But given the relentless and utterly unspectacular updates that the Chromium project releases every six weeks, it can also be hard to denote actual big releases of browsers based on Chromium—hence the "Reborn" moniker.For Opera, this is a significant update that goes far beyond what arrived with the move to Chromium 60.The big three in this release are support for blockchain-secured transactions, a crypto wallet to go with the mobile version, and a new overall look with light and dark themes available.The founders of Opera (who have since moved on to other things) probably never imagined their browser would one day share a rendering engine with Internet Explorer, but it does now.For instance, Opera Touch has managed to do something no other mobile browser has yet pulled off—making it easy to browse with one hand even on larger devices.Touch also has some thoughtful features like a built-in cookie dialog blocker that's actually pretty effective at hiding those annoying legal-compliance cookie notices.
All too often, I show up to a panel only to find that all of the speakers are male.So, in 2017, when my company Firebrand Group teamed up with Nicole D’Alonzo and Jason Keath of Social Fresh to throw an Innovation Congress, we knew from the outset that we wanted at least half of the speakers to be women.What I didn’t realize, however, was how difficult it would be to attain that goal.“I didn’t see it until I saw it at the first conference I was planning,” he told me recently.The problem of not having enough female speakers is so pervasive that it doesn’t just rear its head in industries such as finance, where men far outnumber women in high-profile positions.Wired reported that 70 to 80 percent of social media pros on Payscale identify as female.
the Volvo Car Group has signed an agreement with the asian battery producers Catl and LG Chem to supply lithium batteries to Volvo Cars all elbilsmodeller.the Value of the deal is estimated to be several billion dollars.by The agreement, and expect Volvo to have secured batterileveranserna for the next decade.Volvo decided 2017, all new models from and with the 2019 electrified.the Year 2025 is expected electric cars to account for 50 per cent of the company's global sales volume.
Uber drivers are independent contractors, not employees of the ride-hailing company, the federal labor board’s general counsel said in an opinion released May 14th.The opinion, authored April 16th by Jayme Sophir, associate general counsel at the National Labor Relations Board, means that drivers will have a much harder time trying to form a union, file labor complaints, or seek protections from the federal government.On any given day, at any free moment, UberX drivers could decide how best to serve their economic objectives: by fulfilling ride requests through the App, working for a competing rideshare service, or pursuing a different venture altogether.It’s the latest sign that the federal government agrees with Uber’s classification of its drivers.The Department of Labor issued an opinion recently stating that gig workers like Uber drivers are contractors ineligible for minimum wages and overtime pay.The company classifies them as independent contractors, arguing they are in business for themselves and thus ineligible for traditional benefits like overtime, minimum wage protections, and health insurance.
Alibaba’s enterprise efficiency app DingTalk has shut down its community forum for a month, the company announced on Saturday.On the day of the announcement, an in-app screenshot showed the message “DingTalk Community system under maintenance.” A brief note explained that as a result of official reprimand for problematic content, the company would fix issues and temporarily suspend updates for the feature.On May 13, the Community forum could no longer be found on DingTalk.As of publication, Alibaba had not responded to a TechNode inquiry for comment.DingTalk wasn’t alone in being censured over content issues: on the same day, dating apps Momo and Tantan also announced that social features were suspended on their respective platforms in order to clean up user-posted content.In late April, Tantan was removed from major Android app stores due to unspecified “violations.”
Possibly the worst thing about gaming online is the verbal abuse.Both kids and adults alike find a newfound freedom when blasting shotgun shells into complete strangers, and it's easy for tensions to run high in competitive environments.Microsoft has updated its code of conduct for online play through Xbox Live, containing some brilliant suggestions of inoffensive trash talk, with such zingers as "get destroyed", "can't believe you thought you were on my level", and – our personal favorite – "that was some serious potato aim".While it's easy to poke fun, it's also dangerous to gloss over the toxic environment that can emerge during online play – and it's reassuring for a console maker to be so explicit over what isn't acceptable.Other guidelines on "Going too far" call out sexual threats, profanity, and racial slurs (as they naturally should).You can see the full list of suggestions in the image below.
As a game developer and publisher itself, it’s really not unusual for Epic Games to acquire smaller companies.It does become a bit curious, however, when it buys up a developer well-known for a hit title, like Psyonix, who made the unexpected wonder that is Rocket League.Things definitely take an even more interesting turn, however, when set in the frame of the buyer’s bigger strategy, which includes making certain titles exclusively available on its own Epic Games Store.Calling it soccer (sorry, football) on wheels hardly does Rocket League justice.Psyonix took what is clearly an absurd idea and turned it into an award-winning game.Who wouldn’t want that to be in their portfolio, especially if it can be exclusively in their portfolio?
The Facebook website you remember will soon become a thing of the past.The world's largest social network, which also redesigned its mobile app, unveiled a new look Tuesday for desktop that's expected to be released in the next few months.Overall, the website looks more minimalist than the current version and includes more white space.The top of the website is no longer dark blue.Instead, it's white and includes light grey icons for your News Feed, Facebook Messenger, notifications, the social network's video hub Watch, Marketplace and groups.Facebook's logo, which used to be an f within a blue or white square, is also different.
The CDC released its most recent measles number on Friday, revealing that more than 700 cases have now been confirmed in the United States.The latest figure underscores the rapid rise of this highly contagious disease, which is at the highest it has been in any single year since the disease was declared eliminated in 2000.Amid the concerning outbreak comes vaccination support from a very unlikely source.Until now, the highest number of annual cases after the 2000 eradication milestone happened in 2014 with 667 confirmed cases.The US exceeded that record high in less than four months, highlighting a very concerning outbreak originating from clusters of unvaccinated people.April 2019 will end with more than 700 confirmed cases across 22 states, according to the CDC.
Alphabet, the parent company of internet search giant Google, fell short of Wall Street's revenue targets for its first three months of the year.The stock is down over 5% in after hours trading on Monday.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Alphabet, the parent company of internet search giant Google, fell short of Wall Street's revenue targets for its first three months of the year, and the stock is down over 5% in after hours trading on Monday.Net Revenue (excluding TAC): $29.48 billion, up 18.6% year over year, but below the $30.06 billion that analysts expected.Q1 EPS (GAAP): $9.50, including impact of a $1.7 billion EU fine.
Best Buy’s four-day sale is concluding later today, but you still have a chance to save on 4K TVs with built-in Amazon Fire TV hardware, Sonos-ready outdoor speakers, and more.In case you needed a reminder of how affordable TVs have become, Insignia’s 43-inch 4K HDR TV can play content from Prime Video out of the box, and it’s $199.99 at Best Buy.If you want to go a bit bigger, Toshiba’s 55-inch model is $249.99.Usually $799.99 for a pair, this bundle is now $649.98 and also includes a Sonos Connect amplifier with purchase.So, only order if you’re cool with waiting a few weeks for delivery.Speaking of Google, its Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL phones are each $200 off from its store.
Air pollution is taking over cities around the world.For instance, according to the US State of the Air report released Wednesday, nearly half of the people living in America deal with unhealthy air.In countries like South Korea and Thailand, however, that air pollution is on a whole other level.That’s why these governments are turning to weather modification technologies in a bid to clean up the air.South Korea announced in March plans to begin deploying so-called cloud seeding technology to make it rain in Seoul, and the Thailand government actually went ahead and induced rain in Bangkok in January.Cloud seeding, which basically involves misting clouds with small particles that help water droplets to form, isn’t exactly revolutionary.
Ford intends to deploy upwards of 100 driverless vehicles by the end of 2019 and begin testing in a new city as it ramps up development of its autonomous technologies, CEO Jim Hackett told investors during the company’s Q1 2019 earnings call on Thursday.Hackett said that Ford is focusing on “more complex” environments with seasonal weather changes and “intense” metro challenges, rather than suburban areas where the roads don’t change that often.“We laughed that if autonomy was only destined for the L.A. freeways, you don’t have to deal with dogs and baseballs running across them, and no need to recognize that,” said Hackett.“There’s not a lot of intense urban kind of challenges, mostly everyone’s retired and the roads don’t change a lot.We’ve opted into some really difficult settings to prove this capability.”Earlier this month, Hackett — who formerly led Ford’s autonomous vehicle division — admitted during a speech at the Detroit Economic Club that the carmaker had been overly ambitious in its plans to rapidly scale its self-driving efforts.
Amazon’s cloud computing unit is making further inroads into Asia after it opened a data center in Hong Kong this week, adding to the seven existing locations where it currently operates across Asia Pacific and China.The new entry will likely give the American giant a leg up in its regional battle with Alibaba’s cloud service, which, according to a new Gartner report, was the biggest cloud infrastructure provider in Asia Pacific last year.Amazon Web Services has been operating in China for quite some time, albeit through rough and roundabout routes.A set of cyber laws enacted by Beijing in mid-2017 required foreign companies to store data locally and outsource their hardware parts to Chinese partners.In response, AWS teamed up with two separate local providers based out of Beijing and the hinterland province of Ningxia to run its cloud service while it provides the necessary “technology, guidance and expertise” to the allies.In practice, AWS’s China users are subject to terms and conditions set by its domestic partners.
“All-new design” seems to be the buzzword for upcoming Apple products.That was how Ming-chi Kuo described the delayed new Macbooks, upcoming iPads, and even new AirPods.But in addition to its already controversial camera bump, new information has surfaced pointing to a slightly new design for the glass back as well.That information comes via 3D renders of the upcoming iPhone published by CashKaro and, of course, the prolific @OnLeaks.It should be remembered that these are renders made solely from dimensions, schematics, and other unofficial information.In other words, these aren’t leaked press renders that Apple will be using and may not match the final product.
The Atmospheric Infrared Sounder or AIRS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Tropical Cyclone Kenneth and analyzed the storm in infrared light.Infrared light provides scientists with temperature data and that is important when trying to understand how strong storms can be.The higher the cloud tops, the colder and the stronger they are.So infrared light as that gathered by the AIRS instrument can identify the strongest sides of a tropical cyclone.NASA's Aqua satellite flew over Kenneth on April 23 at 6:41 a.m. EDT (1041 UTC).AIRS detected strongest storms around the center of circulation and in a band of thunderstorms southwest of the center.
In January, Mark Zuckerberg published a blog post announcing his New Year’s resolution.After a year full of scandals, Zuckerberg wanted to publicly tackle big questions about technology’s place in society, showing that he was capable of handling the power of the world’s biggest social network in a thoughtful and humane way.Now, that resolution has been shaped into something more manageable: a Zuckerberg-hosted podcast.Today, the Facebook Twitter account posted a link to a new podcast called Tech & Society with Mark Zuckerberg.In an episode published today, he spoke with Axel Springer CEO Mathias Döpfner about the impact of social media on journalism.New podcast alert This year Mark Zuckerberg is hosting discussions on the future of tech and society.
About a week ago we talked about the cool 2020 Nissan 370Z 50th Anniversary edition when the automaker announced the 2020 line of 370Z cars.The 50th Anniversary Edition is the version that caught the eye of most Z car fans with its slick racing inspired, throwback livery.One thing we didn’t know about that car was how much it would cost.Nissan has changed that with the announcement of pricing for the entire 2020 370Z lineup.The line for this year includes the base 370Z coupe, 370Z coupe sport, 370Z Sport touring, and the 370Z Nismo.All of the models except the Sport touring are offered with a 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed automatic.
Alphabet’s Wing division has scored another important milestone after the aviation regulator in the United States (the Federal Aviation Administration or FAA) granted it permission to begin home deliveries.The FAA said that Wing Aviation had gained the approval after it “demonstrated that its operations met the FAA’s rigorous safety requirements to qualify for an air carrier certificate.”The US win comes after Wing claimed the launch of the world’s first commercial drone delivery service in Australia earlier this month.Wing began delivering takeaway food, coffee and medicines by drone to about 100 homes in Canberra (Australia) after that country’s aviation authority granted it regulatory approval for the move.“US Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded the first air carrier certification to a drone delivery company, Wing Aviation,” said the FAA.“The certification paved the way for Wing Aviation to begin commercial package delivery in Blacksburg, VA.”
Congress wants answers from Google about a database that law enforcement has been using for location data to help with criminal investigations.The database, called Sensorvault, has detailed location records from hundreds of millions of phones around the world, according to a report earlier this month from the New York Times.It's meant to collect information on the users of Google's products so the company can better target them with ads, and see how effective those ads are.But police in cities across the country have been using "geofence" warrants to tap the database for information that could help them when cases go cold.On Tuesday, top Democrats and Republicans from the House Energy and Commerce Committee sent an open letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai asking demanding more information about the database.The members of Congress -- including Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, a Democrat from Jew Jersey, and ranking Republican Greg Walden -- asked for answers from Google by May 7, and a briefing by May 10.