You can now use a Nikon mirrorless or DSLR camera as a webcam on Mac

Nikon has just launched an initial beta of its Webcam Utility software for macOS users, bringing the field of view and clarity of their DSLR and mirrorless cameras to your FaceTime and Zoom calls.

The new Webcam Utility for Mac follows the similar beta launched for Windows users in August. It supports Nikon’s DSLR cameras as well as its Z line of mirrorless cameras. That includes the just-launched — and reviewed — Nikon Z5.

During the work-from-home boom, users have been flocking to video conferencing software such as Zoom but were limited on the quality of their video meetings, in part, by their Mac’s integrated cameras. By utilizing the larger sensors and glass of a dedicated camera, users are able to get a much sharper image, a higher resolution image, and an increased depth of field.

Nikon isn’t the only one releasing a webcam utility for Mac users. Canon, Olympus,

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TikTok asks judge to block Trump ban

TikTok is asking a federal judge to block the Trump administration’s impending ban on its operations in the United States.

The company filed for a preliminary injunction in the District of Columbia on Wednesday to keep the app in U.S. app stores while negotiations over the company’s future are in limbo.

The ban, which is set to go into effect just before midnight Sept. 27, would cause TikTok “irreparable harm,” Vanessa Pappas, the company’s interim head executive, said in its filing.

President Donald Trump on Saturday said he had given his “blessing” to a deal struck by TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, and Oracle and Walmart, which would avert a ban announced by the Department of Commerce last week. But that deal is still subject to some negotiations, leaving TikTok with the ban still looming.

Pappas also predicted that TikTok could lose up to half of its user base if the

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Buying Spider-Man Remastered on the PS5 is going to be needlessly confusing

2018’s Spider-Man is headed to the PlayStation 5, but buying it won’t be straightforward. Sony has confirmed to Kotaku that Spider-Man Remastered the updated PS5 version — won’t be sold as a standalone title or offered as a free upgrade for existing Spider-Man owners. Instead, the only way to buy it will be as part of the $69.99 Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Edition bundle, which couples the PS5 version of the upcoming spinoff with Spider-Man Remastered. (Miles Morales typically costs $49.99 on its own.)

The issue is, as with several other cross-generational games, there are actually two versions of Spider-Man: the regular PS4 version that’s been around since 2018 and a new edition of the game called Spider-Man Remastered, which will feature specific next-gen improvements to take advantage of the PlayStation 5, like faster load times and ray tracing. (The games are separate enough that you

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Intel launches industrial IoT processors, software packages for various industries

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The Rise of Industrial IoT

Infrastructure around the world is being linked together via sensors, machine learning and analytics. We examine the rise of the digital twin, the new leaders in industrial IoT (IIoT) and case studies that highlight the lessons learned from production IIoT deployments.

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Intel launched two new industrial IoT processors at its Intel Industrial Summit as well as edge computing hardware and software reference designs aimed at specific use cases.

The 11th Gen Intel Core & Intel Atom x6000E Series processors aim to bring more compute to edge applications. The company also outlined an Edge Software Hub including use-case specific reference designs, customization tools and reusable container packages for retail, industrial, predictive analytics, and computer vision.

John Healy, vice president of Intel’s IoT Group, said computer vision and inference are enabling new applications and has become “the killer app at the edge.”


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Your New Best Friend In Business

Steve Mast is the President and Chief Innovation Officer of Delvinia, a global ResearchTech company.

One crisp morning I woke up early and headed out for my morning run. I warmed up a bit and then popped in my earbuds and opened my favorite music app. What was waiting for me when I opened it? A perfectly curated running playlist — selected because it already knew I was preparing for a run based on my past behaviors. While I was pleased with the ease of getting going, I didn’t really think twice about the fact that my app was one step ahead of me. It just felt natural.

We see this every day in our lives. Personally, I use a host of other smart services to book meetings or manage tasks for me. Consumer-based apps and technology have been seamlessly embedding into our lives for quite a while

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TikTok’s Theo Bertram grilled by British government about the app

Theo Bertram, TikTok’s director of government relations and public policy for Europe.

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LONDON — Theo Bertram, TikTok’s director of government relations and public policy in Europe, provided the world with a few insights into the wildly popular short video app as he was grilled by British politicians in Westminster.

The former Google exec, who used to advise former Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, attempted to fend off questions on everything from political censorship to how TikTok goes about removing harmful content.

Cool, calm, and collected, Bertram appeared to run rings around the “digitally literate” politicians at times as they asked basic questions about how TikTok works. One politician got confused between a MAC (media access control) address, which is used to determine a device on a network, and an Apple Mac at one point, while another said that TikTok’s recommendation algorithm, which learns what you’re interested

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Direct Line Group partners with IoT insurtech LeakBot

  • Direct Line Group has teamed up with LeakBot to leverage its IoT device and identify water damage early.
  • This move will help Direct Line Group cut costs by moving from reactive risk protection to proactive risk prevention.
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The UK insurer will now offer LeakBot’s leak detection system to its high net worth home insurance customers over the next 12 months, per a press release seen by Insider Intelligence.

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Direct Line Group has teamed up with IoT insurtech LeakBot.

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This includes a free LeakBot device and free visits from specialist LeakBot engineers. The device detects potential issues within a home’s pipes by tracking water temperature, and notifies the customer via a smartphone alert. LeakBot works with insurers in the UK, US, and Europe, such

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7 Things Every Entrepreneur Should Automate

Your time is valuable, and if you don’t treat it as such it will flitter away until there’s none left. The goal is to clear blank space to focus on big, needle-moving projects and incredible opportunities. If you’re drowning in admin, that isn’t going to happen.

Use automation like an expert to free up space and help you do more of what matters. Here are seven things every entrepreneur should automate.

Their email responder

If you’re running a business and juggling lots of moving parts, it’s likely you’ll be asked a lot of questions. An entrepreneur’s inbox can receive thousands of emails per day; so make sure you don’t miss the important ones among the unimportant, and make sure you don’t spend your day responding to queries. If someone emails you, they should be directed exactly where they need to go, without you

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Huawei chairman labels ongoing US bans as ‘non-stop aggression’

Huawei’s rotating chairman Guo Ping has announced the company will continue to do everything it can to strengthen its supply chain, despite continuing to encounter “great pressure” and being continuously “attacked”.

a man wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a building: Huawei rotating chairman Guo Ping.

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Huawei rotating chairman Guo Ping.

“Huawei is in a difficult situation these days. Non-stop aggression has put us under significant pressure,” he said on Wednesday, during his keynote at Connect 2020. 

“We’re still assessing the specific impacts. Right now, survival is the goal.”

Ping elaborated on this point, specifying that the continuous attacks he referred to have been coming from the US government.

“The US has been continuously attacking us and they have modified their laws for the third time, and that has posed great challenges to our production and operation,” he said, speaking to media.

In August, US government expanded its restrictions on the Chinese tech giant by barring it from purchasing chips made

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BlackRock, Sands Capital Lead $300-Million Investment in Byju’s

The BYJU'S learning app.

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India’s online education startup Byju’s raised funding from BlackRock Inc., Sands Capital and Alkeon Capital, as the company expands to meet growing demand for its services.

The round totaled about $300 million and values Byju’s at about $11 billion, according to a person familiar with the matter. Existing backers Tiger Global, General Atlantic and Owl Ventures also invested, the company said, while private equity giant Silver Lake put money into the startup earlier this month.

Byju Operations And Interview With The Edu-tech Startup CEO Byju Raveendran

Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Investors are increasing support for India’s edtech startups as the country’s pandemic challenge spreads and closes schools. Byju’s was founded by Byju Raveendran, a former teacher and son of educators, who conceived the smartphone app in 2011.

Read more: Billionaire Milner Nears $400 Million Funding in Byju’s

The company, whose investors also include Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, caters to students from kindergarten through

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