'Despite Chip Shortage, Chip Innovation Is Booming'
The New York Times reports on surprising silver linings of the global chip shortage: Even as a chip shortage is causing trouble for all sorts of industries, the semiconductor field is entering a surprising new era of creativity, from industry giants to innovative start-ups seeing a spike in funding from venture capitalists that traditionally avoided chip makers. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company and Samsung Electronics, for example, have managed the increasingly difficult feat of pac...
Facebook Criticized For 'Arbitrary' Suspension of Trump -- by Its Own Oversight Board
"It never occurred to me that a Facebook-appointed panel could avoid a clear decision about Donald Trump's heinous online behavior," writes a New York Times technology reporter. "But that is what it's done..." They call the board's decision "kind of perfect, actually, since it forces everyone's hand — from the Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg to our limp legislators in Congress..." The editor of the conservative National Review adds: If Facebook had set out to demonstrate that it has ...
Analytics Suggest 96% of Users Leave App Tracking Disabled in iOS 14.5
An early look at an ongoing analysis of Apple's App Tracking Transparency suggests that the vast majority of iPhone users are leaving app tracking disabled since the feature went live on April 26 with the release of iOS 14.5. MacRumors reports: According to the latest data from analytics firm Flurry, just 4% of iPhone users in the U.S. have actively chosen to opt into app tracking after updating their device to iOS 14.5. The data is based on a sampling of 2.5 million daily mobile active users...
Fortnite Wild Weeks takes over season six: What this means for players
Epic has announced Fortnite Wild Week, a sort of dynamic adjustment to the battle royale gameplay that will keep things feeling fresh and require players to stay on top of their strategies. Put simply, each week for the remainder of the game’s season six will put emphasis on a different type of weapon with its own unique benefits and drawbacks. … Continue reading
The best laptops: Premium laptops, budget laptops, 2-in-1s, and more
The spring shower of new laptop technologies—AMD’s Ryzen 5000 and Intel’s Tiger Lake CPUs, plus Nvidia’s RTX 30-series mobile GPUs—are bringing a welcome flowering of faster, better portable PCs, the latest of which we’ve just started reviewing. It’s still a tight market, as pandemic-fueled sales remain strong . But if you yearn for the latest and greatest, this is your time. Keep reading for t...
Highlights of the day: Negative factors from IC shortages begin to show
Because of worsening shortages of ICs and components, downstream ICT product makers are expected to decelerate their paces in specs upgrades for their new products as their upstream partners will not have enough capacity to support them. Meanwhile the issue will also constrain MCU vendors' revenues as they are experiencing longer delivery lead times from their foundries and backend service prov...
Cyberattack Takes US Pipeline Operator Offline
Colonial Pipeline operates a 5,500-mile pipeline system between Houston, Texas, and Linden, New Jersey, and says it transports more than 100 million gallons of fuel each day.
IBM moves toward consumption-based mainframe pricing
IBM continues to tweak its venerable mainframe to keep the Big Iron among the talking points in hybrid cloud. About a year ago the company changed its 20-year mainframe software pricing scheme to make it more palatable to hybrid cloud and multicloud users who might be thinking of moving workloads off the mainframe and into the cloud. To read this article in full, please click here
The meltdown at Basecamp shows even small tech firms are sociopathic | John Naughton
A culture war between founders and employees at the software firm is a reminder that new industries aren’t any more caring than old Basecamp is a plucky little (57-person) tech company that makes useful and imaginative project-management software and innovative email software. Or, rather, it was until a fortnight ago, when it suddenly became embroiled in a traumatic internal row between its employees and its two cofounders, Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, a row that has transformed ...
Tesla to pay $750k fine and build solar microgrid system to settle California air quality violations
Kotlin 1.5.0 arrives with JVM records, sealed interfaces
Kotlin 1.5.0, the latest upgrade to JetBrains’ statically typed language , is now available in a production release. Highlights include stable support for JVM records and sealed interfaces. JVM records support in Kotlin 1.5.0 maintains interoperability with the latest Java records feature. Records are classes that act as transparent carriers for immutable data, with records acting as nominal tuples. To support sealed interfaces, Kotlin 1.5.0 introduces the sealed modifier, which works on inte...
Celebrating Mother’s Day with the creators of Winnie, an app to find childcare
Winnie is the brainchild of CEO Sara Mauskopf and Chief Product Officer Anne Halsall who met while working at the same startup six years ago.
How To Organize Product-Related Assets And Collaborate Better
How do you organize your Google Drive assets? How do you name your Dropbox Paper documents? How do you deal with comments? Let’s get it right.
How one founder realized the potential of sustainable energy stored deep below our feet
On this week’s Found podcast, we sat down with Dandelion co-founder and President Kathy Hannun. Kathy came up with the idea for Dandelion while working at Google X, tackling some of the world’s most intractable problems, and making them tractable through the application of technology. Kathy realized that harnessing geothermal energy was a way to […]
This Week in Apps: App Store advertising expands, Google Play plans for safety, Epic v. Apple trial begins
Toyota AI Ventures and May Mobility will talk the future of the transportation industry on Extra Crunch Live
A leaked Walmart memo highlights the daunting challenges facing the world’s largest retailer
The document makes blunt assessments about the uphill battle to overcome the likes of Amazon, Target, and Instacart.
Column: Peloton reverses on recall. Killing and hurting kids isn't a great look
After digging in its heels and refusing to recall its Tread+ exercise machine, Peloton now says it will recall the treadmill and expressed remorse.
Ken Lamneck On Why He’s Retiring, What’s In Store For Insight
Lamneck said channel consolidation is real as smaller competitors move to managed services and larger ones invest in new platforms.
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The Separate Worlds of Bill and Melinda Gates
They built an empire that was essential in the pandemic. Now, their impending divorce makes personal a shift that confidants say was well underway in their philanthropic roles.