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Aug 16, 2019
After reports of smart ovens accidentally preheating overnight, June will be updating the app to include several methods for the ovens not to be accidentally turned on. The company had previously stated they would bringing some updates later this year and some for the next, but the urgency for them has increased after the accident reports. One of the new updates will arrive on September 1st and will consist of a change on the first "Oven" window that appears when first opening the app; a 'Cookbook' window will show instead, requiring multiple taps to set the oven. The update for next year will notify the user when there is no food detected for 30 minutes, automatically turning the oven off.
Aug 16, 2019
The San Francisco Fire Department tended to Dropbox Headquarters after a scooter caught fire on the fifth floor of the building, making all people inside evacuate the premises while the incident was being handled. According to Dropbox spokespeople, the incident was quickly taken care of by the SFFD and no one got injured. The scooter in question is a Tianrun R3 from manufacturer RocketX which sells them to third-party transportation shops; it is unknown where the owner of the scooter bought it from. Employees of the company were quick to tweet what had happened along with comical references to the movie Silicon Valley. Scooters are becoming a mainstream means of transportation with many available options of purchase.
Aug 16, 2019
Motorola has announced the Motorola One Action, and its main feature is a full-wide third rear camera that records footage like a GoPro. Motorola has installed a reversed sensor that films portrait-style when holding the phone horizontally and vice versa, giving the 117-degree view field more handling when shooting. The new 'Enhanced Video Stabilization' is the most remarkable feature and different from the rest of Motorola's lineup. It has a 6.3-inch FHD+ panel with a 12-megapixel front camera; the remaining two rear cameras consist of a 12-megapixel main lens and a 5-megapixel depth sensor lens. The phone will run on Android One except for releases in the U.S and Canada where the android 9 Pie will be shipped.
Aug 16, 2019
Chris Knight and Celso Dulay are part of the GNews! channel on Youtube which tackles topics on the LGBT community, and in December 2017, they had a holiday ad rejected by Youtube due to 'shocking content.' After meeting with the higher-ups, the ad was allowed to be run, in January 2018, leading the two of them to file a lawsuit against the company, citing the multiple hurdles the LGBT community has to go through when making videos on the platform. When the ad incident happened, Youtube apologized for what had happened, but it wasn't enough to appease the duo. Eight other LGBT Youtube creators have joined the suit to further tackle the different problems presented on the platform.
Aug 16, 2019
Users of the Surface Book 2 and Surface Pro 6 are reporting that the CPU performance of the devices is barely reaching 400MHz of speed, hindering the use of the laptops. Microsoft is currently working on fixing the issue that was caused by an Intel CPU flag that limits the performance, making the device believe it is a thermal lock. Unfortunately, while fixing the CPU issues with new firmware, Wi-FI issues have come up since the installation of it. Microsoft technical support team is recommending users with Wi-Fi problems to go to the device manager where they can roll back the driver to 5GHz. Surface laptops have presented problems in the past, but Microsoft has quickly fixed them.
Aug 16, 2019
Recent rumors had suggested that Microsoft was working on a streaming-only console that would focus on cloud gaming storage and related features, but the company's head of Xbox and gaming, Phil Spencer, informed that Project Scarlett, which will release during next year's holidays, is the only plan for the division so far. They are working on bringing games to phones and different platforms that could later connect to local consoles for stronger streaming capabilities, making Project Scarlett the first piece of hardware to do so. The console is expected to have 8K graphics, ray tracing support and SSD storage. Microsoft first announced the project at this year's E3.
Aug 16, 2019
Youtube announced new rules for audio copyrights that bring some relief to content creators, provided that they work as Youtube wants. Music labels will not be able to make money out of manual copyright claims on videos where 'unintentional' music clips are played, like those of a passing car; the new rules also cover intentional short clips. The label can choose not to do anything about it (since they are not making any money out of it) or to block the video entirely. The first option is what Youtube hopes for labels to do given that blocking several videos could prove tiresome, but as with previous copyright claims, labels often go for the most severe option.
Aug 16, 2019
Security researcher Mike Grover has developed a new way to hack devices remotely with a Lightning cable that he bought from Apple off the shelve. He modified the USB port of the cable by introducing a small circuit board where he installed software of his making that can be remotely activated to access a device and install malware. Grover stated he created the cable to open the window on what could be used to further interfere with electrical devices; as a security researcher himself, he expects for other security agencies to take note of the multiple ways something can be hacked.
Aug 16, 2019
To demonstrate that their warehouse workers enjoy lawful working conditions, Amazon created Twitter accounts for workers to report on the seemingly great work environment, but it seems the general public and regulators are noticing the posts can often sound pre-made. Users on Twitter reported that most of the employees' profiles change profile pictures regularly as well as their names; the tweets are similar to one another and can often use the same images in posts. Amazon addressed the issue and stated that the profiles do belong to the employees and that none of them were controlled by an office.
Aug 16, 2019
Apple could be holding the unveiling event for the iPhone 11 on September 10th after developers using the latest iOS 13 beta version saw the date marked in the OS calendar that says "HoldForRelease." The date would go in line with Apple's previous unveiling events of the earlier iPhones, which usually take place the second Tuesday or Wednesday of September. Other reports state that the name for the new iPhone could include a 'Pro Max,' most likely for the successor of the iPhone XS Max; the Max successor is also rumored to have a triple-camera rear set. Tech experts are currently further investigating the beta version for extra details.
Aug 15, 2019
Facebook announced they are working on changing the current names for group chats which had been known for being confusing. The previous groups known as Closed and Secret groups will now be changed to 'Private but Visible' and 'Private and Hidden' groups, respectively. The Private but Visible groups allow for users to look for groups and ask for requests; the Private and Hidden groups can be accessed by invitation only. Facebook has been implementing the Safe Communities Initiative, giving more responsibilities to group admins as well as more tools to act on prohibited content. AI machines will also flag down content, taking it to human regulators for revision.
Aug 15, 2019
UPS has been sending cargo shipments with autonomous trucks from the company TuSimple, which has previously partnered with other shipping companies traveling in specific routes. UPS's service has been working in Arizona, Tucson and Phoenix and has not met any setbacks since it first started. TuSimple works with Navistar for the base tech while adding its own for development; a visual navigation system through cameras. The trucks enter the level 4 category, meaning they are fully autonomous under a designated route; there is a back-up driver supervising everything goes smoothly in the deliveries. Other companies like Waymo, Kodiak and Daimler are also working on having an autonomous truck fleet.
Aug 15, 2019
Jim Watkins, owner of the message board website 8chan, has been requested by a subpoena from the House Homeland Security. The subpoena comes since three of this year's mass shooter have posted white-supremacist content on the site. House Representatives Bennie G. Thompson and Mike Rogers have stated that in order to act against the mass shootings, it is necessary for Watkins to explain what he has been doing to manage the hateful content posted on his website. Ever since the shooting of El Paso, Texas, the site has been down, with Watkins stating that he felt sad about the incident and that it hadn't been his fault. He has not given a public response to the subpoena.
Aug 15, 2019
A two-seat battery-powered airplane crashed in Norway earlier this week after losing power on the landing. The plane was being piloted by Dag-Falk-Petersen, chief executive of Avinor, the Norwegian airline company who is managing the project. Both Petersen and his copilot junior government minister Aese Marthe Horrigmo were able to escape on time. The airline company is currently investigating what happened to the battery that lost power. Norway plans on having all air transportation working with clean energy and ditch all fossil fuels by 2040, but it seems the government needs to overcome a few more trials to get there. Norway is the leading country in having most of its ground transportation working on batteries.
Aug 15, 2019
Vivo's product manager for the NEX 3 posted on Chinese social media pictures of the 'waterfall' glass which has a curvature of nearly 90 degrees, a new trendsetter for phones. The pictures also show the back of the phone and a three-camera protrusion, most likely inspired by watch designs. Sister company Oppo has also been working on a curved glass screen which was seen in a leak earlier this year; they will probably work together to bring the tech to upcoming phones. Vivo is known for applying tech that has never been used before, like the now-used pop-up cameras that can be seen in brands like Samsung.
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