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iPhone owners might just be waiting for iOS 14 to roll out one of the biggest changes to Apple’s mobile platform in a long while. That, however, doesn’t mean there’s no longer any room for smaller releases, nor does it mean there is no need for those either. In fact, Apple has just released iOS 13.6.1 as a small yet … Continue reading
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Amazon currently displays hundreds of results for products associated with QAnon, the far-right conspiracy theory, which the FBI has deemed as posing potential domestic terrorism threats. Business Insider found hundreds of results for t-shirts, books, stickers, masks, and other items when searching for "QAnon" in Amazon's marketplace. However, not all of the results were directly tied to the far-right fringe conspiracy theory — some were pro-Trump propaganda or messaging associated with "Blue Lives Matter." Amazon's third-party seller policy prohibits the sale of "products that promote, incite or glorify hatred, violence, racial, sexual or religious intolerance or promote organizations with such views."  While Amazon lists hundreds of QAnon-related items for sale, other tech companies including Twitter, TikTok, and Facebook have declared a hardened stance against QAnon-related content leading up to the 2020 presidential election.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Amazon currently has hundreds of products listed for sale that promote the far-right conspiracy theory QAnon.QAnon has been tied to violent acts, and the FBI has warned of the movement's potential to incite domestic terrorism. A man in Nevada professed himself a follower of QAnon after blocking traffic with an armored vehicle, and in 2019 a man cited the movement as the motivation for his plot to kill alleged New York mob boss Francesco Cali.In a search for "QAnon" on Amazon, Business Insider found the site produced hundreds of results for t-shirts, books, stickers, masks, bandanas, tumblers, hats, and other items related to the movement. Amazon also churned out hundreds of results for "WWG1WGA," the shorthand for QAnon's "Where we go one we go all" slogan. Most of the products on Amazon sport the "Q" symbol, or bear the movement's signature WWG1WGA saying, as well as others, like "Trust the Plan." Many also include products merging both support for the QAnon movement as well as for the president.  Amazon's third-party-seller policy prohibits the sale of "products that promote, incite or glorify hatred, violence, racial, sexual or religious intolerance or promote organizations with such views." The company did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment. A $9.99 gold coin from the seller eTradewinds displays President Trump under the words "Keeping America Great," with "WWG1WGA" displayed in smaller letters. A customer review of the product from May 6 reads "took this to work and displaying it proudly by my Trump figurine." The product description of a $15 t-shirt reading "WQKE," with a "Q" in place of the "O," says in part, "let others know about QAnon, the government corruption and deep state." It also advertises the t-shirt as "a great Q Generation gift for a friend or family member with a soft spot for the dark web." Various t-shirts sport references to the White Rabbit, the character in Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," which the QAnon movement has used to represent the need to follow the truth "down the rabbit hole" and uncover the plot that exists to attack Trump. One of the t-shirts displays multiple rabbits pouring out "The Red Pill," an allusion to the phrase used to describe one's political shift towards the right. Another depicts a white rabbit with Trump's standard hairstyle. However, not all of the search results for "QAnon" produce items directly related to the movement. Some are simply paraphernalia supporting President Trump, gun rights, the "Blue Lives Matter" movement, and expressions of traditional patriotism. While Amazon rival Walmart lists a few products associated with the movement, it appears to take a much firmer hand in blocking and moderating merchandise. All that was available as of August 12 was a $9.99 key chain sporting an American flag, a "Q" symbol, and the "WWG1WGA" slogan sold and shipped by seller 3dRose LLC. The same seller offers a $14 water bottle emblazoned with the US flag and the slogan, which is currently out of stock on Walmart's site. Walmart did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment. Meanwhile, ecommerce platform Etsy also has a substantial collection of QAnon product offerings, like t-shirts, masks, bumper stickers, and 24K gold necklaces "for a proud QANON patriot!" In an email to Business Insider, Etsy said that product listings associated with certain movements are allowed as long as they don't violate the company's seller or prohibited items policies, which ban items that promote hate or that could incite violence. The company said it is continually reviewing items on the site and could remove items in the future if they're found to violate Etsy's policies. Tech companies take action against QAnon, which the FBI says poses domestic terrorism threats As Amazon lists hundreds of QAnon-related items for sale, other tech companies have taken a more aggressive approach against QAnon content leading up to the 2020 presidential election. Twitter said it was zeroing in on "so-called QAnon activity" in July and reportedly removed 7,000 accounts associated with the far-right movement. TikTok disabled two popular QAnon hashtags — "QAnon" and "WWG1WGA" — in late July as well. Google has blocked merchandise that promotes QAnon from reaching customers, banning the term "QAnon" from being searchable in its shopping tab, according to a Telegraph report.  And NBC News reported that Facebook was conducting an internal investigation into how extensive QAnon's reach was on its platform and found millions of followers to be active on the site. The site has been taking action in recent months to remove some QAnon groups from the platform.  The FBI warned in a secret document last year that conspiracy theories, including QAnon, could pose domestic terrorism threats. The agency has tied QAnon beliefs to fueling acts of violence, including a man in Nevada who was arrested after blocking traffic with an armored truck stocked with rifles, ammunition, and body armor and professed himself a follower of the movement. QAnon was also cited as a motivator for the killing of alleged New York mob boss Francesco Cali. The attorney for Anthony Comello, who was charged for the murder, said his client was a QAnon follower whose support for the movement "evolved into a delusional obsession" when he shot the man to death in early 2019. Experts at West Point's Combatting Terrorism Center recently concluded that the rise of QAnon poses a threat to national security, Motherboard reported, and found similarities between it and "other far-right extremist movements, such as the various militant, anti-government, white nationalist, and neo-Nazi extremist organizations across the United States." Amazon lists billions of products for sale on its site, and has taken a hands-off approach to moderating listings, which has landed the company in hot water in the past. Third-party sellers also reportedly use AI-generated listings to take advantage of the company's recommendations system, sometimes producing odd results that could go against company policies. One seller used a bot to generate smartphone cases in 2017 featuring text like "heroin, spoon and syringe" and "adult diaper worn by an old man." A July report from BBC revealed that Amazon was selling merchandise bearing White supremacy symbols, such as the one worn by the Christchurch shooter who was accused of killing 51 people, as well as neo-Nazi literature and Ku Klux Klan-related materials.  The report also noted the presence of Boogaloo-related products on Amazon's marketplace. Boogaloo is another far-right movement that advocates for violent uprisings against both the government and those who identify with left-wing politics. Amazon said it took down the products after the report was published. Business Insider did not find as many results blatantly tied to Boogaloo as to QAnon, but Hawaiian shirts are prominent in the search results as is messaging aligned with "God-Given" gun rights. Other items, such as patches, are listed under less-obvious keywords, such as "Boog line."SEE ALSO: What is 'QAnon'? Understanding the far-right conspiracy movement embraced by Trump supporters that originated on 4chan. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: A cleaning expert reveals her 3-step method for cleaning your entire home quickly
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As the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreck havoc on the global economy, many companies plan to decrease their IT spending, according to a new report from Goldman Sachs.  The Wall Street giant surveyed 100 chief information officers in June, and found that its IT spending index — which essentially tracks whether CIOs expect their spending to increase or decrease — is at its lowest in the report's 18 year history.  Security software remains a top priority for CIOs, as well as collaborative tools like Zoom. Meanwhile, public cloud is expected to slightly decline in importance.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. As the coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage the global economy, major companies plan to decrease their technology spend, according to a new report from Goldman Sachs.  The Wall Street giant surveyed 100 chief information officers in June, and found that its IT spending index — which essentially tracks whether CIOs expect their spending to increase or decrease — is at its lowest in the report's 18 year history.  In total, 41 respondents expect their tech investment to decrease, 38 say spend will remain stable from last year's levels, and just 21 expect it to grow. That translated to an IT spending index of 21.5, down from 60.5 in December, and a historically low total. For reference, the lowest the index dropped during the Great Recession was in 2009 when it hovered right above 25; any amount under 50 suggests a contraction, according to Goldman's methodology.  The report surveyed IT executives from global firms, including 22 individuals from companies with greater than $10 billion in yearly revenue, as well as 50 from those with between $1-and-$10 billion in revenue.  "We see these record-low readings as representative of current macro uncertainty," Goldman Sachs analysts wrote. "Our survey suggests that CIOs will remain very conservative in spending in the near term though it remains unclear how rapidly companies might return to normal levels of spending as COVID-19 controls improve over time." The results indicate that the US is poised for a U-shaped economic recovery after the outbreak subsides, according to the analysts, a term experts use to describe a slower growth trajectory back to pre-pandemic levels. That's in contrast a V-shaped recovery, which reflects a much more sudden return to the previous baseline economic growth.  The survey also asked respondents about which kinds of tools and services will remain critical to them.  Security software remains a top priority for CIOs, as well as collaborative tools like Zoom. Investments in the public cloud and business analytics tools, however, are both expected to lessen in importance, according to the survey. Despite the decline, cloud spend is a major funding area for companies as remote work extends for many firms into 2021.  Microsoft remained the top strategic vendor, according to respondents. While Cisco took the second-ranking, CIOs expect that Amazon will displace it in the next three years. A prior JPMorgan Chase survey indicated Amazon Web Services usage would decline in the same time frame. IBM Red Hat took the third spot in Goldman's survey. SEE ALSO: The CEO of $535 million AI startup Standard explains how its new deal to power cashierless checkout at Circle K convenience stores shows how it's possible for retailers to take on Amazon Go Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why Pikes Peak is the most dangerous racetrack in America
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Remember February? While it feels like years ago, those were exciting times for me. I had just taken over as CEO of Aternity and was in the process of rebranding the company and recruiting several key members of the leadership team. I was scheduling time to meet with as many people as I could to ramp up as quickly as possible.  Then, there were reports that a deadly virus was causing China to shut down. Then Italy. Then Europe. In just two short weeks, my colleagues and I were ordered into quarantine by local government leaders, and I was being… This story continues at The Next Web
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Evidence found on MIUI suggests there is an Indian version of the Mi Note 10 Lite in the works.
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China's digital currency is now undergoing cautious trials, and won't be coming for another year.
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(Chinese Academy of Sciences Headquarters) Researchers from the Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology (QIBEBT) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences have now developed a flow mode Raman-activated cell sorter (RACS), called FlowRACS, to support high-throughput discovery of enzymes and their cell factories, at the precision of just one microbial cell.
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Google is restarting its practice of having human workers listen to voice recordings from its users in order to evaluate how well its products transcribed the audio. But this time, Google has automatically turned off the feature for all users and says it will only collect audio snippets for human review from users who opt in. The company shut down its practice of letting human reviewers listen to audio snippets last September following backlash over how it gathered and stored the audio. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Google is bringing back a controversial practice of having human employees listen to audio snippets from users — but this time, it has automatically shut off the service for all users and will only gather audio from users who opt in. The company sent an email Wednesday to users who have used Google's voice products including Google Maps and Google Assistant, The Verge first reported. All users have been automatically opted out of letting Google store their audio, the email says, and Google provides a link that lets users manually opt in to audio sharing. "We recently updated our settings and included more detail about how Google uses voice and audio recordings to improve products like Google Assistant for everyone. People will have the option to review and confirm their choice and we won't resume saving recordings until they have confirmed their preference," a Google spokesperson said in a statement to Business Insider. Until last year, Google had human employees including third-party contractors listen to audio recordings of users to evaluate how well its AI transcribed audio. Google paused the practice last September amid widespread backlash after reports first surfaced about the practice. The practice was already only for users who opted in, but this time Google is sharing more information about the practice before prompting people to opt in. Facebook, Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft faced similar criticism last year for letting humans listen to audio clips from their users. Google's email to users this week states that, for people who opt in, audio snippets will be associated with their account for 18 months, after which it will be anonymized and could be sent to human employees for review.  Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Here's what it's like to travel during the coronavirus outbreak
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South Korean tech giant – Samsung – has just announced the imminent launch of the new Galaxy A51 5G. The smartphone will be available at ... The post Samsung Galaxy A51 5G Launching in the US on August 7th appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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Linux Kernel 5.8 is available to download now and includes the highest number of commits.
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Facebook's man told: 'OK, now you are just trolling us' Linux devs have dismissed a proposed patch to the kernel that would only work with a Nvidia driver, motivating a second patch that will prevent disguised use of proprietary code in GPL modules.…
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Microsoft plans to stop generating trash from its operations by 2030, the company announced today. It also pledged to stop using single-use plastics in its packaging by 2025. As part of its zero waste goal, the company will set up what it’s calling “Circular Centers” to allow the company to reuse or recycle 90 percent of its waste on site, instead of sending it to third-party recyclers. One of the big-ticket items that will be recycled in-house are the servers used in Microsoft’s data centers. The company also pledged to eliminate waste from its own manufacturing process, although its suppliers won’t be expected to stick to the same zero waste goal as Microsoft. People tossed out a record 53.6 million metric tons of e-waste globally in... Continue reading…
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Sources suggest that the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 models might land before the 5.4 and 6.7-inch ones.
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HMD Global, the company behind Nokia’s revival is quieter than usual in 2020. Of course, the biggest reason here is the COVID-19 pandemic since the ... The post Nokia will bring mid-range and entry-level phones to IFA appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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In remarks planned during Wednesday's congressional hearing on tech companies' potential antitrust violations, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg framed Facebook as a story of homegrown American success whose future is threatened by China. In response, the CEO of TikTok — whose parent company, ByteDance, is based in China — slammed Facebook for deeming its success "patriotic" and painting the viral app as the "enemy." CEO Kevin Mayer, in the blog post shared Wednesday morning, also called out Facebook for its "copycat product" called Reels, a new TikTok-like format soon coming to Instagram users in the US. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. TikTok is going on the offensive as Facebook plans to argue to lawmakers that the US tech giant's industry is a story of American homegrown success. TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer accused Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg of launching "maligning attacks" against the viral video-sharing app that are "disguised as patriotism" in a blog post published Wednesday morning. Mayer's note comes just hours before the CEOs of America's most powerful tech companies — Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google — are scheduled to appear in front of Congress to face hours grilling over any potential violations of antitrust regulations. Zuckerberg's remarks to lawmakers, published Tuesday night, frame Facebook as an all-American company whose future is threatened by authoritarian China. In Wednesday's post, Mayer tried to steer attention away from TikTok's ties to China, and instead called for social networks to welcome competition and step up their transparency and accountability efforts. "TikTok has become the latest target, but we are not the enemy," Mayer wrote. "Consumers can only benefit from the growth of healthy, successful platforms like TikTok and we will fight to continue to give American creators, users and brands an entertaining outlet for many years to come." Wednesday's post is one of the first public statements Mayer has made since he was named TikTok's CEO in June. The appointment of Mayer — a decades-long Disney executive who is based in the US — has been one of the platform's most high-profile efforts to demonstrate its distance from China, a relationship drawn into question due to its Chinese parent company ByteDance. Ever since TikTok came to the US in 2018 and found a rabid userbase of more than 80 million, questions have  been raised regarding tthe amount of access and influence the Chinese government is afforded over TikTok user data and content moderation. But TikTok's China ties have attracted more attention in recent months as the president and his administration have said they're weighing a ban on the app over those security concerns.  TikTok's uncertain future in the US has also signaled opportunity for Silicon Valley tech players to produce apps and features harnessing the app's viral short-form video format. Zuckerberg's Facebook is rolling out its competitor at an especiallu rapid clip, and is expected to roll out in early August for users in the US a new TikTok-like format inside of Instagram called Reels. In his blog post, Mayer criticized Reels as a "copycat product," and encouraged companies working on TikTok competitors to "bring it on."SEE ALSO: US investors looking to buy TikTok from ByteDance are valuing the viral app at $50 billion Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: How waste is dealt with on the world's largest cruise ship
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Sony’s latest full-frame mirrorless camera feels like a shot across the bow of every other high-end camera maker.
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Dealmaster also has deals on Nintendo Switch cases, ThinkPads, and more.
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Although Samsung’s big event is happening in less than two weeks, it may indeed get its new wearables out of the way first in just a few days. Almost all the pieces are falling into place, coming officially from Samsung itself. The plugins for the Galaxy Watch 3 and Galaxy Buds Live, a.k.a. “Beans”, revealed some features via some deep … Continue reading
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Samsung’s upcoming smartwatch, the Galaxy Watch 3, appears to have just leaked again, this time in an extensive hands-on video from YouTuber TechTalkTV, which we spotted via SamMobile. We already know a lot about the unannounced wearable thanks to a series of leaks over the past few months, but the video gives us our best look yet at the 41mm version of the watch. In line with previous rumors, including a series of photos TechTalkTV posted themselves last month, the Galaxy Watch 3 is shown with a physical rotating bezel (a popular feature that was missing from the Active models) and two buttons on the right of the watch face. As well as the 41mm version shown in the video which has a 1.2-inch display, there’s reportedly also going to be... Continue reading…
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Slurps quote-to-cash specialist to boost Cloud business unit that's already big with SAP and Oracle Indian services giant Wipro has acquired Salesforce specialist 4C as it eyes expanding its operations in Europe.…
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Changes only alter naming of head office, but it's quite the loss of 293 years of history.
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The company's new research project analyzes bots with bad intentions.
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Mutation is part of any virus's life cycle, and the novel coronavirus is no different.
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Astrophysicists revealed a new 3D map of our known universe this week, filling a gap of 11 billion years of history. The Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) released this map on July 20, 2020, as a comprehensive analysis of what’s now the largest 3D map of the Universe ever constructed. This map was created over the last half-decade by the … Continue reading
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Landscapes that are not too dense and not too sparse comprise a "Goldilocks zone."
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Deep learning‘s reached the end of its rope. At least according to a group of MIT researchers who recently conducted an audit of more than 1,000 pre-print papers on arXiv. We’ve run out of compute, basically. The researchers claim we’ll we’ll soon reach a point where it’s no longer economically or environmentally feasible to continue scaling deep learning systems. Per the team’s paper: Progress along current lines is rapidly becoming economically, technically, and environmentally unsustainable. Thus, continued progress in these applications will require dramatically more computationally-efficient methods, which will either have to come from changes to deep learning or from… This story continues at The Next Web
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