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05-13-2021 Terrorism
'GTA 6' Map Leaks: Here's the First Look in Alleged South American-Inspired Island from Rockstar

"Grand Theft Auto 6" (GTA 6) has recently had map leaks for the past months, especially after speculations that the sequel for the action-adventure role-playing game (RPG) is coming from Rockstar Games. While the leaks are still early to determine the location and game's plot, leakers suggest that it would be in South America, which would be different from the franchise's plot. The world has been more than eight years since the last "Grand Theft Auto" game has been released, with Rockstar bringing "GTA V" for the PlayStation 4 last 2013. It has been one of the top-grossing games, and still, one of the most played, especially during this pandemic where Rockstar and Epic Games teamed up to bring its full version for free. This is one of the longest gaming franchises in the world, and the longest development from Rockstar to spin off a new sequel compared to its past releases. "GTA III" to "GTA 4" may have taken eight years to release but it had other releases in the middle with "GTA San Andreas" and other side storylines that are well-beloved by fans and gamers. 'GTA 6' Map Leaks: Rockstar Games South America-Inspired? Currently, four leaks show the initial map renders for the "Grand Theft Auto VI's" upcoming game, and each has its different interpretation and imagination of what the next map would look like. Moreover, certain speculations from reliable and non-reliable sources have been debating over the next look of the beloved sequel of the game. ...

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05-13-2021 Science&Technology
STEAM MIGHT BE EXPANDING TO CONSOLE, I SHOT THIS TODAY, THANK YOU GABEN ¿

Valve is trying to bring something new into the market, with the recent interview of Gabe Newell which announced the possibility of Steam Console plans to a high school Q&A in New Zealand. The CEO has been living overseas for over a year now and has divulged a truly crucial piece of information for Steam's growth and its games to come to other platforms. Most game developers and publishers already offer cross-compatibility for the different games in the PC and console platforms including "Fortnite," "Call of Duty Warzone," "Smite," "Star Wars Battlefront," and more. These games would mostly rely on their developers for cross-platform compatibility, and may not be even that of a crossplay. While cross-platform compatibility offers that the game is available from PC to consoles like PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and the latest gaming ones from Sony and Microsoft, not all are crossplay. Take Rockstar Games' "Grand Theft Auto V" for example, as PC and console gamers cannot directly interact or play together with missions as crossplay is not available. Valve's Gabe Newell: Steam's Console Plans According to the recorded video of a Redditor named u/Odysseic during Gabe Newell's interview, the CEO answered the question of a high schooler who asked about Steam games coming to the console. Here, the student was referring to popular Steam games that are PC exclusive and are mostly directed to Valve's development and production of games. What shocked the entire gymnasium is that the Valve CEO confirmed it right then and there, that Steam's PC games might have a shot for a console expansion in the coming future. However, not much was revealed after this, especially as the answer of Newell was kept short after answering the question directly for the student's satisfaction. Valve games that are under Steam circulation now include that of "DOTA 2," and "Counter-Strike: Global Offensive" for the free games, and it is the latter that would have a better shot at a console version. Moreover, other titles include the "Left 4 Dead" series, "Half-Life," and "The Orange Box." Newell also did not pertain if the Steam console plan could be upcoming titles for the company. ...

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05-13-2021 Science&Technology
TikTok For Finding Job Instead of LinkedIn? Video-sharing Social Media is Testing a New Tool to Help



TikTok wants to do more than just posting dance videos. As the app is growing in popularity, more and more creators join in. Now, there are creators that are offering career advice and posting videos about job hunting. Because of this, the app is creating a tool that will help users land a job on their platform. TikTok Job Tool The social media app is testing a recruitment tool to help people find jobs and companies and recruiters to hire strong candidates. The new tool will not be a part of the TikTok app itself. Instead, the company will create a separate webpage where users can post job listings, most of which will be of entry-level positions. Since the tool is under the TikTok platform, users can post a video resume instead of the traditional written ones. Users can also add their resume videos to their TikTok tool profile. Given how much time many young adults spend on TikTok, it could be a great way for brands to reach out to the younger generation and those they are looking to hire. TikTok has not released any statement regarding the matter. According to CNET, the service is being tested with a beta group of companies, including several big brands and sports leagues. LinkedIn Service TikTok's new tool is not the first service to let users post their resumes online. The networking service LinkedIn is known to help people find jobs online, according to Business Insider. Just like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media apps, LinkedIn is a social network. Owned by Microsoft. LinkedIn is a professional networking site created to help people make business connections, share their work experiences, their resumes, and find jobs. Despite the its professional focus, LinkedIn is very similar to social networking sites like Facebook. It is based on practices like adding and connecting users, posting updates, sharing and liking content, as well as instant messaging other users. LinkedIn also puts a professional spin on features that users know from Facebook. For example, a user's profile becomes a resume, complete with their work experience, recommendations, accomplishments, and referrals. The site also offers things that users won't find in other social media sites, like a full-featured career board, where people can search for jobs that they want to apply for. Many employment services are now compatible with LinkedIn. When applying for a position, people may share their LinkedIn profile. This means that users won't need to enter their entire work experience into a long online form every single time they apply for a position. Basically, LinkedIn is a tool that people can use to enhance their professional networking and job searching activities. ...

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05-13-2021 Politics
George Floyd death: Chauvin could face tougher sentence as Minnesota judge finds aggravating factors

A judge's ruling made public Wednesday lists "aggravating factors" that could pave the way for a longer sentence for former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was convicted last month of second and third-degree murder and manslaughter in George Floyd's death. Though found guilty on all three counts, Minnesota law says that Chauvin will only be sentenced for the most serious count – second-degree murder – which carries a maximum prison sentence of 40 years. But because he has no prior criminal record, Minnesota sentencing guidelines say Chauvin could face a presumptive sentence of 12.5 years on that count. But prosecutors asked for what is known as an upward departure – citing five aggravating factors. In his ruling dated Tuesday, Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill decided that four of the five factors applied. Chauvin "abused a position of trust or authority," "treated George Floyd with particular cruelty," "committed the crime as a group with the active participation of at least three other persons and "Children were present during the commission of the offenses," Cahill ruled. In finding that Chauvin treated Floyd with particular cruelty, Cahill wrote: "The slow death of George Floyd occurring over approximately six minutes of his positional asphyxia was particularly cruel in that Mr. Floyd was begging for his life and obviously terrified by the knowledge that he was likely to die but during which the Defendant objectively remained indifferent to Mr. Floyd’s pleas." The judge wrote that on May 25, 2020, Chauvin abused his position of trust and authority as a uniformed peace officer employed by the Minneapolis Police Department that should guarantee anyone arrested be treated with respect and only reasonable force and that medical needs will be addressed in a timely fashion. The jury determined in returning the guilty verdicts on all three counts that Chauvin was unreasonable and acted outside his authority when he held Floyd in a prone position on the pavement of Chicago Ave. for the "inordinate amount of time" of more than nine minutes and 40 seconds – a position he "knew from his training and experience carried with it a danger of positional asphyxia," Cahill wrote. The judge noted that one of the other officers involved in the restraint twice checked Floyd’s pulse after Floyd had been restrained for more than six and a half minutes and informed Chauvin he was unable to detect a pulse. Other officers involved in the restraint twice inquired whether they should turn Floyd onto his side into a "recovery position" and informed Chauvin that they believed Floyd had passed out. "Thus, not only was the danger of asphyxia theoretical, it was communicated to the Defendant as actually occurring with George Floyd but the Defendant continued his restraint of Floyd until EMS personnel arrived and prepared to load Mr. Floyd onto a stretcher," the ruling said. ...

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05-13-2021 Science&Technology
NASA and Axiom ink deal for 1st private astronaut mission to space station

NASA and Texas-based company Axiom Space have agreed on terms for the first private astronaut mission to the International Space Station, which will launch as soon as January 2022. The agreement, which was announced on Monday (May 10), includes only a portion of the assorted exchanges required to make a flight like this a reality, but it will result in a net payment from NASA to Axiom of $1.69 million. The agreement will allow Axiom to send a retired NASA astronaut and three passengers to the orbiting laboratory aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule for a journey of about a week in the first crewed space station mission for exclusively private interests. "This truly is a renaissance in U.S. human spaceflight, I think that's the perfect word for what we're experiencing," Phil McAlister, director of commercial spaceflight development at NASA, said during a news conference held Monday. "History can feel incremental when you're in it, but I really feel like we are in it this year. This is a real inflection point, I think, with human spaceflight." The mission, dubbed Ax-1, marks a new milestone in NASA's continuing push to transition low Earth orbital activities to commercial entities: first by hiring companies to ferry supplies to the space station, then by hiring SpaceX and Boeing to build the crew vehicles that are just coming into operation, and now by opening the station itself to companies. Until now, the handful of non-professional astronauts who have visited the space station have done so on missions that were otherwise focused on standard governmental priorities in orbit. On Ax-1, the passengers will be pursuing research and outreach projects independent of NASA's work during their time in orbit. "We are excited to see more people have access to spaceflight through this first private astronaut mission to the space station," Kathy Lueders, associate administrator for human exploration and operations at NASA, said in a statement. "One of our original goals with the Commercial Crew Program, and again with our Commercial Low-Earth Orbit Development Program, is that our providers have customers other than NASA to grow a commercial economy in low Earth orbit." The path to launch Ax-1 is scheduled to blast off from Florida's Kennedy Space Center as soon as January 2022 for a flight of about 10 days total, about eight of which would be spent on the space station. The mission is the first crewed flight in NASA's effort to promote commercial development of low Earth orbit. The agency wants companies to take over this region of human spaceflight so that it can focus time and money on more distant destinations like the moon and Mars. ...

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05-13-2021 Science&Technology
Samsung is now a contributor to Google’s Fuchsia OS

For years now, Google has been steadily developing Fuchsia OS, exploring the potential benefits of building an operating system from the ground up. Now it seems that Samsung has begun contributing some of its work to Google’s Fuchsia OS project. AD Back in December, Google opened the doors to developers of all varieties to contribute to the Fuchsia project, marking the project’s first steps into the limelight. Even before then, companies have worked with Fuchsia before or contributed to the project, with companies like Huawei at one point working on support for one of its own devices in the OS. The latest company to contribute to Google’s Fuchsia project is Samsung, with the addition of code related to Samsung’s “Flash-Friendly File System.” Better known as “F2FS,” the project is an alternative system for managing the files on a storage device, such as the built-in storage of a smartphone. In recent years, F2FS has become a serious competitor to EXT4, which has long been the de facto file system for Android devices. You can find F2FS being used in Samsung’s phones since the Galaxy Note 10, Google phones since the Pixel 3, and many more Android devices. Considering Fuchsia has its own separate ideas of how file systems should work, it seems the new support for Samsung’s F2FS may be intended more for the ability to read data from other devices, rather than using F2FS on its own. More importantly, this isn’t a lone Samsung employee contributing work to Fuchsia in their own name. Instead, in the official “AUTHORS” file, “Samsung Inc.” is listed side by side with “Google LLC,” seemingly formalizing the two companies’ collaboration, at least on this particular effort. Looking ahead, Google and Samsung will be continuing to work on F2FS support for Fuchsia, with “major releases” planned out through July. It’s unclear if Samsung has any further intentions for Fuchsia OS or if its contributions will be limited to just F2FS. Thus far, there have been no indications of whether or not Samsung intends to ever include Fuchsia OS on a future device. Google declined to comment on this story.

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05-13-2021 Politics
House Republican Leader McCarthy: No one 'questioning the legitimacy' of 2020 election

Hours after Rep. Liz Cheney was ousted from her Republican leadership position for rebuking former President Donald Trump's ongoing claim that the election was "stolen" from him, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told reporters, "I don’t think anybody is questioning the legitimacy of the presidential election." "I think that is all over with," McCarthy, R-Calif., said at the White House, where he was meeting with President Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell about Biden's infrastructure plans. "We're sitting here with the president today, so from that point of view I don’t think that’s a problem,” McCarthy said. The remarks seemed at odds with the battle being waged within his House Republican caucus, which includes members who have continued to echo Trump's false claims that widespread fraud was committed during the 2020 election. Earlier in the day, House Republicans voted to remove Cheney from her No. 3 position in caucus leadership for repeatedly rebuking Trump's claims that the election was "rigged." “We cannot let the former president drag us backward and make us complicit in his efforts to unravel our democracy. Down that path lies our destruction, and potentially the destruction of our country,” Cheney, R-Wyo., told her colleagues ahead of the vote, according to a source in the room. Her removal was supported by McCarthy, who'd previously backed her during a bid in February to push her out. McCarthy is supporting Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., a staunch Trump supporter, to succeed Cheney as House GOP conference chair. Stefanik signed on to a lawsuit aimed at overturning the election results and has repeatedly questioned some of the election results. McCarthy made the comments about Republicans not questioning the legitimacy of the election after NBC News' Kristen Welker asked whether elevating a member of House leadership who questioned the election results would complicate his efforts to work with the president. Trump, who celebrated Cheney's ouster in a scathing statement Wednesday, has released more than 20 statements falsely claiming that the election was "rigged" or "stolen" and that he "won by a landslide," among other assertions, in the past six weeks. This week, Trump compared the election to the theft of "diamonds" that needed to be returned. Those claims have helped lead to a bizarre election audit that's currently underway in Arizona, where state Republicans have hired private companies to check ballots with UV lights and special cameras to look for bamboo in them. They've also led to Republican legislatures passing a number of restrictive voting laws that they claim are aimed at making election more secure, despite there being no evidence of widespread fraud in the 2020 election.

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05-13-2021 Health
Will COVID-19 Vaccines Still Work Against The Variant From India?

The world has a new coronavirus mutant spreading from one continent to another — and it looks like a tough one to stop. The World Health Organization declared Monday the variant that emerged in India, known as B.1.617, is officially a "variant of concern." "There is some available information to suggest increased transmissibility of B.1.617," the WHO's Marie Van Kerkhove said Monday from Geneva. Last week, NPR published a story explaining why B.1.617 could be the fastest-spreading mutant on the planet. At the same time, researchers around the globe have been rushing to figure out if the COVID-19 vaccines available will still be effective against this new mutant. Some preliminary data, published on Sunday and Monday, offers a glimmer of hope. Like other variants of concern, B.1.617 has more than a dozen mutations. But two mutations in particular have been most concerning, said Ravindra Gupta, a microbiologist at the University of Cambridge. These mutations are found on an important part of the virus — where the immune system attacks. "So that's why this variant was labeled 'a double mutant,' " Gupta says. "It had these two big mutations, in two big places, and that's what caused all the worries." Each of these mutations — or similar versions of them — have cropped up separately in other parts of the world, including one in California and one in Brazil. Previous studies have shown that these mutations, individually, give the virus an advantage against the immune system. It reduces the ability of antibodies to fight off the virus. So what happens when the two mutations come together? The concern, Gupta said, is that the effect of the mutations would add up or even amplify each other. In other words, could the "double mutant" be double trouble for the vaccine? "So we set up quickly to try and figure out whether this was a real concern," he said. Gupta and his team took antibodies from people vaccinated with the Pfizer shot and then looked to see how much the two mutations, when combined together, decreased the ability of these antibodies to kill the virus. What they saw was hopeful. The double mutant behaved a lot like the single mutant. It wasn't double trouble. "There didn't seem to be the addition of one mutant on top of the other," Gupta said. "And that was really quite important because that assumption has caused panic." The team published its findings online Sunday. At the same time, researchers at Emory University performed similar studies with antibodies taken from 15 people who have been vaccinated with either the Pfizer or Moderna shots. In these studies, the antibodies could still neutralize the B.1.617 variant, but the potency of the antibodies dropped by about sevenfold on average, the authors reported. "Despite this reduction, all vaccine blood samples ... still maintained the ability to block the B.1.617 variant," said immunologist Mehul Suthar at Emory, who led the study. ...

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05-13-2021 Science&Technology
YouTube Willing to Pay $100M to Creators to Use YouTube Shorts, Make Popular Videos Throughout 2022

YouTube announced on Tuesday, May 11, that a $100 million fund will pay the most popular creators on its latest platform, YouTube Shorts, which is set to be a competitor of TikTok. YouTube Shorts to Pay Creators YouTube said in a blog post that the Shorts Fund is just the first step in their journey to build a long-term monetization model for Shorts on YouTube. The company added the fund will be launched in the coming months. The fund comes as Google-owned YouTube tries to grow its user and creator base for its short-form video product, which is the company's answer to mobile-first social media competitors like TikTok, Instagram's Reels, and Snapchat. YouTube is the latest to use a designed creator fund to try and court influencers on its mobile platform. Google-parent Alphabet reported that in its first-quarter earnings, YouTube brought in $6.01 billion in advertising revenue during the quarter. That is almost a 50% increase on a year-over-year basis from $4 billion, according to CNBC. Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai said on the company's earnings call that YouTube Shorts is garnering 6.5 billion daily views globally. The company declined to give more recent statistics for global and the US user bases. YouTube launched Shorts to all of the US users earlier this month, after launching in beta at the beginning of the year. The company said that it will distribute the $100 million creator fund beginning in the coming months, and all through 2022. Anyone is eligible to participate in the fund by creating unique and fun YouTube Shorts that delight the community. Furthermore, the internet giant said that it will reach out to thousands of creators every month who received the most engagement and views. It will also ask those creators to share feedback on the platform. A YouTube spokesperson declined to share more details about how much creators can earn, or the specific metrics that will determine who gets paid, and said that the company would release more information in the coming months. YouTube said that eligible creators do not have to be a part of its Partner Program, which is its existing program that lets creator monetize their YouTube videos, The Verge reported. What is YouTube Shorts? YouTube Shorts is Google's response to TikTok and Instagram Reels. The idea is that users can easily and quickly create short 15-second videos from the YouTube app. Just like TikTok and Reels, there are several editing tools that users can use. They can string clips together, add music and text, adjust playback speed, and more. YouTube Shorts have a different viewing experience. Like the other short-form video platforms, Shorts are meant to be viewed in portrait orientation on the phone. Shorts are 15-second videos created with mobile devices and are meant to be viewed on mobile devices, How to Geek noted. ...

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05-13-2021 Science&Technology
Intel and Nvidia announce new 11th-gen laptop CPUs and RTX GPUs

Bad news: your gaming laptop is officially last-gen. That's the word from Intel and Nvidia, who teamed up today to announce new mobile processors and graphics cards. Intel is debuting their Tiger Lake H CPUs, bringing their 10nm process to high-performance 45W processors ideal for gaming or content creation, while Nvidia announced two new mobile graphics cards, the RTX 3050 and 3050 Ti. Here's what you need to know. Let's cover Nvidia's announcements first, as the company is doing something a bit unusual here: they're announcing two new laptop GPUs with no desktop equivalents (yet). The RTX 3050 and 3050 Ti also bring the RTX featureset, eg ray tracing and DLSS, down to a much more mainstream segment of the market. Previously, you'd be lucky to find an RTX-equipped gaming laptop for much less than $1000, but now RTX machines will start at around $800 - and sales towards the end of the year, eg Black Friday, will no doubt bring that figure down even further. That's great news for game developers, as they can rely on gamers having access to RT even on mid-range machines when creating cross-platform games that are also targeting PS5 and Xbox Series X/S.

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05-13-2021 Cars
Tesla might delve deeper into crypto as Elon Musk teases accepting Dogecoin payment

Tesla could move even further into the world of cryptocurrency as Elon Musk teases the potential for the automaker to accept payment using a second cryptocurrency: Dogecoin. AD Earlier this year, Tesla invested $1.5 billion in Bitcoin and started accepting the cryptocurrency as payment on new vehicles. But Bitcoin is not Elon Musk’s favorite cryptocurrency. Tesla’s CEO has often discussed how he’s a fan of Dogecoin, which is a real cryptocurrency that started as a joke on Reddit to laugh at all the Bitcoin pumps. Since Musk started talking more often about the cryptocurrency, Dogecoin’s value has been soaring, and it now has a total market capitalization of $65 billion. In recent weeks, Musk has gone further than simply promoting the cryptocurrency on his popular Twitter account. Dogecoin uses the slogan “To the moon” as a way to predict the rising value of the coin. Based on that slogan, Musk has announced that SpaceX will literally send Dogecoin to the Moon in a satellite mission next year: Now Musk is also discussing his other company, Tesla, getting involved in Dogecoin by accepting the cryptocurrency as payment. The CEO tweeted a poll to ask if Tesla should accept Dogecoin: Over 3 million people responded and the cast majority voted ‘Yes’ to the proposal. Tesla has already started accepting Bitcoin as payment, and it wouldn’t be too difficult to start accepting other cryptocurrencies. However, we did note that Tesla’s own disclosure showed that buying a car using Bitcoin is not very efficient. Electrek’s Take I’m not gonna lie. I think Dogecoin is quite dumb, but it’s not much dumber than any other cryptocurrency or fiat money for that matter. If Tesla was going to invest in Dogecoin, it would be another matter, but I don’t see any major issue in accepting it as payment. Also, I have no problem with Elon talking about Doge, but it’s a strange situation because there’s now a lot of money involved. Some people are making a ton of money off of Elon promoting Dogecoin. There’s no doubt about that. I’m not saying it’s the case, but if it was ever revealed that some of those people are close to Elon and selling Dogecoin, it could turn into a mess quite fast. It’s one of those things that as a fan and shareholder of Tesla, I’d prefer if it stays an Elon thing and not a Tesla thing. What do you think? Let us know in the comment section below. ...

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05-13-2021 Science&Technology
EV CHARGING IN THE US IS BROKEN — CAN JOE BIDEN FIX IT?

AaronAaron Fisher first came face to face with the US’s inconvenient and broken electric vehicle charging infrastructure two years ago. Driving a borrowed BMW i3 from New York City to Hartford, Connecticut, for his grandmother’s 90th birthday party, he assumed the journey would be a short, three-hour jaunt. Instead, it lasted a grueling seven hours. “I had charger issues, I had payment issues, I had customer service issues, I had routing issues, because of the fragmentation around electric vehicle charging,” Fisher said. As for his grandmother’s birthday? “I missed her dinner,” he said ruefully. “She was not mad, but very disappointed.” There are approximately 41,000 public charging stations in the United States, with more than 100,000 outlets. But finding one that actually works or isn’t locked inside a gated parking garage can be a bit of a scavenger hunt. The charging experience in the US is almost comically fragmented, especially for non-Tesla owners. While Tesla’s Supercharger network has been praised for its seamless user experience and fast charging ability, the opposite appears to be true for pretty much everyone else. Fisher, a former management consultant who also briefly interned in the Obama White House, was so frustrated by his experience trying to drive an EV in the US that he founded his own company, EVPassport, based on the principle that charging your electric vehicle should not require signing up for a dozen different smartphone apps. “You shouldn’t have to hand over your birthday, you shouldn’t have to hand over your email address, you shouldn’t have to hand over your full name, or anything in an application or agree to any type of privacy policy necessarily, in order to charge your vehicle,” Fisher said. “You don’t have to do that when you get gas. Why do you have to do that when you’re trying to do something better?” Fortunately, the whole system appears headed toward a massive overhaul. President Joe Biden, an avowed muscle car guy who is currently trying to claim the mantle of “most environmentally friendly president in history,” recently introduced a $2 trillion infrastructure plan, $174 billion of which is earmarked for electric cars. As part of that plan, Biden wants to build 500,000 new EV chargers by 2030 — 11 times the current number of stations. Biden will have his work cut out for him. Despite rapid growth in sales over the past few years, EVs are still a niche product, making up just 2 percent of the new car market and 1 percent of all cars, SUVs, vans, and pickup trucks on the road. That said, sales are expected to pick up in the next few years, depending on new incentives and point-of-sale rebates that are currently being debated. But when they do, there are real questions about whether the nation’s disjointed, low-tech, outdated charging system will be up to the task. ...

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05-06-2021 Science&Technology
WhatsApp Users in Brazil Can Now Send, Receive Money After Platform's Relaunch



After one year, WhatsApp payments are available in Brazil again. The Facebook-owned chat platform has relaunched the feature in the country. Brazil served as the launching pad for WhatsApp's mobile payments, then it rolled out in India a few months later, but its central bank forced the service to suspend its payment feature just a few months after its launch. WhatsApp Payments Back in Brazil The banking authority only gave WhatsApp the approval to facilitate Visa or Mastercard-backed peer-to-peer payments this March after looking into whether it meets all of the rules regarding competition, efficiency, and data privacy. According to Reuters, WhatsApp tried to avoid being categorized as a financial services company by relying on Visa's and Mastercard's existing bank licenses. The payment processors were instructed to suspend money transfer activities through WhatsApp, and had to secure new permits. Also Read: WhatsApp Delays New Privacy Policy Amid Backlash, User Boycott As for WhatsApp's chat service, its parent company had to create a new unit named Facebook Pagamentos do Brasil that is now being regulated by the central bank, according to The Verge. While the payment feature has been relaunched in Brazil, it won't be accessible to everyone just yet. Only a limited number of people will have access to it at first, and they'll have the power to invite other people to use the feature. Users will only be able to send up to 5,000 Brazilian Real or $918 per month to each other without any extra charge. Also, a single transaction has a 1,000 Brazilian Real or $184 limit, and users can't process more than 20 transfers per day. WhatsApp can only process peer-to-peer transfers at the moment, but it originally introduced the feature to help small merchants. Local businesses in Brazil and India have been using WhatsApp as their main online presence, and the payment feature was supposed to help them easily accept digital payments. Facebook is still in talks with the central bank for merchant payments, and the company expects the feature will be launched within this year. How WhatsApp Payment Works To use WhatsApp Pay, a user must initiate a payment to a contact. Once the request is received, the user can set up their UPI account on WhatsApp. WhatsApp Pay is an in-chat payment feature that allows users to make transactions through WhatsApp to their contact list. It is UPI-based payments service that allows users to send and receive money, and was developed by the National Payments Corporation of India or NPCI. It was launched in other countries afterwards, like Brazil. According to Business Standard, users can send money directly through chat by tapping on the share file icon and selecting payment. The payment section is available on the app's shortcut menu. Users can check their transaction history and account details in that section. ...

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05-05-2021 Science&Technology
Android School Apps More Likely to Share Data to Third-Parties Than iOS Version, Research Shows



A new study shows that 60% of apps used by schools share personal data with third party companies. The study also shows that out of the two smartphone software, Android is more likely to share data than iOS. Android Apps Share Data The research comes from Me2B Alliance, a non-profit group describing itself as focused on respectful technology. The study found that Android apps were three times more likely to share a user's personal data with third parties, and iOS is less risky. Of the 44 apps found sharing student data, 73% of them were Android apps. Also, Android apps were much more likely to send data to third parties labeled either high risk or very high risk. The research stated that 91% of Android apps send data to high risk parties compared to 26% of iOS apps. Around 20% of Android apps sent data to very high risk parties, compared to only 2.6% of iOS apps. On average, each school app transmitted data to more than ten third-party data channels. The third parties the apps sent data to included advertising platforms like Facebook and Google. The data included unique identifiers that allow ad trackers and other third parties to create tracking profiles for students. The profiling practice includes children under the age of 13. Furthermore, the study adds that most of the apps initiated data transmission as soon as the app loads. This finding means that they begin tracking the student even before they have signed in to the app. Me2B Alliance tested a random sample of 73 apps used by 38 schools across 14 different states in the United States. The team conducting the test stated that that the audited apps cover more than half a million users, including students, their respective families, and educators. Lisa LeVasseur, executive director of Me2B Alliance, said that the findings from their researchers show the pervasiveness of data sharing with high risk entities, and the amount of people whose data could be compromised because of the school's lack of resources. LeVasseur added that the study aims to bring these concerns to light to ensure the right funding support and protections are in place to safeguard the children, whom are very vulnerable online. Apple's Privacy Tool Apple has taken an extra step to make sure that users are protected while using iPhones and other Apple products. In 2019, Apple promised to give users more privacy, as reported by The Washington Post. Vox noted that Apple iOS 14.5 is equipped with the long-awaited privacy feature. It prompts iPhone and iPad users to opt out of tracking in apps that monitor their behavior and share that data with third parties. ...

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05-03-2021 Science&Technology
Facebook AI System, DINO, Can Segment Images and Videos, Making it Easier to Distinguish Fake and Re



Facebook announced on Friday, Apr. 30, that it developed an algorithm, in collaboration with Inria, called DINO that enables the training of transformers, a type of machine learning model, without labeled training data. Facebook DINO The company claims that it sets a new state-of-the-art tech among unlabeled data training methods and leads to a model that can discover and segment objects in an image or video without a specific objective, according to Tech Crunch. Segmented objects is used in numerous tasks, from swapping out the background of a video chat all up to teaching robots that navigate through a factory. But it is considered among the hardest challenges in computer vision because it requires an AI to understand what is in an image. Also Read: Facebook Reportedly Developing an AI to Summarize News Articles Segmentation is performed with supervised learning and requires a lot of annotated examples. In supervised learning, algorithms are trained on input data annotated for a particular output until they can detect the underlying relationships between the inputs and the outputs. With DINO, which does not require supervised learning, the system teaches itself to classify unlabeled data, processing the unlabeled data to learn from its inherent structure, Tech Investor News reported. Unsupervised transformers Transformers enable AI models to selectively focus on parts of their input so they can reason more effectively. While it was applied to speech and natural language processing initially, transformers have been adopted for computer vision problems as well as image classification and detection. At the core of the so-called vision transformers are self-attention layers, with each spatial location building a representation by attending to other locations, as per Venture Beat. That way, the transformer builds a rich, high-level understanding of the overall scene by checking at other distant pieces of an image. DINO works by matching the output of a model over different views of the same image. In doing this, it can effectively discover object parts and shared characteristics across images. Furthermore, DINO can connect categories based on visual properties, like separating species with a structure that resembles the biological taxonomy. Facebook claims that DINO is also among the best at identifying image copies, even though it was not designed for this. That means that in the future, all DINO-based models could be used to identify misinformation or copyright infringement. The social media giant wrote in a blog post that by using self-supervised learning with transformers, DINO opens the door to building machines that understand images and video much more deeply. The need for human annotation is usually a bottleneck in the development of computer vision systems. Facebook added that by making their approaches more annotation-efficient, they allowed models to be applied to a larger set of tasks and poten

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YouTube TV No Longer Available on Roku as Company Settles Dispute with Google



Roku's deal to distribute YouTube TV expired on Apr. 30, and amid its standoff with Google, Roku removed YouTube TV from its channel store. For now, Roku stated it is continuing to provide access to YouTube TV for its existing subscribers unless Google takes actions that require the full removal of the channel. YouTube TV Removed from Roku Roku had warned its customers that has access with YouTube TV that the service may go dark because of the ongoing dispute between the companies, according to Variety. On Apr. 30, Roku sent a notice to their customers about the removal of YouTube TV from the channel store, which means that the app can't be installed or reinstalled on a Roku device. Roku alleges that Google is seeking anticompetitive terms. According to Roku, Google is demanding that if a Roku user has the regular YouTube app open, the platform can't display search results from third-play services like Disney Plus, Netflix, or HBO Max. The regular YouTube app remains available on Roku and it is not affected by the current dispute. Google is also currently asking for special access to Roku user data and wants the ability to dictate hardware requirements to Roku in the future for running its apps, as per Roku. A Roku representative said in an emailed statement that Roku has not asked for one dollar of additional financial consideration from Google to renew YouTube TV. Because of Google's conduct, new subscriptions will not be available going forward until an agreement is reached. The Roku spokesperson added that it is well past time for Google to embrace the principles that have made streaming so popular for millions of users by giving consumers control of their streaming experience, and by embracing fair competition and by ceasing anticompetitive practices. Representatives for Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment. However, in a statement earlier this week about the dispute, Google denied that it has asked for access to Roku user data, or that it is seeking to interfere with the search results for Roku in its platform. Google has stated that they are working on resolving this issue for the sake of their mutual users, according to The Verge. YouTube TV Subscription YouTube TV is currently available in the U.S only, and it costs $65 a month after a price hike last summer. The internet pay-TV service gives the user more than 85 channels, including CBS, ABC, NBC TV, and Fox in almost all markets. YouTube TV also gives a DVR with unlimited storage space, plus up to six accounts per household and up to three concurrent streams, USA Today reported. Carriage disputes between pay-TV operators and networks is not a new issue, and Roku has had it share of disagreements with content providers. In 2020, the dispute held out for months before reaching deals for WarnerMedia's HBO Max and NBCUniversal's Peacock and adding those apps to its platforms. ...

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