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Google delays shutdown of support for native Chrome apps

Earlier this year, Google announced that it would end support for Chrome Apps on Windows, Mac and Linux by June 2020, or for enterprises and educators by December 2020. However, in case you’re among the few still using them, it has now announced an extension. Chrome apps will now work on those platforms until June 2021, and organizations can extend that by a full year until June 2022. Google said it decided on the extension based on “feedback from our customers and partners.” When Google first announced that it would do away with......

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Eggtronic, the Italy-founded startup developing power electronics, wireless charging and data over power technology and products, has closed around $10 million in Series A funding. Backing the company is Rinkelberg Capital — the investment fund from the founders of TomTom — and funds managed by an unnamed investment bank in Milan. It brings the total raised by Eggtronic since 2012 to $17 million. Eggtronic says the capital will be used to develop a new integrated circuits division at the Eggtronic research laboratories as it continues along its roadmap of more efficient power transformers.......

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Satoshi Nakaboto: ‘Bitcoin on its way back to $10,000’

Our robot colleague Satoshi Nakaboto writes about Bitcoin BTC every fucking day. Welcome to another edition of Bitcoin Today, where I, Satoshi Nakaboto, tell you what’s been going on with Bitcoin in the past 24 hours. As Baudriallard used to say: Shop ’till you drop! Bitcoin price We closed the day, August 10 2020, at a price of $11,878. That’s a minor 1.85 percent increase in 24 hours, or $215. It was the highest closing price in three hundred and sixty-seven days. We’re still 40 percent below Bitcoin‘s all-time high of $20,089 (December......

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The key to compassionate leadership in the Zoom era

Remember February? While it feels like years ago, those were exciting times for me. I had just taken over as CEO of Aternity and was in the process of rebranding the company and recruiting several key members of the leadership team. I was scheduling time to meet with as many people as I could to ramp up as quickly as possible.  Then, there were reports that a deadly virus was causing China to shut down. Then Italy. Then Europe. In just two short weeks, my colleagues and I were ordered into quarantine by......

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India will restore 4G in Kashmir in a 'phased' manner -- starting with two districts

India’s ready to restore 4G in Kashmir after prolonged periods of internet shutdowns and 2G connectivity. However, the government will allow 4G connectivity in just two districts, and that too on a trial basis. In a hearing at India’s apex court, Attorney General KK Venugopal, said that the government is ready to restore 4G in one district each in Jammu and Kashmir after August 15 (both are regions within one state Jammu & Kashmir). The authorities will observe the situation for two months and then submit a report to decide the next steps.  Just......

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Tech giants back lawsuit against US guest worker ban

The companies that signed the amicus brief, however, disagree with the administration’s stance. They explained that suspending the country’s nonimmigrant visa programs “fundamentally disserves the interests of the United States by stifling the ability of US businesses to attract the world’s best talent, drive innovation, and further American economic prosperity.” The companies also said that they filed the brief to highlight how the guest worker ban can stifle innovation and “ultimately harm US workers, businesses and the economy more broadly in irreparable ways.” Aside from Apple, Facebook and Microsoft, the signees also include......

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Google has rolled out a new Search feature in India that enables influencers, entrepreneurs, freelancers, or anyone else who wants to be easily discovered online create a virtual visiting card in what appears to be the company’s latest attempt to add more LinkedIn -esque functionalities into its search engine. The company said it has rolled out the feature, called people cards, first in India because of the special affinity people in the world’s second largest internet market have shown toward looking up their own names on the search engine. People cards currently only supports......

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How women entrepreneurs in India are challenging social and cultural norms

In India, the proportion of women in paid work is among the lowest in the world, at just over 23% – a figure which contrasts sharply with the corresponding rate of over 78% for men. Opportunities for women to enter employment in the country are limited by a range of factors. These include a dominant tradition of female domestic responsibility and prevailing social patriarchy. Deeply entrenched cultural expectations mean that women are more likely to stay at home. And when they do work, it is mainly on an informal basis, without the luxury......

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7 simple tips to keep cool if you’re working from home during a heatwave

Is your home office currently as hot as the Sahara? Are you feeling hot and bothered and struggling to concentrate? Is it all getting a little too much? If so, fear not, because here are a few tips and tricks to help you cool down if you’re working from home during a heatwave. [Read: COVID-19 canceled doctors’ office visits — these startups are bringing the doctor to you] Start earlier If you’re lucky enough to have flexible working hours, let your colleagues and team lead know that you’ll be starting work earlier. By doing......

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Incomlend, a Singapore-headquartered startup that operates a trading platform to connect exporters and importers with investors, has raised $20 million in a new financing round, it said on Tuesday. Sequoia India, the India and SEA investment arm of the storied U.S. headquartered venture firm, led the Series A round in four-year-old Incomlend. The CMA CGM Group, one of the world’s largest shipping and logistics firms, also participated in the round. Incomlend’s invoice trading platform is solving three pain points. Exporters typically get paid weeks or months after shipping goods and lack working capital......

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The war between two of China’s largest esports companies may soon come to a truce at the will of their investor Tencent. Tencent, the world’s biggest games publisher, announced late Monday a proposal to consolidate Douyu and Huya, the competing livestreaming sites focused on video games. Rather than paying in cash, the deal will see the pair enter a stock-for-stock merger. The proposal is non-binding, but Tencent has paved the way for it to go through. In a separate deal, the entertainment giant agreed to pay Joyy, part-owner of Huya and the company......

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Dell's latest business Chromebook offers high-end specs and extra security

While previous versions packed up to 8th-generation Intel Core i7 CPUs, the Latitude 7410 comes with the 10th-generation Intel Core i7. It offers up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM (less than last year’s models).  Google and Dell claim it has the longest battery life of any 2-in-1 Chromebook and of any 10th Gen Intel Chromebook. It boasts up to 19 hours of battery life, plus you can get a boost with an ExpressCharge — one hour charges the battery up to 80 percent, and 20 minutes charges it up to 35 percent. The......

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California wins injunction against Uber, Lyft classifying drvers as contractors

California passed Assembly Bill 5 late last year in a bid to reclassify many gig economy workers as employees, and so far, Lyft and Uber have not done that. The state is suing them, and on Monday afternoon Judge Ethan Schulman of San Francisco Superior Court ruled in favor of granting a preliminary injunction that would block the companies from classifying drivers as independent contractors. Reuters reports that in the 34-page decision Schulman said there’s an “overwhelming likelihood” that the state will prove the two companies have illegally misclassified workers, and that they......

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Nreal Light mixed reality glasses launch in Korea with the Galaxy Note 20

After successfully fighting off Magic Leap’s claim that it stole trade secrets, Nreal is finally able to launch its Light mixed reality glasses into the consumer market. Starting today, folks in Korea can pre-order the Light as part of a mobile phone plan on the LG Uplus network, so long as you pick the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 — or the LG Velvet a couple of weeks later — as your handset. That way you can buy the Light at a subsidized price of 349,500 won (about $295), though LG Uplus members can......

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Chipotle Announces The Tony Hawk Burrito

Chipotle surprised the world today by announcing the Tony Hawk Burrito. What exactly goes into a Tony Hawk burrito, you ask? Brown rice, black beans, chicken, salsa, cheese, and guacamole make up the totally rad skating meal. The first 2000 fans to order the Tony Hawk Burrito get access to Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 Warehouse Demo on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or PC. Lunch and video games? Seems too good to be true! The special burrito will be available to order via the app and online until August 14, so......

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How to find special characters on your phone's keyboard

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Ever have that issue where you’re looking for an unusual or special letter or punctuation while texting, but it’s just not on your keyboard. Don’t worry, they’re there — here’s how to find them. Most phone keyboards are designed to look like most standard, physical keyboard layouts. The most common of them is the QWERTY keyboard, and both iPhone and Android maximize the real estate by having the numbers......

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The public beta of watchOS 7 is here, Amazon may be looking to turn malls into distribution centers and Skillshare raises $66 million. This is your Daily Crunch for August 10, 2020. The big story: Trying on Apple’s watchOS 7 Brian Heater walks us through all the changes coming in watchOS 7. It sounds like the operating system isn’t getting a dramatic upgrade — particularly in comparison to MacOS — but there are still some important changes that should help Apple stay at the top of the smartwatch industry: Updates include the new......

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The Last Of Us Part II Will Get Even Harder With New Patch

The Last of Us Part II is a brutal game, but not necessarily because of the difficulty. It has plenty of customizable options that allow players to make certain elements more forgiving – but those same options also mean you can make the much harder for those who crave a challenge. If you fall into the latter camp, then you will definitely be interested in what Naughty Dog has in store for the game’s upcoming update. The Last of Us 2 just got DLC Trophies. Patch 1.03 with Grounded Difficulty + Permadeath Mode incoming. pic.twitter.com/drUsvnHqIk......

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Former employees claim Talkspace mined therapy transcripts for marketing

Karissa Brennan, a therapist who contracted through Talkspace for two about years, says the company contacted her about a resource she shared with a patient. She says the company told her to keep her clients inside the app. Brennan told the paper she believes she sent an anxiety worksheet to her client.  The company’s co-founders say Talkspace analyzes encrypted and anonymized data to help warn therapists of potentially dangerous language usage by their clients. The company also uses that data to catch inappropriate behavior by its contractors. The Franks say the company’s approach......

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