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MIT Mini Cheetah Made and Improved In China

We nearly passed over this tip from [xoxu] which was just a few links to some AliExpress pages. However, when we dug a bit into the pages we found something pretty surprising. Somewhere out there in the wild we…east of China there’s a company not only reverse engineering the Mini …read more

This Week in Apps: League of Legends goes mobile, Tim Cook talks to China and more

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support, and the money that flows through it all. The app industry in 2018 saw 194 billion downloads and more than $100 billion in purchases. Just in the past quarter, consumer spending exceeded $23 billion and installs topped 31 billion. […]

Apple’s China stance makes for strange political alliances, as AOC and Ted Cruz slam the company

In a rare instance of bipartisanship overcoming the rancorous discord that’s been the hallmark of the U.S. Congress, senators and sepresentatives issued a scathing rebuke to Apple for its decision to take down an app at the request of the Chinese government. Signed by Senators Ron Wyden, Tom Cotton, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Congressional […]

Report: Apple will announce AirPods Pro with noise cancelling this month

Apple may have announced three new iPhones last month, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the company is done for the year. A report from China Economic Daily suggests Apple plans to announce a ‘Pro’ version of its ubiquitous AirPods soon. Like, before the end of October soon. The most notable rumored update to the AirPods Pro is the inclusion of noise canceling. That would be a big boon to everyone who appreciates the reliability of Apple’s buds, but wants something that can actually block out sound too. Th[..]

Analyst Says Apple TV+ to See Over 100 Million Subscribers in its First Year

Apple could entice 100 million or more customers into paying for its premium video streaming service Apple TV+.

Who will own the future of transportation?

Autonomous vehicles are often painted as a utopian-like technology that will transform parking lots into parks and eliminate traffic fatalities — a number that reached 1.35 million globally in 2018. Even if, as many predict, autonomous vehicles are deployed en masse, the road to that future promises to be long, chaotic and complex. The emergence […]

‘AirPods Pro’ to be Announced Within the Next Two Weeks: REPORT

The illusive next-generation Apple AirPods with noise cancellation will reportedly arrive this month, not 2020 as recently suggested.

Esports is no more an urban phenomenon, thanks to mobile gaming

I was at the fourth edition of the Mountain Dew Arena finale earlier this month, where I could witness how esports is reaching to the roots of the country.

Huawei's Mate X Foldable Handset May Be Unleashed On October 23

The Huawei Mate X foldable smartphone was announced back in February during the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, and it seems like it may finally launch before the end of this month. The Mate X was supposed to become official earlier this year, but Huawei decided to postpone it. The company wanted to make [...] Read More... The post Huawei's Mate X Foldable Handset May Be Unleashed On October 23 appeared first on Android Headlines.

Report says Apple is about to surprise us with new ‘AirPods Pro’ that’ll launch in the next 2 weeks

Apple refreshed the AirPods earlier this year, but that was only a minor upgrade for the iconic wireless earphones. AirPods 2 got a case that can be recharged wirelessly and a brand new chip, but the device still looks exactly as the first-gen model — both of them are available in stores. But Apple is also expected to release a brand new AirPods version later this year, on in early 2020, which we’ve been referring to as AirPods 3. A new story from China claims the actual name of Apple’s next-gen AirPods is [..]

The Gaydon Triangle: Inside Jaguar Land Rover's tech HQ

JLR's new HQ is as spacious as is it high-tech. Jaguar Land Rover’s new £600m creative base could mark the start of a golden era for the company. We look around Volkswagen has its vast, brooding Wolfsburg and Fiat its magnificent Mirafiori. BMW’s Four Cylinder building beside Munich’s Olympic Park is considered so iconic that even though it opened in only 1973, it has already been preserved for posterity. And Opel’s Rüsselsheim base near Frankfurt is so vast that tour guides tell you it is “slightly larger [..]

US lawmakers criticize Apple over Chinese app censorship

In a new letter co-penned by a bipartisan group of members of Congress, federal lawmakers say they have "strong concern" related to Apple's recent actions in China. The letter, which is addressed to CEO Tim Cook, zeroes in on Apple's decision earlier...

U.S. Lawmakers Call Apple's Move to Remove HKMap Live App 'Deeply Concerning'

U.S lawmakers on Friday sent a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook expressing concern over Apple's decision to remove the HKMap Live app from the App Store after complaints from the Chinese Government. The letter [PDF] calls Apple's removal of the HKMap Live app "disappointing" and points out a prior quote from Tim Cook that reads "At Apple, we are not afraid to say that our values drive our curation decisions." The HKMap Live app, which was used by protestors in Hong Kong to crowdsource information about street c[..]

Disney Picked a Hell of a Time to Announce Its Latest Attempt to Make Star Wars Big in China

Right now, amid a storm of protest movements in Hong Kong calling to liberate the area from its status as a special administrative region of China, scrutiny of Western companies seen as implicitly supporting the actions of the Chinese government is higher than ever. So, of course, the House of Mouse picked right now… Read more...

Is Andrew Yang Wrong About Robots Taking Our Jobs?

U.S. presidential candidate Andrew Yang "is full of it," argues Slate's senior business and economics correspondent, challenging Yang's contention (in a debate Tuesday) that American jobs were being lost to automation: Following the debate, a "fact check" by the AP claimed that Yang was right and Warren wrong. "Economists mostly blame [manufacturing] job losses on automation and robots, not trade deals," it stated. But this was incorrect. No such consensus exists, and if anything, the evidence heavily sugge[..]

Is Andrew Yang Wrong About Robots Taking Our Jobs?

U.S. presidential candidate Andrew Yang "is full of it," argues Slate's senior business and economics correspondent, challenging Yang's contention (in a debate Tuesday) that American jobs were being lost to automation: Following the debate, a "fact check" by the AP claimed that Yang was right and Warren wrong. "Economists mostly blame [manufacturing] job losses on automation and robots, not trade deals," it stated. But this was incorrect. No such consensus exists, and if anything, the evidence heavily sugge[..]

'South Park' Nears $500-Million Deal for US Streaming Rights

An anonymous reader quotes the Los Angeles Times: "South Park" is the latest beneficiary of Hollywood's rerun mania. The show's creators and media giant Viacom Inc. expect to share between $450 million and $500 million by selling the streaming rights to the animated comedy, one of the longest-running TV series in U.S. history, according to people familiar with the matter. As many as a half-dozen companies are bidding for exclusive U.S. streaming rights to past episodes of the show, which has been available [..]

'South Park' Nears $500-Million Deal for US Streaming Rights

An anonymous reader quotes the Los Angeles Times: "South Park" is the latest beneficiary of Hollywood's rerun mania. The show's creators and media giant Viacom Inc. expect to share between $450 million and $500 million by selling the streaming rights to the animated comedy, one of the longest-running TV series in U.S. history, according to people familiar with the matter. As many as a half-dozen companies are bidding for exclusive U.S. streaming rights to past episodes of the show, which has been available [..]

Blizzard Criticized By Bipartisan Group of US Lawmakers (Including Ron Wyden, Marco Rubio, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)

"If Blizzard wanted to keep politics out of its eSports scene, the Hearthstone publisher has failed miserably in just about every regard," reports Forbes. After suspending a player for his pro-Hong Kong protest, Blizzard faced a backlash which Forbes describes as "swift," "fierce," and "almost universal. From across the political spectrum, from socialist left to alt-right, gamers were incensed." Earlier today, Ron Wyden (D, Oregon) and Marco Rubio (R, Florida) signed a bipartisan letter addressed to Activis[..]

Blizzard Criticized By Bipartisan Group of US Lawmakers (Including Ron Wyden, Marco Rubio, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)

"If Blizzard wanted to keep politics out of its eSports scene, the Hearthstone publisher has failed miserably in just about every regard," reports Forbes. After suspending a player for his pro-Hong Kong protest, Blizzard faced a backlash which Forbes describes as "swift," "fierce," and "almost universal. From across the political spectrum, from socialist left to alt-right, gamers were incensed." Earlier today, Ron Wyden (D, Oregon) and Marco Rubio (R, Florida) signed a bipartisan letter addressed to Activis[..]

Tesla Gets the Go-Ahead To Build Cars In China

Tesla has been granted approval to start manufacturing its cars in China. The BBC reports: The electric carmaker, which is run by billionaire Elon Musk, is building a $2 billion factory in the eastern city of Shanghai. Tesla plans to build at least 1,000 of its Model 3s each week in the Chinese factory, which could be up and running within weeks. The new factory will give Tesla access to China, which is the world's biggest car market. It would also help the company avoid higher import tariffs that are impos[..]

Tesla Gets the Go-Ahead To Build Cars In China

Tesla has been granted approval to start manufacturing its cars in China. The BBC reports: The electric carmaker, which is run by billionaire Elon Musk, is building a $2 billion factory in the eastern city of Shanghai. Tesla plans to build at least 1,000 of its Model 3s each week in the Chinese factory, which could be up and running within weeks. The new factory will give Tesla access to China, which is the world's biggest car market. It would also help the company avoid higher import tariffs that are impos[..]

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood reportedly won't be recut for China - CNET

China put the release of the film on hold a week before it was set to launch.

Indians Are Using TikTok To Learn English

China's TikTok this week launched an education program in India as the popular short-video app looks to expand its offering and assuage local authority in one of its biggest markets. From a report: This is the first time TikTok has launched a program of this kind in any market, a spokesperson told TechCrunch. TkTok, owned by the world's most valued startup Bytedance, said it's working with a number of content creators and firms in India to populate the platform with educational videos. These bite-sized clip[..]

Indians Are Using TikTok To Learn English

China's TikTok this week launched an education program in India as the popular short-video app looks to expand its offering and assuage local authority in one of its biggest markets. From a report: This is the first time TikTok has launched a program of this kind in any market, a spokesperson told TechCrunch. TkTok, owned by the world's most valued startup Bytedance, said it's working with a number of content creators and firms in India to populate the platform with educational videos. These bite-sized clip[..]

AOC and Ted Cruz call out Apple for dropping Hong Kong app in joint letter

Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images In two letters, a bipartisan group of lawmakers sharply criticized Apple and Blizzard over their recent actions in China. “Strong concern” over Apple’s decision The first, addressed to Apple CEO Tim Cook, expresses “strong concern” over the company’s decision to remove an app used by Hong Kong protesters from its App Store. The app, called HKMap, tracked police presence and was used by pro-democracy activists, but was removed earlier this month after Apple claimed it was [..]

Mark Zuckerberg speaks out on political ads, free speech, and China

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg gave a talk today at Georgetown University, covering his views on free expression. During the speech, he repeated that Facebook stood for free expression, made vague noises towards its improvement, and pointed out that — as far as values go — it’s at least standing against the likes of China. There was a theme throughout the speech, linking Facebook communication with major civil rights movements of ages past. Zuckerberg name-dropped the likes of Martin Luther King Jr and Freder[..]

Zubale, founded in Mexico City last year by two HBS grads, just raised $4.4 million to put locals to work over their smart phones

A year ago, at a demo day south of San Francisco, we watched a number of recently formed startups pitch investors on their companies. One that stood out to us at the time was Zubale, a Mexico City-based outfit whose founders were looking to connect big corporations with Latin Americans eager to address tasks on […]

Zuckerberg on Chinese censorship: Is that the internet we want?

China is exporting its social values, political ads are an important part of free expression, and the definition of dangerous speech must be kept in check, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg argued today in a speech at Georgetown University. He criticized how American companies that do business with China were becoming influenced by the country’s values. […]

Tesla gets green light to start producing EVs in China

China’s industry ministry has add Tesla to a government list of approved automotive manufacturers, a designation that allows the electric automaker to begin producing vehicles in the country. Tesla’s inclusion on the list published by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology was reported by Reuters. A Chinese tech site also reported the news and […]

Popular app Snaptube caught serving invisible ads and charging users for premium purchases they haven’t made

A popular video downloader app for Android has been found generating fake ad clicks and unauthorized premium purchases from its users, according to a security firm. Snaptube, which boasts some 40 million users, allows users to download videos and music from YouTube, Facebook, and other major video sites. The app, developed in China, is not […]

OnePlus Not Planning To Announce Another Mid-Range Phone: CEO

OnePlus' CEO, Pete Lau, was briefly interviewed in China recently. Information from that interview surfaced on the 'ifeng' website. The main piece of information that Mr. Lau shared regards the company's plans for OnePlus mid-range smartphones. OnePlus is not planning to announce a mid-range smartphone Mr. Lau confirmed that OnePlus has no plans to announce [...] Read More... The post OnePlus Not Planning To Announce Another Mid-Range Phone: CEO appeared first on Android Headlines.

Huawei Mate X Design Changed To Include A Release Button

The Huawei Mate X will feature a brand new physical key when it gets launched. A Huawei Mate X hands-on video surfaced on YouTube, showing off the device, and that new hardware button. The new button on the Huawei Mate X is partially orange That button is placed on the back of the Huawei Mate [...] Read More... The post Huawei Mate X Design Changed To Include A Release Button appeared first on Android Headlines.

Apple's Good Intentions on Privacy Stop at China's Borders

As pro-democracy protests continue in Hong Kong, the tech giant’s troubling relationship with an authoritarian regime has come into focus.

Tesla gets final approval to start production in China

American company can now begin production of its Model 3 electric saloon in Shanghai as soon as possible Tesla has received final permission from the Chinese government to start Model 3 production in its $2 billion Shanghai Gigafactory. The Chinese industry ministry has added the American EV maker to a list of government-approved car manufacturers, Reuters has reported. This means that, although the factory has yet to be completed, Tesla is legally able to begin making cars and could do so in as little as a[..]

What Mark Zuckerberg’s big talk about free speech left out

All week, we’ve been talking here about a central debate in our reckoning over big tech platforms and their power: what should stay up on the internet, and what should come down. The discussion has been fueled by two national conversations: one, led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, about whether Facebook ought to exempt political ads from fact-checking. And the other, about how far the limits of free speech extend in a world where China is moving aggressively to restrict American companies from hosting speech supp[..]

Mark Zuckerberg took on China in a speech defending free expression

In a speech at Georgetown University on Thursday, Mark Zuckerberg laid out Facebook’s approach to moderation in terms of an ongoing commitment to free expression — and in one particular section, drew a sharp contrast with Chinese companies that may not share those values. As Zuckerberg described it, regulators and technologists face the question of “which nation’s values are going to determine what speech is going to be allowed for decades to come,” China or the US. As he laid out Facebook’s commitment to f[..]

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Says He Fears 'Erosion of Truth' But Defends Allowing Politicians To Lie in Ads

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said in an interview he worries "about an erosion of truth" online but defended the policy that allows politicians to peddle ads containing misrepresentations and lies on his social network, a stance that has sparked an outcry during the 2020 presidential campaign. From a report: "People worry, and I worry deeply, too, about an erosion of truth," Zuckerberg told The Washington Post ahead of a speech Thursday at Georgetown University. "At the same time, I don't think [..]

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Says He Fears 'Erosion of Truth' But Defends Allowing Politicians To Lie in Ads

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said in an interview he worries "about an erosion of truth" online but defended the policy that allows politicians to peddle ads containing misrepresentations and lies on his social network, a stance that has sparked an outcry during the 2020 presidential campaign. From a report: "People worry, and I worry deeply, too, about an erosion of truth," Zuckerberg told The Washington Post ahead of a speech Thursday at Georgetown University. "At the same time, I don't think [..]

Binance to Add Bitcoin Cash to Its Decentralized Exchange

Already widely available for trading across the world, bitcoin cash continues to expand into new markets and platforms. The latest venue where users can soon exchange the cryptocurrency is Binance’s decentralized exchange. The system will feature a token pegged to BCH issued on Binance Chain. Also Read: Binance Launches Peer-to-Peer Trading in China Binance DEX […] The post Binance to Add Bitcoin Cash to Its Decentralized Exchange appeared first on Bitcoin News.

88% of Chinese workers trust a bot over their human boss

The main worries surrounding artificial intelligence (AI) and its future is how one day, it’ll prove to be the biggest job-killing technology of all-time, or worse even, the autonomous bots will group together and wipe out the human race completely. We’re still waiting for hard evidence on how this might happen, but meanwhile in China, a study found that 88 percent of workers have more trust in robots than their human managers. The study, which was published on Tuesday by the US software company Oracle and [..]

TikTok makes education push in India

China’s TikTok today launched an education program in India as the popular short-video app looks to expand its offering and assuage local authority in one of its biggest markets. TkTok, owned by the world’s most valued startup Bytedance, said it’s working with a number of content creators and firms to populate the platform with educational […]

Survey: Chinese Students Want Crypto Jobs, 8% Own Cryptocurrencies

A poll conducted among university students in China indicates that many of them see a bright future for cryptocurrencies in their country. A quarter of the respondents said they would seek employment in the industry that deals with digital assets and related technologies. Approximately one in 12 students already owns digital coins. Also read: Ukraine […] The post Survey: Chinese Students Want Crypto Jobs, 8% Own Cryptocurrencies appeared first on Bitcoin News.

League of Legends for Mobile and Console Reportedly Coming in 2020

League of Legends: Wild Rift is not just the PC version running on smartphones — Riot is adapting the game for touch devices with some key changes.

Huawei Sold More Phones Last Quarter, Despite Trump's Antics

Huawei's Q3 financials have been revealed and most of the key businesses seem to be doing great. Overall, the company managed to rake in revenue of CNY610.8 billion or around $86 billion. This represents year-over-year growth of 24.2 percent. The Chinese giant's net profit margin for the July-September period was 8.7 percent. Huawei says that [...] Read More... The post Huawei Sold More Phones Last Quarter, Despite Trump's Antics appeared first on Android Headlines.

Abu Dhabi establishes world’s first graduate-level and research-based AI university

Masdar City facility to offer Masters and PhD in machine learning, computer vision and natural language processing

Quanta Reportedly Likely to Stop Assembling the Apple Watch in 2020 Due to Profit Concerns

Quanta Computer will likely stop taking assembly orders for the Apple Watch at some point in 2020 due to profit concerns, and may sell its manufacturing plant in Changshu, China dedicated to assembling the wearable device, according to industry sources cited by Taiwanese publication DigiTimes. The full DigiTimes story is not yet available, but a paywalled preview reads as follows: Quanta may stop assembly for Apple Watch in 2020, say sources: Quanta Computer is likely to stop taking assembly orders for the [..]

Tata rules out sale of Jaguar Land Rover, but looks for partners

Chairman of Indian giant says it won’t sell JLR but will “always look for partnerships”, while sales begin to recover Tata has gone on the record to rule out rumours it would put Jaguar Land Rover up for sale, but has admitted it will consider partnerships to reduce costs. Speaking to Bloomberg, Natarajan Chandrasekaran, chairman of the Tata Sons Ltd, the holding company for the Indian giant that has Tata Motors under its wing, said “we’re not going to sell”. Despite admitting that the company will "always [..]

China's Helicopter Prototype Looks Like a UFO

CNN has a story about a Chinese prototype helicopter that looks like a UFO. Slashdot reader ClickOnThis shares the report: China has been unveiling a lot of new weaponry lately, but one of their latest reveals looks really, well, out of this world. Called the "Super Great White Shark" by Chinese media, the aircraft conjures up images of 1950s sci-fi movies more than 21st century technology. But China says the "armed helicopter" was designed for the "future digital information battlefield." State-tabloid the[..]

China's Helicopter Prototype Looks Like a UFO

CNN has a story about a Chinese prototype helicopter that looks like a UFO. Slashdot reader ClickOnThis shares the report: China has been unveiling a lot of new weaponry lately, but one of their latest reveals looks really, well, out of this world. Called the "Super Great White Shark" by Chinese media, the aircraft conjures up images of 1950s sci-fi movies more than 21st century technology. But China says the "armed helicopter" was designed for the "future digital information battlefield." State-tabloid the[..]