Day: September 8, 2020

Hillicon Valley: Election officials prepare for new Russian interference battle | ‘Markeyverse’ of online fans helps take down a Kennedy

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a red white and blue flag: Hillicon Valley: Election officials prepare for new Russian interference battle | 'Markeyverse' of online fans helps take down a Kennedy | GOP senators unveil bill to update tech liability protections

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Hillicon Valley: Election officials prepare for new Russian interference battle | ‘Markeyverse’ of online fans helps take down a Kennedy | GOP senators unveil bill to update tech liability protections

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ELECTION OFFICIALS GEAR UP: When Russian agents interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, government officials, election leaders, social media companies and the public were largely left struggling to respond.

Four years later, as reports emerge of a new wave of interference from Russia and other nations in the 2020 elections, officials are hoping to combat

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First 5G IPhone Expected At Apple Online Event Sept 15

Apple on Tuesday fired off invitations to a September 15 online event expected to star the first iPhone tailored for superfast 5G telecom networks.

The typically tight-lipped technology titan revealed only that the presentation would be streamed starting at 1700 GMT from its headquarters in Silicon Valley.

Copies of the emailed invitation spread quickly on social media, featuring a video-snippet version of the Apple logo in blue that unraveled into the event date.

The invitation was also posted at the Apple website, where the event will be streamed.

Apple has routinely held events this time of year to unveil new iPhones, and expectations are that this time around the spotlight will shine on a 5G model, with other new handsets possible as well.

Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives said in a note to investors that a check of Apple’s supply chain in Asian strengthened his confidence in an iPhone 12 “supercycle”

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How Technology Leaks Could Affect the Great Space Race

How Technology Leaks Could Affect the Great Space Race Photo: Peter Ivanov

American & Iranian Tensions: a Brief Review

Prior to the 1970s, Iran and America had been getting along rather well. However, that changed when Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, a Shah backed by the United States, was overthrown in Iran. During the same year, several dozen Americans were taken hostage at the American embassy in Tehran. Later, their rescue would be the inspiration for the Argo movie.

Although there were ups and downs, relations between the two countries remained largely cool. More recently, they’ve become cold. One of the major contentions between America and Iran is Iran’s desire to create a nuclear weapon. American policymakers felt it was a step too far and they began to exert influence to stop the weapon from being built. Primarily, this consisted of the United States sanctioning Iran and cutting it out of the

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5 of the coolest features of Peloton’s new $2,500 premium bike

  • Peloton just revealed its Bike Plus, a new premium stationary-bike model with enhanced features that hits the market on September 9.
  • For $2,500, Bike Plus is designed to make it “easier to complement an indoor cycling class with Peloton’s strength, yoga, stretching, and meditation classes,” according to the company. 
  • We took a look at some of the coolest features, including a rotating high-definition screen and instant Apple Watch synching, to determine how the bike compares with the original model. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Peloton may have dropped the price of its original stationary bicycle on Tuesday, but it’s maintaining its elite edge with a brand-new premium model: Bike Plus.

According to Peloton, the premium model — officially hitting the market on Wednesday at a price of $2,500 — is designed to make it “easier to complement an indoor cycling class with Peloton’s strength, yoga, stretching, and meditation

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Did a Twitter hashtag reveal the date for Apple’s event? The annual event will take place Sept. 15, the company confirmed.

Apple fans can add “Twitter sleuths” to their résumé.

a close up of a logo: Apple's event page.

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Apple’s event page.

Ahead of Apple’s confirmation, the hashtag #appleevent shot up to the top of U.S. Twitter trends. Twitter users noticed the hashtag came with a “hashflag” image of a blue apple. Hashflags are typically used on Twitter by companies or organizations to denote large audience events or trends, as a marketing strategy.

After a few of them looked into the coding of the tag, they discovered that it is set to expire in a few weeks, fueling early speculation on the date of the event.

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Apple’s events page confirms an engagement on Sept. 15 at 10:00 a.m. PT from its headquarters in Apple Park, Cupertino, California.

Hashflag Browser, a website displaying the current hashflags, says the new blue apple emoji is running

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Mobvoi TicPods 2 Pro Plus announced

A photo of a man earing the Mobvoi TicPods 2 Pro Plus, with a finger raised to control music playback on the left earphone.

The latest version of Mobvoi’s gesture and voice commands allow you to adjust volume.

  • Mobvoi has announced its latest pair of true wireless earbuds, the TicPods 2 Pro Plus.
  • The new earbuds use Qualcomm’s QCC5121 chipset and can pair individually to your phone via Bluetooth 5.0.
  • iOS users will be stuck with AAC, but Android users have more codecs to choose from, including aptX, AAC, and SBC.

Taking the wraps off their new true wireless earbuds, Mobvoi announced the release of its TicPods 2 Pro Plus. This follows a line of generally well-received true wireless earphones for those who want the AirPods aesthetic, but don’t want to overpay for branding.

The newest addition to the Mobvoi true wireless earphones stable uses Qualcomm’s QCC5121 chipset, much like their predecessor, the TicPods 2 Pro. Unlike the TicPods 2 Pro, however, the newest Mobvoi true wireless earphones can pair each earbud to your

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India aims for half of state-run fuel stations to be solar-powered in five years

FILE PHOTO: India’s Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan speaks at a road show organised by the Directorate General of Hydrocarbon (DGH) in Mumbai, India, October 26, 2017. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India aims for 50% of fuel stations owned by public sector oil companies to be operated by solar power within five years under the government’s green energy drive, its oil minister said on Tuesday.

Dharmendra Pradhan said India’s three state-backed fuel retailers Indian Oil Corp, Hindustan Petroleum Corp and Bharat Petroleum, which operate about 63,150 fuel station across India, are moving to deploy solar panels across their operations.

They have currently installed a combined 270 megawatts (MW) of solar power capacity and will add 60 MW more capacity in the coming year, Pradhan said.

With government encouragement, Indian oil and gas companies are turning to investing in green energy such as renewables, biofuels and hydrogen to reduce the

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The original digital watch button foretold the battery life struggle of modern smartwatches

In hindsight, it sounds almost ridiculous. An expensive watch with technology that’s never been put on your wrist before that costs hundreds of dollars more than a traditional timepiece. And get this: this fancy, futuristic gadget cant even continuously show the time.

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No, I’m not talking about the original Apple Watch. I’m talking about the Pulsar Time Computer, the first commercially sold digital watch, which was released back in the 1970s by Hamilton. But despite the 50-year difference, the Pulsar foretold the same issues that we still struggle with today on our modern smartwatches — and fixed them the way we do, too: with a button.


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50 years later, we still struggle with battery life

The original Pulsar was a revolutionary device, so cool and futuristic that it appeared in Live and Let Die on the wrist of Roger Moore’s

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Six big tech stocks down $1 trillion in three days

The six biggest tech stocks have lost more than $1 trillion over the last three days alone, but it’s really just a dent coming off a huge rally that peaked last week.

Apple, which hit a $2 trillion market cap on Aug. 19, is down about $325 billion in that time period. Microsoft’s down $219 billion, Amazon fell $191 billion, Alphabet cratered by $135 billion, and Tesla, which fell 21% on Tuesday to mark its worst single-day loss in its history, is down $109 billion in the last three days. Finally, Facebook is off by $89 billion. 

“In general, if you think about the market cap loss over the last 3 days for Apple, it’s about $325 billion. To help put that in perspective, that’s about 1.5 Salesforces, and equivalent to Apple’s projected revenues for the next calendar year,” Jefferies’ Jared Weisfeld told CNBC’s “Fast Money” on Tuesday.

Despite the

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Uber Freight expands into the enterprise software business

After three years of expanding as an app that connects truck drivers with available commercial trucking jobs, Uber Freight is evolving from simply a logistics platform into an enterprise SaaS vendor. The trucking division of Uber on Tuesday is rolling out two new products, one of which is Uber Freight Link — a SaaS platform that helps shippers manage their drivers and carriers, regardless of whether those drivers are part of the Uber Freight network. 

Uber Freight now has more than 70,000 trucking companies on its network, which have access to more than 700,000 truck drivers. Still, Uber Freight can’t always fulfill an organization’s shipping needs. 

“If I’m a shipper… maybe Uber Freight doesn’t have coverage in a specific location, or maybe
 I have a long-term relationship with other trucking companies and want to do business directly with them,” Lior Ron, head of Uber Freight, explained to ZDNet. 

Trucking companies

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