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Jan 24, 2022

Top 9 Free AI Tools That Make Your Life Easier



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First one on the list is copy.ai. It is an AI based copy writer tool. Basically  what a copywriter tool does is, it gives you content that you can post on your blog or video  when you give it a few descriptions about the topic you want content on.So copy ai can help you write instagram captions gives you blog idea, product descriptions,  facebook content, startup ideas, viral ideas, a lot of things it can do, you just make an account  in this website, then select a tool and fill in the necessa

TechCrunch
Jan 23, 2022

Tonga struggles with ash, psychological trauma after eruption and tsunami
A satellite image shows Mango islands after Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano eruption, in Tonga, January 20, 2022. Satellite Image @2022 Maxar Technologies/Handout via REUTERSFamilies have prevented children from playing outside as Tonga struggles to deal with the

TechCrunch
Jan 23, 2022

People with this certain gene version less likely to develop severe COVID-19

The new results show that people with a specific version of a gene are less likely to develop severe COVID-19. Earlier research had identified a specific group of genes, called the OAS1/2/3 gene cluster, as being involved in the risk for severe COVID-19. 

One version of a gene in that cluster -passed down from Neanderthals, appeared to protect against serious disease, reducing  risk by about 23%. Previous research was mostly done on people of European ancestory. Researchers are now seeing the same association of this genetic variant with less severe COVID-19 in people of African ancestory, according to a report published in Nature Genetics.

 "The fact that people of African descent had the same protection allowed us to identify the only variant in  DNA that actually protects against COVID19 i

TechCrunch
Jan 23, 2022

Scientists scrutinise characteristics of new Omicron sub-variant
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Studies are underway to find out the precise characteristics of the latest Covid-19 variant ‘BA.2'. It already accounts for the majority of most recent cases in a number of countries, including India, Denmark and Sweden. But, for French Health Minister Olivier Véran, this sub-variant's arrival in France is not "a game changer".

BA.2, nic

TechCrunch
Jan 23, 2022

WhatsApp plans transfer of data between Android, iOS devices

 

WhatsApp chat could now be transferred between Android and iOS devices after the Meta-owned messaging app  plans to roll out a new update. 

This was revealed by the found source code  of WhatsApp 22.74 Beta for iOS. However, the migration process would not be easy and would require both devices to have the app installed and would likely involve a wired or  private WiFi connection. In comparison, other messaging apps store and sync user data with Google Drive, iCloud or their own cloud service.

 WhatsApp recently added new features to its desktop and Android apps. The Android app will get new pencil and drawing  tools in a future update, while WhatsApp Desktop will get new chat bubble colors. The desktop app  also gets a new dark blue color that is only visible in dark theme mode.

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Jan 22, 2022

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Jan 22, 2022

Bitcoin Extends Slide, Has Fallen More Than 50% From Record High

 Bitcoin, the largest digital asset, extended its decline Saturday, and has now shed more than 50% from its record high in November.

Bitcoin's decline since hitting the record has wiped out more than $600 billion in market value, and over $1 trillion has been lost from the aggregate crypto market. While there have been much larger percentage drawdowns for both Bitcoin and the aggregate market, this marks the second-largest ever decline in dollar terms for both, according to Bespoke Investment Group.

With the Fed's intentions rocking both cryptocurrencies and stocks, a dominant theme

TechCrunch
Jan 20, 2022

Russian c.bank proposes banning cryptocurrencies, crypto mining
Representations of virtual cryptocurrencies are seen in this illustration taken November 28, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File PhotoRussia's central bank on Thursday proposed banning the use and mining of cryptocurrencies on Russian territory, citing threats to financial stability, citizens' wellbeing and its monetary policy sovereignty.

TechCrunch
Jan 20, 2022

EXCLUSIVE TikTok owner ByteDance's revenue growth slowed to 70% in 2021 - sources
Tik Tok logos are seen on smartphones in front of a displayed ByteDance logo in this illustration taken November 27, 2019. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

TikTok owner ByteDance saw its  revenue grow  70% year on year to about $58 billion in 2021,  slower growth than a year earlier as China tightens its regulation of big tech companies.

According to two people familiar with the matter the numbers were revealed to a small group of employees at an internal meeting of the social media giant this week .

In 2020, the Beijing-based company's total revenue grew by over 100% to $34.3 billion, Reuters has reported. ByteDance did not immediately respond to a request for comment.



TechCrunch
Jan 20, 2022

Microsoft-Activision deal gives merger speculators a new darling
Microsoft logo is seen on a smartphone placed on displayed Activision Blizzard logo in this illustration taken January 18, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

Hedge funds, which make profits by speculating on precarious takeovers, got a treat this week when Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) agreed to buy "call of duty" maker Activision Blizzard (ATVI.O) for US$68.7 billion dollars in cash. The transaction requires antitrust laws. Approved in the United States and other major jurisdictions, including the European Union and China. It comes at a time when President Joe Biden's administration is taking a closer look at large mergers, blaming some of them for raising prices to consumers that are fueling inflation.

Activision's shares ended trading at $82.15 on Wednesday, well below the $95 per share

TechCrunch
Jan 20, 2022

AUSTRIA ADDS A LOTTERY TO COVID VACCINE MANDATE

A doctor vaccinates a person with a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Vienna, Austria April 26, 2021. REUTERS/Lisi NiesnerAustria's conservative government said  Thursday it was launching a national lottery to encourage holdouts to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, hours before parliament passed legislation that would introduce a national vaccination mandate. 

About 72% of the Austrian population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, one of the lowest rates in Western Europe. "What's up for grabs in the Vaccine Fleet?" Vouchers!"

 This is what Federal Chancellor Karl Nehammer said at a press conference  of the social democratic opposition leader Pamela Rendi Wagner, with whom the measure was being negotiated.

Nehammer said he wanted there to be a financial reward fo

TechCrunch
Jan 20, 2022

CHEAP VERSION OF MERCK COVID PILL TO BE MADE FOR POORER NATIONS
An experimental COVID-19 treatment pill, called molnupiravir and being developed by Merck & Co Inc and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics LP, is seen in this undated handout photo released by Merck & Co Inc and obtained by Reuters May 17, 2021. Merck & Co Inc/Handout via REUTERSA UN-backed agency has struck a deal with nearly 30 generic drugmakers to make low-cost versions of Merck's COVID-19 pill molnupiravir for poorer countries, expanding access to a drug seen as a weapon to fight the pandemic. 
The antiviral drug, which  received emergency use

TechCrunch
Jan 19, 2022

Tesla investors urge judge to order Musk repay $13 bln for SolarCity deal
 REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo


Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) shareholders on Tuesday asked a judge  to find that Elon Musk forced the company's board of directors into a  deal for SolarCity in 2016 and wanted the CEO convicted, the electric vehicle maker one of the largest judgments in history paid $13 billion.

"This case was always  about whether the acquisition of SolarCity was a bailout from financial troubles, a bailout orchestrated by Elon Musk," said Randy Baron, a shareholders' attorney, at the Zoom hearing.

The closing arguments listed the key findings of a 10-d

TechCrunch
Jan 19, 2022

Microsoft to gobble up Activision in $69 billion metaverse bet
 (Mike Blake, Reuters)Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) is buying "Call of Duty" maker Activision Blizzard (ATVI.O) for $68.7 billion in the biggest gaming industry deal in history as global technology giants stake their claims to a virtual future.




The deal announced by Microsoft on Tuesday, its biggest-ever and set to be the largest all-cash acquisition on record, will bolster

TechCrunch
Jan 19, 2022

WHATSAPP FOR ANDROID, DESKTOP TO GET NEW FEATURES



The Android app will get new pencil and drawing  tools in a future update, while WhatsApp Desktop will get new chat bubble colors. The desktop app  also gets a new dark blue color that is only visible in dark theme mode.

The instant messaging app is also testing a new emoji message reaction info tab and new  message reaction notification settings.

 WhatsApp feature tracker WABetaInfo said that WhatsApp is introducing new drawing tools to its Android app. You get two pens, including one thinner and one thicker than your existing pen. The app is also working on a blur  tool that may be added  in the future. 



TechCrunch
Jan 19, 2022

WHO says no evidence healthy children, adolescents need COVID-19 boosters


Photo Credit: Fabrice Coffrini | Reuters

At present, there is no evidence  that healthy children and adolescents need booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine,  World Health Organization chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said on Tuesday. 

Speaking at a news briefing, she said that while there seems to be some waning of vaccine immunity over time against the fast-spreading Omicron variant of the coronavirus, more research is needed to determine who needs a booster shot.

"There is currently no evidence  that healthy children or heavy adolescents need boosters. No evidence at all," he said. 



TechCrunch
Jan 18, 2022

Apple confirms that the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro do not support noise cancellation during phone calls
Photo credit: Gadgets Now Apple has confirmed that  iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro do not cancel noise  during phone calls, including  iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13 Pro Max. Apple included the feature in the iPhone 12 series and earlier models to improve call quality in noise environment. 

No reason was given to remove this feature from the iPhone 13 series noise cancellation during phone calls. By reference, by  iPhone 13 series, we mean  iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro and  iPhone 13 Pro Max. On previous iPhones, the feature was available in Settings under  Audio/Visual, which is found in Accessibility.

TechCrunch
Jan 18, 2022

Samsung unveils Exynos 2200 with Xclipse GPU, based on AMD RDNA2 architecture




Samsung  today unveiled the Exynos 2200, its latest flagship chipset that will power  Galaxy S22 smartphones in certain regions. The new platform is based on  4nm EUV process technology and comes with a custom GPU called Xclipse.

 It is based on the AMD RDNA2 architecture and as such is a "single hybrid graphics processor" that offers advanced features such as ray tracing and variable rate shading on mobile devices, the first smartphone chip to do so. Ray tracing is a technology that simulates how light behaves in real life, calculating the motion and color of objects as light rays bounce off surfaces.

 The hardware-accelerated feature offers realistic effects and immersive graphics, making playing games that support these features as great as it looks. Variable rate shading is another technology implemented in PC and console games. Develope

TechCrunch
Jan 18, 2022

There Are So Many Details From Marvel's ‘Eternals' You Probably Missed
Photo credit: Marvel Studios

Marvel's Eternals is a very different beast to many other MCU movies; directed by autheor Chloe Zhao,  is a slow-paced, meditative story that explores the emotional toll of immortality on a group of extraterrestrials who have lived on the fringes of human society for millennia. This departure from the familiar house style has led many fans to dislike Eternals, but there's one thing  it does  as well as other Marvel films: hide Easter eggs in plain sight. And now that the film is streaming on Disney , a new video on the Heavy Spoilers channel just picked up all the niche references and clues.



TechCrunch
Jan 17, 2022

Pfizer CEO: Virus will be here for years but this may be last wave with restrictions
Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla speaks during a ceremony in Thessaloniki, Greece, on October 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos, File)Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said on Monday that while the "most likely scenario" is that the coronavirus will circulate for many years, he believes the current wave of infections will be the last to require restrictions.

Bourla gave an interview to the French medium BFM. TV to commemorate the announcement of an investment package by the pharmaceutical company in France. Bourla also touted the vaccines' effectiveness and safety, saying  he believed people would still need booster shots. "It's important that people get Pfizer's three-dose regimen. coronavirus vaccine and will likely  require yearly booster shots, although the immunocompromised may need them every four months," Bourla said.



TechCrunch
Jan 17, 2022

Warren Buffett says these are the best businesses to own — 3 examples from Berkshire's portfolio

Warren Buffett says these are the best businesses to own — 3 examples from Berkshire's portfolio

While we're constantly bombarded with confusing investment mumbo jumbo, we must never forget that, for the most part, companies  exist for one primary reason: to take capital from investors and make a return on it. For this reason, it makes sense for investors to look for companies with enduring competitive advantages that are capable of consistently delivering high returns on investments.

As Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hatha

TechCrunch
Jan 17, 2022

Oppo's next flagship leaks with OnePlus-esque Hasselblad branding
Image Credit: Onleaks
 Details about Oppo's next flagship  are starting to gather. Multiple leaks suggest it will be called the Find X5 Pro, with a similar design to last year's Find X3 Pro and specs broadly in line with the new OnePlus 10 Pro, now available in China. (OnePlus is now, of course,  treated as an Oppo sub-brand. 




The Find X3 Pro wasn't sold in the US, but it made its way to Europe and was one of the best phones of 2021. Renderings recently released by OnLeaks show a device with a camera hump that flows into the rest of the rear much like the Find X3 Pro, although the camera se

TechCrunch
Jan 17, 2022

A massive volcanic eruption and tsunami hit Tonga and the Pacific. Here's what we know

Satellite images from JMA show the volcano eruption in Tonga on January 15.

An undersea volcano near Tonga has erupted for the third time in four days, potentially threatening the ability of surveillance flights to assess  damage to the Pacific island nation following Saturday's massive eruption and tsunami.

The Australian Meteorological Service said a "major eruption" occurred on the Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha'apai volcano on Monday, but no tsunami warning was issued. Saturday's eruption was probably the largest recorded  o

TechCrunch
Jan 16, 2022

Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro ready to fire on all cylinders as January OTA update brings dozens of vital fixes


 Image Credit: Eric Zeman/ Android        AuthorityThe January OTA pack for  Google Pixel 6 ("oropiole") and Google Pixel 6 Pro ("raven") has started rolling out. The software update brings fixes from December and January that should help  Pixel 6 series smartphones run at full speed after numerous bugs and problems seemed to affect the functionality.




Google has revealed that the January software update for the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro is now available as factory images and full OTA images via the Google Play services website (12.0.0 (SQ1D.220105.007), Jan 2022 - specific device/images links can be found in "sources" below). Those who prefer to wait for the OTA package to ar

TechCrunch
Jan 16, 2022

Tesla asked law firm to fire attorney who worked on Elon Musk probe at SEC, report says


Patrick Pleul | picture alliance | Getty ImagesA Tesla lawyer has asked a law firm to fire one of its lawyers or risk losing his job for the electric carmaker led by Elon Musk, The Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday. 
The Tesla lawyer  wanted Cooley LLP to fire previously worked at the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. The attorney questioned Musk as part of the agency's investigation into the Tesla CEO's claim in 2018  that he secured funding to take Tesla private,  the publication said. 

TechCrunch
Jan 16, 2022

Microsoft discloses malware attack on Ukraine govt networks
In this undated handout photo released by Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Press Service, the building of Ukrainian Foreign Ministry is seen during snowfall in Kyiv, Ukraine. Ukrainian officials and media reports say a number of government websites in Ukraine are down after a massive hacking attack. While it is not immediately clear who was behind the attacks, they come amid heightened tensions with Russia and after talks between Moscow and the West failed to yield any significant progress this week. (Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Press Service via AP)

Microsoft said on Saturday that dozens of computer systems in an unknown number of Ukrainian government agen

TechCrunch
Jan 15, 2022

WhatsApp inches forward on bringing Reactions to its app


WhatsApp, owned by Meta, is actively developing its app and working on new features. The app's latest beta  on iOS reveals that a new feature may be coming soon worked on reactions to iMessage-like messages. In their latest findings, they discovered that a relevant setting has appeared in the new beta  on iOS. WABetaInfo shared that WhatsApp version 22.72  on iOS adds a new Reactions Notifications toggle to app settings. 

With this toggle  visible to beta users, the feature may come to the platform fairly quickly. Alternatively, the company may have accidentally revealed this setting and may remove it in future betas if the Reactions feature is not yet ready.



TechCrunch
Jan 15, 2022

Take a Look at The Largest And Most Detailed 3D Map of The Universe Ever Made
A 'CT scan' of the Universe across more than 5 billion light-years. (D. Schlegel/Berkeley Lab/DESI dataThe Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI), currently pointed skyward from its home in the Nicholas U. Mayall Telescope at the Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona, is tasked with tracking the expansion of space, to study dark energy and create the most detailed 3D map. of the Universe that was never assembled.

It's only been seven months since the DESI mission began, and we already have a record-breaking, stunning three-dimensional image of the galaxy  all around

TechCrunch
Jan 15, 2022

Netflix raises monthly subscription prices in U.S., Canada
Illustration by Alex Castro / The VergeNetflix is ??raising the prices of all  its plans in the United States today. The enterprise standard plan will increase from $14 to $15.50 per month, while the 4K plan will increase from $18 to $20 per month. The basic plan, which does not include HD, goes up to $10 per month from $9 per month. Prices in Canada are also on the rise.

Price increases take effect immediately for new subscribers. For existing subscribers, the changes will be rolled out "gradually", with Netflix promising to email members 30 days before the price hike take

TechCrunch
Jan 15, 2022

North Korean hackers said to have stolen nearly $400 million in cryptocurrency last year







North Korean hackers stole nearly $400 million worth of cryptocurrency in 2021, making it one of the most profitable years yet for cybercriminals in the severely isolated country, according to a new report. 

Hackers launched at least seven different attacks last year, mostly targeting corporate investments and centralized exchanges with a variety of tactics including phishing, malware and social engineering, according to a report by Chainalysis, a company that tracks cryptocurrencies. 






TechCrunch
Jan 14, 2022

Teen hacker finds bug that lets him control 25 Teslas remotely
 

The downside with offering APIs to interact with a car is that someone else's security problem might become your own.

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Jan 14, 2022

Musk says Tesla to accept dogecoin for merchandise
 Representation of cryptocurrency Dogecoin is seen in this illustration taken November 29, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File PhotoTesla Inc (TSLA.O) will accept the meme-based cryptocurrency dogecoin as payment for its products such as the "Giga Texas" belt buckle and mini  electric vehicle models, CEO Elon Musk said on Friday in a tweet. 

The move which sent dogecoin prices up 14% higher, comes a month after Musk said Tesla would test  the digital token as a payment option. Musk, a voucal of cryptocurrencies has heavily influenced  dogecoin and bitcoin prices, and at one point  said the company would accept bitcoin for the purchase of its cars before scrapping the plans. 



TechCrunch
Jan 14, 2022

Massive cyberattack hits Ukrainian government websites as West warns on Russia conflict
Image Credit: REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko/IllustrationA massive cyber attack warning Ukrainians to "be afraid and expect the worst" hit government websites  on Thursday night, leaving some websites inaccessible on Friday morning and prompting Kyiv to open an investigation.

Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman told Reuters it was too early to say who could be behind the attack, but said Russia had launched similar attacks in the past.
The cyberattack, which affected the Foreign Ministry, the Cabinet of Ministers and the Security and Defense Council, among others, comes as Kyiv and its allies sound the alarm on a possible new Russian military offensive against Ukraine.


TechCrunch
Jan 14, 2022

Tesla delays initial production of Cybertruck to early 2023 - source
Image Credit:Jeenah Moon/ReutersTesla Inc (TSLA.O) aims to start initial production of its long-awaited Cybertruck by the end of the first quarter of 2023, pushing plans to start production later this year, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday.

He said the delay comes when Tesla changes the features and functions of the electric pickup to make it a compelling product as competition heats up in the segment.

Tesla is expected to produce a limited production of the Cybertruck in the first quarter of 2023 before ramping up production, the source said.

Tesla did not immediately

TechCrunch
Jan 13, 2022

How to make Windows 11 run better on old, cheap devices



Microsoft is working on a new update for Windows 11 that will make the new operating system (OS) run better on dated and inexpensive hardware.

Windows 11 Build 22526 has currently been made available to members of the Insider early access programme with multiple enhancements and fixes, Techradar reported. It is yet not clear when the update will be rolled out to the public.


Though most of the new features are minor, the software giant is using this update to try out a new file location indexing system, hoping that the build will enable users to find out important files even faster using File Explorer.

The File Explorer of the recently released Windows 11 works very slow and is still prone to frequent crashes. Users often have to suffer due t

TechCrunch
Jan 13, 2022

White House will meet execs from Apple, Amazon, IBM to discuss software security
 A man holds a laptop computer as cyber code is projected on him in this illustration picture taken on May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Illustration

The White House will meet with executives from major tech companies, including Alphabet-owned Google (GOOGL.O), Apple Inc (AAPL.O) and Amazon.com Inc, , to discuss software security after the United States have suffered several major cyber attacks last year.

 In December, White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan sent a letter to CEOs of tech companies after  a se

TechCrunch
Jan 13, 2022

AstraZeneca says third dose helps against Omicron
A test tube labelled with the Vaccine is seen in front of AstraZeneca logo in this illustration taken, September 9, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/IllustrationAstraZeneca said on Thursday that preliminary data from a trial showed that its COVID-19 shot, Vaxzevria, generated an increase in antibodies against the Omicron and other variants when given as a third booster dose.

The increased response, also against the Delta variant, was seen in a blood analysis of people who were previously vaccinated with either Vaxzevria or an mRNA vaccine, the drugmaker said, adding that it would submit this data to regulators worldwide given the urgent need for boosters.



TechCrunch
Jan 11, 2022

Omicron May Infect Half of Europeans Within Weeks, WHO Says
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 More than half of Europe's population could become infected with omicron within weeks at current transmission speeds, a World Health Organization official said.

The fast-spreading variant represents a "west-to-east tsunami sweeping  the region," Hans Kluge, WHO regional director  for Europe, said in a briefing Tuesday. 

He cited  the Institute for  Metrics and Healt

TechCrunch
Jan 11, 2022

Microsoft Discovered New 'Powerdir' macOS Vulnerability, Fixed in 12.1 Update



This morning, Microsoft's 365 Defender research team released details of a new macOS "Powerdir"  vulnerability that allows an attacker to bypass transparency, consent, and control technology to gain unauthorized access to protected data. 

Apple has already fixed vulnerability CVE-2021-30970  in the macOS Monterey 12.1 Update released in December, so users who have upgraded to the latest version of Monterey are protected. Those who haven't should update. Apple in its Security Release Notes for Update 12.1  confirmed the vulnerability of TCC  and attributed its discovery to Microsoft.



TechCrunch
Jan 11, 2022

PSA: Redownload your Harry Potter e-books from Pottermore before they disappear for good
An email sent to customers warning them about the change. Image:Pottermore

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Jan 11, 2022

Shazam launches Chrome Extension to identify what's playing in any tab, but it's broken for some [U]





Apple-owned Shazam has just released a Chrome Extension that works to identify what's playing in your "Netflix or YouTube video, that Soundcloud mix or in a Twitch streamed video game," but it doesn't work for all users just yet. 

After installation, Shazam exists in the Chrome Extensions drop-down menu to the right of the address bar and can be pinned like the others to always be handy.
Tap the blue icon to open a rectangular pop-up asking for another "Click Shazam". While listening, you are told "do not update or close this tab". Once recognized, there is a shortcut to play the entire song in Apple Music (login required), while you can "get lyrics, music videos and more with just one click". T

TechCrunch
Jan 11, 2022

Samsung appears set to launch the Galaxy S22 on February 8
Image Credit:LetsgodigitalSamsung's launch plans over the past two years have been unusual, but it looks like the company's next flagship could be a return to normal. According to a new rumor, the Galaxy S22 launch date could be February 8.




Korean media outlet DDaily.co.kr reports that Samsung is planning a launch event for its Galaxy S22 series on February 8. The outlet claims that Samsung has "confirmed" the date with "Galaxy Unpacked 2022" to be held virt

TechCrunch
Jan 11, 2022

OnePlus 10 Pro finally launches in China with full specs and details


Renders of the OnePlus 10 Pro phone in Emerald Forest and Volcanic Black colors. The phone was officially revealed on January 11, 2022.(Photo:-OnePlus)



After giving details on its new flagship phone  last week, OnePlus has finally unveiled the OnePlus 10 Pro in China.Even now, there are still a few things in the mystery, like the introductory price when it goes on sale in China on January 13 or when it is available elsewhere (OnePlus has  said it will only be launched globally. 'in 2022). But what we do know is that w

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Jan 11, 2022

Crypto CEO becomes one of the world's richest billionaires

"Zhao Changpeng has become the world's biggest cryptocurrency billionaire(Image: Bloomberg via Getty Images)A cryptocurrency CEO has become one of the richest people on the planet.

Changpeng "CZ" Zhao, who manages the Binance cryptocurrency exchange, has joined the ranks of the world's top billionaires, with an estimated net worth of at least $96 billion, according to new calculations from the Bloomberg Billionaires Index published Monday. 

Zhao's predicted fortune now rivals that of Oracle founder (ORCL)  Larry Ellison and surpasses that of Mukesh

TechCrunch
Jan 11, 2022

Apple implies it generated record revenue from the App Store during 2021


Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, California on Monday, June 4, 2018.Josh Edelson | AFP | Getty ImagesApple said on Monday that it paid developers $60 billion in 2021, a total of $260 billion  since the App Store launched in 2008. This is a figure that su

TechCrunch
Jan 11, 2022

BlackBerry 5G smartphone with physical keyboard officially confirmed for launch again
Image Credit: TCL

OnwardMobility, owner of the BlackBerry brand, has now reiterated its commitment to provide a BlackBerry 5G  smartphone with a physical keyboard. 

"Contrary to popular belief, we are not dead," the company said.

OnwardMobility, early last year after acquiring the BlackBerry brand, announced that it is working on a new BlackBerry phone that offers both 5G and a physical keyboard. While no such phone was launched in 2021, the company is back with a reiteration of that promise.



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Jan 10, 2022

Remember That Weird 'Cube' on The Moon? Yutu-2 Finally Took Closer Pictures
 

The Yutu-2 image of the ‘mysterious hut'. (CNSA/CLEP/Our Space)The mysterious Chinese "moon cube" is no longer a mystery. The big reveal: it's a rock that doesn't even have the shape of a cube. National rover Yutu2  discovered the object - which appeared to be a gray cube looming above the lunar horizon - in early December. China's National Space Administration (CNSA) dubbed it the "mystery hut," playfully speculating that the cube could be an alien house or a spaceship. The news called it the "moon cube".

TechCrunch
Jan 10, 2022

NASA completes James Webb final deployment
Credits: NASA GSFC/CIL/Adriana Manrique Gutierrez NASA's James Webb Space Telescope team has fully deployed its 21-foot gold-plated primary mirror, completing the final phase of all major spacecraft deployments in preparation for scientific operations. 

As a joint effort with the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Canadian Space Agency, the Webb mission will explore every phase of cosmic history, from  the solar system to the most distant observable galaxies in the early universe.



TechCrunch
Jan 10, 2022

Apple will reportedly unveil an iPhone SE with 5G this spring
 The Apple logo is displayed at an event at the company's headquarters in Cupertino, California, U.S. September 10, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Apple could use its now common spring event to update its cheaper smartphone. Bloomberg's Mark Gurman said in his latest newsletter that Apple is expected to showcase a third-generation iPhone SE this spring through a virtual presentation that "likely" will take place in March or April. Echoing past rumors, Gurman understood that the new SE would still stick to the iPhone 8-era design, but would add 5G and a new processor, possibly the A15 from the iPhone 13, when Apple's history of using the chip peaked of last year

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TechCrunch
Jan 09, 2022

The Boys Season 3 teaser goes viral
IMAGE - THE BOYS INSTAAmazon Prime Video released the teaser of its action-thriller web show The Boys Season 3 on its social media platform.

The teaser of The Boys Season 3, which will be available for streaming on June 3, sees The Homelander all smiles while Starlight stood beside him. He is all smiles during the photoshoot but he gets angry with each second.



TechCrunch
Jan 09, 2022

SUPERMAN, CINDERELLA AND MINIONS GIVE CHILDREN COVID-19 SHOTS
A medical staff member wearing a costume looks at a child who receives a shot of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at a mass vaccination center in Prague, Czech Republic, January 8, 2022. REUTERS/David W CernySuperman, Cinderella and Minions were among characters from films, comics and fairy tales who greeted children at a COVID-19 vaccination centre in Prague on Saturday to ease their nerves as they came to be inoculated.



TechCrunch
Jan 08, 2022

MODERNA CEO SAYS PEOPLE MAY NEED ANOTHER BOOSTER IN FALL OF 2022

A pharmacist holds a vial of the Moderna coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine in West Haven, Connecticut, U.S., February 17, 2021. REUTERS/Mike Segar

The effectiveness of COVID-19 boosters  is likely to wane in the coming months, and people may need another shot in the fall of 2022, Moderna Inc CEO Stéphane Bancel told a  conference on Thursday on health conference organized by Goldman Sachs. 

Bancel said the company is working on a  vaccine candidate for the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, but it is unlikely to be available in the next two months.



TechCrunch
Jan 08, 2022

Sonos wins Google import ban ruling in U.S. patent fight
The Google name is displayed outside the company's office in London, Britain November 1, 2018. REUTERS/Toby MelvilleA US commercial court has banned Google  from importing products that infringe the smart speaker patents of the home audio company Sonos.

The US International Trade Commission upheld a ruling in August  that Google's audio products infringe five Sonos patents and have banned Google from importing "network speaker devices" and devices that can control them, such as cell phones and laptops.
The ruling says it won't stop Google  from importing products that it has redesig

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Jan 08, 2022

GameStop jumps after report on NFT trading hub, crypto pact
 

A GameStop Inc. store is shown in Encinitas, California, U.S., May 24, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Shares of GameStop Corp (GME.N) rose on Friday after  the video game retailer announced plans to expand its non-fungible token (NFT) market and partner with crypto companies.
The company's shares soared last year as they were at the center of a battle between small i

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Jan 08, 2022

Chinese police rap Walmart for cybersecurity loopholes - local media
Walmart signs are displayed inside a Walmart store in Mexico City, Mexico March 28, 2019. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido/File PhotoChinese authorities rapped Walmart for allegedly breaking cybersecurity laws, according to local media, the latest issue for retailer U.S which is already the subject of allegations in the country for allegedly halting sales of products from the Xinjiang.

Police in southern China's Shenzhen city discovered 19 "vul

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Jan 08, 2022

India's antitrust body orders Google inquiry after news publishers complain
The Google logo is pictured at the entrance to the Google offices in London, Britain January 18, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKayIndia's competition regulator on Friday ordered an investigation into Alphabet Inc's (GOOGL.O) Google following allegations by news publishers, saying its initial view was that the tech giant had violated certain antitrust laws.

In its order, the Competition Commission of India (ICC) said Google dominates some online search servic

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Jan 08, 2022

Reddit taps Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs for IPO - source
Reddit app is seen on a smartphone in this illustration taken, July 13, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File PhotoSocial media platform Reddit Inc, whose message boards became the center of the stock trading frenzy in 2021, relies on Wall Street banks Morgan Stanley (MS.N) and Goldman Sachs Group (GS. N) for its initial public offering, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Friday. 

Re

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Jan 08, 2022

Facebook parent's head of communications leaves company
A 3D printed Facebook's new rebrand logo Meta is placed on laptop keyboard in this illustration taken on November 2, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/IllustrationHead of communications for Facebook's parent company, Meta Platforms Inc (FB.O), John Pinette, will be leaving the company, the social media company said  on Friday. 

Chris Norton, vice president of international communications, will fill the acting role, a Meta spokesperson said in an emailed statement to Reuters. 



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Jan 08, 2022

Google launches Ripple, an open standard that could bring tiny radars to Ford cars and more
Image Credit: GoogleGoogle has been publicly building tiny radar chips since 2015. They can tell you how well you sleep, control a smartwatch, count sheets of paper, and have you play the world's smallest violin. But the company's Soli radar hasn't necessarily seen commercial success, primarily in an ill-fated Pixel phone. Now Google has launched an open source API standard called Ripple that could theoretically bring the technology to additional devices outside of Google, possibly even a car, as Ford is one of the participants in the new standard.

Technically, Ripple is under the auspices of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), the same industry body that h

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Jan 08, 2022

Andrew Garfield says Tom Holland was 'jealous' of his Spider-Man suit because Holland 'had to use his nose' to work his phone
On the left: Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man. On the right: Tom Holland as Spider-Man in "Spider-Man: No Way Home." 

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Jan 07, 2022

SpaceX's Starlink internet service has more than 145,000 users so far


A Starlink user terminal, also known as an antenna or satellite dish, on the roof of a building.(Photo:-SpaceX)


Elon Musk's SpaceX provided an update on its Starlink internet service on Thursday, as the company launched more satellites into orbit. 

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Jan 07, 2022

Astronomers Capture Red Supergiant Star Exploding in Massive Supernova - For the Very First Time
An artist's impression of a red supergiant star in the final year of its life emitting a tumultuous cloud of gas. This suggests at least some of these stars undergo significant internal changes before going supernova. Credit: W.M. Keck Observatory/Adam Makarenko

The death of a star is one of the most dramatic and violent events in space, and astronomers have had an unprecedented spot at the explosive end of a stellar giant star.

Ground-based telescopes provided the first real-time look at the death thr

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Jan 07, 2022

Apple loses lead Apple Silicon designer Jeff Wilcox to Intel
The Apple Park campus stands in this aerial photograph taken above Cupertino in October 2019.Sam Hall/Bloomberg via Getty Images



Jeff Wilcox, Apple Silicon Leader and T2 security processor developer, left Apple to join Intel and oversee the architecture of all Intel System-ona-Chip (SoC) designs.

As Apple heads to the end of its self-imposed two-year transition from Intel to its own Apple Silicon, the company  lost the head of his M1 development team. 



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Jan 06, 2022

HYUNDAI SAYS ‘METAMOBILITY' WILL LINK REAL AND VIRTUAL WORLDS








 Hyundai Motor envisions an interactive and partially virtual future it calls "metamobility," in which a variety of robotic devices interact with humans to provide a wide range of mobility services, from automated personal transport to remote control of robots in  factories.

Hyundai executives, led by Chief Executive Euisun Chung, elaborated on the vision during a press conference at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Tuesday.

 Buzzwords aside, Hyundai plans to leverage its growing expertise in robotics and artificial intelligence to build  a future mobility network that connects humans in the real world with objects and tasks in the virtual world. 



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Jan 06, 2022

French parliament approves Macron's vaccine pass
 People wearing protective face masks walk in the Tuileries Gardens in Paris amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in France, January 5, 2022. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes



The French parliament on Thursday approved President Emmanuel Macron's plans for a vaccination card to  curb the spread of the Omicron variant after Macron sparked a tumultuous debate whipped up by

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Jan 06, 2022

TikTok couple goes viral after finding a clever way to survive I-95 traffic jam
Vehicles are stuck in gridlock in the morning on the Interstate Highway I-95 near Stafford, Virginia, U.S., January 4, 2022 in this still image obtained from a social media video. Susan Phalen/via REUTERS (Susan Phalen/via REUTERS / Reuters Photos)




A viral video from TikTok  shows how a bread truck  driver was able to provide much needed help to  doze

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Jan 06, 2022

$315M Powerball winning ticket sold at a Sacramento 7-Eleven
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The winning ticket for the last Powerball was sold at a  convenience store in Sacramento. According to the lottery site, the ticket was sold at 7 Eleven on Wyndham Drive. 

The ticket price is $315 million. 



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Jan 05, 2022

Flurona detected in Israeli woman just as new COVID-19 variant IHU discovered in France








Israel is reporting its first case of what's called "flurona", when a person can have two infections influenza and  coronavirus  at the same time. It was detected in a pregnant woman who had mild symptoms. This discovery comes as a new variant of COVID-19 called  varient caleed IHU has been detected in France.




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Jan 05, 2022

Flurona: what we know so far about the rare new double infection
 

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It sounds more like science fiction the more you hear it: The first case of Flurona, a new and rare  double infection of coronavirus and influenza, was discovered in an unvaccinated pregnant Israeli young  woman, according to doctors at Beilinson Hospital in the city from Petach Tikva out of the country.
Israel is currently seeing a surge in Omicron, with over 9,000 cases registered yesterday, and while there are no confirmed case

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Jan 05, 2022

This is how WhatsApp plans to change the way you receive your messages





WhatsApp has reportedly started rolling out the first beta feature of 2022 for iOS users. According to a report by WABetaInfo, with the new feature, iPhone users will also be able to see the sender's profile photos as well as message notifications. 

According to the screenshot shared with the report, the new feature will allow you to see small photos of the sender in the notification when you receive a new message from a single user or group.

The report also reveals that the feature is only available to  a few beta testers running the iOS 15 operating system because the feature uses iOS 15 APIs. 



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Jan 05, 2022

2029 Will be the Perfect Year to Launch a Mission to Sedna
 

Image Credit: Nasa


Object 90377 Sedna - a distant transneptunian object best known  for its highly elliptical, 11,390-year-old orbit - is currently en-route to perihelion (its closest approach to the Sun) in 2076. After that, Sedna will return to the 'space. deep  and will not return for millennia, making this overview a unique (or, once in ~ 113 lifetimes) opportunity to study an object from the far reaches of our solar system. There are no Sedna missions  in the works  yet, but astronomers are starting to plan for the possibility and  ideal launch date for such a mission is fast approaching, with two of the best launch windows coming  in 2029 and 2034.


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Jan 05, 2022

Pfizer, BioNTech to jointly develop shingles vaccine
Pfizer headquarters in New York.Getty Images






Pfizer and Germany's BioNTech announced on Wednesday that they would develop a potential mRNA-based vaccine for the prevention of viral  shingles, working together for the third time after the success of their COVI

TechCrunch
Jan 05, 2022

HBO Max shows growth despite industry slowdown
The logo for HBO is pictured during the HBO presentation at the Cable portion of the Television Critics Association Summer press tour in Beverly Hills, California August 1, 2012. REUTERS/Fred Prouser

















WarnerMedia's HBO Max streaming service gained subscribers over the holiday

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Jan 05, 2022

Hackers Target Real estate websites with skimmer in latest supply chain attack




Threat actors used a cloud-based video hosting service to perform a supply chain attack on more than 100 real estate websites operated by Sotheby's Realty that involved the injection of malicious skimmers to steal sensitive personal information . 

"Others import videos, even their websites are embedded with skimmer codes," researchers from Unit 42 at Palo Alto Networks said in a report released this week.

The skimmer attacks, also called formjacking, relates to a type of cyber attack wherein bad actors insert malicious JavaScript code into the target website, most often to checkout or payment pages on shopping and e-commerce portals, to harvest valuable information such as credit card details entered by users.



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Jan 05, 2022

Squid Game's Hwang Dong-hyuk & Kim Ji-yeon Lawyer Up; Yorn, Levine, Barnes To Rep In All Areas
Image Credit: Agostini/Invision/AP





A competitive chase by representatives to sign the architects of the global streaming hit Squid Game is ending with a surprise. Deadline hears that the law firm of Yorn Levine Barnes Krintzman Rubenstein Kohner Endlich & Gellman has signed and will rep in all areas Squid Game creator, writer-director and EP Hwang Dong-hyuk and EP Kim Ji-yeon and their production company Siren Pictures Inc.



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Jan 05, 2022

Emma Watson pro-Palestinian post sparks antisemitism row
Watson's Instagram post had nearly one million likes and more than 89,000 comments by Tuesday [File: Henry Nicholls/Reuters]

British actress Emma Watson's official Instagram account  expressed solidarity with the Palestinians in a new post, eliciting widespread support from pro-Palestinian users but also drawing sharp criticism from Israeli officials.

The account of the movie star, known for her role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films, on Monday shared a photo of a pro-Palestinian rally with the phrase "Solidarity is a v

TechCrunch
Jan 04, 2022

A record 4.5 Mi)ion Americans quit their Jobs in November,
 






A record 4.5 million Americans voluntarily quit their jobs in November, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This pushed the layoff rate to 3%, equivalent to the peak in September. Workers were more likely to quit their jobs in the hospitality sector, which had by far the highest exit rate at 6.1% in November, as were those in the health care sector.
Figures in transportation, warehouses and utilities also increased.

Workers have continued to quit work at a historic rate. Low-wage industries directly affected by the pandemic continued to be the source of much of the increase in quits, "said Nick Bunker, research director  at  Indeed Hiring Lab, in comments b

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Jan 04, 2022

Beware of fake Telegram Messenger App Hacking PCs with Purple Fox Malware



The Telegram messaging app Trojan installers are  used to deploy the Windows-based Purple Fox backdoor to compromised systems. That's according to new research published by Minerva Labs, which describes the attack as different from intruders that typically exploit legitimate software to release malicious payloads. 

"This threat actor was able to keep most  of the attack under the radar by breaking the attack down into several small files, most of which had very low detection rates by the [antivirus] engines,  the last step leading  Purple Fox rootkit infection, said researcher Natalie Zargarov.

First discovered in 2018, Purple

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Jan 04, 2022

Mars looks like a delicious dessert in stunning spacecraft image
 

The red planet looks good enough to eat in this Trace Gas Orbiter image of a crater. 

ESA/Roscosmos/CaSSISThe European Space Agency (ESA) has released a breathtaking new photo of a two-and-a-half-mile-wide ice-covered crater on Mars affectionately nicknamed "Red Velvet."


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Jan 04, 2022

World's richest man gets $32BILLION richer: Elon Musk's worth climbs to $304billion as Tesla stock soars after car maker rolled out nearly a million vehicles in 2021
Elon Musk and his son X Æ A-Xii at a Time Person of the Year event on 13 December 2021 in New York City(Theo Wargo/Getty Images for TIME)



The  richest man in the world started the richest new year  with Tesla founder Elon Mask adding $ 32.6 billion to his net worth, bringing his fortune to $ 304.2 billion. first person to  do it. 

According to Forbes, the controversial social media billionaire who is also the founder of commercial space company SpaceX remained at the top of the world's richest list for the new year. In second place and $

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Jan 04, 2022

Google Photos removes ability to disable video backups over mobile data
Image Credit: Google


Google Photos has long offered an option to upload photos and videos via mobile data. However, to ensure that you do not spend your monthly data volume, there is the option of only backing up videos via WiFi. In India and some other countries where  WiFi is available, connections are not as frequent, this feature is absent and users have the option to set a daily limit for mobile data usage. Now it seems that Google mistakenly implemented the same settings for Android users all over the world.

As spotted by 

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Jan 04, 2022

Omicron Cases Are Hitting Highs, But New Data Put End in Sight
 Image Credit:CIPhotos via Getty Images




A number of new studies have confirmed the silver lining of the Omicron variant: Even if the number of cases climbs to a record level, the number of severe cases and hospital admissions is not the case.
The data, some scientists say, points to a new and less worrying chapter in the pandemic. . "Now we're in a completely different phase," said Monica Gandhi, an immunologist at the University of California at San Francisco.


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Jan 03, 2022

Apple has become the world's first $3 trillion company
Apple CEO Tim Cook greets fans outside the Apple Store on Fifth Ave in the Manhattan borough of New York, New York, U.S., September 20, 2019. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri


Apple has taken another important step. The iPhone maker surpassed a market value of $ 3 trillion on Monday - the first publicly traded company  to be worth that much. 

Apple shares (AAPL)  briefly rose about 3% to a new all-time high of $ 182.88, surpassing the $ 182.85 per share it needed to be worth $ 3 trillion. The title then retired from that level.

 Appl

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Jan 03, 2022

President Joe Biden asks student-loan borrowers to 'do their part' in preparing for payments to resume on May 1 as pressure for broad cancellation ramps up again
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Biden extended a student-loan-payment pause an additional three months through May 1.

He said borrowers should use this extra time to prepare for the resumption of payments.

But some lawmakers and advocates said this extra time should be used to cancel student debt.


Last month, President Joe Biden gave 43 million federal student loan borrowers an additional three-month Christmas present.
While the president

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Jan 03, 2022

Elizabeth Holmes jury deadlocked on 3 charges
Former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes leaves federal court in San Jose, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Nic Coury) (AP Photo/Nic Coury / AP Newsroom)

The California jury on the criminal fraud case against Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes says she is stuck on 3 of the 11 charges she faces. The panel, made up of eight men and four women, sent a notice to the judge on Monday stating that they could not reach a unanimous verdict on the seventh day of deliberations on Holmes' fate. The jury was still able to decide on the remaining eight points. This story is in progress and will be updated.



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Jan 03, 2022

Eldest Trump children won't comply with subpoenas from New York attorney general
On Location: January 3, 2022Catch up on the developing stories making headlines.Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images, FILE


Former President Trump's eldest son and daughter have refused to comply with  New York State Attorney General's subpoenas while conducting a civil investigation into the valuation of their asse

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Jan 03, 2022

Whistleblower warns baffling illness affects growing number of young adults in Canadian province
Medical imaging service in a hospital in Savoie, France. A technician monitors a brain MRI scan session. BSIP/Universal Images Group via Getty Images


A whistleblower spoke to The Guardian about a mysterious neurological

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Jan 03, 2022

Tesla delivered close to one million vehicles in 2021
Photo by James Bareham / The Verge


Tesla Inc reported quarterly record shipments on Sunday  that far exceeded Wall Street estimates and exceeded a global chip shortage as China's production spiked.

It was the sixth straight quarter that the world's most valuable automaker posted record deliveries.
Musk delivered 308,600 vehicles in the fourth quarter, far more than analysts' forecast of 263,026 vehicles.
Te

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Jan 03, 2022

U.S. Defense Secretary Austin tests positive for COVID-19, symptoms mild
FILE PHOTO: NATO Defence Ministers meeting in Brussels


Secretary of Defense  Lloyd Austin said on Sunday he had tested positive for COVID-19 and had mild symptoms during the home quarantine.

In a statement on Sunday evening, Austin said he plans to "virtually" attend key meetings and discussions over the next week "whenever possible." He said  Secretary of State Kathleen Hicks would represent him on relevant matters.



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Jan 02, 2022

Marjorie Taylor Greene's Personal Twitter Account Permanently Suspended


The personal twitter account of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has been permanently suspended for violating the social media site's COVID-19 misinformation policy, the company said Sunday.WIN MCNAMEE VIA GETTY IMAGES

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Jan 02, 2022

EU drafts plan to label gas and nuclear investments as green
Image Credit: REUTERS/Benoit Tessier


After years of fighting between governments for truly climate-friendly investments, the European Union has drawn up plans to label some natural gas and nuclear power projects as "green" investments. 

The European Commission is expected to propose rules in January to decide whether nuclear and gas  projects are included in the EU's "sustainable finance taxonomy". 

This is a list of the economic activities and  environmental criteria that must be met in order to be labeled as a green investment.

By restri

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Jan 02, 2022

China to cut new energy vehicle subsidies by 30% in 2022
Image Credit: REUTERS/Aly Song


China will cut subsidies for New Energy Vehicles (NEVs) such as electric cars by 30% in 2022 and withdraw them all by the end of the year, the Treasury Department said on its website. 

The subsidies for NEVs would be reduced by 10%, 20% and 30% respectively from 2020 to 2022. For NEVs for public transport, subsidies are to be reduced by 10% in 2021 and  20% in 2022.

China, the world's biggest auto market, has set a target for NEVs, including plug-in hybrids and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, to make up 20% of auto sales by 2025. 



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Jan 02, 2022

GERMAN FINANCE MINISTER PLEDGES TAX RELIEF FROM 2023
Image Credit: REUTERS/Annegret Hilse


Germany's new  government will offer personal and business tax breaks worth at least 30 billion euros ($ 34.1 billion) during this legislative period, Finance Minister Christian Lindner said on Sunday.

 "We will relieve people and small and medium-sized businesses by significantly more than 30 billion euros," Lindner told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper. Noting that the budget for 2022  was drawn up by the previous government under Chancellor Angela Merkel, Lindner said his  2023 plan will include reliefs such as contributions to pension insurance  and the end of an electricity price surcharge.



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Jan 02, 2022

US officials ask AT&T, Verizon to delay 5G wireless



US Secretary of Transportation  Pete Buttigieg and the head of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) called on  AT&T and Verizon Communications on Friday to postpone the planned  introduction of the new 5G radio service for January 5th due to aviation safety concerns and FAA Administrator Steve Dickson asked AT&T CEO John Stankey and Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg for a delay of no more than two weeks as part of a "short-term proposal.

 The aviation industry and the FAA have  concerns about possible 5G interference  with sensitive aircraft electronics such as radio altimeters that could interfere with flights.

"We are asking your companies  to suspend the introduction of the commercial CBand service for an additional short period of no more than two weeks after the currently planned implementation date on January 5th," the letter said. 



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Jan 02, 2022

Japan to help build Bill Gates' high-tech nuclear reactor in Wyoming: report



The Japan Atomic Energy Agency (Jaaa) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. are established to work with the United States, and the Bill Gates Company Company to build a high-tech core reactor in Wyoming, the  Yomiuri newspaper reports on Saturday.

The parties will sign an agreement  for JAEA and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries beginning in January to provide technical support and data from Japan's own advanced reactors, the report cites several unidentified sources. 

Terrapower had initially investigated the possibility of building an experimental nuclear power plant with the state-owned China National Nuclear Corp until it was forced to apply for funds

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Jan 02, 2022

Spider-Man: No Way Home's Amazing Co-Stars Nearly Had a Much Different Introduction
Image Credit: Marvel


Two of the biggest stars of Spider-Man: No Way Home originally made their first appearances in the film in completely different circumstances. In an interview with Variety, No Way Home writers Erik Sommers and Chris McKenna stated that the original draft of the script included both Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield's respective Spider-Men right after Aunt May, Marisa Tomei's deaths. 

"They're brought in by a Marvel character who says, 'Here's the rescue and they'll help you get through this,'" McKenna said, although he didn't specify which character machine.




Those introductions didn'

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Jan 02, 2022

She-Hulk: Jameela Jamil suits up as Titania in jaw-dropping first look set photo?
Image Credit: Marvel


Jameela Jamil is about to bring  villainous Titania to the MCU in Marvel's highly anticipated Disney Plus series SheHulk in 2022, and now we have  our first look at the star with the character's signature look 2022 by the  inspired use of the Disney Plus streaming service from Marvel Studios, which proves that the shared universe of superheroes is just as impressive on the small screen as it is on the big screen.

One of the many MCU shows on the horizon is SheHulk. With Tatiana Maslany in the title role,  Jennifer Walters transforms into the Jade Giant as she follows in the footsteps of her incredible cousin Bruce Banner. And yes, Mark Ruffalo will.



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Jan 02, 2022

The USDA's new labeling for genetically modified foods goes into effect Jan. 1. Here's what you need to know.
Image Credit: (Jim Mone/AP)


Starting January 1st, grocery store labels will be revamped for food that has been genetically modified. 

The goal was to get rid of the mosaic of various food and ingredient labels  that had been scientifically modified, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. 

However, the move also puts a greater burden on consumers to do their homework to understand what the labels mean, food advocates say. 

Modified Organisms (GMOs) are now labeled as bioengineered or given a phone n

TechCrunch
Jan 02, 2022

RedLine Malware alert! Your accounts and passwords saved on Chrome or Edge might be hacked. Know how to check



 Hackers can steal your Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge login password through malware, experts say. Saving the Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge login password  in these internet browsers is a pretty common practice. 

Most of us save passwords in Chrome or Edge for convenient logging in next time. 

They are generally considered to be quite safe as they are stored in our Google account. This feature is designed to avoid the hassle of remembering login credentials for every site you use. 

However, some IT researchers war

TechCrunch
Jan 02, 2022

Telegram now has reactions, hidden text, translation and QR codes


Hours before the end of the year, Telegram Messenger announced the 12th and final update of last year that includes responses, the ability to add hidden text, automatic translation of messages, as well as QR codes  the design is configured for. 

The reaction is a quick reaction to a message in the form of an interactive or animated emojis, they are always activated in private chats and the usability is configured by administrators for groups and channels: 

You can not only allow  reactions yourself, but also set up which emoji  for this function is responsible. You can limit yourself to traditional "likes" or organize votes. 

You can change your default reaction to another emoji in Settings. Android: Chat Sett

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