflix just announced a new season of Black Mirror, but if you prefer your sci-fi dystopias a little more on the camp side, Fox has just the thing: a new show called neXt about an evil Alexa that wants to take over the world. Seriously, although the trailer doesn’t quite explain what the eponymous neXt AI is (does it do your taxes? Control traffic? Play Spotify? All three?), it is 100 percent definitely Alexa. As in, there’s. [more...]

May 17, 2019 7:30 AM ET

Donald Trump is short-circuiting the electronics industry

iCrowdNewswire - May 17, 2019 - For more than a year now, President Donald Trump has been playing chicken with China, instituting increasingly expensive tariffs to add pressure for a trade deal that never seems to materialize. So far, those tariffs have kept clear of consumer goods like smartphones or televisions, with the most damaging taxes restricted to intermediary products like soybeans or steel. But after talks broke down last week, a new set of tariffs. [more...]

May 17, 2019 7:10 AM ET

The Motorola One Vision has a 21:9 screen and looks less like an iPhone clone

iCrowdNewswire - May 17, 2019 - Motorola is introducing a new member to its lineup of Motorola One handsets today, but it won’t come to the United States. Still, the new One Vision deviates from Motorola’s current smartphone family to such a degree that it’s worth highlighting. Its 6.3-inch LCD screen has a 21:9 aspect ratio that’s perfect for movies, a trend that Sony recently joined in on. Motorola calls the display CinemaVision. It’s not the sharpest. [more...]

May 17, 2019 6:50 AM ET

White House won’t endorse international call to block extremist content online

iCrowdNewswire - May 17, 2019 - In the wake of the Christchurch shootings, social media platforms and governments alike have been struggling with how to deal with terrorist content online, and this week saw their first concrete response. On Sunday, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a new commitment called the “Christchurch Call,” which calls on tech platforms and governments to adopt and enforce laws for removing extremist content. The call is already attracting support from countries. [more...]

May 17, 2019 6:40 AM ET

How to prompt your memory with Google Photos

iCrowdNewswire - May 17, 2019 - Memory is a tricky thing. Some of us are great at attaching names to faces, while others (and here I raise my hand) have always had a problem with remembering names, especially when you meet someone out of context. For example, imagine the embarrassment when someone you know from work suddenly shows up at a friend’s party, and you spend the next hour trying to remember their name. As a. [more...]

May 17, 2019 6:30 AM ET

NASA spacecraft spots doomed lunar lander’s crash site on Moon’s surface

iCrowdNewswire - May 17, 2019 - A NASA spacecraft in orbit around the Moon spotted the crash site of an Israeli robotic lander named Beresheet, which slammed into the lunar surface during a botched landing attempt in April. New pictures from the spacecraft show that the lander left a dark, 10-meter-long smudge across the Moon where it hit and then disintegrated. The ill-fated lander was the creation of an Israeli nonprofit called SpaceIL, which launched Beresheet on top. [more...]

May 17, 2019 6:20 AM ET

James Gunn says being fired from Guardians of the Galaxy 3 let him experience ‘real love’

iCrowdNewswire - May 17, 2019 - Back in 2018, Disney fired director James Gunn, who was at the time working on the second sequel to his Marvel Cinematic Universe film Guardians of the Galaxy. The firing came in response to a smear campaign by a noted alt-right media personality, who resurfaced some bad-taste jokes about pedophilia that Gunn had tweeted, in some cases more than a decade ago. The public firing resulted in several weeks of internet uproar, with. [more...]

May 17, 2019 6:10 AM ET

James Charles’ YouTube downfall is big business for the rest of the community

iCrowdNewswire - May 17, 2019 - The online spectacle surrounding YouTube celebrity James Charles started out as a spat between friends. The hundreds of reaction and commentary videos that have sprung up in the last week, however, collecting millions of views and generating thousands of dollars in ad revenue, show how drama becomes everyone’s business on YouTube. In the days since beauty vlogger Tati Westbrook published a 43-minute video condemning Charles’ behavior over the past few months, Charles has lost. [more...]

May 16, 2019 8:50 AM ET

Google is replacing Bluetooth Titan Security Keys because of a vulnerability

iCrowdNewswire - May 16, 2019 - Google has issued a security advisory for its Bluetooth Titan Security Keys that is serious enough for it to replace them for free. The company says that there is a “misconfiguration in the Titan Security Keys’ Bluetooth pairing protocols” that could potentially allow an attacker to get access to your account or device — though only in a couple of specific (and specifically difficult to pull off) circumstances. The company tells us. [more...]

May 16, 2019 8:40 AM ET

Windows dual-booting on Chromebooks is probably not happening now

iCrowdNewswire - May 16, 2019 - Rumors of Google working on adding an option to dual-boot Windows 10 on its Chromebooks have been around for almost a year, but it appears that the dream may be dead. Google is reportedly deprecating all of its “Alt OS” code for the dual-booting feature, as spotted by Reddit user crosfrog (via Android Police). Chromebooks are sticking to Chrome OS for now Word of the dual-boot feature — said to be called “Project. [more...]

May 16, 2019 8:30 AM ET

An aircraft from Blade, the ‘Uber for helicopters,’ crashed in the Hudson River

iCrowdNewswire - May 16, 2019 - A helicopter contracted by Blade, an on-demand short-distance flight service, crashed into the Hudson River in New York City this afternoon. The aircraft’s pilot was the only person onboard and suffered non-life-threatening injuries, the New York Fire Department reports. “Earlier today, a helicopter made a safe emergency landing on floats in the Hudson River near the heliport,” a Blade representative confirmed to The Verge. “The pilot was not injured and immediately exited. [more...]

May 16, 2019 8:20 AM ET

YTMND disappeared, 15 years after changing the internet

iCrowdNewswire - May 16, 2019 - One of the earliest and most influential meme culture websites, You’re The Man Now Dog, went dark over the weekend. It’s since returned with a maintenance page, but the near-death experience has been enough to bring visitors into a site-run Discord chat to briefly relive the internet as it was — a wild, overgrown garden of things that were entertaining and horrifying in just about equal measure. The site’s apparent demise was inevitable,. [more...]

May 16, 2019 8:10 AM ET

White House cracks down on Huawei equipment sales with executive order

iCrowdNewswire - May 16, 2019 - After months of speculation, President Trump has signed an executive ordergiving the federal government the power to block US companies from buying foreign-made telecommunications equipment deemed a national security risk. Under the order, which gives the secretary of commerce power to determine which transactions may be potential risks, no single company is immediately marked as a threat. But the plan is largely seen as a move against China-based Huawei, which some. [more...]

May 16, 2019 7:40 AM ET

Investigators confirm that PG&E power lines started the deadly Camp Fire

iCrowdNewswire - May 16, 2019 - Fire authorities have officially determined that Pacific Gas and Electric Co. was responsible for last year’s deadly Camp Fire in Paradise, California. In a press release earlier today, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said that “after a very meticulous and thorough investigation, Cal Fire has determined that the Camp Fire was caused by electrical transmission lines owned and operated by Pacific Gas and Electricity (PG&E) located. [more...]

May 16, 2019 7:30 AM ET

Super Mario Maker 2 will have co-op play and a huge amount of new features

iCrowdNewswire - May 16, 2019 - Super Mario Maker 2 is looking like a substantial upgrade over the original build-your-Mario-game. Today during a Nintendo Direct video, Nintendo detailed a huge number of features coming to the Switch game, chief among them co-op play, so that you can build and design levels with another player on the same console. You’ll also be able to play through created levels online with up to four other people.   That’s far. [more...]

May 16, 2019 7:20 AM ET

Snapchat has become a content creation tool for Instagram and Twitter users

iCrowdNewswire - May 16, 2019 - It’s arguable that Snapchat stopped being culturally relevant when Kylie Jenner declared it dead and Rihanna disavowed it. This past weekend, however, it seemed like everyone was re-downloading, reopening, or trying out Snapchat for the first time in years. The cause was two new Snapchat filters, which allow users to look at gender swapped versions of themselves by adding traditional masculine features (beards and short hair) or normative female features (makeup, long hair, and. [more...]

May 16, 2019 6:50 AM ET

What does it cost to compete with Disney and Netflix? Quibi bets $2 billion

iCrowdNewswire - May 16, 2019 - If you’ve never heard of Quibi, the mobile short-form video platform started by former HP CEO Meg Whitman and Hollywood heavyweight Jeffrey Katzenberg, you’re likely not alone. The service hasn’t even launched yet, and it’s not supposed to for another year. But Quibi, which is named after the phrase “quick bite” for the types of easily digestible video content it aims to produce, plans to raise an additional $1 billion,. [more...]

May 16, 2019 6:30 AM ET

Electric air taxi startup Lilium completes first test of its new five-seater aircraft

iCrowdNewswire - May 16, 2019 - German air taxi startup Lilium announced the first test of its full-scale, all-electric five-seater aircraft. It was the latest in a series of successful tests for the nascent electric flight industry, which aims to have “flying cars” whizzing above cities within the next decade. In a video provided by the Munich-based company, Lilium’s unpiloted aircraft can be seen taking off vertically like a helicopter, hovering briefly, and then landing. It. [more...]

May 16, 2019 6:20 AM ET

Watch SpaceX launch the first 60 satellites of its massive Starlink internet constellation

iCrowdNewswire - May 16, 2019 - Update May 15th, 10:50PM ET: SpaceX delayed Wednesday’s launch just before takeoff due to high winds above the launch site. The company will try again Thursday, May 16th. Original Story: Tonight, SpaceX will attempt to jumpstart its ambitious internet-from-space initiative known as Starlink, by launching the first 60 production satellites of nearly 12,000 planned spacecraft into a low orbit above Earth. These inaugural probes do not have all of the capabilities that. [more...]

May 15, 2019 9:20 AM ET

Jeff Bezos unveils mock-up of Blue Origin’s lunar lander Blue Moon

iCrowdNewswire - May 15, 2019 - Today, Jeff Bezos unveiled the design of his spaceflight company’s lunar lander, the Blue Moon, which can take scientific payloads — and eventually humans — to the surface of the Moon. Bezos said that his company, Blue Origin, has been working on the design for the lander for the last three years. “This is an incredible vehicle, and it’s going to the Moon,” Bezos said after unveiling a mock-up of. [more...]

May 15, 2019 8:50 AM ET

Ubisoft keeps pretending its political games don’t have politics in them

iCrowdNewswire - May 15, 2019 - Today Ubisoft officially unveiled the latest Tom Clancy release, Ghost Recon: Breakpoint. A sequel to 2017’s Wildlands, it’s another realistic military shooter — and another chance for Ubisoft to say that its games are free of politics. It’s become something of a trend for the French publisher, which makes big-budget action games that feature settings and storylines plucked from the headlines, yet stubbornly refuse to say much of substance despite this. Ubisoft. [more...]

May 15, 2019 8:40 AM ET

Google’s Pixel 3A is refreshingly easy to repair

iCrowdNewswire - May 15, 2019 - iFixit has conducted its teardown of Google’s new Pixel 3A and 3A XL smartphones, awarding the devices a reparability score of 6 out of 10. The site found that the new Pixel’s display is fairly easy to remove — without the heat gun or blow dryer that’s often necessary to melt the adhesive securing the screens on many of today’s phones. Instead, Google uses a “spongy, easily-separated adhesive.” The downside here. [more...]

May 15, 2019 8:30 AM ET

Google is starting to reveal the secrets of its experimental Fuchsia OS

iCrowdNewswire - May 15, 2019 - Google Fuchsia remains shrouded in mystery, but the company is slowly beginning to open up about the next-generation operating system, what its purpose is, and what devices it might power. At Google’s I/O developer conference this past week, Android and Chrome chief Hiroshi Lockheimer offered some rare insight into Fuchsia, albeit at a very high level, in front of public audiences. What we do know about Fuchsia is that it’s. [more...]

May 15, 2019 8:10 AM ET

Chelsea Manning has been released from jail, but she may be back in a week

iCrowdNewswire - May 15, 2019 - Whistleblower and former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning is no longer in jail — but that could change as early as next week. According to a press release from Manning’s attorneys — via Sparrow Media — she was released from the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center in Alexandria, VA earlier today, after spending 62 days in jail for refusing to testify about WikiLeaks after being subpoenaed for an ongoing investigation. That investigation isn’t. [more...]

May 15, 2019 7:50 AM ET

Google now lists playable podcasts in search results

iCrowdNewswire - May 15, 2019 - Google’s new podcast-focused search results have arrived in desktop browsers, after being announced earlier this week at Google I/O 2019. Searching for a podcast now shows you its three most recent episodes which can played directly in Google’s web player on podcasts.google.com. The functionality works across both desktop and mobile. It’s especially useful on iOS where a dedicated Google Podcasts app is yet to be released, as 9to5Google notes. The web player, which was first. [more...]

May 15, 2019 7:40 AM ET

Will.i.am’s acquisition of wireless earbud startup Earin has fallen through

iCrowdNewswire - May 15, 2019 - Will.i.am’s tech company won’t be buying Earin after all, the true wireless earbud startup has announced. The acquisition first became public almost a year and a half ago at CES 2018, when reports emerged that the musician’s tech brand, i.am+, would be buying the Swedish startup for an undisclosed amount. In its announcement, Earin said that the proposed acquisition stalled due to “unfulfilled obligations,” but did not give any further details. It. [more...]