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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

Windows 10 in 2020: Microsoft shows off faster Bluetooth pairing in 20H1 preview

Microsoft latest Windows 10 preview of the 20H1 update offers more thoughtful notifications for Bluetooth pairing. Windows 10 in 2020: Microsoft shows off faster Bluetooth pairing in 20H1 preview
Source: ZDNet Microsoft

15 most interesting places to explore in Google Maps – CNET

Take a trip for free year-round. 15 most interesting places to explore in Google Maps – CNET
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iPhone 11 goes Pro with photography – CNET

One photographer, two days and Apple’s three-camera iPhone 11 in San Francisco. The bottom line: If you love taking photos, you’re going to love the iPhone 11 Pro. iPhone 11 goes Pro with photography – CNET
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iPadOS upgrades Safari, and now I love my iPad – CNET

Commentary: Heavy-duty web apps can be way better than overgrown phone apps… as long as you have a keyboard. iPadOS upgrades Safari, and now I love my iPad – CNET
Source: CNet

2020 Honda Accord: Model overview, pricing, tech and specs – Roadshow

There’s nothing new here, except for price hikes. 2020 Honda Accord: Model overview, pricing, tech and specs – Roadshow
Source: CNet

This free Windows 10 upgrade offer still works. Here's why — and how to get it

More than three years after Microsoft’s free upgrade offer officially ended, people are still reporting successful Windows 10 upgrades from older machines. Here’s the latest extremely unofficial report. This free Windows 10 upgrade offer still works. Here's why — and how to get it
Source: ZDNet Microsoft

This digital marketing masterclass is a must for every new entrepreneur


Even if you’ve never tackled the treacherous depths of digital advertising before, the direction from a course like the Digital Marketing Masterclass: Get Your First 1,000 Customers can help make that daunting task a lot more manageable. Right now, you can get that training at literally hundreds off its regular price, just $15 from TNW Deals.

This digital marketing masterclass is a must for every new entrepreneur
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Tinder’s Choose Your Own Adventure-style series will pair matches based on their choices

Tinder is launching Swipe Night, a weekly Choose Your Own Adventure-style experience that’ll match users based on the choices they make. The first episode of the “interactive, apocalyptic adventure” will debut on October 6th, and new episodes will run every Sunday in October.

During each five-minute vertical video episode, viewers will get seven seconds to swipe on moral dilemmas and practical choices as they lead a group of friends through the end of the world. Choices will be added to viewers’ profiles, which Tinder hopes will spark conversation and make for some unconventional icebreakers. “There’s definitely no wrong answers,” says Tinder product lead Kyle Miller. “It really pulls out who you are, your personality, and your values….

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VPN apps with 500M+ installs caught serving disruptive ads to Android users


Google Play Store has a malware problem. And it doesn’t seem to go away despite the company’s best efforts to rein in sketchy apps. In a yet another instance of Android adware, New Zealand-based independent security researcher Andy Michael found four Android VPN apps with cumulative downloads of over 500 million that not only serve ads while running the background, but are also placed outside the apps, including the home screen. The apps in question are Hotspot VPN, Free VPN Master, Secure VPN, and Security Master by Cheetah Mobile. It’s notable that all these apps originate from Hong Kong and China,…

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VPN apps with 500M+ installs caught serving disruptive ads to Android users
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How to use iOS 13’s dark mode like a boss

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Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Apple just released iOS 13 for iPhones (till iPhone 6) and iPods (till 7th gen). One of the most talked-about features is, naturally, the dark mode. In this post, we’ll help you figure out how to make the most of the feature. Enable dark mode through the control center Open the control center on your phone. Long press on the brightness indicator. Select the dark mode option from the toggle buttons below to enable it. You…

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How to use iOS 13’s dark mode like a boss
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Google says it will invest €3B over the next two years to expand its data centers across Europe, and €600M in 2020 to expand its data center in Hamina, Finland (Sundar Pichai/The Keyword)


Sundar Pichai / The Keyword:

Google says it will invest €3B over the next two years to expand its data centers across Europe, and €600M in 2020 to expand its data center in Hamina, Finland  —  Today I am in Helsinki, Finland, to meet with Finnish Prime Minister Rinne to discuss his priorities for the European Union Presidency …

Google says it will invest €3B over the next two years to expand its data centers across Europe, and €600M in 2020 to expand its data center in Hamina, Finland (Sundar Pichai/The Keyword)
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Microsoft: We want you to learn Python programming language for free

Microsoft’s new free video course helps aspiring programmers learn Python…and then build AI apps on Azure. Microsoft: We want you to learn Python programming language for free
Source: ZDNet Microsoft

iOS 13.0 is out, but why?

Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

iOS 13 is now available to download, and if you’re reading this there’s a good chance you’ve already installed it. But if you haven’t, I encourage you to wait. You’ll need to turn off auto-updates in order to keep the install from …automatically updating, though. Barbara Krasnoff explains how to do that here.

You should wait because iOS 13.0 is buggy. Chaim Gartenberg has a review and it’s worth a read, but the headline has it right: iOS 13 review: dark mode, a new Photos app, and bugs.

In fact, Apple quietly pushed up the release date for iOS 13.1 and iPadOS to September 24th — it was originally slated for September 30th. That’s just four or five days from when you’re likely reading this, and well worth the wait. I’d actually…

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The Batman Arkham trilogy is now free to download from the Epic Games Store

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From now until September 26th, you can grab six Batman games for free on the Epic Games Store. These include Rocksteady’s three Batman Arkham games, as well as three Lego Batman games from Traveller’s Tales. To get your hands on the games, just log into the Epic Games Store and claim them free of charge.

Of the six, the three Arkham games are probably the most interesting. Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City are two exceptional games, with a great mix of combat, stealth, and exploration gameplay. Although Batman: Arkham Knight didn’t quite hit the highs of its predecessors, it’s still well worth picking up for the low, low price of $0.

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100,000 free AI-generated headshots put stock photo companies on notice

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It’s getting easier and easier to use AI to generate convincing-looking, yet entirely fake, pictures of people. Now, one company wants to find a use for these photos, by offering a resource of 100,000 AI-generated faces to anyone that can use them — royalty free. Many of the images look fake but others are difficult to distinguish from images licensed by stock photo companies.

The project’s Product Hunt page lists Icons8 product designer Konstantin Zhabinskiy as the creator. Icons8 is a designer marketplace for icons and photographs. The AI-produced images are intended to be used as design elements in anything from presentations to websites and mobile apps. Everything is free to use with link attribution back to generated.photos.

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The new Apple upgrade rule: Why the iPhone 11 is — or isn’t — for you

How good is the iPhone 11 camera? We put it to the test, but still think the new rule of thumb is wait three years. The new Apple upgrade rule: Why the iPhone 11 is — or isn’t — for you
Source: Washington Post Tech

How Telecommuting Has Changed Real Estate

As more people are able to work from home, housing priorities have changed, and different places and types of housing have become more popular. How Telecommuting Has Changed Real Estate
Source: NY Times Tech

Secret F.B.I. Subpoenas Scoop Up Personal Data From Scores of Companies

The practice, which the bureau says is vital to counterterrorism efforts, casts a much wider net than previously disclosed, newly released documents show. Secret F.B.I. Subpoenas Scoop Up Personal Data From Scores of Companies
Source: NY Times Tech

Uber and Lyft Drivers Gain Labor Clout, With Help From an App

A nascent group in California offers a model for organizing a far-flung work force, and wielding political influence, through innovative technology. Uber and Lyft Drivers Gain Labor Clout, With Help From an App
Source: NY Times Tech

British Cops Catch Shooter-Printing Villain

It’s a perennial of breathless British tabloid scare reporting that 3D printers will unleash a tide of weapons upon the streets. But perhaps it might actually be time for Brits lock up their children, because London’s Metropolitan Police have announced their first prosecution for 3D printing a handgun. The gun pictured appears to be a Repringer 5-shot .22 revolver, and was found by police during a drugs raid.

The UK has significantly restrictive firearms legislation and shooting incidents are extremely rare in the country, so while this might not raise any eyebrows on the other side of the Atlantic it’s an extremely unusual event for British police. It appears that the builder was not the type of libre firearms enthusiast who has made the news with similar work in the USA, so it has to be assumed that it was printed purely as a means to secure an illegal firearm however rough-and-ready or indeed dangerous it might be.

Stepping aside from the firearm aspect of the story, it should be of concern for any British 3D printer enthusiasts. As we’ve reported over the years with respect to drone incidents they can sometimes throw reason to the wind when faced with unfamiliar technology, indeed we’ve already seen them imagining RepRap parts to be for a firearm. We’d counsel all parties to keep sane heads, and hope that both the sentence for today’s criminal proves to be a suitable deterrent, and that no clueless fool decides to download and print another weapon for the hell of it. As always, we’ll bring you developments as they happen.

British Cops Catch Shooter-Printing Villain
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Bowers & Wilkins’ new noise-canceling headphones are lighter than ever

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Bowers & Wilkins’ original PX noise-canceling headphones were some of the best-sounding (and expensive) around, and today the company is following that up with two new models: the PX7, an over-ear successor to the original, and the PX5, a new on-ear model that promises to bring similar sound and noise cancellation to a smaller and cheaper form factor.

The changes here aren’t huge, at least for the flagship PX7: B&W was already ahead of the game by offering USB-C headphones back in 2017, although the PX7 now supports USB-C fast charging, with B&W promising five hours of playback off a 15-minute charge. The design has also been tweaked to include “custom carbon fiber composite arms,” which make the new model lighter than the original PX.

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The messy iOS 13 rollout shows Apple needs a revised release schedule


iOS 13 is finally here. The big addition this time around is the system-wide dark mode, and much-needed refinements to apps like Maps, Photos, and Reminders. Then there are the new security and privacy features that alerts you about the apps that use your location, and those that want to access your Bluetooth. Safari even packs in a few more anti-tracking features that make it difficult for ads to track you across the web. But you may want to hold back for a couple of days more before embracing the dark side. For iOS 13.1 is right around the corner. Apple…

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Apple’s location tracking Tags detailed in new leak

Possible image of an Apple Tag extracted from internal iOS 13 code. | Image: 9to5Mac

Details about Apple Tags, the company’s Tile-like location trackers you can attach to things like your keys, bag, or bike, have leaked again. The latest screenshots come courtesy of MacRumors, and show a new “Items” tab, that replaces the “Me” tab in the new Find My app that rolled out yesterday with the global release of iOS 13.

”Keep track of your everyday items,” reads the Items tab when clicking in. “Tag your everyday items with B389 and never lose them again.” B389 is the internal Apple codename for Apple Tags, first mentioned by 9to5Mac back in April. The screenshots were sourced from an internal build of iOS 13 released in early June, according to MacRumors.

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Vivo’s new phone has a dual-cam pop-up because what else is left to do?


We’ve seen pop-up mechanisms for the front camera on phones in all shapes and sizes till now: Single, motorized assembly, pizza-shaped. Now, since there isn’t much left to do in that part, folks at Vivo has just introduced a phone with dual pop-up selfie cameras called the V17 Pro. The dual-front camera setup has a 32-megapixel primary sensor and an 8-megapixel wide-angle sensor. Apart from this, the device features a quad-camera assembly on the rear with a 48-megapixel primary sensor. Looking at the spec sheet, the phone certainly belongs at the higher-end of the mid-range segment: Specifications: Screen: 6.44-inch full…

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Vivo’s V17 Pro has two pop-up selfie cameras

Right on the heels of the sleek, experimental Nex 3, Vivo has announced a new phone at the mid-to-high end of the market. The V17 Pro will serve as the company’s headline device in many of its regions, or for people who aren’t ready to give up volume buttons just yet.

The V17 Pro has the same Snapdragon 675 processor as the V15 Pro, which was released earlier this year, but otherwise basically everything is all-new. It has 8GB of RAM as standard, the battery has been increased to 4,100mAh, and the build is a noticeably bulkier at 9.8mm thick.

Part of that bulk can be accounted for by the battery, but the new pop-up selfie camera module probably also has something to do with it. The V17 Pro has two selfie cameras, including a 32-megapixel…

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