Day: September 26, 2020

Big Tech is falling short as Trump and his allies poison the well with disinformation

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Donald Trump et al. in a room: U.S. President Donald Trump listens during a news conference in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Senate Republicans are developing plans to begin confirmation hearings around Oct. 12 for Trump's pick to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court, setting up a bitter partisan fight over the nomination before the November election. Photographer: Yuri Gripas/Abaca/Bloomberg via Getty Images


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U.S. President Donald Trump listens during a news conference in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Senate Republicans are developing plans to begin confirmation hearings around Oct. 12 for Trump’s pick to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court, setting up a bitter partisan fight over the nomination before the November election. Photographer: Yuri Gripas/Abaca/Bloomberg via Getty Images

It’s been clear for years that tech platforms needed to get their houses in order ahead of the 2020 election. They’ve had ample time to plan for and implement solutions to curtail the spread of junk news, conspiracy theories, lies, and misleading information on their platforms. And yet, despite

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How to use App Clips on your iPhone, and save time when ordering food or using new apps



graphical user interface: App Clips are easy to use. Hollis Johnson


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App Clips are easy to use. Hollis Johnson

  • To use App Clips on an iPhone running iOS 14, you’ll have to first find a compatible website or business and tap the App Clips button.
  • App Clips let you use part of an app without downloading the entire thing, which is great if you only need to use it once, quickly.
  • Different businesses and websites will have their App Clip option in a different spot, so you might have to search for it.
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App Clips are iOS 14’s new timesaving alternative to traditional app downloads. 

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These mini web-based versions of apps give you access to a select feature of an app, without having to wait for a full download. A single app may have multiple “clips” for its different features. 

Think of it as a preview or

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Amazon Alexa To Get Amitabh Bachchan’s Voice Soon

Alexa has been adding celebrity voices to their digital voice assistant service in other regions, and we’ve now got something for India too. Amitabh Bachchan’s voice will be the first Indian celebrity voice users can listen to on their Alexa devices from today. In order to use Mr Bachchan’s voice, all you have to say is “Alexa, Say Hello to Amitabh Bachchan”. The feature will work on Echo devices, Fire TV, Alexa app, Amazon shopping app (Android only) and other Alexa-enabled devices. Customers in India will be able to access Mr Bachchan’s iconic voice on Alexa by purchasing the Amitabh Bachchan voice experience. This feature will only be available next year though.

Amitabh Bachchan’s Voice Is Coming To Alexa Soon And We Can’t Wait To Try It Out Ourselves© Reuters

The Amazon Alexa team partnered with Mr Bachchan to capture the iconic voice and will include popular offerings such as jokes, weather, Shayari (poems), motivational quotes, advice and more. Speaking on this feature, Mr Amitabh Bachchan

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Alphabet Settles Its Historic Harassment Suit

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A yearlong lawsuit against Alphabet’s board of directors over allegations of shielding the sexual harassment has, at long last, come to a close. It’s a decision that, as one attorney on the plaintiff’s side said, will “fundamentally alter” the way Google’s parent company operates—and hopefully the way some of its senior staffers operate, too.

To give a quick recap: back in 2018, the New York Times published a pretty grisly exposé detailing the lengths Google’s board went in order to keep a select few high ranking employees comfortable, even after they were credibly accused of sexual harassment. Notoriously, former Android senior VP Andy Rubin allegedly cheated on his then-wife with Googlers that were—in at least one case—not only a direct employees, but direct employees that he pressured into sex. That decision (among others) would eventually lead to his quiet termination, but

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COVID-19 Recovery Analysis: Dengue Vaccine Market | Rapid Growth in Disease Prevalence to Boost the Market Growth

Technavio has been monitoring the dengue vaccine market and it is poised to grow by $ 630.65 million during 2020-2024, progressing at a CAGR of over 26% during the forecast period. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment.

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Technavio has announced its latest market research report titled Global Dengue Vaccine Market 2020-2024 (Graphic: Business Wire)

Although the COVID-19 pandemic continues to transform the growth of various industries, the immediate impact of the outbreak is varied. While a few industries will register a drop in demand, numerous others will continue to remain unscathed and show promising growth opportunities. Technavio’s in-depth research has all your needs covered as our research reports include all foreseeable market scenarios, including pre- & post-COVID-19 analysis. We offer $1000 worth of FREE customization

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Climate Change: Biologists Develop Carbon-Sucking Bionic Plants

The weeds that are being studied at the laboratory in La Jolla, Calif.

Perched atop a bluff overlooking the Pacific in La Jolla, Calif., the greenhouses where Joanne Chory’s plants are growing seem a touch extravagant for Arabidopsis thaliana, a small flowering piece of greenery that often blooms by the roadside. Technically, it’s a weed.

But Chory, 65, a plant biologist with a halo of snowy white hair, has big ambitions for these scrawny creations. By genetically engineering these weeds to grow unusually deep with hefty root structures, rich in an impermeable corklike polymer called suberin, Chory and her team at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies are attempting to vastly increase the amount of carbon dioxide each of these plants sucks out of the air and buries underground.

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Chory at a Salk greenhouse in La Jolla, Calif.

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If they can replicate these

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