Pete Buttigieg is not the presidential candidate Americans are used to. He’s the mayor of a small city, the first millennial and first openly gay man to seek the Democratic nomination for president. His quest for presidency is a long shot: He doesn’t have the name recognition, big pockets or national profile of most of his other opponents. Despite that, he’s been moving up in early Democratic polls and garnering a lot of media attention. Story Continued Below But who is he? What does he actually believe? We caught up with the mayor when the book tour for his pre-election book “Shortest Way Home” made its way to D.C. … [Read more...] about Can Pete Buttigieg go from underdog to history maker?
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Antivirus manufacturer Malwarebytes published a blog post recently outlining why Google’s latest privacy scandal is so damaging to user trust. Popular anti-malware product manufacturer Malwarebytes published a blog post recently which outlines the issues with Silicon Valley Tech companies failing to disclose the full privacy implications of their products. Malwarebytes writer David Ruiz wrote:A smart-home speaker shouldn’t be secretly hiding a video camera. A secure messaging platform shouldn’t have a government-operated backdoor. And a home security hub that controls an alarm, keypad, and motion detector shouldn’t include a clandestine microphone feature—especially one that was never announced to customers. And yet, that is precisely what Google’s home security product includes. Ruiz further goes on to outline the full situation surrounding Google’s Nest product and the subsequent backlash that the tech giant faced: Last month, Google … [Read more...] about Malware Experts: Google Invaded Privacy and Harmed Trust with Home Security ‘Fiasco’
Fragrance maker Maison Berger Paris said it has acquired Bescent, the startup that makes the Sensorwake olfactory alarm clock. The deal is a big day for 22-year-old Guillaume Rolland, who won a Google science fair for the invention in 2014, back when he was 17 years old. He created a company in Nantes, France, to turn the product into a multi-sensory alarm clock that, among other things, can wake you up with smells. “Maison Berger Paris and Sensorwake are two French brands that operate on the home fragrance market and share the same priority: to offer a product range with healthy diffusion methods,” said Olivier Sillion, CEO of Maison Berger Paris, in a statement. “This shared identity is the substance of this alliance between a renowned, century-old French company and an innovative, digital native French Tech startup. The objective is to enhance our range of products on the indoor fragrance market by combining our complementary areas of expertise.” … [Read more...] about Maison Berger Paris buys Sensorwake olfactory alarm clock maker Bescent
Antonio Villas-Boas, provided by Published 7:56 am PST, Friday, January 25, 2019 Meizu Vivo and Meizu, two Chinese companies you may not have heard of, revealed smartphone concepts that don't have any ports or buttons. Instead, they're using newer technologies to replace these things, all while keeping the familiar smartphone design. Meanwhile, other smartphone makers are sticking to more traditional technologies, which now look outdated in comparison to Vivo and Meizu's concepts. In 2016, Apple's Phil Schiller infamously said that the company removed the headphone jack from the iPhone 7 because of "courage." Fast-forward to early 2019, and a lot of phone makers have also ditched the headphone jack from their recent devices. But two Chinese smartphone makers that few outside of China have ever heard of are taking courage to another level. Vivo and Meizu have revealed smartphone concepts that not only don't come with headphone jacks, but they don't come with … [Read more...] about Two Chinese smartphone makers most people in the US have never heard of are innovating faster than any other company — even Apple and Samsung
A hot potato: Part costs were rising a little too quickly at DJI because employees were artificially raising costs to take home the extra for themselves. After more than $150 million has been stolen, a number of employees are being fired and the investigation will continue with the aid of law enforcement. During an internal probe, DJI has discovered that employees have been inflating the prices on purchases and pocketing the surplus. Estimates of losses are currently valued at $150 million according to DJI spokeswoman Hong Yongxin, making it one of the largest fraud cases in recent history present in China's tech industry. As an employer of 14,000 people, DJI has already fired as many as 29 people relating to this incident of fraud. Law enforcement has been involved and investigations are ongoing to determine if any more employees have connections to the thefts occurring. Chinese businesses are required to aggressively go after corruption cases following a crackdown by President Xi … [Read more...] about Drone maker DJI is losing $150 million to its own employees through fraud