Remember the high-tech masks teased during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic? Not many people have walked into stores (or on our faces) yet, but it has given companies even more time to incorporate upgrades. Like LG, who used the Tokyo Olympics (and Team Thailand) to showcase their upgraded portable air-purifying mask.
Still packing three fans and a pair of HEPA-style filters, it now also has a smaller, lighter motor and a built-in mic, speaker, and voice amplifier. LG claims that its VoiceOn technology will detect when you’re talking and increase the sound so others can hear you – a common problem when trying to communicate while wearing any type of mask. This new version will arrive in Thailand in August.
– Mat Smith
Fortunately, a fix came a few hours later.
As of around 11:20 a.m. ET yesterday, Downdetector began recording a spike in crash reports on a variety of online services and websites. Some of the more notable platforms that people couldn’t log into included PSN, LastPass, TikTok, Steam, and UPS. Visiting the PlayStation Store and other affected websites would return a DNS error. Akamai said it implemented a fix for the issue it was having with its Edge DNS service, and most sites and services are back to normal. Continue reading.
The CEO’s protection costs have largely eclipsed those of other tech executives.
A new analysis of the security spending racked up by the Silicon Valley giants shows that they collectively spent $ 46 million to protect their top brass last year. Of that, $ 23.4 million alone was spent on the personal safety of Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg, up from $ 20.4 million in 2019, according to a report by Protocol. By comparison, Jeff Bezos paid $ 1.6 million in personal security charges. Continue reading.
Employees are constantly victims of sexual harassment, according to the complaint.
Activision Blizzard is facing a lawsuit filed by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing for promoting what the agency describes as a “frat boy” workplace. The DFEH sued the company that owns the Call of Duty series and Monitoring after a two-year investigation. He said that in the company, in addition to receiving lower wages than their male counterparts, female employees were reportedly subjected to constant sexual harassment. Activision Blizzard, denies DEFH’s claims, adding that the lawsuit “includes distorted, and in many cases false, descriptions of Blizzard’s past.” Continue reading.
The messaging app cost $ 27.7 billion.
The Slack messaging app is now officially part of Salesforce after closing a deal worth $ 27.7 billion. The IRC-style client, which cost 27.7 times more than Instagram when bought by Facebook, will now function as a stand-alone unit within the IT giant. Salesforce intends to use the $ 27.7 billion Slack as the new interface for Customer 360, its tool for managing its many applications. It also puts Salesforce, which paid, I repeat, $ 27.7 billion for Slack, in an antitrust war with Microsoft, after the Windows maker bundled Microsoft Teams with its Office suite. Continue reading.
It is a laptop designed for the right to repair movement.
The right to repair motion is all about giving users the right to perform basic repairs on their devices without too much trouble. But many companies make it very difficult to replace your smartphone or laptop screen after a shock. Framework is a company that designed their first laptop to be fully usable by the user and simple enough for anyone to do. Dan Cooper put the machine to the test, and what it lacks in battery life and sound it more than makes up for in repairability. Continue reading.
But if you’re in the United States, you won’t see it.
OnePlus has an unusual problem. It makes some really good flagship smartphones these days, but at the same time, it still pursues flagship phone killer status. That’s where its Nord series comes in, offering high-end (and sensational) smartphones at a fraction of the price of flagship devices. The Nord 2 5G is a similar proposition to the original Nord, with some camera improvements and a new processor rounding out the bigger changes. The Â£ 399 Nord 2 (around $ 458 before tax) has a slightly more upscale styling similar to its dear ones, like the $ 729 OnePlus 9. Mat Smith tested the phone for a few days. Continue reading.
He said the problems with the current monetary system distracted “bigger problems”.
Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey has long been a bitcoin enthusiast. In fact, he’s so bullish about cryptocurrency that he thinks it could bring a more peaceful planet. In a video chat on cryptocurrency with Elon Musk, another vocal figure in cryptocurrency, and Cathie Wood, CEO of the Stakeholder of Square ARK Invest, he said:
âMy hope is that it creates world peace or helps to create world peace. We all have these imbalanced monopolies, and the individual has no power, and the amount of cost and distraction that comes from our monetary system today is real and it distracts attention from the bigger issues. Continue reading.
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