Milky Way-like galaxy found in deep space puzzles astronomers
SPT0418-47 is gravitationally-lensed by another galaxy, giving it an evil Eye of Sauron look to our telescopes. ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)/Rizzo et al. Twelve billion years ago, when all of space was just a fledgling baby universe, a young galaxy reminiscent of the Milky Way was flaring to life deep in... Read more
Microsoft Duo: Price, Details, Release Date
“The context of these kinds of devices has changed,” says Ben Arnold, consumer technology analyst at the NPD Group, which tracks US sales of electronics. “It’s not the one-handed emailer on the subway anymore. It’s the uber-productive work-from-home worker, and there are some different dimensions to that.” “At the... Read more
Gong raises $200 million to surface sales insights with AI, a startup providing an “intelligence platform” for enterprise sales teams, today nabbed $200 million in funding at a $2.2 billion valuation, up from a $750 million valuation in December 2019 when the company raised $65 million. Gong CEO and cofounder Amit Bendov says the new capital will be... Read more
How social justice slideshows made by activists took over Instagram
In 1971, to the backdrop of a funky jazz rhythm, musician and poet Gil Scott-Heron declared that “the revolution will not be televised.” In 2020, however, it’s possible that the threads of revolution would be found on Instagram — its message distributed through wide chunky typefaces and bold gradient... Read more
0days, a failed patch, and a backdoor threat. Update Tuesday highlights
Microsoft on Tuesday patched 120 vulnerabilities, two that are notable because they’re under active attack and a third because it fixes a previous patch for a security flaw that allowed attackers to gain a backdoor that persisted even after a machine was updated. Zero-day vulnerabilities get their name because... Read more
KitchenAid Cordless 7-Speed Hand Mixer: Taking the Traditional Appliance Into the Modern Age
The hand mixer has been a long treasured appliance in our house. It’s been through so many holiday meals not to mention all the recent baking we’ve found ourselves doing while stuck at home. Like everything else where we’ve cut the cord, the hand mixer has also gone cordless.... Read more
The Apple Watch took almost 5 years to win me over. Here’s why I love it now
Angela Lang/CNET I haven’t always been a fan of the Apple Watch. I bought one as soon as it went on sale in 2015 hoping it would blow me away, but it ended up spending more time in my drawer than on my wrist. It took three more years... Read more
When Private Security Cameras Are Police Surveillance Tools
The US is home to an estimated 50 million closed-circuit TV cameras, roughly as many per capita as China. Many are owned by people or companies, not the government. But many police departments can gain access to the images through partnerships with private companies that trouble some civil rights... Read more
What Kamala Harris’ record says about major AI policy issues
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden chose Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) to be his vice presidential running mate today. Born in Oakland, California and raised in Berkeley, Harris is the first African American woman and first Asian American woman to be chosen as a U.S. vice presidential candidate on a... Read more
Kamala Harris is the choice Joe Biden needed to win over Silicon Valley
For months, Silicon Valley hasn’t been quite sure what to make of Joe Biden. But Kamala Harris? That’s a candidate the industry can get behind. Biden’s selection of Harris — who has glad-handed with San Francisco elites for decades — as his choice for vice president is likely to... Read more