Google to acquire Elastifile
1 week ago by kyle | 5 facts | 0 comments | 4 votes

  • The acquisition of Elastifile is expected to be completed later this year and is subject to customary closing conditions. -
  • Google has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Elastifile, a provider of scalable, enterprise file storage for the cloud. -
  • Elastifile is a pioneer in solving the challenges associated with file storage for enterprise-grade applications running at scale in the cloud. -
  • Google Cloud is committed to our storage partner ecosystem, providing customers the choice of solutions that best fit their needs. -
  • Earlier this year Google Cloud launched Elastifile File Service on GCP, a fully-managed version of Elastifile integrated with Google Cloud. -

Ross Perot has died
1 week ago by kyle | 3 facts | 0 comments | 1 votes

  • Billionaire businessman, philanthropist and independent presidential candidate Ross Perot is dead at 89, CNBC has confirmed. -
  • He was the founder and former chief executive officer of Electronic Data Systems and Perot Systems. -
  • He ran an independent presidential campaign in 1992 and a third-party campaign in 1996, establishing the Reform Party in the latter election. -

Apple kills the non-Touch Bar MacBook Pro
1 week ago by kyle | 3 facts | 0 comments | 4 votes

  • Apple kills the non-Touch Bar MacBook Pro, discounts the Air -
  • Students can purchase MacBook Air for $999 and the 13-inch MacBook Pro for $1,199 -
  • All MacBook Pro models now have both the Touch Bar and Touch ID, there's no longer a legacy keyboard. -

AT&T suffers from 911 outage
2 weeks, 1 day ago by john | 8 facts | 0 comments | 19 votes

  • “AT&T cellular is experiencing a 911 issue,” an emergency services Twitter account in Indiana said in a tweet from first responders. -
  • The company says "This has been resolved and we apologize to anyone who was affected." -
  • A 911 outage prevented AT&T customers from calling emergency services for hours this morning, officials in multiple states said. -
  • Until the issue is resolved, AT&T customers can access Arlington 911 by either calling 817-274-4444 or utilizing a landline. -
  • The alternate number during this time for Minneapolis is 612-348-2345. -
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The number of cases of children entering the foster care system due to parental drug use has more than doubled since 2000
1 day, 16 hours ago by kyle | 2 facts | 0 comments | 1 votes

  • Following more than a decade of mostly decline, U.S. foster care cases started increasing again in 2012, according to the AFCARS data. -
  • Between 2012 and 2017, the number of children entering foster care increased by 8% overall, according to the JAMA Pediatrics study. -

GNOME adds drag-and-drop folder creation to applications overview
2 weeks, 2 days ago by kyle | 2 facts | 1 comments | 41 votes

  • GNOME developer Georges Basile Stavracas Neto is behind the change -
  • Previously the only way to create or edit app folders was using GNOME Software -

Linux Kernel 5.2 released
1 week, 1 day ago by kyle | 15 facts | 0 comments | 8 votes

Walmart is using virtual reality to hire managers
1 week ago by kyle | 4 facts | 0 comments | 3 votes

  • Walmart, the country’s largest private employer, is using virtual reality headsets to test which employees have the aptitude for middle management positions. -
  • STRIVR, a company based in Menlo Park, California, designed Walmart’s virtual reality training using $250 Oculus Go VR headsets. -
  • The VR headsets place the company’s associates in real-life situations, such as giving store tours and calming angry shoppers. -
  • Use of the VR headsets has expanded to all Walmart stores, and, as of February, 10,000 employees have undergone the skill management assessment. -

YouTube app now available on Amazon Fire TV
1 week ago by kyle | 3 facts | 0 comments | 3 votes

  • The YouTube app, which brings the world's most popular video network to televisions, will be available, again on Amazon Fire TV devices and branded TVs. -
  • Google said at the time it was upset that Amazon wasn't offering its products on the Amazon website. -
  • Google removed it's YouTube app from Amazon Fire TV in December 2017. -

Amazon plans 'Lord of the Rings' online video game
1 week ago by kyle | 2 facts | 0 comments | 3 votes

  • Amazon Game Studios is co-developing an online game based on J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings universe. -
  • Amazon Game Studios already has several games in development including "New World," based in an alternate history 17th century colonization game. -

Pinebook Pro available for pre-order on July 25, 2019
1 week, 3 days ago by kyle | 7 facts | 1 comments | 16 votes

  • It will support installing and runing regular Linux applications on Chromium OS pretty much as if they were native Linux applications. -
  • Initially the Pinebook Pro will support Linux, Chromium OS, and Android. -
  • It will offer hardware switches to toggle Bluetooth/Wifi, Webcam, and Microphone. -
  • Pinebook Pro pre-orders start July 25, 2019 -
  • Pine64, the US-based company behind a growing range of ARM-powered Linux devices, say PineBook preorders will go live July 25, 2019. -
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California’s Bot Transparency Law Goes into Effect on July 1, 2019
1 week, 4 days ago by http | 4 facts | 1 comments | 10 votes

  • "in order to incentivize the sale of goods or services in a commercial transaction, or to influence a vote" -
  • only applies to platforms with more than 10 million monthly users -
  • The law will require bots to identify themselves in a manner that is “clear, conspicuous, and reasonably designed.” -
  • Not all bots are required to make disclosures only political or commercial ones. -

Seres halts US launch and lays off 90 employees
6 days, 16 hours ago by kyle | 2 facts | 0 comments | 2 votes

  • Seres, the Chinese EV startup, is laying off 90 people in its Silicon Valley office. -
  • 300 people worked in the Silicon Valley office prior to the layoffs -

Waymo offers complementary music and WiFi to riders
1 week, 1 day ago by kyle | 4 facts | 0 comments | 2 votes

  • Users can listen to preselected playlists or listen to their own playlists by linking their Waymo and Google Play Music accounts. -
  • The features currently being tested in Waymo vehicles in the greater Phoenix area include free WiFi and music streaming -
  • Other perks include having a child seat installed in all Waymo minivans -
  • Waymo said its core business is charging for rides, not advertising during them. -

Amazon’s Alexa will deliver NHS medical advice in the UK
6 days, 16 hours ago by kyle | 2 facts | 0 comments | 2 votes

  • UK’s National Health Service (NHS) has announced a partnership with Amazon’s Alexa to offer health advice from the NHS website. -
  • Britons who ask Alexa basic health questions will be given answers vetted by NHS health professionals and currently available on its website. -

Boeing creates $100 million 737 Max victim fund
1 week, 6 days ago by john | 5 facts | 0 comments | 17 votes

  • Boeing employees can also make donations which will be matched by Boeing through December 31, 2019 -
  • Boeing is starting a $100 million fund for the families and communities of the people who died in the two 737 Max crashes since last October. -
  • These funds will support education, hardship and living expenses for impacted families, community programs, and economic development in impacted communities. -
  • A lawyer who is representing the families of 23 victims on the crash, said that the announcement is not going over well with the families he's spoken with. -
  • Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg said, "We hope this initial outreach can help bring them comfort." -

Ken Bowersox promoted to head of human exploration at NASA
6 days, 16 hours ago by kyle | 2 facts | 0 comments | 2 votes

  • William Gerstenmaier, the previous head of human exploration at NASA, has been reassigned to a new role as special advisor to NASA’s deputy administrator. -
  • Ken Bowersox will become the new head of human exploration. -

British Airways faces record £183m fine for data breach
1 week, 1 day ago by kyle | 8 facts | 1 comments | 12 votes

  • British Airways is facing a record fine of £183m for last year's breach of its security systems. -
  • Cybercriminals diverted traffic from the British Airways website to a fraudulent site through which they harvested data from unwitting customers. -
  • The ICO said in a statement that the fine is related to infringements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). -
  • About 500,000 customers had their information leaked -
  • The ICO said it was the biggest penalty it had handed out and the first to be made public under new rules. -
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A sunken Soviet nuclear submarine is leaking unusually high levels of radiation
5 days, 18 hours ago by kyle | 4 facts | 1 comments | 7 votes

  • "The levels we detected were clearly above what is normal in the oceans, but they weren't alarmingly high," expedition leader Hilde Elise Heldal. -
  • A sunken Soviet nuclear submarine is leaking an abnormally high amount of radiation, according to the Institute for Marine Research. -
  • The institute says the leak poses no risk to people or fish. -
  • Water samples from near the sub contained 800,000 times the normal amount of caesium. -

New Orleans area put under tropical storm warning
5 days, 18 hours ago by kyle | 3 facts | 0 comments | 2 votes

  • "There are three ways that Louisiana can flood: storm surge, high rivers and rain," Edwards said. -
  • A hurricane warning was posted for a 100-mile stretch of Louisiana coastline just below Baton Rouge and New Orleans. -
  • As of 7 p.m. Thursday, hurricane warnings are now in effect for the coast of Louisiana from Intercoastal City to Grand Isle. -

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