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Jul 12, 2019 7:10 AM ET

Foxconn will only create 1500 jobs, says Wisconsin governor

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 12, 2019 - The Foxconn factory in Wisconsin will only create 1,500 jobs when it starts production next May, Gov. Tony Evers told CNBC yesterday. That’s the same number Foxconn has been saying since it shifted plans for the factory a few months ago, and far short of the 13,000 jobs that were promised when President Trump broke ground a year ago. Evers has been negotiating with Foxconn since he replaced former Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, and. [more...]

Jul 12, 2019 6:40 AM ET

Congress faces ‘hard questions’ on facial recognition as activists push for ban

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 12, 2019 - Lawmakers pressed officials on the federal government’s use of facial recognition today, as activists push for an outright ban on the technology. The issue came under renewed scrutiny this week after a report on how Immigration and Customers Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are using the technology in investigations. “Americans don’t expect — and certainly don’t consent — to be surveilled just because they get a license or ID card,”. [more...]

Jul 12, 2019 6:10 AM ET

Virgin Orbit’s giant plane drops rocket over California during crucial flight test

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 12, 2019 - This morning, Virgin Orbit — the spinoff company of Richard Branson’s space tourism venture Virgin Galactic — dropped a small test rocket from an airplane over Southern California where it slammed into the ground. The rocket’s plunge to the earth was part of a major flight test for Virgin Orbit that will pave the way for the company’s first launch to space later this summer. This morning’s event was known. [more...]

Jul 11, 2019 12:10 PM ET

The Art of Self-Defense functions like a 20-year anniversary remake of Fight Club

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 11, 2019 - In Riley Stearns’ new movie The Art of Self-Defense, a lonely, mild-mannered office drone has an experience that forces him to reevaluate his lowly place in a supposedly civilized society. He joins a group with a charismatic leader who encourages a reclamation of traditional masculinity built around boundary-breaking physical conflict. He meets a similarly minded woman and develops an unconventional, not-quite-romantic relationship with her. Eventually, he comes to suspect that the. [more...]

Jul 11, 2019 11:40 AM ET

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 breaks cover in these first ‘official’ leaked photos

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 11, 2019 - If you’ve been following phone news even a little bit, you know that Samsung’s flagship, stylus-equipped Galaxy Note 10 is coming August 7th. You know it’ll have 5G, and you even have a decent idea what it looks like thanks to these estimated renders from June. But now, we may be getting our best look at the Galaxy Note 10 — the first official photos of the phone have reportedly leaked out. The. [more...]

Jul 11, 2019 11:10 AM ET

Android Q gestures are still in flux, even in today’s new beta release

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 11, 2019 - Google has released Beta 5 for Android Q today, and the big change is a confirmation of what we’d already suspected: a tweak to how the back gesture will work. The back gesture will now work differently depending on what app you’re in, and Google has finally landed on what it thinks the gesture should be to invoke the Google Assistant. Let’s start with the back gesture. Starting with this beta, swiping. [more...]

Jul 11, 2019 10:40 AM ET

Google shuts down Nest app for Apple Watch and Wear OS

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 11, 2019 - People take control of their smart thermostat from their wrist so infrequently that Google has decided to completely scrap its Nest app for both Apple Watch and the company’s own Wear OS platform. The smartwatch Nest app offered a quick way to adjust the thermostat’s target temperature or operating mode. But now it simply displays a “Nest is no longer supported on Wear OS” message when opened and instructs customers. [more...]

Jul 11, 2019 10:10 AM ET

Bird is making Paris its ‘second home,’ as city cracks down on scooter riding

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 11, 2019 - Bird is planning to build a new hub in Paris and hire 1,000 people over two years to help spur the growth of its scooter-sharing service across the European continent. Bird CEO Travis VanderZanden said the hub will be the Santa Monica-based company’s “second European home.” Bird first launched its dockless, electric scooter rental business in Paris last August. Since then, its scooters have become a ubiquitous sight in the City. [more...]

Jul 11, 2019 9:40 AM ET

Apple is silently removing Zoom’s web server software from Macs

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 11, 2019 - After all of the drama over Zoom’s use of a hidden web server on Macs, Apple itself has decided to step in, TechCrunch reports. It is issuing a silent update — meaning your Mac will get it without any interaction on your part — to remove the web server, which was designed to save Safari users an extra click, from any Mac that has Zoom’s software installed. Although Zoom itself issued an emergency. [more...]

Jul 11, 2019 9:10 AM ET

Apple is silently removing Zoom’s web server software from Macs

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 11, 2019 - After all of the drama over Zoom’s use of a hidden web server on Macs, Apple itself has decided to step in, TechCrunch reports. It is issuing a silent update — meaning your Mac will get it without any interaction on your part — to remove the web server, which was designed to save Safari users an extra click, from any Mac that has Zoom’s software installed. Although Zoom itself issued an emergency. [more...]

Jul 11, 2019 8:40 AM ET

Chinese EV startup Seres halts US launch, lays off 90 people in Silicon Valley

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 11, 2019 - Seres, the Chinese EV startup formerly known as SF Motors, is laying off 90 people in its Silicon Valley office, the company announced in a staff meeting held earlier today. The US launch of its first electric SUV, the SF5, is also now on hold, according to a recording of the meeting obtained by The Verge. It had originally planned to make and sell its electric SUVs in both China and. [more...]

Jul 11, 2019 8:10 AM ET

Head of NASA’s human exploration program demoted as agency pushes for Moon return

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 11, 2019 - The head of NASA’s human exploration program has been replaced within the agency, just months after Vice President Mike Pence challenged NASA to send humans to the Moon within the next five years. The move is the latest in a couple of high-profile executive changes NASA has made in recent months as the agency strives to return humans to the lunar surface. “As you know, NASA has been given a bold challenge. [more...]

Jul 11, 2019 7:40 AM ET

RHA’s Wireless Flight Adapter makes any headphone jack wireless

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 11, 2019 - Scottish earphones specialist RHA is releasing a new accessory today, which should prove handy for users of wireless headphones from any brand. Called the Wireless Flight Adapter, its main purpose is to make the connection between an airplane’s in-flight entertainment system and your wireless headphones. It lasts for up to 16 hours on a charge, according to RHA, which should cover you for the majority of even the longest flights.. [more...]

Jul 11, 2019 7:10 AM ET

Apple Watch eavesdropping vulnerability forces Apple to disable Walkie-Talkie

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 11, 2019 - The Apple Watch Walkie-Talkie app has been disabled after Apple found a vulnerability that could let people listen in on other iPhones, the company tellsTechCrunch. Apple isn’t aware of the vulnerability having been used, and hasn’t provided any details of how it works beyond saying that “specific conditions and sequences of events are required to exploit it.” Here’s Apple’s statement to TechCrunch: We were just made aware of a vulnerability related to. [more...]

Jul 11, 2019 6:40 AM ET

Former Tesla employee admits uploading Autopilot source code to his iCloud

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 11, 2019 - Guangzhi Cao, a former engineer at Tesla, admitted in a court filing this week that he uploaded zip files containing Autopilot source code to his personal iCloud account in late 2018 while still working for the company. Tesla sued Cao earlier this year for allegedly stealing trade secrets related to Autopilot and bringing them to Chinese EV startup Xiaopeng Motors, also known as Xmotors or XPeng, which is backed by tech giant Alibaba. Cao. [more...]

Jul 11, 2019 6:10 AM ET

Nintendo is updating the original Switch with a new CPU and storage

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 11, 2019 - Nintendo just announced a smaller, cheaper version of the Switch today, but the Switch Lite may not be the only trick up Nintendo’s sleeves — the originalNintendo Switch is also getting a new processor and new flash storage chips, according to filings with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The new chips could mean fewer slowdowns, faster load times, longer battery life, less heat... or perhaps none of these things. Nintendo submitted what’s called a “Class. [more...]

Jul 10, 2019 1:10 PM ET

A story about phones that look like onions and garlic

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 10, 2019 - I don’t know about you, but I’ve been getting pretty bored by phone colors of late. Everyone is offering the same silver and gold finishes, of course, while China’s initially laudable effort to develop every single blue gradient pattern imaginable seems to be running out of steam. Former Oppo sub-brand Realme thinks it has the answer, and that answer is — what else? — “hire the most famous Japanese industrial. [more...]

Jul 10, 2019 12:40 PM ET

Elon Musk says free self-driving chip upgrade could come to older Teslas this year

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 10, 2019 - Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the company will “most likely” start retrofitting its new, more powerful processing chip into older vehicles near the end of the year. The new FSD chip is the first to have been designed in-house. Tesla says it offers 21 times the performance of the Nvidia chips it replaces — a claim Nvidia disputes. The new chip has been shipping in Model S, X, and 3 cars since before. [more...]

Jul 10, 2019 12:10 PM ET

Dr. Mario World feels more like Candy Crush than the classic NES game

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 10, 2019 - Super Mario World is a legendary Nintendo game that took the original Super Mario concept from the NES and expanded it into a whole new evolution of the franchise that arguably laid the groundwork for what Mario games are today. Sadly, despite its name, Dr. Mario World — the upcoming mobile evolution of the original NES title — lacks the same pedigree, hewing closer to free-to-play mobile puzzlers like Candy Crush Saga. To start,. [more...]

Jul 10, 2019 11:40 AM ET

Sony Xperia 1 review: tall phone falls short

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 10, 2019 - Sony’s best phone yet still isn’t worth the price You can immediately see what Sony is going for with the new Xperia 1 just by looking at it. It’s so tall and unique that it’s obvious that Sony wanted to make it stand out from the pack of Android phones. In a world dominated by Samsung and Huawei, Sony needed to give people a specific, differentiating reason to consider its. [more...]

Jul 10, 2019 11:10 AM ET

The latest Pokémon Sword and Shield monsters are made of coal and whipped cream

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 10, 2019 - There’s a new trailer out for Pokémon Sword and Shield, which explains a little bit more about how the new “gigantamax” feature works as well as some of the new gym leaders players will battle. But that’s not why you’re here: the real news is that we have a handful of new pokémon to “ooh” and “ahh” over. Four new creatures were revealed today, and they represent quite the range. Duraludon is a. [more...]

Jul 10, 2019 10:40 AM ET

This Chrome extension lets you disguise Netflix as a Hangout to slack off at work

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 10, 2019 - Netflix Hangouts is a new Chrome extension that tries to make it easier to get away with watching Netflix while you’re supposed to be working. Just go to the show you want to catch up on during work hours, and press the extension’s icon in your Chrome menu to bring up a fake four-person conference call. Then you can sit back and watch the show in the window’s bottom right feed while three. [more...]

Jul 10, 2019 10:10 AM ET

ICE and the FBI are using facial recognition on driver’s license databases around the US

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 10, 2019 - Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are widely using facial recognition tools on state driver’s license databases around the country, according to newly released documents. Searches even for low-level crimes In documents from multiple states released today, Georgetown Law reveals how officials regularly turn to local DMVs for facial recognition searches. The database searches scan millions of license photos, regardless of whether any individual in the. [more...]

Jul 10, 2019 9:40 AM ET

Spider-Man: Far From Home is saving the MCU by ignoring its continuity

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 10, 2019 - Anyone who goes into Spider-Man: Far From Home hoping that the Marvel Cinematic Universe will keep exploring and extending the tragedy of Avengers: Endgame will be thoroughly disappointed — but it’s a good kind of disappointment. The MCU’s continuity has gotten more and more convoluted and interconnected over the course of more than a decade of movies, as space aliens mingle with Sorcerers Supreme and cosmic threats alter the future, the past, and time. [more...]

Jul 10, 2019 9:10 AM ET

These rumored Pixel 4 XL renders show just how big its bezels will be

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 10, 2019 - It’s July, three months before we expect Google to fully unveil the Pixel 4. Like clockwork, the next scene in the phone rumor script has been performed: full 3D CAD renders of the upcoming phone. They come via Steve Hemmerstoffer — you know him as OnLeaks — who provided them to Pricebaba. Renders are generally not the most exciting kind of phone leak, especially after Google just tweeted out its own images, but there’s just a little extra. [more...]

Jul 10, 2019 8:40 AM ET

Chrome OS will soon let you tether to an iPhone over USB

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 10, 2019 - Chrome OS will soon be able to tether to an iPhone over USB, allowing Apple’s phones to share a mobile data connection without the battery drain of doing it wirelessly. News of the feature was first reported by Chrome Unboxed, which spotted it in a commit to Chromium’s source code. Along with consuming less battery power, the commit also notes that USB tethering should be more reliable than Wi-Fi. Chrome OS has supported USB. [more...]

Jul 10, 2019 8:10 AM ET

Microsoft’s new Windows 1.11 app is a Stranger Things trip back to 1985

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 10, 2019 - Microsoft is celebrating Stranger Things season 3 in true Windows 1.0 style today. The software giant has created a Windows 1.11 app for a tie-in with Stranger Things, and it includes nostalgic apps like Paint, Write, and the original Windows cmd prompt. While the app is supposed to be set in the summer of 1985 just like the TV show, Windows 1.0 didn’t actually debut until November 1985. Awkward dates aside, this app is designed. [more...]

Jul 10, 2019 7:10 AM ET

Flash floods in Washington, DC take their toll on dockless bikes and scooters

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 10, 2019 - Flash flooding in Washington, DC has thrown the capital region in chaos, with reports of water rescues, traffic closures, and power outages. The floods are also taking their toll on the city’s thousands of bikes and scooters, with images surfacing on social media of dockless vehicles floating forlornly in floodwaters. Bird, Jump, and Lime, three of the city’s five operators, told The Verge that their employees were actively engaged in removing scooters from. [more...]

Jul 10, 2019 6:40 AM ET

Ajit Pai has a new proposal to go after international robocallers

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 10, 2019 - On Monday, Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai proposed a new rule that would make malicious text message spoofing and overseas robocalls illegal, something that the agency has yet to fully address in its attempts to fight robocalls. The measure formally implements rules approved by Congress last year that authorize the FCC to go after text message fraudsters and international robocallers. If approved, calls and texts that use spoofing to. [more...]

Jul 10, 2019 6:10 AM ET

In season 3, Stranger Things’ celebration of ’80s pop culture becomes a political ideology

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 10, 2019 - Warning: spoilers ahead for season 3 of Stranger Things. The third season of Stranger Things, like the first two seasons, revels in the fun, funny, nostalgic detritus of 1980s pop culture. Much of the series’s action is set in a mall, the center of teen life before the advent of iPhones and Amazon. In the shopping emporium, the kids buy colorful ‘80s clothes and watch movies like Back to the Future and George Romero’s Day. [more...]