Category: Technology

The surge of sensationalist COVID-19 AI research

There seems to be a tendency to hastily use imperfect and questionable data to train an AI solution for COVID-19, a dangerous trend that not...

11 tech giants vulnerable to a squeeze in foreign work visa approval

The Trump administration hinted this week that it may clamp down on temporary work visas for foreign employees, a move that would thwart their career...

Could contact tracing bring the US out of lockdown?

South Korea and the United States reported their first cases of Covid-19 on the same day. Yet while most Americans remain under stay-at-home orders, many...

Google Will Now Admit When Its Search Results Suck

Google refines Search every year, training its algorithms to understand language and context to help you find exactly what you’re looking for online. However, Google...

Showdown looms between Silicon Valley, U.S. states over contact tracing apps

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – U.S. states promoting apps that could prove essential to ending the coronavirus lockdown may be headed for a showdown with the...

How Xbox Game Pass freed The Coalition to make Gears Tactics for PC

Gears Tactics is launching April 28 for Windows 10, Xbox Game Pass for PC, and Steam. On How Games Make Money this week, host Jeff...

Coronavirus: UK ID startup Yoti to help Colombia resume soccer

A UK identity verification startup used by convenience stores and banks could help Colombian soccer resume behind closed doors. London-headquartered Yoti has been recruited to...

Facebook Messenger Rooms looks a lot like Zoom

Facebook is rolling out its own video conferencing service called Messenger Rooms. The chat tool looks and works a lot like the popular (but troubled)...

How to Stop Netflix From Asking “Are You Still Watching?”

Are you still watching? If you’ve ever binge-watched content on Netflix, you’ll be familiar with this message. While Netflix prompts you with the best intentions,...

Facebook enters the videoconferencing fray with Messenger Rooms

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc (FB.O) introduced a videoconferencing tool and expanded livestreaming features on Friday, capitalizing on a surge in demand for video...

AI Weekly: AI models illustrate the importance of continued social distancing

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on unabated in countries around the world, there’s a shared desire among those forced to shelter in place to see...

GumGum lays off 25% of employees, citing the coronavirus impact

The contextual-advertising firm GumGum laid off 25% of employees across its sports and advertising businesses this week, citing the impact of the coronavirus. The company...

Why America’s coronavirus testing problem is so difficult to solve

After weeks of social distancing, lockdowns, and quarantines, federal and some state governments are starting to issue guidelines for reopening and getting back to something...

Indian smartphone market grew by 4% in Q1, but projected to decline by 10% this year – TechCrunch

India has emerged as one of the fastest growing smartphone markets in the last decade, reporting growth each quarter even as handset shipments slowed or...

7 Things That Ubuntu Does Better Than Windows

Windows 10 is a great operating system. As the latest version of Microsoft’s flagship product, it is the most popular operating system globally, across home...

France, Germany in standoff with Silicon Valley on contact tracing

PARIS/BERLIN (Reuters) – A standoff between the two largest nations in the European Union and Silicon Valley escalated on Friday as Apple and Google rebuffed...

Probably Monsters’ Harold Ryan interview: Hiring developers and running game studios in a pandemic

Former Bungie CEO Harold Ryan has been ramping up a very big game company since he unveiled Probably Monsters last year. The company raised $18.8 million...

VCs are getting tough on due diligence in the new work-from-home era

Venture capitalists, like the rest of the global workforce, are looking to Zoom as a vital tool while they adjust to the new work-from-home era. ...

The conspiracy theory about 5G causing coronavirus, explained

The first link John Gregory saw pushing a connection between 5G and the coronavirus pandemic was on a French conspiracy website called Les moutons enragés,...

Antigen testing could be a faster, cheaper way to diagnose covid-19

But antigen tests aren’t easy to make. We need to understand the biology and structure of the virus, and figure out which viral proteins to...

The 5 Best Raspberry Pi Smart TV Projects We’ve Seen

Need a smart TV but don’t have the budget? While there’s a good chance that you already own hardware that can make your TV “smart”,...

Payments fintech AvidXchange raises $128 million to add to funding

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Business payments processing firm AvidXchange Inc, whose investors include Mastercard Inc and PayPal Holdings Inc co-founder Peter Thiel, said on Thursday...

Your Super Mario Maker 2 levels are a lot less cute in World Maker

Super Mario Maker 2’s latest update reveals that almost no one knows how to make a fun Mario stage. This was once easy to ignore,...

10 things in tech you need to know today, April 24

Facebook CEO and cofounder Mark Zuckerberg. Drew Angerer/Getty Images Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Friday. Amazon employees say...

Want to Learn Something New? 6 Ways to Learn Cool Skills From Home

Learning something new is supposed to be easy on the web. But often, you don’t know the next cool thing you want to learn. There...