Georgia’s new election law: Microsoft, Apple and other tech companies speak against it
James Martin/CNET Microsoft has some serious concerns about a recently passed election law in Georgia, saying it unfairly restricts the right of people to vote legally, securely and safely. In a blog post published on Wednesday, Microsoft President Brad Smith slammed the new law and said the company is... Read more
New Travel Guidelines, Real-World Vaccine Efficacy, and More Coronavirus News
The efficacy of vaccines in the real world, updated travel guidelines for the inoculated, and yet another rise in cases worldwide. Here’s what you should know: Want to receive this weekly roundup and other coronavirus news? Sign up here! Headlines A real-world study finds that approved vaccines are highly... Read more
Why AI can’t solve unknown problems
Join Transform 2021 for the most important themes in enterprise AI & Data. Learn more. When will we have artificial general intelligence, the kind of AI that can mimic the human mind in all aspect? Experts are divided on the topic, and answers range anywhere between a few decades... Read more
Can my boss read my Slack messages?
Is Slack good for actually getting your work done? That’s debatable. But the popular messaging platform — which boasted more than 12 million daily active users as of last year — is definitely a promising medium for employers, regulatory agencies, the government, and even hackers seeking a trove of... Read more
The Witcher season 2 video reveals challenges of shooting during pandemic
Netflix on Friday dropped a video celebrating the end of The Witcher season 2’s coronavirus-delayed production, and gives us a sense of the measures the cast and crew had to take. The upcoming season of the wildly popular show doesn’t have a release date yet, but that’s likely to... Read more
Arm’s confidential computing uses hardware to ensure security
Join Transform 2021 for the most important themes in enterprise AI & Data. Learn more. Arm introduced its Armv9 chip platform this week as the first major upgrade for its architecture in a decade. And one of the key pillars was “confidential computing,” a hardware-based security initiative. Arm is... Read more
iPhone 13 release date: This is when Apple will likely unveil its next phones
The iPhone 12 Pro Max was released in October. Andrew Hoyle/CNET It’s been six months since the iPhone 12 went on sale, and Apple is setting its sights on its next flagship smartphone, the iPhone 13 (or whatever it ends up being called). We’re expecting to see four versions of... Read more
Biden Wants $10 Billion for a Climate Army. It’s Not Enough
Yesterday President Joe Biden unveiled his long-awaited American Jobs Plan, a sweeping wishlist for fixing the country’s crumbling infrastructure, revitalizing manufacturing and research, and tackling the climate crisis. The United States would make the biggest jobs investment in itself (self-care—so hot right now) since the postwar era—$2 trillion—creating millions... Read more
Study finds that even the best speech recognition systems exhibit bias
Join Transform 2021 for the most important themes in enterprise AI & Data. Learn more. Even state-of-the-art automatic speech recognition (ASR) algorithms struggle to recognize the accents of people from certain regions of the world. That’s the top-line finding of a new study published by researchers at the University... Read more
How do taxes work for remote workers? It’s complicated.
The pandemic has accelerated the move to remote work and with it the possibility that those employees can live anywhere they please. That could mean a higher standard of living and a lower income tax rate for the growing number of remote workers. But in some instances it could... Read more