The announcement of a new currency led by Facebook has caught the attention of US law-makers and not in a good way.The Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, Maxine Waters, is alarmed by the prospect of a massive company with a patchy track record when it comes to data protection and censorship having control of a global currency.She published the following statement on the matter soon after the unveiling of Libra.“Facebook has data on billions of people and has repeatedly shown a disregard for the protection and careful use of this data,” said Waters.“It has also exposed Americans to malicious and fake accounts from bad actors, including Russian intelligence and transnational traffickers.Facebook has also been fined large sums and remains under a FTC consent order for deceiving consumers and failing to keep consumer data private, and has also been sued by the government for violating fair housing laws on its advertising platform.
Named 718 Cayman GT4 and 718 Spyder, respectively, the mid-engined duo was designed for enthusiasts who want the ultimate in aural, visual, and physical driving enjoyment.Porsche tapped into its Motorsport department’s vast expertise to create the special 718s.In lieu of the turbocharged flat-four that powers the tamer models, the GT4 and the Spyder receive a naturally-aspirated, 4.0-liter flat-six tuned to deliver 414 horsepower and 309 pound-feet of torque.It revs to 8,000 rpm, exhales through a special exhaust, and spins the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission.Sorry, but you’re out of luck.Porsche added a model-specific suspension that’s firmer and lower than normal to deliver a more dynamic driving experience with less lean in corners.
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The Martian may have made it look easy(ish), but survival on Mars will be a massive challenge for humanity.Due to its very thin atmosphere, heat moves quickly off the surface of the planet meaning high variations in surface temperature.And that’s not to mention the lack of breathable oxygen or water on the surface, as well as threats like high levels of radiation and severe dust storms.The plan is for the 2024 mission to the moon to act as a stepping stone for human exploration of Mars.And now NASA has revealed how aspects of the upcoming Mars 2020 mission will shape the technology required for human missions.The first challenge is the touchdown on the surface, as landing heavier objects like a crewed ship full of supplies is much more difficult than landing a smaller rover.
The US trade ban has taken an extensive toll on Huawei, with the Chinese phone manufacturer having to swiftly find an alternative to the Android mobile operating system it currently relies on due to Google being a US company.While the company has been reportedly working on its own Hongmeng operating system since 2012, the pressure has built considerably in recent months to present a finished and viable alternative to Android.Do Androids dream of Hongmeng?Huawei representative Andrew Williamson has spoken of the readiness of this operating system in an interview in Mexcio City, stating that “it’s not something Huawei wants [...] but Hongmeng is being tested, mostly in China”.Williamson also claimed that he believes “it is already being rolled out over a million devices”, and Reuters has reported that Huawei has filed “Hongmeng” trademarks in the EU as well as multiple countries, including Canada, South Korea, New Zealand, Cambodia, and Peru.Huawei would obviously prefer to stick with Google’s Android system, and would put the brakes on the Hongmeng roll-out if the US Government’s decision is revoked, but its backup OS will be ready to launch “in months”, according to Williamson.
If you share a Netflix account with your family or friends, there might be times when you don’t want them to see the movies and TV shows you’ve been watching.Maybe because the films were on the naughty side, or maybe it’s because you have a secret love for romantic comedies and don’t want the world to know it.Whatever your reason, deleting your Netflix history is the way to go.The process only takes a minute or two to complete and is so simple even your grandma could do it.The process is more or less the same on your computer, with a few small changes we’ll discuss as well.Then tap the “More” tab in the bottom-right corner of the screen and select the “Account” option, after which you’ll be redirected to Netflix’s website.
Investments by U.S. venture capital firms into Latin America are skyrocketing and one of the firms leading the charge into deals is none other than Silicon Valley’s Andreessen Horowitz.The firm that shook up Silicon Valley with potentially over-generous term sheets and valuations and an overarching thesis that “software is eating the world” has been reluctant to test its core belief… well… pretty much anywhere outside of the United States.That was true until a few years ago when Andreessen began making investments in Latin America.It’s the only geography outside of the U.S. where the firm has committed significant capital and the pace of its investments is increasing.Andreessen isn’t the only firm that’s making big bets in companies south of the American border.SoftBank has its $2 billion dollar investment fund, which launched earlier this year, to invest in Latin American deals as well.
Apple tried to fix a photographer's MacBook Pro, with the repairs costing an estimated $10,000.But special circumstances meant that the issue wasn't so easily diagnosed by the photographer or Apple — and highlight what appears to have been a flaw with the computer's Touch Bar, the touchscreen strip above the keyboard.Benz went two weeks without his work machine while Apple twice replaced the computer's logic board (the board that contains the machine's important chips), as well as some cable replacements.Fortunately for Benz, his original laptop was under warranty, so he didn't have to pay a dime.Finally, after all that drama, an Apple Genius shone a flashlight at the screen of his original, problematic unit, and found the real answer to the problem.The root of the problem
This week, BT has been running some fibre broadband deals that are pretty hard to turn down.With the promise of a free tech gift that BT states are worth up to £249 and BT Reward Cards up to £70, these are among our favourite internet offers in the UK right now.With the choice of a free pair of JBL headphones, a Samsung tablet or an Amazon Echo all up for grabs, these BT broadband deals are worth snapping up.Depending on which package you choose, that could mean either £40 or £70 extra on top of this deal.Ready to collect your new gift and superfast speeds?Find out more about these tech freebies:
For both Lego and Forza fans, one of the coolest things on stage during yesterday’s Microsoft E3 2019 press conference was a full-scale Lego brick McLaren Senna, punctuating the announcement of Forza Horizon 4's Lego Speed Champions expansion.It’s made of more than 400,000 Lego bricks, along with some real car bits.The brake system is Lego.The passenger seat is Lego.The wheels are real, as is the driver’s seat, allowing people like Brazilian race car driver Bruno Senna to sit inside.Not only can Bruno sit inside the vehicle, but he can also turn it on, rev the engine and use the in-dash entertainment system, including the rear view camera.
Just in time for Father’s Day, B and the Google Store are currently offering the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL at discounted prices.The highlight deal is the 128GB version of the Google Pixel 3 XL in Not Pink for just $649.99 at B That’s a whopping $350 off the phone’s regular price.B also offers deals on other colors and the 64GB versions of Google’s two flagships.If you prefer to use Google, the Google Store currently offers the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL for $200 off.That means the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are slightly cheaper through the Google Store, unless you’re looking at the 128GB Pixel 3 XL variant in Not Pink.Even in the face of the Samsung Galaxy S10, OnePlus 7 Pro, and Google’s own Pixel 3a, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL remain great choices mainly due to the 12MP rear camera.
It’s not like any of us went to a store for unethical people and told the clerk to load us up with dozens of products and services developed by companies that have no regard for personal privacy, human rights, or the future of our planet.And, in the US, your phone carrier probably helped destroy net neutrality.Let’s not even get into the company you ordered your smart speakers from, who owns the email servers you use at home and work, and how the browser most people will read this story on is actively breaching their privacy.But what can we really do about it?Well, turns out there’s a few resources that can help.It has information on non tech-related things too, but its sections containing ethical alternatives to technology products and services is especially notable.
The company’s high prices have caused hecklers to bemoan the “Apple Tax” for decades.None of that, however, adequately prepared Mac fans for the past three years.Yes, the Mac Pro is becoming more expensiveThe new Mac Pro starts at $6,000.2013’s “trashcan” Mac Pro started at $3,000, which is just $3,300 once adjusted for inflation.Starting at $5,000, the Pro Display XDR is more expensive than most modern televisions, including 65-inch OLEDs.
It's not the most exciting Chromebook to look at, but it has an impact-resistant design that makes its glossy, gray polycarbonate exterior more durable than some other Chromebooks.We also appreciate the port selection: the Inspiron Chromebook 11 includes two USB-A 3.1 Gen 1 ports, an HDMI port, an SD card reader, an audio jack, and a lock slot.This new model has an updated Celeron processor, a convertible design, and an 11.6-inch HD touchscreen.Both the laptop and convertible versions of this machine are great for getting schoolwork done, but the 2-in-1 design makes it even easier for students to collaborate with teachers and other students when completing projects.Companies like HP and Lenovo still have a few deals going on surrounding the Memorial Day holiday, and there are a bunch of smart TVs, smart light bulbs, and more on sale as well.HP Spectre x360 13 (4FJ31AV_1) 2-in-1 Laptop - Intel Core i5-8265U, 13.3-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 256GB PCIe SSD, included Active Pen for $949.99 at HP (list price $1,149.99).
A bulleted list of stacked lines.Major VC investments in the past year have shaken up the list, with video gaming and cryptocurrency startups entering the rankings.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.With major companies like Uber, Lyft and Pinterest going public, there's a new cast of major tech startups that have taken the top spots of most highly valued private companies, PitchBook reports.At this point, there are almost too many billion-dollar startups to count.Company role: Augmented reality video games, including Pokémon Go
A new blog post on Electronic Art’s site reveals that a new Need for Speed is coming out this year.But that’s pretty much all we know about the title.The post, written by EA Dice’s Ben Walke, does note that we won’t be hearing about the project this June, which is when the Electronic Entertainment Expo is happening in Los Angeles.EA isn’t technically a part of the show, but the company is running its own event, EA Play, in Hollywood during E3.The new Need for Speed will not be a part of the EA Play festivities.“Our goal is to deliver a truly memorable high-speed entry into the 25 years of NFS, rather than a series of promotional events,” Walke notes.
Domino’s, an American restaurant chain best known for its pizza products, has announced the launch of a new pizza-checking system that involves an AI called ‘DOM.’ The DOM Pizza Checker, which was first teased in late 2017, is now live in stores through Australia and New Zealand where it works to verify the quality of cooked pizzas before they’re delivered to customers.Domino’s has started advertising the use of DOM Pizza Checker in Australia and New Zealand, where the system is described as a scanner that evaluates whether a pizza has the correct toppings, as well as whether those toppings are adequately distributed across the pizza’s surface.This evaluation is performed using artificial intelligence, according to the company.As shown in the promo video above, the pizza checker is a device that resembles a projector mounted on the ceiling above a flat cutting surface.The cooked pizza is placed on this surface, where DOM makes a quick assessment of it, verifying both its ingredients and overall quality.In explaining the tech, Domino’s says the device snaps an image of the pizza, then compares that image to a dataset of other images featuring properly made pizzas.
He's pretty low-key in person, with a deadpan delivery that prompts double takes.On NBC's Parks and Recreation, he embodied Ben Wyatt, a calzone-loving state auditor who dresses up as Batman and owns his encyclopedic knowledge of Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Star Trek and Game of Thrones.In HBO's drama series Big Little Lies, he plays Ed Mackenzie, the beleaguered second husband of main character Madeline (Reese Witherspoon), and shows he can stand up to his alpha wife: "Look, I may not be the good-looking adventure ride, OK?In Jordan Peele's reboot of the classic sci-fi series The Twilight Zone, which debuted in April on CBS All Access, Scott takes a lead role.(Editors' note: CBS operates CBS All Access and owns CNET.)He plays a reporter with PTSD who boards a plane and finds an old MP3 player in the seat pocket in front of him.