Category: NEW IN TECHNOLOGY

Some Customers May Have Bought Xbox One X By Mistake

Microsoft’s announcement that its next generation would be called Xbox Series X and Series S got some amount of ribbing–what if people confuse it with the current-gen Xbox One X and One S? Now as the console preorders go live, there’s at least some indication that the naming scheme may have led to mistaken purchases.

According to Amazon’s “Movers & Shakers” chart in the video games category, Xbox One X sales surged by 431% yesterday. These kinds of percentage-based charts can be misleading, but that kind of sudden surge at least suggests that some consumers may be buying the system by mistake, intending to preorder the next-gen console.

On the other hand, there is no similar surge for Xbox One S on the charts. If product confusion were at issue it seems that may be happening too, as customers mistake the One S for the similarly named Series S. They’re

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Echelon ‘Prime bike’ has nothing to do with Amazon, and has been struck down

A company called Echelon Fitness on Tuesday unveiled an exercise bike “in collaboration with Amazon,” but Amazon says it wasn’t involved and has ceased sales of the product pending modifications.

Echelon Fitness touted the $500 now ex-“Prime Bike” as “Amazon’s first-ever connected fitness product” that was developed in partnership with the online retail juggernaut. On Tuesday evening, however, Amazon denied that it was ever involved with the product or Echelon Fitness.

“This bike is not an Amazon product or related to Amazon Prime,” Amazon told Bloomberg. “Echelon does not have a formal partnership with Amazon. We are working with Echelon to clarify this in its communications, stop the sale of the product and change the product branding.”

As of Wednesday morning, the name of the bike has been changed to “EX-P” instead of “EX-Prime.” All mentions of Amazon have been removed, and the bike is also listed as “currently

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Predictions for Texas A&M, Baylor and TCU’s openers, plus UT-Texas Tech and more

This week, The Dallas Morning News’ panel of nine college football experts — including columnists, writers and editors from The News as well as personalities from The Ticket, FSSW, NBC5 and the Denton Record-Chronicle — makes predictions for 20 different college football games, both straight and against the spread. This is double of what the group predicted each of the last two weeks because of the staggered start across the nation from various college football conferences.

Three different area schools will be making their season debuts this weekend: Baylor, TCU and Texas A&M. Only the Aggies were slotted to actually start this week. Both Baylor and TCU were supposed to already have a non-conference game under their belts by this point of September, but both schools had games postponed because of COVID-19 issues.

Among this week’s big games: Texas Tech will host Texas in the first in-state vs. in-state matchup

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AT&T 5G is coming to three Air Force bases

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AT&T 5G is coming to three more Air Force bases.


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AT&T is bringing its 5G network to three more US Air Force bases, the company announced Wednesday. The faster mobile network will be added to Buckley Air Force Base in Colorado, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska and Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska.

There are more than 24,000 personnel serving on those Air Force bases, AT&T said. They can use the 5G network to support new applications for drones, robotics, virtual and augmented reality, smart connected solutions, network storage and cybersecurity.

The three bases are also testing AT&T’s networking-as-a-service capabilities to help “innovate and improve our global air, space and cyber readiness,” Col. Justin K. Collins, Deputy of Enterprise IT and Cyber Infrastructure Division for the US Air Force, said in

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South Korea tech giants expanding robotics amid COVID-19

Sept. 23 (UPI) — South Korea’s biggest tech companies are investing in robotics as a solution to the risks of human contact amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Service robots could soon reduce the number of jobs in restaurants and hotels, however.

LG Electronics is expanding its robot business and introducing new technology in hotels that eliminates the need for human servers, South Korean news service EDaily reported Wednesday.

The company will soon introduce a robot that pours draft beer for guests at the Mayfield Hotel buffet in Seoul, according to the report.

Robots could replace workers in other areas of the hotel, including people who work in outdoor delivery, food and beverage, and even concierge services.

LG Electronics, part of the fourth-biggest conglomerate in South Korea, LG Corp., is positioned to install robots in a variety of locations, including in apartment complexes, on university campuses and playgrounds. An LG affiliate is

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Dow Falls Over 500 Points As Tech Stocks Drag Market Lower

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The market fell sharply on Wednesday, adding to its sell-off so far in September as tech stocks again came under pressure and investors remained wary about a resurgence in coronavirus cases.

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 1.9%, or 525 points, on Wednesday, while the S&P 500 fell 2.4% and the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite dropped 3.0%.

Shares of Big Tech stocks, which have been the source of the sell-off in recent weeks, again dragged the market lower: Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Netflix and Google-parent Alphabet all fell around 3% or more.

Tesla stock plunged over 9% after the company’s highly anticipated ‘Battery Day’, in which CEO Elon Musk detailed a new battery design that he says will make Tesla’s cars cheaper to produce. 

Some Tesla investors

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CORRECTING and REPLACING SES Advances Digital Transformation with Cloud-First Strategy, Expanded Agreement

Multi-year agreement with Microsoft includes Azure Orbital integration, SES’s expanded use of Azure and joint development of new video and data connectivity services

Eighth paragraph of release dated September 22, 2020 should read: The two companies will make joint investments in Azure Orbital ground stations for the MEO and Earth Observation segments that SES will deploy and manage based on its industry expertise, with the first Earth Observation gateway being located at Quincy, Washington in the United States. (instead of … with the first Earth Observation gateway being located at Quincy, Western Australia.).

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SES Advances Digital Transformation with Cloud-First Strategy, Expanded Agreement (Photo: Business Wire)

The updated release reads:

SES ADVANCES DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION WITH CLOUD-FIRST STRATEGY, EXPANDED AGREEMENT

Multi-year agreement with Microsoft includes Azure Orbital integration, SES’s expanded use of Azure and joint development of new video and data

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shares surge in market debut

Doug Hirsch, Co-Founder and C0-CEO of GoodRx.

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Shares of GoodRx, a company that finds users prescription drugs at a discount, jumped 40% in its public debut Wednesday on the Nasdaq. 

The stock began trading at $46 per share, up from its IPO price of $33 per share. Shares trade under the symbol “GDRX” on the NASDAQ. Shares were up as much as 50% early Wednesday afternoon.

Founded in 2011 by Facebook veteran Doug Hirsch and software entrepreneur Trevor Bezdek, GoodRx offers users a free list of discount cards and coupons to cut down costs of their prescription medication. The company collects fees from the pharmacy benefits managers it works with.

It’s the latest tech company to go public in a busy month for IPOs, following Snowflake, Unity and Amwell. Data analytics company Palantir is expected to go public in a direct listing on Sept. 30. GoodRx

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Advertisers reach deal with social media on steps to curb harmful content

Facebook, YouTube and Twitter have agreed with big advertisers on first steps to curb harmful content online, following boycotts of social media platforms that advertisers had accused of tolerating hate speech.

The agreement comes three months after Facebook was hit by a boycott from major advertisers in the wake of anti-racism demonstrations that followed the death of George Floyd, an American Black man, in police custody.

Advertisers have complained for years that big social media companies do too little to prevent ads from appearing alongside hate speech, fake news and other harmful content. Big tech companies, meanwhile, want to be seen as taking action on the issue to fend off calls for more regulation.

Under the deal, announced on Wednesday by the World Federation of Advertisers, common definitions

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Text Marketing Startup Attentive Hits $2.2 Billion Valuation With Its Third Funding Announcement Of 2020

With the pandemic causing e-commerce sales to skyrocket, 2020 has served as an unlikely year of hypergrowth for Attentive. The text message marketing startup has more than doubled its employee count to 400 from 150 at the start of the year, and it now works with 2,000 customers, up from 1,000 just five months ago.

After a $110 million Series C raised across two tranches in January and April, the New York City startup on Wednesday closed a $230 million Series D funding round led by existing investor Coatue. The company has now raised $394 million total, with more than 80% of it coming this year, as it comfortably enters unicorn territory with a $2.2

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