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Say “yes” to HTTPS: Chrome secures the web, one site at a time

Editor’s note: October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and we're celebrating with a series of security announcements this week. See our earlier posts on new security protections tailored for you, our new Advanced Protection Program, and our progress fighting phishing.Security has always been one of Chrome’s core principles—we constantly work to build the most secure web browser to protect our users. Two recent studies concluded that Chrome was the most secure web browser in multiple aspects of...
Tags: Chrome, Google Chrome, Google, Japan, Mac, Brazil, Google App Engine, Yahoo Japan, Safety & Security, Emily Schechter, Advanced Protection Program


Watch This Guy Build a Nintendo Switch Clone That Plays Thousands of Classic Games

Still having a hard time finding a Nintendo Switch in stores? Or maybe you’re tired of waiting for Nintendo’s promised online store full of retro games? Tim Lindquist took things into his own hands and built a Nintendo Switch clone from scratch that can emulate games from over 50 classic systems.Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Games, Science, Hardware, Diy, Video Games, Hacks, Nintendo, Retro, Consoles, Consumer Tech, Nintendo Switch, Tim Lindquist, Nintimdo Rp


18 pessimistic opinions on the next 10 years of fake news (and 5 optimistic ones)

 A topic like fake news (more broadly the question of trust and verification on the internet) is a complex one. Sometimes you just have to poll the room and get a feel for what people are thinking before drawing any conclusions. That’s what Pew Internet did, contacting thousands of experts in tech, internet, and social policy and asking how they thought things would go. They were not… Read More
Tags: TC, Opinion, Tech, Fake News, Pew Internet


Brand News: 10 Things You Need to Know for Friday, October 20

Coach reveals holiday campaign with Selena Gomez. Your first look at Coach Holiday 2017. #BringOnTheJoy #CoachxSelena #CoachNY pic.twitter.com/JguwTEiTzy — Coach (@Coach) October 19, 2017 Google‘s culture parsed in latest Bloomberg Busienssweek . H&M celebrated ERDEM collaboration with LA fashion show: IKEA celebrates 30 years in the UK: Target‘s NYC store across from Macy’s has a CVS and Harry’s. We’re so excited about our new small-format @Target store in #NYC’s Herald Square! D...
Tags: Google, UK, NYC, Advertising, Paypal, Herb, Vogue, Spice Girls, Ikea, Harry, Selena Gomez, Zara, Anna Wintour, Inditex, Cvs, Kfc


Redesigning the TechCrunch app

 Over the last two years we have been working hard to improve the experience of TechCrunch products for our readers. Our tiny-but-mighty product team launched the brand new TechCrunch mobile app earlier this month and we couldn’t be more excited. It has been completely redesigned with the goal of giving you easy access to the news you care about most, no matter where you are. Read More
Tags: TC, Mobile, Apps, Tech, TechCrunch Mobile


Block Out the World With Noise Cancelling JBL On-Ears For $110

$110 would be a pretty good price for a pair of Bluetooth on-ears from a top tier brand like JBL. But it’s absolutely unheard of for a pair with active noise cancelling. These typically hover between $160 and $200, so today’s Gold Box deal isn’t to be missed.Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Deals, Kinja Deals, Science, Audio, Tech, Headphones


Experience 5.1.4 Dolby Atmos Audio With This Samsung Sound Bar, Now Cheaper Than Ever [Exclusive]

While 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound involves placing speakers around your room on a single plane, the concept behind Dolby Atmos is to give audio an element of height. If you don’t want to install speakers in your ceiling though, this Samsung system is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to pull off the effect.Read more...
Tags: Deals, Kinja Deals, Science, Samsung, Tech, Home Theater, Dolby Atmos, Exclusives, Daily Steals


Why Are We Still Using Passwords?

Here's some surprising news from the Akamia Edge conference. chicksdaddy writes: [E]xecutives at some of the U.S.'s leading corporations agreed that the much maligned password won't be abandoned any time soon, even as data breaches and follow-on attacks make passwords more susceptible than ever to abuse, the Security Ledger reports. "We reached the end of needing passwords maybe seven years ago, but we still use them," said Steve Winterfeld, Director of Cybersecurity, at clothing retailer Nordst...
Tags: Apple, Tech, Visa Inc, Steve Winterfeld, Shalini Mayor, Shalani Mayor


Studio makes running more exciting with coaching, music and competition

 Jason Baptiste wants you to run. He said he’s seen the personal benefits of running since 2009, when he became unhappy with his weight and committed to run a “daily 5k,” something he’s held to ever since. “Not only has running helped me be healthier, it’s helped my mind and spirit become stronger,” Baptiste wrote. “Running has become an outlet for… Read More
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Mobile, Apps, Tech, Running, Studio, Baptiste, Jason Baptiste


Vungle CEO arrested on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, lewd act with 3-year-old son

 Zain Jaffer, who has been CEO of fast-growing mobile ad startup, Vungle, is out of the company after being arrested on a slew of charges, including a lewd act upon a child and assault with a deadly weapon. The alleged victim was his three-year-old son, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. Wagstaffe told us that Jaffer was initially charged with attempted murder,… Read More
Tags: TC, Mobile, Advertising Tech, Tech, Vungle, San Mateo County, Zain Jaffer, Jaffer, Steve Wagstaffe Wagstaffe


Elon Musk Begins Digging a Hyperloop Tunnel In Maryland

Elon Musk has been granted permission by Maryland to start digging tunnels for his hyperoop transit system that he wants to build between New York and Washington. "Hogan administration officials said Thursday the state has issued a conditional utility permit to let Musk's tunneling firm, The Boring Co., dig a 10.3-mile tunnel beneath the state-owned portion of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, between the Baltimore city line and Maryland 175 in Hanover," reports Baltimore Sun. From the report: I...
Tags: Elon Musk, New York, Maryland, Washington, Tech, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Musk, Administration, Hanover, Larry Hogan, Hogan, Baltimore Washington Parkway, Boring Co


Google Play will now let you try select Android apps before installing them

Google announced a bunch of updates big and small to its Play store today, but the most exciting of them all is the arrival of Instant Apps, which you can stream to your device and try out without having to install them first. We first heard about Instant Apps at Google’s IO developer event back in May 2016; the company began rolling out support for these programs this January, but few such apps have been spotted in the wild. Now, Google says you’ll be able to trial supported apps from the Play ...
Tags: Google, Startups, Apps


YouTube Suspends Account of Popular Chinese Dissident

schwit1 brings news about an exiled Chinese billionaire with 500,000 followers on YouTube. The Washington Free Beacon reports:YouTube has suspended the video account of popular Chinese dissident Guo Wengui amid a mounting pressure from the Beijing government to silence one of its critics. According to a person familiar with the action, YouTube issued what the company calls a 'strike' against Guo, who since the beginning of the year has created an online sensation by posting lengthy videos in whi...
Tags: Youtube, China, Tech, Beijing, Xi Jinping, Financial Times, Washington Free Beacon, Chinese Communist, Guo, Guo Wengui, YouTube The


This Week in Content Marketing: Mercedes Launches Revenue-Based Content Model

PNR: This Old Marketing with Joe Pulizzi and Robert Rose can be found on both iTunes and Stitcher. If you enjoy our show, we would love it if you would rate it or post a review on iTunes. In this week’s episode This week, Robert ponders how we prepare for what’s next. We discuss the Brandwatch/BuzzSumo acquisition and Snapchat’s new location-based services. Mercedes launches its own “killing marketing” model for its integrated content brands, and one article format rises above them all. Our r...
Tags: Google, New York, Washington, Boston, San Francisco, Atlanta, Sem, Snapchat, Chicago, Silicon Valley, Seattle, Mercedes, Pew Research Center, Joe, Robert Rose, Content Marketing Examples


Google built a new Trojan Horse to get inside every aspect of your life (GOOGL)

Google is taking hardware seriously after years of experimentation. But it doesn't have a chance at becoming another Apple or Samsung. Instead, Google's hardware division will be used to sneak the company's AI technology into everything else. Suddenly, Google is starting to look like a hardware company. As the holiday gadget-buying season approaches, Google's offerings are starting to look more like what you'd see from Samsung or Apple, not a search giant. It started this week with the launch...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Motorola, Facebook, Microsoft, Samsung, Trends, Chromebook, Htc, Lg, Google Photos, Sheryl Sandberg, Alexa, Pixel, Android Google


People are asking questions about GM's self-driving strategy — but the carmaker is sticking to its plan (GM)

Morgan Stanley thinks the GM-Lyft relationship has "changed significantly." GM hasn't indicated the relationship has changed in any way. Partnerships in ride-hailing, ride-sharing, and self-driving have taken on a Wild West quality. See if you can keep this straight: General Motors is an investor in Uber's ride-share rival Lyft. It has been reported that GM's self-driving car division — Cruise — is talking to Uber about doing some kind of deal. Meanwhile, Lyft just revealed a new $1-billion ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Lyft, Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, New York City, US, Trends, General Motors, Tesla, Ford, Mary Barra, Gm, Silicon Valley, Morgan Stanley, Detroit


Atlassian is on one heck of a run

 When Atlassian went public at the end of 2015, it was a bit of an anomaly: a tech IPO whose numbers looked quite good with some profitability. It’s been almost two years since that IPO, and since then, the company’s valuation is at around $9 billion. The company popped 32% on its first day and hit a valuation of $5.8 billion. A lot of that is thanks to an insane run this year so… Read More
Tags: TC, Enterprise, Finance, Tech, Earnings, Atlassian


Consumer Reports Expects Tesla's Model 3 To Have 'Average Reliability'

There may be only a few hundred Tesla Model 3s on the street, but Consumer Reports already has an opinion on the new car's dependability. From a report: "We are predicting that the Model 3 should have about average reliability," said Jake Fisher, director of auto testing for Consumer Reports. Average may irritate Tesla fans and the nearly 500,000 people who have reserved a Model 3, but Fisher believes people should understand what Consumer Reports expects from the new car. "We don't go around re...
Tags: Tech, Tesla, Consumer Reports, Fisher, Jake Fisher


Tesla Hit With Another Lawsuit, This Time Alleging Anti-LGBT Harassment

Earlier this week, Tesla was hit with a lawsuit for racial harassment in its factories. Now, a newer lawsuit has been filed against the company alleging anti-LGBT harassment. An anonymous reader shares a report from The Verge: A former employee at Tesla's Fremont factory filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the electric carmaker, alleging he was fired in retaliation after seeking protection from anti-gay harassment, The Guardian reported today. The defendant, an assembly line worker name...
Tags: Lgbt, Tech, Tesla, Guardian, Ferro, Jorge Ferro


How Links in Headers, Footers, Content, and Navigation Can Impact SEO - Whiteboard Friday

Posted by randfishWhich link is more valuable: the one in your nav, or the one in the content of your page? Now, how about if one of those in-content links is an image, and one is text? Not all links are created equal, and getting familiar with the details will help you build a stronger linking structure. Click on the whiteboard image above to open a high-resolution version in a new tab! <span id="selection-marker-1" class="redactor-selection-marker"></span&gt...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Seo, Css, Randfish, Video Transcription Howdy Moz, Candy Japan


Google launches Play Security Reward Program, integrates Instant Apps with ‘Try it Now’ button

At the ongoing Google annual Playtime developer event in Berlin and San Francisco, the company has a made a series of announcement for bettering the Google Play platform. The company has also introduced the much-awaited bug bounty program for the Play Store where it will offer $1000 for finding bugs in apps on Play Store. The company … Continue reading "Google launches Play Security Reward Program, integrates Instant Apps with ‘Try it Now’ button"
Tags: Google, News, Berlin, San Francisco, Blogging, Play Store, Google Play 8 billion, Google Play Security Reward Program


OmniHub tries to fix the MacBook Pro’s port shortage with magnets and modules

 My five-year-old MacBook Pro finally gave up the ghost. After traveling the world and surviving several CESes, it was time to finally lay the thing to rest. I had some misgivings about replacing the old workhorse with one of the new models, not the least of which was the company’s fairly unpopular decision to ditch all existing ports for a quartet of ThunderBolt 3 ports. Read More
Tags: TC, Hardware, Tech, Macbook, Macbook Pro, Omnihub


Grab raises $700M in debt to add more drivers to its ride-hailing service in Southeast Asia

 Grab is in the process of raising $2.5 billion for it ride hailing service in Southeast Asia, but that hasn’t stopped the Uber rival from tapping banks for $700 million in debt facilities to develop its business. The Singapore-based company said it had pulled in the financing from “leading global and regional banks” to expand its car rental fleet in Singapore and Indonesia,… Read More
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Uber, Asia, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Tech, Transport, Commuting, Car Sharing, Didi Chuxing, Grab


Bitcoin Nears $6,000 For the First Time

Bitcoin closed in on another milestone Friday, as the digital currency approached $6,000 for the first time to put its gain in 2017 to above 500 percent. From a report: The push higher comes just three days after bitcoin suffered its biggest one-day drop in a month on rising concern that regulators are increasingly targeting digital currencies. It's added almost $500 in value in the past two days alone. Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Tags: Tech, First Time


Tim Cook Confirms the Mac Mini Isn't Dead

Apple has refreshed just about every Mac product within the last couple of years -- except for the Mac Mini. Naturally, this has left many analysts questioning whether or not the company would be phasing out the Mini to focus more on its mobile devices. A MacRumors reader decided to email Apple CEO Tim Cook to get an update on the Mac mini and he received a response. Cook said it was "not time to share any details," but he confirmed that the Mac mini will be an important part of the company's pr...
Tags: Apple, Cook, Tech, Intel, Tim Cook, Phil Schiller, Haswell, Mac Mini Naturally


Take a look at the Gonzo Gizmo author's favorite tools

My guest on the Cool Tools Show podcast this week is Simon Quellen Field. Simon is a chemist and former Google software engineer and is the author of over a dozen books, including Gonzo Gizmos, Return of Gonzo Gizmos, Culinary Reactions, Why is Milk White, Elements Vault, Why There's Antifreeze In Your Toothpaste, Electronics for Artists and, most recently, Boom!: The Chemistry and History of Explosives. He's the author of the science toy website SciToys.com and several novels. Subscribe to...
Tags: Google, Podcast, News, Oregon, San Diego, Cool Tools, Portland Oregon, Ham, Cool Tools Show, Simon Quellen Field Simon, Taylor Wharton LD10 Aluminum Liquid Dewar


Shopkick lays off about 10 percent of staff

 Shopkick, a shopping rewards app owned by SK Telecom, laid off a little more than 10 percent of its staff (about 30 people) yesterday, TechCrunch has learned. Shopkick CEO Bill Demas confirmed the layoffs to TechCrunch, saying they were part of a broader restructuring of the business. Read More
Tags: TC, Ecommerce, Apps, Layoffs, Tech, SK Telecom, Shopkick, Bill Demas


New Digital Archive Puts Online 4,000 Historic Images of Rome: The Eternal City from the 16th to 20th Centuries

The poet Tibullus first described Rome as "The Eternal City" in the first century BC, and that evocative nickname has stuck over the thousands of years since. Or rather, he would have called it "Urbs Aeterna," which for Italian-speakers would have been "La Città Eterna," but regardless of which language you prefer it in, it throws down a daunting challenge before any historian of Rome. Each scholar has had to find their own way of approaching such a historically formidable place, and few have b...
Tags: Google, Art, College, Stanford, History, Rome, Architecture, Italy, Archives, Seoul, Facebook Twitter, Palazzo Venezia, National Institute, Stanford News, Colin Marshall, Lanciani


9 Strategies For Manipulating Brand Benefits

Knowing how customers make buying decisions (and how they judge the relative value of one brand over another) is important because it provides insights into the different value-enhancement strategies marketers can use to enhance the brand’s value and strengthen brand admiration. First, a company can manipulate brand benefits by improving on or adding to one or more important benefits that enable, entice, or enrich customers. Alternatively, a company could delete a benefit that customers don’...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Steve Jobs, United States, Diane Von Furstenberg, Starbucks, Zappos, Hyundai, Burger King, Arizona State University, Branding, Samsonite, Miele, Lush, Macy, Cleveland Clinic


FAA Proposes Worldwide Laptop Ban For Checked Bags on International Flights

The US Federal Aviation Administration wants the world’s airlines to stop letting passengers put large electronic devices like laptops in checked bags on international flights. The proposal, which will no doubt upset some frequent travelers, will be considered by the United Nations in the coming weeks.Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, United Nations, Tablets, Aviation, Homeland Security, Faa, Laptops, Federal Aviation Administration, US Department of Homeland Security, US Federal Aviation Administration, Laptop Ban, Aviation Security