Hotspot Watch 5 December 2019

Hotspot Watch 5 December 2019

The driest soils across the North Island compared to normal for this time of the year are now found in southern Northland, northern Auckland, much of the Coromandel Peninsula, the Hauraki District, and coastal Wairarapa.

Larry Page and Sergey Brin Hand Over Alphabet’s Reins

Larry Page and Sergey Brin Hand Over Alphabet’s Reins

As the company faces a series of antitrust investigations and mounting employee unrest, its two cofounders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, announced on Tuesday they were stepping down from their leadership roles at the company.

It's Now Easy to Shift Facebook Pics to Google (in Europe Anyway)

It's Now Easy to Shift Facebook Pics to Google (in Europe Anyway)

The data-moving tool has been created as a result of the Data Transfer Project (DTP), which was set up in 2018 and is a collaboration between the world's biggest tech companies: Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft , and are the group's key members.

Hotspot Watch 28 November 2019

Hotspot Watch 28 November 2019

The driest soils compared to normal for this time of the year are found in coastal Wairarapa, where the drying trend continued during the past week.

Uber's London Rivals Are Plotting Its Downfall

Uber's London Rivals Are Plotting Its Downfall

This story originally appeared on WIRED UK.The ride-hailing service launched in London in June 2012, and quickly took over.On Monday, Transport for London, or TfL, announced its decision not to renew the company’s operating license in the city, after granting it a short extension which expired this week.

Trump's Ukraine Server Delusion Is Spreading

Trump's Ukraine Server Delusion Is Spreading

A light edit for coherence: Trump believes—and by all indications this is true belief, not posturing —that after the Democratic National Committee was hacked in 2016, the DNC gave a physical server to Ukrainian cybersecurity company CrowdStrike and refused to let the FBI see the evidence.

Google Employees Protest to Fight for the 'Future of Tech'

Google Employees Protest to Fight for the 'Future of Tech'

Rivers and Berland believe they are being retaliated against for speaking up, as part of a small but vocal group of employee activists who have criticized various company policies and projects over the past few years.

A Physics Analysis of Tesla's Shattered Cybertruck Windows

A Physics Analysis of Tesla's Shattered Cybertruck Windows

To compare, Musk’s assistants drop a metal ball on normal car glass, which cracks.So the guy tosses the ball at the driver’s window of the Cybertruck—and smashes it.“Well, maybe that was a little too hard,” Musk says.

Iran’s APT33 Hackers Are Targeting Industrial Control Systems

Iran’s APT33 Hackers Are Targeting Industrial Control Systems

Threat intelligence firm FireEye has warned since 2017 that APT33 had links to another piece of destructive code known as Shapeshifter .Moran declined to name any of the specific industrial control system, or ICS, companies or products targeted by the APT33 hackers.

Google Shakes Up Its 'TGIF'—and Ends Its Culture of Openness

Google Shakes Up Its 'TGIF'—and Ends Its Culture of Openness

Last week, Google CEO Sundar Pichai sent an to his 100,000 or so employees, cutting back the company’s defining all-hands meeting known as TGIF.

Every Tech Company Wants to Be a Bank—Someday, At Least

Every Tech Company Wants to Be a Bank—Someday, At Least

On Wednesday, Google confirmed reports that it would begin offering checking accounts next year, the latest in a recent volley of tech ventures targeting consumer finance.Tech firms can deliver financial services right where and when they’re needed, says Gerard du Toit, a banking consultant at Bain.

Disney+ Changes 'Star Wars' Canon Once Again

Disney+ Changes 'Star Wars' Canon Once Again

As the person behind a Twitter account called Star Wars Visual Comparison, Stewart is a kind of unofficial keeper of apocrypha, of the sometimes subtle, sometimes extraordinary changes wrought by their makers upon three Star Wars movies: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and The Return of the Jedi.

Instagram Business Accounts and My Friend, the Grocery Store

Instagram Business Accounts and My Friend, the Grocery Store

Amid growing criticism of online platforms, abandoning likes allowed Mosseri to claim that Instagram wants to be “a space that feels much less pressurized.” But the Facebook-owned company has also quietly encouraged some users to embrace the anxiety and power that enhanced metrics can provide, by prompting them to convert their personal profiles into Instagram business accounts.

Pinterest Has a New Plan to Address Self-Harm

Pinterest Has a New Plan to Address Self-Harm

The company launched an initiative over the summer called “compassionate search ,” which aimed to help Pinterest users combat stress and anxiety by channeling negative emotions into exercises like guided breathing or journaling.

Disney+ Is Here—and It's a Fully Formed Streaming Juggernaut

Disney+ Is Here—and It's a Fully Formed Streaming Juggernaut

It’s hard to overstate the advantage this gives Disney over fellow newcomers like Apple TV+ and the forthcoming HBO Max. And it's important to understand that Disney’s head start comes not only from its extensive back catalog of TV shows and movies but also from a technological prowess in this space that that few companies can match.

For All Mankind Imagines an Alternate History for NASA

For All Mankind Imagines an Alternate History for NASA

In the team’s most recent creation, For All Mankind, Moore and company introduce audiences to a new history of the space program: One where the Russians made it to the moon first; where Ted Kennedy cancelled his party on Chappaquiddick; and where national heroes like Buzz Aldrin and Wernher von Braun become people, wracked with their own insecurities, flaws, and humanity.

Can AI Built to ‘Benefit Humanity’ Also Serve the Military?

Can AI Built to ‘Benefit Humanity’ Also Serve the Military?

The newborn nonprofit said it had commitments totaling $1 billion and would work on AI “to benefit humanity as a whole, unconstrained by a need to generate financial return.” But OpenAI restructured into a for-profit this year, saying it needed more money to fulfill its goals, and took $1 billion from Microsoft in a deal that involves helping the company’s cloud division develop new AI technology.

Huge Data Leak Doxes Members of Notorious Neo-Nazi Forum

Huge Data Leak Doxes Members of Notorious Neo-Nazi Forum

Like, say, the revelation that you can hack Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri with lasers .Take the two former Twitter employees who allegedly used their insider access to spy on behalf of Saudi Arabia —a stark reminder of how ill prepared even the biggest companies are to protect consumer data from the people who work there.

13 Great Tech Deals: Cameras, Laptops, Watches, and More

13 Great Tech Deals: Cameras, Laptops, Watches, and More

Whether you're looking to step up from your phone to a still-pocketable point-and-shoot or want to go full-frame DSLR, there are deals for you.The camera's 1-inch sensor is on par with some of the best compact cameras and features 4K video and a great touchscreen interface.

How to Opt Out of the Sites That Sell Your Personal Data

How to Opt Out of the Sites That Sell Your Personal Data

Your personal data is valuable to marketers, which is why so many companies have details about you on their books—all of which can be used to target you with advertising, or to find out where you live and work, or even to steal your identity for fraudulent purposes.

The Enduring Power of Asperger's, Even as a Non-Diagnosis

The Enduring Power of Asperger's, Even as a Non-Diagnosis

In 2013, the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (known as DSM-5) eliminated Asperger’s and redefined the autism spectrum as encompassing level 1 (“requiring support”) to level 3 (“requiring very substantial support”).“Technically, the DSM-5 essentially made Asperger’s a non-diagnosis ,” says Dania Jekel, executive director of the Asperger/Autism Network, which formed after Asperger’s first gained official status, from an outpouring of people seeking resources and a sense of community.

This Martini Wants to Kill Climate Change One Sip at a Time

This Martini Wants to Kill Climate Change One Sip at a Time

Air cofounder Stafford Sheehan introduces hydrogen gas and carbon dioxide gas into the company's reactor.

Facebook's Logo Gets a Face-Lift

Facebook's Logo Gets a Face-Lift

Another blog post on the company’s design hub goes into more detail about how the team used “custom typography, rounded corners, open tracking and capitalization to create visual distinction between the company and the app.” This apparent faith in the world-changing power of a good font will be familiar to anyone who has ever read a design brief.

Microsoft Is Taking Quantum Computers to the Cloud

Microsoft Is Taking Quantum Computers to the Cloud

Microsoft’s model is more like the existing computing industry, where cloud providers allow customers to choose processors from companies such as Intel and AMD, says William Hurley, CEO of startup Strangeworks, which offers a service for programmers to build and collaborate with quantum computing tools from IBM, Google, and others.

What Google's Fitbit Buy Means for the Future of Wearables

What Google's Fitbit Buy Means for the Future of Wearables

Not long after Fitbit launched its first tracker in 2009, the private company Jawbone, which was already a successful maker of audio products, pivoted to wearables.

Should Tech CEOs Go to Jail Over Data Misuse? Some Senators Say Yes

Should Tech CEOs Go to Jail Over Data Misuse? Some Senators Say Yes

As Mark Zuckerberg testified about all things Facebook on the House side of the Capitol last week, over on the Senate side some lawmakers were debating whether CEOs like Zuckerberg should face jail time if their companies misuse people’s personal data.“You know, my sense is that Mark Zuckerberg is not going to take American’s privacy seriously unless he and others in these positions face personal consequences,” senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) told WIRED in his Capitol Hill office.

Why Are Parking Lots So Tricky for Self-Driving Cars?

Why Are Parking Lots So Tricky for Self-Driving Cars?

(Musk has said that a Tesla purchased today has all the hardware needs to become a totally self-driving car —once, of course, the company pushes out the right software update.)

Your Secret Uber Tipping Behavior, Exposed

Your Secret Uber Tipping Behavior, Exposed

The company declined to say whether there have been shifts in tipping since mid-September 2017.The paper relies on detailed data about drivers, riders, and the rides themselves, including length, pickup time, and how many quick accelerations, hard brakes, and speeding stretches occurred during the trip.

Quantum Computing Is Here! But Also Not Really

Quantum Computing Is Here! But Also Not Really

“We compare it to a Sputnik moment,” Hartmut Neven, the executive who started Google’s quantum program in 2006, told reporters, wearing a silvery jacket and boots apt for the space analogy.

Amazon Echo Dot Deal: It's on Sale for Just $9

Amazon Echo Dot Deal: It's on Sale for Just $9

The palm-sized gadget is on sale for just $1 if you let Amazon also sign you up for Music Unlimited, which costs $8 per month.Amazon Music Unlimited lets the Echo Dot play virtually any song, like a Spotify or Pandora subscription—two services that are also compatible with Alexa.

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