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Congress Asks More than 80 Companies for Big Tech Complaints September 20, 2019

House lawmakers asked the companies for information on how their businesses had been affected by Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google. Congress Asks More than 80 Companies for Big Tech Complaints Source: NY Times Tech

Fox Sports will broadcast Thursday Night Football games in sort of 4K

Football game (Ed Yourdon/Flickr)

The United States continues its slow march toward 4K live sports, with Fox Sports rolling out live 4K streaming for its upcoming Thursday Night Football games, starting with September 26th’s Philadelphia Eagles / Green Bay Packers game.

Fox will be offering “4K” streams of the games that will be produced in 1080p and then upconverted to 4K — which, depending on how you view it, may or may not be a “real” 4K stream. At the very least, it’ll likely look better than a regular HD stream, assuming you’ve got the setup for it.

Hardware is the other catch: the stream will only be available on specific Roku devices that support 4K (the Roku Premiere, Roku Premiere+, Roku Streaming Stick+, Roku…

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Fox Sports will broadcast Thursday Night Football games in sort of 4K
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‘Nerd,’ ‘Nonsmoker,’ ‘Wrongdoer’: How Might A.I. Label You?

ImageNet Roulette, a digital art project and viral selfie app, exposes how biases have crept into the artificial-intelligence technologies changing our lives. ‘Nerd,’ ‘Nonsmoker,’ ‘Wrongdoer’: How Might A.I. Label You?
Source: NY Times Tech

Amazon, Google, other tech employees protest in support of climate action

Tech workers walked out Friday to demand better environmentalism from their employers, joining millions of expected protesters around the world. Amazon, Google, other tech employees protest in support of climate action
Source: Washington Post Tech

Find Your Perfect Bra Quickly By Knowing Your 'Sister Bra Sizes'

If you’ve ever gone shopping for a bra, you know how frustrating it can be. Between bra sizes being a myth and hormone levels changing the size of breasts throughout the month, it’s an uphill battle. Fortunately, this graphic offers a few pointers that may help.

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Find Your Perfect Bra Quickly By Knowing Your 'Sister Bra Sizes'
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The Best Apps That Now Support Dark Mode in iOS 13

iOS 13 is here, and like Android 10, Apple’s newest OS update brings an official dark mode to your iPhone. Apps can have their own special looks when you’re using dark mode, too, and the fine folks at Gadget Hacks have provided a long list of various apps that currently support this feature. Some of the standouts…

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The Best Apps That Now Support Dark Mode in iOS 13
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The industry’s magic bullet for robocalls is currently useless on an iPhone

Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

Robocalls are a scourge, but cellular networks have finally started fighting them with a pair of technologies called STIR and SHAKEN, which work to verify that a call is coming from a real phone number and not a spoofed robocall or spammer.

Apple finally added support for STIR/SHAKEN with iOS 13, which should be great news in theory, adding millions of new devices that will now get this verification technology. But there’s just one problem: Apple’s implementation of the feature is essentially useless for actually identifying incoming robocalls, rendering the whole thing moot.

On Android devices, when you get a call from an unknown number and both you and the caller are on a network that supports STIR/SHAKEN call authentication (which…

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The industry’s magic bullet for robocalls is currently useless on an iPhone
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Memorize More With the Best Mnemonics From Wikipedia

There is nothing too smart or too stupid for a mnemonic. They can teach you features of specific neurological disorders, or they can teach you how to open a jar. Here are some of the cleverest memory aids that you might not know yet, as catalogued by Wikipedia.

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Memorize More With the Best Mnemonics From Wikipedia
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Facebook suspends tens of thousands of apps following data investigation

Facebook said they had investigated millions of apps based on “signals associated with an app’s potential to abuse our policies.” Facebook suspends tens of thousands of apps following data investigation
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In an interview, Google CEO Sundar Pichai argues against knee-jerk regulation and blanket vetting of AI algorithms, advocates for sector-by-sector approach (Tim Bradshaw/Financial Times)

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In an interview, Google CEO Sundar Pichai argues against knee-jerk regulation and blanket vetting of AI algorithms, advocates for sector-by-sector approach  —  Google’s chief executive has warned politicians against knee-jerk regulation of artificial intelligence, arguing that existing rules …

In an interview, Google CEO Sundar Pichai argues against knee-jerk regulation and blanket vetting of AI algorithms, advocates for sector-by-sector approach (Tim Bradshaw/Financial Times)
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How to Watch Tonight's Democratic Candidate Forum on LGBTQ Issues

Tonight, 10 Democratic presidential candidates will take the stage in Iowa individually to discuss issues affecting LGBTQ Americans, like the Equality Act, bans on conversion therapy, and some candidates’ controversial records on marriage equality. This will be the first of two forums on LGBTQ issues (the other is…

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How to Watch Tonight's Democratic Candidate Forum on LGBTQ Issues
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Voices from the Global Climate Strike

Students and activists explain why they’re taking to the streets today

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Voices from the Global Climate Strike
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Area 51 has been stormed … sort of – CNET

The meme of the year has culminated with a weird costume party at the gate to a famed national security site. Area 51 has been stormed … sort of – CNET
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Microsoft to provide free Windows 7 updates for voting systems in 2020

The January 2020 end-of-support date for Windows 7 was expected to have a major impact on elections in the U.S. and other countries around the world. Today’s announcement means those voting systems will receive free updates through the end of the year. Microsoft to provide free Windows 7 updates for voting systems in 2020
Source: ZDNet Microsoft

Facebook Says It Has Suspended ‘Tens of Thousands’ of Apps

The scale of suspensions, following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, was far larger than the social network had previously revealed. Facebook Says It Has Suspended ‘Tens of Thousands’ of Apps
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Ad Astra review: Brad Pitt adds rocket fuel to stunning sci-fi epic – CNET

Sad astronaut searches for dad astronaut in this aching cosmic space race. Ad Astra review: Brad Pitt adds rocket fuel to stunning sci-fi epic – CNET
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What Should I Do If I'm Way Over The Miles On My Lease?

As Jalopnik’s resident car buying expert and professional car shopper, I get emails. Lots of emails. I’ve decided to pick a few questions and try to help out. This week we’re discussing what to do if you go over the mileage restrictions on your lease, balancing the CarMax cost with the solid warranty, and the best…

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What Should I Do If I'm Way Over The Miles On My Lease?
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Uber and Lyft vehicles are often germy, but this device wants to keep them clean – Roadshow

A company called Yanfeng has created an ultraviolet sanitizer for ride-sharing vehicles. Uber and Lyft vehicles are often germy, but this device wants to keep them clean – Roadshow
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Byton founder says he quit because of Chinese government interference

Carsten Breitfeld, a founder and former CEO of EV startup Byton, says he left the company earlier this year because the Chinese government exerted too much influence after an investment from the country’s oldest state-owned automaker, First Auto Works (FAW). He said that while the deal with FAW lent the credibility he sought for Byton and increased access to suppliers, those benefits came with oversight and interference.

Breitfeld, who recently became the new CEO of struggling EV startup Faraday Future, made the comments during a media event held at Faraday Future’s Los Angeles headquarters on Thursday.

Breitfeld co-founded Byton in 2017 after a long…

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Byton founder says he quit because of Chinese government interference
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The Galaxy Fold is still extremely fragile, and Samsung knows it

The updated Samsung Galaxy Fold is finally making its way into the world after a months-long delay by Samsung to shore up its hardware when it became apparent from review units (including The Verge’s) that the foldable phone was too fragile. Unfortunately, it seems that the “fixed” version of the Fold is still extremely fragile. And based on a new video Samsung released begging owners to treat their new phones with a “special level of care,” Samsung knows it. A new durability test from popular YouTube channel JerryRigEverything proves it.

With the first iteration of the Fold, there were multiple issues that reviewers encountered, like dust getting into the hinge and damaging the display, nicks and dings on the soft plastic, and the…

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The Galaxy Fold is still extremely fragile, and Samsung knows it
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Why Now's the Time to Buy a House

If you want the most options and the least competition, the first week of fall is a great time to buy a home.

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Why Now's the Time to Buy a House
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Netflix’s Between Two Ferns movie is thin, but that’s no problem

Photo by Adam Rose / Netflix

The brilliant simplicity of the Funny Or Die shorts series Between Two Ferns is that anyone could do it, but only one person could make it work. Shot on a set meant to evoke a public access cable show, Between Two Ferns features a black-curtained set, a pair of seats, and the requisite two ferns. In one seat sits a celebrity guest, from Natalie Portman to Barack Obama. In the other sits Zach Galifianakis, who glowers as he asks a series of misinformed, inappropriate, and downright hostile questions. The guests are in on the gag, of course. But even if they weren’t, they still might find the insults refreshing after fielding so many variations on the same sycophantic questions during their time on the series’s not-so-secret target: the…

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Netflix’s Between Two Ferns movie is thin, but that’s no problem
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Make Retro McDonald's Fries With Beef Tallow

McDonald’s may be a hamburger restaurant, but it’s the fries that keep them coming back. Oddly, the fries that made McDonald’s famous—the ones that truly set them apart from their fast food rivals—are not the fries they serve today. The original golden fry from the Golden Arches was cooked in beef tallow, which gave…

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Make Retro McDonald's Fries With Beef Tallow
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The latest tool to help police develop empathy for the public: Virtual reality headsets

To help law enforcement officers resolve emergency situations, one company has created empathy training based in virtual reality. The latest tool to help police develop empathy for the public: Virtual reality headsets
Source: Washington Post Tech

Virtual Reality Video Games That Double as Exercise

Virtual reality is still niche, but a growing crop of VR games with a fitness element may inspire people to pick up a headset. Here’s what to know before you get started. Virtual Reality Video Games That Double as Exercise
Source: NY Times Tech

TiVo tests running pre-roll ads before DVR recordings

The fundamental purpose of DVRs has always been to help people catch up on their favorite TV shows and skip commercials while doing so. But as noted by Zatz Not Funny, TiVo seems to be okay with the idea of running ads before those shows begin. The company is testing pre-roll video ads that start playing when customers view a recording.

The ad spots are noticeably low-res and worse quality than the DVR’d content that starts playing afterward, according to one TiVo owner who has been served spots for Amazon, Keurig, and Toyota. It sounds like the users can fast-forward through the ads, but doing so is “not that seamless.”

There are several potential reasons for TiVo ramping up advertising. Maybe the company plans to offer an…

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TiVo tests running pre-roll ads before DVR recordings
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