Technology

Hooray! Ikea’s long-anticipated Fyrtur smart blinds are finally on sale

I was talking to someone recently who installs a variety of tech solutions in homes who noted as an aside that smart blinds are very soon going to be the standard, default solution -- that there's just no reason to have the traditional set of blinds anymore, when you can have one that operates at the push of a button. That came to mind today in tandem with the news that Ikea has finally started the rollout of its Fyrtur smart blinds in some of its US stores after initially intending to release them earlier [..]

Is the binge model doomed? Netflix is still committed, but rivals want you to wait

Apple held a splashy premiere event a few days ago at the Regency Village Theater in Westwood, California to unveil its new Apple TV+ series For All Mankind. It's one of the marquee launch titles that will be available on November 1st -- a drama that offers an alternative history of the "Space Race" that in real life, of course, saw the US beat Russia to the moon. It's got solid talent behind it, like Golden Globe nominee and Emmy Award-winner Ronald D. Moore, who also reimagined Battlestar Galactica in the[..]

Circle Drops Poloniex Leaving US Crypto Traders High and Dry

According to a blog post published by Circle, the cryptocurrency firm is releasing its subsidiary exchange Poloniex which is now owned by an “Asian investment group.” The trading platform will become an independent company called Polo Digital Assets, Ltd., and after November 1, 2019, U.S. residents will no longer be able to use the platform. […] The post Circle Drops Poloniex Leaving US Crypto Traders High and Dry appeared first on Bitcoin News.

Where are US fintech’s next billion-dollar startups?

As fintech investments soar to new heights, investors are looking at the bottom and top levels of the services stack to find the next billion-dollar startups. That’s the word from seasoned investors like Andreessen Horowitz’s managing director, Angela Strange, who has invested in a number of successful financial services technology companies. For Strange and Chris […]

The ultimate Disney+ deal will get some people a free year of service plus $1,000 in their pocket

Offers related to Disney’s new streaming service that launches on November 12 have generated a pretty fair amount of buzz online, as most of them have teased some decent discounts on Disney+ subscriptions of varying lengths. We’ve got another such offer to tell you about, and it promises the deepest discount of all -- making the service completely free. For one year, that is. The catch? Only five people will be chosen for this offer. The reviews website Reviews.org is looking for candidates for what the sit[..]

The US nukes will no longer run on plate-sized floppy disks

The dated tech in the United State’s nuclear computer system is getting an upgrade as the military sunsets those gigantic old-school floppy disks. It’ll be replaced with a digital solution of some kind. 60 Minutes exposed the monstrous floppy disks in 2014 when it ran a special on the nuclear mechanism — host Leslie Stahl called them “the really old kind. They were mentioned again in a report from the Government Accountability Office, which said the disks were “a legacy system that coordinates the operation[..]

‘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.

Save 15% right now on Apple AirPods - why wait for Black Friday?

Walmart and Amazon cut AirPods prices across US and UK in amazing deals - all weeks ahead of Black Friday.

This secret Netflix trick lets you browse only English-language movies and shows

With hotly-anticipated new streaming media services set to pop up left and right in the coming months, there has been some uneasiness surrounding Netflix lately. Most or even all of it was erased on Wednesday afternoon, however, when Netflix announced third-quarter earnings and crushed the Street's estimates. EPS climbed to $1.47 compared to earnings of $0.89 per share in the year-ago quarter, and revenue climbed to $5.25 billion from $3.91 billion in the third quarter last year. But the biggest news may ha[..]

Noise-canceling AirPods could launch before October is out, says report

An upgraded AirPods Pro model is rumored to be on its way shortly – with active noise canceling.

Is The Google Pixel 4 Worth The Money?

Let's face it, Google's Pixel smartphones are not exactly cheap, and that goes for the Pixel 4 series as well. The company's Nexus devices were quite affordable, but the Pixel lineup changes everything. That being said, the Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL were introduced quite recently, and many of you are probably planning [...] Read More... The post Is The Google Pixel 4 Worth The Money? appeared first on Android Headlines.

OnePlus 7T Goes On Sale In The US, OnePlus 7T Series In India

The OnePlus 7T series became available to purchase in Europe yesterday. Well, the same has just happened for the US and India. As far as the US is concerned, only the OnePlus 7T is available. In India, on the other hand, you can purchase both the OnePlus 7T and OnePlus 7T Pro. The OnePlus 7T [...] Read More... The post OnePlus 7T Goes On Sale In The US, OnePlus 7T Series In India appeared first on Android Headlines.

Huawei wants to license its 5G tech to US telecoms

Huawei is banned from selling its 5G technology in the US, but that isn't stopping it from trying an end run around that hurdle. Senior VP Vincent Pang told Reuters that Huawei is in early discussions to license its 5G tech to American companies. T...

Hooray! Ikea’s long-anticipated Fyrtur smart blinds are finally on sale

I was talking to someone recently who installs a variety of tech solutions in homes who noted as an aside that smart blinds are very soon going to be the standard, default solution — that there’s just no reason to have the traditional set of blinds anymore, when you can have one that operates at the push of a button. That came to mind today in tandem with the news that Ikea has finally started the rollout of its Fyrtur smart blinds in some of its US stores after initially intending to release them earlier t[..]

Is the binge model doomed? Netflix is still committed, but rivals want you to wait

Apple held a splashy premiere event a few days ago at the Regency Village Theater in Westwood, California to unveil its new Apple TV+ series For All Mankind. It’s one of the marquee launch titles that will be available on November 1st — a drama that offers an alternative history of the “Space Race” that in real life, of course, saw the US beat Russia to the moon. It’s got solid talent behind it, like Golden Globe nominee and Emmy Award-winner Ronald D. Moore, who also reimagined Battlestar Galactica in the [..]

Alphabet’s Wing starts drone deliveries to US homes

Alphabet's Wing has started making deliveries by drone to homes in the US for the first time. During a pilot program in Christiansburg, Virginia, drones will drop off packages from FedEx, Walgreens and local retailer Sugar Magnolia, which include ove...

IKEA begins selling its FYRTUR smart blinds in some US stores

The downright confusing saga that is IKEA's rollout of its FYRTUR blackout smart blinds in the US continues. The company had initially planned to release them stateside on April 1st, before delaying the launch to October 1st. The appointed date then...

Environmental bill could force expensive car recalls

Draft bill aims to force car industry to comply with legislation or face mandatory recalls Car makers that ignore environmental legislation will be forced to recall affected cars – which could involve millions of cars and cost hundreds of millions of pounds – if a new environment bill makes its way onto the statute books. A draft of the bill was included in last week’s Queen speech and is clearly intended to heighten oversight of the car industry in the wake of Volkswagen Group’s Dieselgate scandal as well [..]

US stopped using floppy disks to manage nuclear weapons arsenal

US Air Force switches to secure solid-state-based solution to replace antiquated floppy disks in SACCS nuclear weapons management system.

Apple CEO Tim Cook urged to 'reverse course' after pulling Hong Kong protest app - CNET

Four US representatives called the removal of the HKMaps.live app "deeply concerning."

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 [..]

Google can’t even get full RCS support for the Pixel 4

Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge Google’s Pixel 4 won’t launch with support for RCS messaging on some of the biggest US networks. Verizon and T-Mobile both said on Twitter that the phone was not supported, as spotted by 9to5Google, and AT&T has yet to say whether it’ll be supported. Only Sprint has said, in an email to The Verge, that it will support RCS, which adds features like read receipts, typing indicators, and higher-quality attachments to the standard Android Messages app. The rollout of RCS messag[..]

Disney’s three-hour Disney+ trailer proves that all those movies it tweeted are real

Disney’s massive 600-plus tweet thread announcing which titles would be available to stream on Disney+ in the US come launch day was mostly met with a rousing chorus of, “that’s not a real movie.” In an attempt to illuminate each title even more, Disney followed up that thread with a 3.5-hour video on YouTube listing each title that will appear on the service. It’s similar to Netflix’s monthly videos on YouTube that tell subscribers what’s being added to the service — just longer. Much longer. About three h[..]

Ikea’s Fyrtur smart blinds start to arrive in the US, but only in retail stores

Photo by Thomas Ricker / The Verge Ikea’s new Fyrtur smart blinds are finally making their way to the US after a delay earlier this year, but they only seem to be available in retail locations for now, with online purchases still listed as “not available.” As Ikea had announced earlier in the year, the US is only getting the Fyrtur blackout blinds, not the lighter Kadrilj model. Ikea is selling eight sizes of the blinds, ranging from 23 inches wide (for $129) to 48 inches (for $179). As my colleague Thomas [..]

Watchmen HBO beginner's guide: what to know before you watch

If you’re tuning into the Watchmen, here’s everything you need to know.

Huawei ships 400,000 5G base stations as third generation Massive MIMO arrives

Huawei might be making headlines but it wants to focus on 5G

Studio Ghibli movies are headed to HBO Max as the streaming wars heat up

Battle lines are being drawn, and this is a great weapon in HBO's arsenal.

New Motorola Razr folding phone teased for November 13 launch

Motorola is rumored to be making a foldable phone, and it may be official next month.

2019 Fisker Karma

2019 Fisker Karma is a premium plug-in range-extension for electric games produced by Fisker Automotive in 2012. Fisker cars are manufactured at Valmet Automotive in Finland. The post 2019 Fisker Karma appeared first on GTOPCARS.COM.

Swarm gets green light from FCC for its 150-satellite constellation

Swarm Technologies aims to connect smart devices around the world with a low-bandwidth but ever-present network provided by satellites — and it just got approval from the FCC to do so. Apparently the agency is no longer worried that Swarm's sandwich-sized satellites are too small to be tracked.

Typosquatters target US Presidential election

New research from Digital Shadows has revealed that typosquatters are taking advantage of voters misspelling US election candidate's websites.

Senators propose near-total ban on worker noncompete agreements

A noncompete ban has served Silicon Valley well. Should it apply nationwide?

Privacy bill would give FTC actual authority, land lying executives in jail

CEOs won't consider privacy until they face "personal consequences," Wyden said.

Study: Facial recognition AI’s alright, if you’re cisgender and white

I’m a cisgender white male. I can unlock my phone, sign into my bank account, and breeze through border patrol check points using my face with 98 percent accuracy. Facial recognition software is great for people who look like me. Sure, I still face the same existential dangers as everyone else: in the US and China we live in a total surveillance state. Law enforcement can track us without a warrant and put us into categories and groups such as “dissident” or “anti-cop,” without ever investigating us. If I s[..]

Netflix says its $3 mobile-only plan might expand to more markets

After testing a mobile-only plan in India on a small scale, Netflix went ahead and made it available to everyone in the country a few months ago. For less than $3 a month, Netflix users in India can access the streaming service on one mobile device at a time, whether it’s a smartphone or tablet. It turns out the plan is such a success for the company that Netflix is considering opening it up to customers in other markets. Either that, or the company is already feeling the pressure of incoming streaming serv[..]

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. […]

Phone Comparisons: Google Pixel 3 XL vs Google Pixel 4 XL

It's time to compare two Pixel flagships, last year's and this year's, the Pixel 3 XL vs Pixel 4 XL. The Google Pixel 4 XL was announced a couple of days ago, as of writing this article. That device was announced alongside the Pixel 4, its smaller sibling. The Pixel 3 XL, on the other [...] Read More... The post Phone Comparisons: Google Pixel 3 XL vs Google Pixel 4 XL appeared first on Android Headlines.

Ekos announces $8M Series A to build software for craft breweries

Ekos, a Charlotte, NC startup that creates software to help craft breweries and other beverage companies organize their businesses, announced an $8 million Series A today led by Noro-Moseley Partners, an Atlanta venture firm. Prior to taking this funding, the company had bootstrapped for the previous five years, building a business with 1700 customers in […]

This secret trick lets you browse only English-language movies and shows on Netflix

With hotly-anticipated new streaming media services set to pop up left and right in the coming months, there has been some uneasiness surrounding Netflix lately. Most or even all of it was erased on Wednesday afternoon, however, when Netflix announced third-quarter earnings and crushed the Street's estimates. EPS climbed to $1.47 compared to earnings of $0.89 per share in the year-ago quarter, and revenue climbed to $5.25 billion from $3.91 billion in the third quarter last year. But the biggest news may ha[..]

Nevada man charged for allegedly running $11M Bitcoin Ponzi scheme

A man in the US has been charged for allegedly operating an $11 million Bitcoin Ponzi scheme. The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced the filing of a civil enforcement action yesterday, charging David Gilbert Saffron of Las Vegas, and Circle Society, Corp, with “fraudulent solicitation, misappropriation, and registration violations.” The complaint says that from at least December 2017, the defendants fraudulently solicited and accepted at least $11 million worth of Bitcoin and US dollar[..]

Best standing desk 2019: the most comfortable standing desks ranked

Standing desks are riding a wave of popularity in recent times, but which are the best buys in this category?

Early appetite for 5G is a boost for operators and vendors

Strong marketing campaigns and operator momentum is generating interest in 5G

US military will no longer use floppy disks to coordinate nuke launches

As we alarmingly learned in 2014, the US military has been using 8-inch floppy disks in an antiquated '70s computer to receive nuclear launch orders from the President. Now, the US strategic command has announced that it has replaced the drives with...

Pandora now works in Spanish on Alexa and Google Assistant

Pandora can now respond to requests en español in the US via Alexa and Google Assistant. You can activate Spanish voice controls by adding the language through the Alexa or Assistant settings.

Juul, Under Heavy Fire, Pulls Fruit-Flavored Pods From US

Vaping opponents criticize plan to continue selling the popular mint and menthol flavors.

Nintendo Switch sales top 15 million in North America alone

As Nintendo heads into a holiday season with both the OG Switch and Switch Lite on store shelves, the company is celebrating 10 months in a row of being the best selling console in the US, according to NPD numbers. That's enough to cross the 15 milli...

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[..]

Uniti One electric car available to order online from £15,100

50% deposit secures the British-built affordable electric city car, which is set to land in UK and Sweden by mid-2020 Fledgling Swedish electric car company Uniti has opened online orders for the Uniti One affordable electric car. The British-engineered compact EV will arrive in Sweden and the UK first in mid-2020, with a choice of battery capacities and prices starting from £15,100 including government grant. Three days after a customisation system went online, Uniti has added over one thousand potential c[..]

The Death of Cars Was Greatly Exaggerated

Personal car ownership in the US has increased in the past 10 years, even in the frenzied urban places where Uber and car-share have become verbs. From a report: According to research from former New York City transportation official Bruce Schaller, the number of vehicles has grown faster than the population in some of the cities where ride-hail is most popular: Boston, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago. Moreover, some services targeted to the aspirationally or actually car-free have hit the [..]

The Death of Cars Was Greatly Exaggerated

Personal car ownership in the US has increased in the past 10 years, even in the frenzied urban places where Uber and car-share have become verbs. From a report: According to research from former New York City transportation official Bruce Schaller, the number of vehicles has grown faster than the population in some of the cities where ride-hail is most popular: Boston, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago. Moreover, some services targeted to the aspirationally or actually car-free have hit the [..]