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Microsoft is testing a major change to Windows keyboards
Microsoft Office

Microsoft is apparently considering adding a dedicated Office key to keyboards, and the move is absolutely brilliant if you think about it. Microsoft’s productivity suite is one of the company's biggest moneymakers, maybe the best collection of apps that has ever been made by the Redmond-based software company. Millions upon millions of people rely on Office apps to get through their work or school days, and you probably have it installed on at least one computer. While Google and Apple have alternatives for the Office suite of apps, Microsoft's still sets the bar in the industry when it comes to productivity. With that in mind, a dedicated Office button could help lock users in and keep people from exploring other options.

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Best Alarm Clock
Best Alarm Clock

Stop worrying about oversleeping and start resting comfortably with one of these customer-tested, highly-rated alarm clocks. One of the worst fears for a lot of people is that they'll hit snooze and be late to an important occasion. No longer will you need to set two alarms just to make sure you get up. With all kinds of options on the market, we found three that will target deep sleepers, early risers, and those in search of a smart alarm clock. So whether you have trouble falling asleep, trouble waking up, or just want to be able to see the time in the middle of the night, take a look at the selections we made for you.

Best Alarm Clock for Deep Sleepers

Ever risen and realized your alarm clock had been blaring for a while and you didn't hear it? Trying to sleep through the Sonic Alert SBB500SS Sonic Bomb Extra-Loud Dual Alarm Clock is nearly impossible. With red, flashing, pulsating alert lights, and an extra loud volume, the Sonic Bomb is built to shake awake even the deepest of sleepers. Plus, it has a powerful vibrating setting that will shake your bed if you put it under your mattress, helping you wake easier. It offers multiple different settings so you can pick the right one for you, even if you aren't a deep sleeper.

Sonic Alert SBB500SS Sonic Bomb Extra-Loud Dual Alarm Clock with Red Flashing Alert Lights and…: $32.50

Sleekest Alarm Clock

Offering many different settings and options, the Warmhoming Wooden Digital Alarm Clock can be used in the bedroom or on a desk with its wood design and digital screen. With seven levels of brightness, it is perfect for any setting. It can be powered by USB cable or by battery for more versatility. It is voice-controlled so if you tap or make a sound above 60db, you can awaken the smart alarm clock. It will give you the date, time, and temperature outside on its main display. Plus, you can set two alarms, so it can be set for a recurring time and then have an alarm for a one-time use, so you won't have to constantly make changes to your routine wake-up.

Warmhoming Wooden Digital Alarm Clock with 7 Levels Adjustable Brightness, Voice Command Electr…: $25.99

Best Dual-Use Alarm Clock

No longer will you need a night-light or lamp on your nightstand as well as an alarm clock. With the Philips Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock HF3520, it will simulate sunrise and sunset, helping you fall asleep and wake up easier. The colored sunrise simulation wakes you up gradually with natural light and can be programmed to play five sounds or FM radio. It has ten brightness settings, so you can read before bed and then set it to dim as you drift off to sleep. Backed by clinical research, the wake-up light has been proven to help you wake up with an improved mood and with more energy.

Philips Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock with Colored Sunrise Simulation and Sunset Fading Night Light…: $104.99

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Amazon’s big Fire TV Stick sale is over, but now Roku Streaming Sticks are discounted
Roku Streaming Stick Vs Fire TV Stick

Last week for Father's Day 2019, Amazon was running a huge sale that slashed $10 off the Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Stick 4K. Well, we have some good news and some bad news. The bad news is that the sale is now over and both models are back up to their normal prices. The good news, however, is that the even more popular Roku Streaming Stick and Roku Streaming Stick+ with 4K resolution and HDR support are now both on sale! The former is $39.99 while the latter is down to $49 even, so pick one and grab it before this deal is done.

Roku Streaming Stick

  • Powerful and portable
  • Voice remote with TV Power and volume
  • 500, 000 Plus movies and TV episodes. Free mobile app for iOS or android
  • Easy-to-use remote, intuitive navigation, search across top channels
  • Refer installation manual before use
  • Free Roku mobile app for private listening, voice search and more. TV Compatibility- HD TVs – Up to 1080p (1920 x 1080) with up-scaling from 720p. TV must have an HDMI input that supports HDCP 2.2.

Roku Streaming Stick | Portable, Power-Packed Streaming Device with Voice Remote with Buttons…: $39.99

Roku Streaming Stick+

  • Powerful and portable streaming stick with an included advanced wireless receiver that gives you 4x the range and a stronger signal for smooth streaming
  • Picture quality that’s optimized for your TV with crisp details and rich color in HD/4K/HDR
  • Voice remote with buttons for TV power and volume
  • 500,000+ movies and TV episodes, with voice search across 1,000+ top channels Plus, catch hit movies, popular shows and more with no subscription or fees on The Roku Channel
  • Tons of streaming services available From movies and series on Netflix, Prime Video, HBO NOW and SHOWTIME to cable alternatives like Sling TV or YouTube TV to live sports and news on CBS News, ABC News and ESPN

Roku Streaming Stick+ | HD/4K/HDR Streaming Device with Long-range Wireless and Voice Remote…: $49.00

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There’s absolutely no reason to buy this tiny Palm phone now that the Pixel 3a exists
Palm Phone vs. Pixel 3a

When Google finally unveiled its Pixel 3a smartphone lineup last month, I told you that the phone isn't supposed to be an iPhone alternative, unless you have a really old iPhone. The Pixel 3a raises the bar for mid-range devices. It's a phone ready to deliver a great camera experience, as well as Google's newest and best version of Android. If you're considering any other affordable Android phone right now, you should compare it against the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. That goes double for the Palm phone that's now available to preorder for $349.

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The best Nintendo Switch game of all time is back down to its lowest price
Nintendo Switch Games List 2019

Last week, Nintendo announced a slew of new games coming to the Nintendo Switch that pretty much all sounded amazing. Unfortunately, there's one thing that they all have in common: they won't be released for a long, long time. If you want the best game currently available for the Switch, you're in lunch because it's on sale right now and it's back down to its lowest price. That's right, head over to Amazon and you can pick up a copy of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for just $49.94!

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: $49.94

Here are the bullet points from the product page:

  • New fighters, like Inkling from the Splatoon series and Ridley from the Metroid series, make their Super Smash Bros. series debut alongside every Super Smash Bros. fighter in the series…EVER!
  • Fast combat , new items, new attacks, new defensive options, and more will keep the battle raging whether you’re at home or on the go.
  • 2018 Nintendo. Original Game: Nintendo / HAL Laboratory, Inc.
  • Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) Content Description: Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief, Suggestive Themes

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: $49.94

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Nintendo’s next big iOS and Android game will be released early next month
Dr. Mario World release date

After releasing two mobile games in both 2016 and 2017, Nintendo's release schedule for iOS and Android slowed to a crawl, as Dragalia Lost was the only Nintendo Mobile title to release in 2018. Six months into 2019, we still have not seen a new mobile game from Nintendo, but that's going to change very soon, as the Japanese video game company announced this week that Dr. Mario World is coming to mobile devices on July 10th.

Nintendo originally unveiled Dr. Mario World back in January of this year, showing off how it has combined the classic gameplay of the Dr. Mario series with a familiar twist. If you've ever played Candy Crush Saga, you pretty much know what you're getting from Dr. Mario World, as it follows virtually the same formula.

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Best Outdoor Solar Lights
Best Outdoor Solar Lights

Illuminate your landscape and light up your walkway so its easily traversable at night with these outdoor solar-powered lights. Whether you prefer motion sensor lighting or individual landscape spotlights, there's a type of outdoor solar lights out there for you. For instance, to get soft lighting on your back patio, outdoor string lighting can perfectly set any mood you are looking for. Utilizing solar power will also help you save on electric bills. Take a look at these exterior illumination options and make the most out of your backyard before summer is over!

Best Motion-Sensor Outdoor Solar Lights

Lighting up the driveway by the garage or brightening up the backyard path, URPOWER Solar Lights are wireless, waterproof, and motion sensor. They have eight LED lights which offers double the brightness of most motion-sensor lights. They also possess positive and negative pole directions, which is different than their competitors. The four-pack runs on an automated switch that detects movement in a 10-foot range and automatically turns on and off when it senses. It posts a 120° sensing angle for a wide range of usage. URPOWER posts a five-year LED life span for up to 50,000 hours of power.

URPOWER Solar Lights Wireless Waterproof Motion Sensor Outdoor Light for Patio, Deck, Yard, Gar…: $26.99

Best Landscape Outdoor Solar Lights

If you're looking to line a garden or get a nice, soft lighting to lead into any area of your backyard, LITOM 12 LED Solar Landscape Spotlights, IP67 provide the right touch. Offering two-in-one usability, these outdoor solar lights can be mounted on a wall or stuck in the ground. There are two brightness levels: low light mode, which will light up for 12 consecutive hours or high light mode, which will light up for six hours so you can pick and choose how to use the lights. They will automatically go on at night and automatically turn off during the day as the mechanism will detect brightness. The unique IP67 waterproof design can withstand all types of weather.

LITOM 12 LED Solar Landscape Spotlights, IP67 Waterproof Solar Powered Wall Lights 2-in-1 Wirel…: $52.99

Best String Outdoor Solar Lights

Brightech Ambience Pro LED String Lights provide 27 feet of string patio lights, helping transform your backyard feel into that of an Italian bistro. Using solar power eliminates the need to plug in the strands and allows you flexibility to hang them above a table. It is strung with 1W Edison bulbs and put out 3,000K warm white light and offers up to 20,000 hours of light. A full charge of light gives up five to six hours of illumination. Built with durable technology, the bulbs and strands are meant to last and are tested to be unbreakable.

Brightech Ambience Pro - Waterproof LED Outdoor Solar String Lights - 1W Vintage Edison Bulbs -…: $39.99

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Best Tweezers
Best Tweezer Set

Make quick work of those unruly eyebrows or take care of ingrown hairs in one quick pull with these state-of-the-art tweezers. Say goodbye to stray hairs and countless hours spent in front of a mirror or at the beauty salon getting professional tweezing done. With these sleek new tweezers, you can throw your older (and probably nasty pair) in the trash. Plus, these are all built to last for many years to come. So stop thinking of at-home remedies and start giving yourself clean, beautiful eyebrows with any of these great tweezers we have picked.

Most Versatile Tweezers

Whether its ingrown hairs or a splinter, the Tweezer Guru Stainless Steel Tweezer Set can solve your problem. The stainless steel slant tip is designed to grab the hair, rather than cut it, taking the root with it. Precision eyebrow grooming is made simple with the sharper tweezers and for larger, longer hairs, the wider tweezers will do the job. These can also be used on blackheads and to remove ticks. The set comes with protective rubber coverings for the tips, keeping them in great shape and helping them last. They come with a 60-day money back guarantee, so if you are not completely satisfied, they will refund you.

Tweezers Set - Tweezer Guru Stainless Steel Slant Tip and Pointed Eyebrow Tweezer Set - Great P…: $9.97

Best Tweezers for Both Men and Women

Made from surgical grade stainless steel, Zizzili Tweezers can handle all lengths and thicknesses of hair. These are made to efficiently remove hair at the root and are engineered with precision aligned tips and calibrated arm tension, so anybody can feel comfortable with them in their hand. It offers an easy grip and its length (3.5") means simple control. Acid-proof and rust-proof, Zizzili tweezers come with a bonus protective pouch for quick storage and the pouch can be kept in a purse, pocket, or first-aid kit for all tweezing needs. For handling nose hair, chest hair, eyebrows, or the occasional splinter, these can remove them all.

Tweezers - Surgical Grade Stainless Steel - Slant Tip for Expert Eyebrow Shaping and Facial Hai…: $10.95

Best Travel Tweezers Set

Finding the right tweezer for the particular plucking job you have can be tough. But Purebello's Four Piece Tweezer Set gives you multiple options to help you grab that pesky hair. The set include tweezers with a slanted tip, a flat tip, pointed tip and a extreme slant tip, so any length or thickness of eyebrow hair can be handled. Even the smallest of hairs can be grabbed by one of the tweezers, allowing you to stop frantically grasping and rest easy. Plus, they come with a leather travel case so you can bring them wherever you might need them.

Four Piece Tweezer Set - Leather Travel Case - Purebello (MultiColor): $10.49

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Cisco's Take on Making the World a Better Place
At Cisco Live, one of the things that impressed me was how many amazing things the company has been doing that have nothing to do with products, services or revenue. Most companies have a philanthropic budget and donate, but they don't really seem to care if the money makes a difference. For most, philanthropy is more about uplifting their image than making a difference. Cisco's Chuck Robbins is my standard for how a CEO should behave. For instance, rather than starting his efforts on diversity at the bottom, he started at the top.

Winners, Losers and No Shows at E3 2019
E3, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, was in full swing in Los Angeles this week. The annual trade show for the video game industry was not without a few surprises, a few disappointments and as usual a few companies that opted to forego the whole thing. Sony was among the companies that chose to skip the event, while rival Microsoft was present only via its annual press conference. Sony announced last year that it would be pulling out of E3 and instead would consider other opportunities to connect with the gaming community.

News Industry Ad Study Knocked as 'Tripe'
A study that estimates Google last year raked in $4.7 billion from news content has drawn widespread criticism. That $4.7 billion is a conservative estimate, according to the News Media Alliance, the trade group that released the study. That's because the estimate doesn't take into account Google's advertising revenue from publishers and data collected from news content. The actual value of news content to Google is difficult to quantify because of the ways it uses news to drive traffic, develop its products, and entrench its dominant position.

Walmart Ups the Ante in Grocery Delivery Competition
Walmart has a new weapon in the grocery delivery wars against other top e-commerce rivals. Walmart online shoppers can subscribe to a $98-per-year "Delivery Unlimited" plan that aims to siphon customers from Amazon's Whole Foods and Target's home delivery programs. Online grocery shopping is growing steadily as a key revenue generator and customer draw. The food division was critical in boosting Walmart's e-commerce performance in Q1. Delivery Unlimited is an expansion of the company's existing store pickup and home delivery offerings.

The New Era of E-Commerce Personalization
A personalized shopping experience gives e-commerce sites an edge, and businesses have been seeking new ways to make their customers feel welcome. "Every business should make their customers feel like they are the most important customer in the world," said Rob Maille, head of strategy and customer experience at CommerceCX. "To do that you need to know and anticipate their wants and needs to deliver the most frictionless shopping experience possible. When a customer feels like they are treated well, they tend to purchase more goods."

Retailers' Most Common Cloud Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
It's easy to understand why so many retail organizations have moved their infrastructure to the cloud. Cloud-based architecture allows provisioning nearly infinite compute instances on-demand in minutes. There is no need for upfront licensing or infrastructure costs, meaning a faster ROI can usually be realized. Best of all are the unmatched agility and scalability of the cloud, given deployments can be fully automated using APIs. This enables retailers to deploy new services or capabilities at equal pace with market demand.

Can Brands Protect Privacy While Personalizing?
I sometimes think personalization is the best thing that happened to humankind in terms of marketing. As a consumer, I love getting suggestions on what to buy, especially when it's exactly what I need. Sometimes I feel as though I'm under constant surveillance, however, so I turn on my ad blockers, I surf in private mode, and I report ads that are not relevant to me. Of course, my marketer's hat twists and turns when I do, but my peace of mind is more important than ads that are not relevant, right?

7 tax scams to watch out for this year

7 tax scams to watch out for this yearIn case wringing your hands over the tax man weren’t enough, criminals are out there trying to swipe your hard-earned cash and personal information from right under your nose.

Avowed Apple Fan Jeb Bush Realizes His Apple Watch Can Take Phone Calls

Avowed Apple Fan Jeb Bush Realizes His Apple Watch Can Take Phone CallsJeb Bush's love of Apple products has been widely documented, and the Republican presidential candidate continues to wear his Apple Watch on the campaign trail. Yesterday, in a meeting with The Des Moines Register editorial board documented by USA Today, Bush stumbled upon a feature he didn’t realize his smartwatch was capable of: taking phone calls. Somehow Bush managed to take a call without picking up his iPhone, and the sound of a person’s voice saying hello breaks through the meeting noise, to which Bush responds, “My watch can’t be talking.”

Social media welcomes Pope Francis to the United States

Social media welcomes Pope Francis to the United StatesPope Francis gets the social media treatment upon arriving in the U.S. Tuesday. As Pope Francis’s flight touched down in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Twitter unveiled a new batch of emojis created for the highly anticipated papal visit. Until his departure from the United States on Sunday, Twitter users chronicling the Catholic leader’s East Coast journey will be able to include a cartoon image of the Pope’s face in front of the American flag on all Pope-related tweets by using the hashtag #PopeinUS.

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Dad of Sandy Hook victim wins suit against conspiracy theorists - New York Post
Dad of Sandy Hook victim wins suit against conspiracy theorists  New York Post

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LG's V50 ThinQ 5G comes to Verizon on June 20th
It's still slim pickings for 5G smartphones in the US, but your choices are widening ever so slightly. Verizon (Engadget's parent company) is adding the LG V50 ThinQ to its 5G lineup on June 20th, ending Sprint's brief head start on carrying the han...

Volvo's self-driving buses and trucks will run on NVIDIA tech
Volvo's self-driving trucks will have some familiar hardware under the hood. The automaker has signed a deal with NVIDIA that will use the chip company's Drive platform to "train, test and deploy" a slew of large self-driving vehicles that include b...

Google Calendar is down, everyone panic!
Google Calendar is down today in the US, UK and most of Europe, throwing working people off their schedules. Visitors to Google Calendar on desktop began receiving a 404 error around 10AM ET. The company confirmed it is working on the issue in an upd...

Westwood’s 1997 ‘Blade Runner’ is playable again on PC
For years it seemed Westwood's Blade Runner might be lost for good. The 1997 adventure game that meticulously recreated the film's universe has becoming increasingly difficult to play on modern PCs. In 2003, the game's source code was lost, and it se...

IBM AI helps predict breast cancer a year before it appears
IBM isn't just using AI to predict diabetes. Its researchers have developed an AI model that can predict malignant breast cancer within a year with an 87 percent accuracy rate comparable to human radiologists. While there are already AI prediction...

Best Buy will dedicate store space to 'smart' gym equipment
Best Buy thinks it might have another way to remain relevant in the face of online shopping: diving head-first into smart fitness technology that often benefits from hands-on time. The big-box retailer has launched a fitness initiative that includes...

Twitch sues hijackers who streamed porn and violent videos
Twitch had a tough time getting troll streamers in control after they hijacked an unused category for Valve's Artifact. The hijackers livestreamed porn, pirated Game of Thrones episodes, other copyrighted material, violent videos and, perhaps most eg...

The best multi-effects pedal for new guitarists
When I first started playing guitar way back in 1995 (or maybe it was 1994?) the idea of a digital multi-effects pedal was still pretty new. The Zoom 505 was the biggest game in town, if you wanted a pile of effects in a compact package for a reasona...

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Bentley will electrify all of its models by 2023 - Roadshow
The brand will also introduce a full EV by 2025.
Google Calendar is down globally and we're hopelessly lost - CNET
Some users are getting 404 messages instead of meeting and event information.
Carmen Sandiego's final Google Earth caper: Keys to the Kremlin - CNET
Pack your coat, gumshoe. You're headed to Russia.
Security firm Cellebrite says it can unlock any iPhone - CNET
Apple seemingly can't stop law enforcement from getting into its phones.
Volvo Group and Nvidia team up to produce an AI platform for autonomous trucks - Roadshow
The work will rely on Nvidia's Drive family of computing solutions.
Renault's updated Zoe has a little more of everything - Roadshow
Whether you're after looks, range, power, or tech, there's more to enjoy in the new Zoe.
LG V50 ThinQ 5G goes on sale at Verizon on June 20 - CNET
Here comes another phone ready for fast speeds... if you're in Chicago or Minneapolis.
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Anti-Spam Service Truecaller Adds Free Voice Calling Feature
An anonymous reader shares a report: Truecaller, an app best known for helping users screen calls from strangers and spammers, is adding yet another feature to its service as it bolsters its super app status. The Stockholm-based f

Amazon's Ring May Be Branching Out Beyond Outdoor Cameras
The Amazon panopticon may soon be getting a few new eyes. From a report: In February 2018, Amazon paid $1 billion to acquire Ring, the connected-camera doorbell company whose founder was once rejected on Shark Tank. Since then, Ri

Google Calendar is Down
Multiple users are reporting this hour that they are unable to use Google Calendar service. Many attempting to visit the site say they are being welcomed with a "Error 404 and Not Found" error. The app is facing the issue, too. Go

Facebook Announces Libra Cryptocurrency
Facebook has finally revealed the details of its cryptocurrency Libra. From a blog post: Today we're sharing plans for Calibra, a newly formed Facebook subsidiary whose goal is to provide financial services that will let people ac

Siemens Gamesa Unveils World First Electrothermal Energy Storage System
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CleanTechnica: Spanish renewable energy giant and offshore wind energy leader Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy last week inaugurated operations of its electrothermal energy storage system wh

Scientists Use Sound To See Around Corners
sciencehabit shares a report from Science Magazine: Spies may soon have another tool to carry out their shadowy missions: a new device that uses sound to "see" around corners. Previously, researchers developed gadgets that bounced

Mysterious Clouds On Mars Formed By 'Meteoric Smoke,' Study Says
Scientists have discovered that some clouds on Mars are created from the debris of meteors that burn up in the planet's atmosphere. "This 'meteoric smoke,' described in a paper published Monday in Nature Geoscience, stimulates clo

China Is Harvesting Organs From Detainees, Tribunal Concludes
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: An independent tribunal sitting in London has concluded that the killing of detainees in China for organ transplants is continuing, and victims include imprisoned followers of

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World electronic gaming revenues to grow 9.6% to $152.1 billion in 2019: report
The global video and electronic games market will generate $152.1 billion in 2019, up 9.6% over last year as gaming morphs into content and communication, according to a report by gaming analytics firm Newzoo on Tuesday.
Palestinian contractors poised for riches from Israeli tech firm's takeover
Palestinian engineers working for Israeli chip designer Mellanox Technologies are poised to share a $3.5 million payout when the company's takeover by U.S. chip supplier Nvidia Corp is completed.
State cyber-attack poses big danger for UK banks: Bank of England
A state-backed cyber-attack could secretly corrupt the records of British financial institutions over a period of months, posing a risk that banks would probably struggle to guard against on their own, a senior Bank of England pol
'Stablecoins' in the spotlight as Facebook unveils Libra cryptocurrency
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Facebook takes aim at e-commerce with Libra cryptocurrency
Facebook plans to launch a cryptocurrency called Libra next year as part of its wider efforts to expand beyond social networking into e-commerce and global payments.
Uber threatens to withdraw from Austria
U.S.-based ride-hailing service Uber Technologies Inc threatened on Tuesday to withdraw from Austria if a new law that would subject it to the same price regulations as taxis is adopted.
Nvidia boosts self-driving AI business with Volvo trucks deal
Sweden's AB Volvo is joining forces with Nvidia to develop artificial intelligence used in self-driving trucks, in a boost for the U.S. chipmaker that was ditched by Tesla last year.
India to review data storage rules that irked U.S. tech firms
India will examine concerns raised by foreign technology companies around stringent rules to store data locally, the government said on Tuesday, an issue that has upset firms such as Mastercard and also irked the U.S. government.
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Advertisers and digital media companies form a new Global Alliance for Responsible Media

Many of the major players in online advertising have come together to create an organization called the Global Alliance for Responsible Media, which is supposed to focus on “digital safety.”

In this context, that means safety for brand marketers, who want to ensure that their ads aren’t running alongside hateful, misleading or otherwise controversial content.

For example, a number of advertisers reportedly suspended their work with YouTube earlier this year over concerns that the platform’s algorithm was directing viewers to exploitative clips of children. This also comes amidst broader concern over whether social media companies are doing enough to police the content on their platforms.

What the Global Alliance for Responsible Media will actually do remains vague, at least judging from today’s announcement, which was made at this week’s Cannes Lions event for advertisers. The organization says its first steps will be to “form and empower an inclusive working group charged with developing a set of initial ideas and prioritizing next steps.”

For now, then, the alliance is more notable for who’s involved. The advertisers include brands like Adidas, Bayer, General Mills, Mondelez International, NBCUniversal, Nestlé, Procter & Gamble and Unilever, as well as the big agencies like Dentsu, GroupM, IPG, Publicis Media and Omnicom Media Group. Facebook, Google/YouTube, Teads, TRUSTX, Twitter, Unruly and Verizon Media (which owns TechCrunch) have signed on as well, as have trade groups like the Interactive Advertising Bureau.

While the plans sound vague for now, Facebook’s vice president for global account partnerships Will Platt-Higgins told Ad Age that that won’t be true for long: “They want to get runs on the board, not be a committee. They and we believe that building an alliance of leading advertisers, leading agencies, media companies and the industry bodies is the best way of doing that versus just the clients or just the agencies.”

Simone Giertz’s converted Tesla Model 3 pickup truck is wonderful

YouTuber Simone Giertz, celebrated DIY inventor, roboticist and general maker of cool stuff decided not to wait for Tesla’s forthcoming pickup truck. Instead, she bought a Tesla Model 3 direct from the company new and then used elbow grease, ingenuity, some help from friends and power tools to turn it into a two-seater with a flatbed.

The amazing thing is, unlike some of the robots Giertz is famous for making, the final product looks terrific – both in terms of the detail work, and in terms of its functionality. Giertz also installed a cage over the truck bed, and a tailgate that can double as a work bench. Plus, as you can see from this fake commercial for the so-called “Truckla,” the thing still rips both on and off-road.

Along with her crew, Giertz rented a dedicated workshop to do the build, which took around two weeks and a lot of sawing at the metal chassis. The team had to rebuild crucial components like the roll cage to ensure that the finished product was still safe.

There’s still work to be done in terms of waterproofing, lifting up the vehicle, giving it a paint makeover and more, per Giertz, but the finished product looks amazing, and potentially better than whatever sci-fi nightmare Elon Musk is putting together for the actual Tesla pickup.

Verified Expert Growth Marketing Agency: NoGood

NoGood CEO Mostafa Elbermawy describes how they evaluate a client’s growth challenges by quoting Zen teacher Hunryu Suzuki: “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities; in the expert’s mind there are only a few.” Rather than deferring to in-house playbooks, NoGood adopts an open mind combined with a methodical, data-driven approach to find untapped growth opportunities for its clients. Learn more about how NoGood came to be and why they’re willing to say no to potential clients.

On NoGood’s approach to growth:

“Our work is methodical. It’s intentional. We have to talk about it. We are very transparent about what we do and it’s completely process oriented. Hacking is a misnomer. Growth is not about clever shortcuts. It has to be sustainable and repeatable, and if it’s not, we won’t do it.”

On NoGood’s proudest accomplishment:

“They helped us launch our business. They are our CMO and our CTO. Would recommend to anyone.” Erica Tsypin, Washington D.C., Co-Founder & COO, Steer

“Our success in jumpstarting Steer’s business is one of our proudest accomplishments this year. Steer is an electric car subscription startup that asked us to increase their activations. Basically, our job was to generate new active members, which not only meant encouraging more users to download the app, upload a license, and get approved, but it also meant delivering a car to a member’s door, having them drive that car and leaving a review. We were able to demonstrate signup traction for Steer and help them launch in under three months.”


Below, you’ll find the rest of the founder reviews, the full interview, and more details like pricing and fee structures. This profile is part of our ongoing series covering startup growth marketing agencies with whom founders love to work, based on this survey and our own research. The survey is open indefinitely, so please fill it out if you haven’t already.

Interview with NoGood CEO and Growth Lead Mostafa Elbermawy

Yvonne Leow: To kick things off, how did you get into growth?

Mostafa Elbermawy: Well, I went to school for archaeology, but hieroglyphics weren’t paying the bills, so I taught myself how to code and started a web design studio after college. I started building websites for clients, and they started asking me how to drive more users to their sites to help grow their business.

I started tinkering with growth out of curiosity, and eventually joined the digital experience team at American Express. That job helped me gain some marketing and growth experience, and I ended up falling in love with that part of the job.

Microsoft PowerPoint gets an AI presentation coach

Love it or hate it, Microsoft’s PowerPoint is a ubiquitous tool in the corporate world. Over the course of the last few years, Microsoft started to bring some of its AI smarts to PowerPoint to help you design good-looking slides. Today, it’s launching a number of updates and new features that make this even easier. Even the best-designed presentation isn’t going to have much of an impact if you’re not a good public speaker. That’s a skill that takes a lot of practice to master and to help you get better, Microsoft today also announced Presenter Coach for PowerPoint, a new AI tool that gives you feedback while you’re practicing your presentation in front of your computer.

Microsoft’s AI can’t tell you if your jokes will land, of course, but the new coaching feature gives you real-time feedback on your pacing, for example, tell you whether you are using inclusive language and how many filler words you use. It also makes sure that you don’t commit the greatest sin of presenting: just reading the slides.

After your rehearsal session, PowerPoint will show you a dashboard with a summary of your performance and what to focus on to improve your skills.

This feature will first come to PowerPoint on the web and then later to the Office 365 desktop version.

As for the visual design, Microsoft today added new features like Designer theme ideas, which automatically recommends photos, styles and colors are you write your presentation. This feature is now rolling out for Office 365 subscribers on Windows, Mac and on the web.

If you work in a large corporation, then chances are you have to use your brand’s house style. With Designer for branded templates, companies can now define their brand guidelines and logos so that Design Ideas takes these into account as PowerPoint suggests new designes. This feature is now rolling out to to Office 365 Insiders subscribers on Windows 10 and Mac.

No announcement is complete without some vanity metrics, of course, so today, Microsoft announced that Designer has now created 1 billion slides since it launched in 2016. Hopefully, that means the world has seen fewer bad presentations in the last few years and with today’s launch of the new coaching features, maybe that means we have to hear fewer bad presentations soon, too.

How Facebook’s Libra is similar in concept and motivation to Kik’s Kin cryptocurrency

Facebook unveiled its Libra cryptocurrency initiative today, which is part of an alternative financial system (including new subsidiary and wallet ‘Calibra‘) it aims to build alongside industry and academic partners including MasterCard, PayPal, Visa, Uber, Andreessen Horowitz and Creative Destruction Lab. Facebook’s plans for Libra sound ambitious, risky and novel – but a predecessor exists that can shed light on some of the company’s motivations, and possibly the shape it wants the project to ultimately take.

I’m talking about Kik’s Kin, the other cryptocurrency created by a social network. Kin is likely most well-known for being the subject of a current SEC lawsuit, which specifically targets the initial coin offering (ICO) Kik ran in 2017 around the currency to generate capital. The SEC filed suit earlier this year, claiming that the $100 million offering was illegal because it was not registered with the agency.

Leaving aside the merits of the lawsuit against Kik (CEO Ted Livingston contends that it’s down to a fundamental disagreement over whether cryptocurrencies are currencies with utility value – Kik’s position – or securities subject to securities regulation – current SEC thinking), Kin provides a lot of insight into what Facebook is doing with its own cryptocurrency play, and why.

Speaking at Creative Destruction Lab’s Super Session event during a fireside last week, Livingston said that Kin was originally created to address the very specific challenge Kik had of “we need to make money.” Kik tried a few different models, including a “Cards” concept that was essentially trying to set up an app ecosystem within a messaging platform in a North American context, much like the WeChat model works in China.

Kik, while never having achieved anywhere near the scale of a Facebook, has had periods of impressive success and growth in terms of its user community (albeit with some valid questions around the quality and make up of those active on the network). Despite strong user numbers, however, the company never pursued the kind of advertising-based revenue model embraced by Facebook, and so in 2011, when Kik “learned about Bitcoin,” the company though “this might just be the business model we were looking for,” according to Livingston’s recounting of Kin’s origins.

The Kik CEO said that Kin made sense because it’s an effective, easy way for people on the platform to quickly and easily exchange value, something they said was organic for their community because they see a lot of naturally-occurring communities where experts provide their expertise to others with similar interests (ie., taking care of succulents or cooking). Blockchain -based Kin allowed enabled them and their developers to both guarantee the scarcity of a digital asset, and to move it around easily without having to trust an intermediary.

For Kik, the key was that this meant that use of Kin set up a mutually beneficial incentive model in which Kik was generally incented to boost use of Kin, as were developers, since it operated in their own interests as well – meanwhile, users were incented bc of Kin’s use value. The interest alignment, for Livingston, was crucially different from an advertising-based model which can cause severely misaligned incentive structures for all parties involved, as we’ve seen.

Everything that Livingston pointed out about Kin is likely true for Libra, too – the major difference between the two companies are their scale, stage of growth, and economic power. Kik turned to cryptocurrency as a revenue model because it needed one, and needed one more or less immediately (which led to the ICO piece). Kik also didn’t have the market-mover ability to enlist such big name partners at launch – it needed to hit the ground running and hope partners would come along after demonstrating community traction.

Facebook has the industry weight to bring in collaborators early, and partners don’t really need any motivation beyond not wanting to suffer the opportunity cost if it works out. They also have plenty of runway in terms of their existing business model: Advertising. But underlying the Facebook and Kik plans seems to be a fundamental similarity – an assumption that eventually, a revenue model based on something other than advertising could be more sustainable, or more palatable to consumers. The question to answer will be whether and when Facebook’s efforts here switch from being a hedge to a necessary commitment to ensure survivability.

Focals by North Review: The future is (almost) here

The concept of an IRL heads-up display has been a part of science fiction since basically the beginning. Big players have tried their hand at it with less than stellar results — most notably Google with Glass, and more recently Intel’s Vaunt. But North may have cracked the nut on smart glasses with Focals.

They are not perfect by any stretch of the imagination — they’re slightly heavy and don’t feel quite as seamless as science fiction promised they would — but this may be the best pair of smart glasses yet.


Focals were created by North, a Canadian company backed by Intel Capital, Spark Capital and the Amazon Alexa Fund with nearly $200 million in funding. Around the time Google Glass was released, founders Aaron Grant, Matthew Bailey and Stephen Lake were working on a smart arm band. They were disenchanted, as were many, with Glass and sought out to make something better.

Their first priority? Make a great pair of glasses, then outfit them with technology. In order to do that, they had to allow for prescription lenses, which means that the lenses of their product had to be curved. This throws a huge wrench in the idea of lens-projected notifications and content, so Focals created its own special projector.

The company also felt that the touchpad on the side of Google Glass was overly cumbersome, leading them to build the Focals Ring to let users navigate through the menu.


The Focals are technically AR glasses, but they’re not focused on gaming or content consumption. The product is designed to move notifications from your phone to your sightline. It’s a bit like an Apple Watch for your face.

These notifications include the date and time, the weather, text notifications, email, Slack, Apple News alerts, Uber notifications, sports scores, turn-by-turn navigation and more. Users navigate through this content using the Ring, outfitted with a nub of a joystick, which is meant to be worn on the index finger of your dominant hand.

Users can proactively seek out information by clicking the joystick and scrolling, but the headset also serves up information in a push notification, including incoming messages and emails.

Importantly, North implemented a smart response system to keep users from having to pick up their phone each time they get a notification. The system gives users two options: choose from a list of smartly generated responses, or use speech-to-text through Focals’ built-in Alexa integration (the system is listening via built-in mic — but wearers have to opt-in during set up).

However, one of the great advantages for the Focals is also one of its weaknesses. The company chose to build a custom pair of glasses that could work with Rx lenses. That also means that the eyebox (the surface where you can see the projection) is smaller than other AR gadgets, which often use waveguides. In other words, your Focals have to be positioned pretty near perfectly to see the image. The company works hard to make sure that’s the case, fitting the glasses to your specific face. But glasses shift and move throughout the day, which means there’s plenty of re-adjusting in order to see the picture.

All that said, the Focals look surprisingly good. In fact, passersby would be hard-pressed to detect that they’re smart glasses in the first place. They aren’t comfortable enough to wear all day — the extra weight on the front means they get a bit uncomfortable after a few hours. But overall, these are pretty discreet as far as smart glasses go.


It’s a relatively time-consuming process to get your hands on a pair of Focals. Because the fit and size are so important to usability, users interested in purchasing a pair have to go to one of North’s two stores (there’s one in Toronto, and one in Brooklyn, NY).

The visit to the store is by appointment. Upon arrival, store associates will take you into a booth where you’ll sit before 11 cameras that will 3D model your head, determining where your eyes and ears sit relative to the rest of your face. The cameras also try to understand your gaze.

From there, you get a demo with a standard (not fitted) pair of Focals, during which you learn how to align the Focals and use the Ring. It takes a few weeks for your custom-fit Focals to be ready to pick up, at which point you go through a final sizing with an optician.

It’s tedious, and will be difficult for the company to scale, but it’s part of what gives Focals an edge in quality. Luckily for folks outside of Toronto and NY, Focals is heading off on a pop-up tour. You can check out the tour dates and locations here.


‘Why?’ is perhaps the toughest question to answer when it comes to the Focals. The goal, as outlined by the company, is to keep you connected to the digital world without taking you out of the real world. In short, stop looking down at your phone.

That said, Focals also take away the option. When your phone rings, or even when your Apple Watch buzzes, you have a choice to make: look down, or ignore. When you’re wearing the Focals, that decision is eliminated.

For this reason, I feel like this product is meant for early adopters and folks who enjoy being ultra-connected to the digital world. If you’re already addicted to the sweet chime of your phone, the Focals may very well keep you more connected to the real world, and potentially save your neck from some stiffness. But if you do well to live in the real world and don’t appreciate the constant flow of notifications to your phone, the Focals likely won’t help you maintain that separation.

There are also some minor issues with the Focals themselves. The Ring isn’t super comfortable, particularly when typing on a computer (something most of us spend hours each day doing). The Ring also seems like something that would be very easy to lose or break — this hasn’t happened to me yet, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it did. (For now, North is replacing broken rings for free.)

With the Focals themselves, I’d like to be clear when I say that I was pleasantly surprised with the over all experience. The UI is pleasant to look at, and the little chime of a notification that whispers in your ear is most certainly addictive.

However, I found my eyes getting tired after more than an hour wearing the Focals. Using the Focals means that you’re constantly changing the focus of your eyes from close to far away, which can be tiring. Moreover, if the glasses shift a bit on your face, the text of the notification can become fuzzy, making the experience even more tiring.

Plus, the glasses are built to bend halfway through the arms, as opposed to where the arms meet the frames. This means you can’t hang the Focals off the front of your shirt, which is an admittedly minor gripe, but it bugged me throughout the review process.

Add to that the fact that Focals start at $600, this product is really for technophiles. For now.

North is on the right track. The company is constantly developing new features that are released each week — they recently launched Google Fit support to check your steps, as well as language lessons to brush up on your French during your walk to work. And they’ve started with the right priorities in mind. The Focals are fine looking glasses, and in general, the tech works. Now it’s about refinement.

4 days left to score the best price on Disrupt SF 2019

We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming to bring you an important message: You have just four days left to buy your pass to Disrupt San Francisco 2019 before the super early-bird price expires on June 21 at 11:59 p.m. (PT).

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Google Calendar is down, it’s not just you

Snow day. All meetings are canceled until further notice. Google Calendar has been hit with what appear to be some pretty widespread issues. The company has confirmed service interruptions via its G Suite Status Dashboard, noting, “We’re investigating reports of an issue with Google Calendar. We will provide more information shortly. The affected users are unable to access Google Calendar.”

I’m in that boat, as are multiple other TechCrunch staff members. It does appear at the moment that other Google services are unaffected by the issue. We reached out to Google for more information, but they simply redirected us to the above status. No further information on what’s going on or whether Taco Tuesday is canceled.

More info as it’s available. Until then, we’ll be happily avoiding all meetings for the time being.

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This is how rich you’d be if you bought Apple stock instead of its products

People don’t usually regret their first bit of exciting hardware. On the contrary, the majority of folks have strong nostalgic feelings about their earliest computer, game console, audio player, or phone. It’s not that they remind us of how far we’ve come technologically (although that’s true), they’re more reminiscent of our childhood in general, the carefree times before we became serious adults. For instance, I still have deeply fond feelings about my first Compaq Presario desktop computer, Sony Walkman, JVC dual cassette hi-fi stereo system, and yellow Ericsson flip phone. I’m sure everyone has items like this in their lives.…

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Crypto Twitter responds to the reality of Facebook’s Libra ‘cryptocurrency’

Following months of speculation, Facebook finally confirmed the release of Libra next year. The tech giant also unveiled details about Calibra, its corresponding custodial digital wallet, but failed to provide specifics about its launch plans. Given the buildup to the announcement, it didn’t take long for Twitter to go into meltdown, with many commentators rushing to share their views with the world. Some good, other less so. Libra twitter — Neeraj K. Agrawal (@NeerajKA) June 18, 2019 Peter Todd, a well-known industry figure and an applied cryptography consultant, didn’t mince his words. I think it’s safe to say Facebook‘s…

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How to avoid spilling coffee on your expensive laptop

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EU lawmakers need to look beyond the ‘top layer’ when regulating the internet

Brussels policy makers could be forgiven for wanting to move quickly to regulate ‘the internet.’ Assailed by an avalanche of public opinion and a ‘techlash’ against many of the tech giants, politicians and legislators have quickly sought to target those that loom large. Unsurprisingly, this has meant a disproportionate focus on the well-known consumer facing technology platforms. Outwardly, this may seem like a sensible move. But problems occur when policy makers see these large tech platforms as ‘the internet,’ when in fact they are nothing more than the ‘top layer’ — the proverbial tip of the iceberg. Policy ideas and…

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CHEAP: $270 off Harman Kardon’s Onyx 4 speaker sounds like a sweet deal

We’ve written quite a few times about cute and compact Bluetooth speakers. But today, we’re bringing a mega deal for a top-shelf speaker. Harman Kardon’s gorgeous Oxny Studio 4 Bluetooth speaker is selling at just $179, down from $449. The speaker features premium fabric and a beautiful circular design that will make you want to replace your living room centerpiece with it. Plus, its two 75mm woofers and two 20 mm tweeters produce room-filling sound to get the party started. What’s more, you can simultaneously connect two devices, so you don’t have to fight with your mate over the playlist. It…

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How YouTube became the app parents love to hate

Over the last several months, YouTube has reeled from a wave of criticism. It has been accused of radicalizing young voters, ignoring harassment of LGBT content creators, and most importantly not doing enough to address toxic videos on the platform. Now it’s got a new problem: the YouTube Kids app. According to a new report published by Bloomberg’s Mark Bergen and Lucas Shaw, the Google-owned company is painfully aware its kid-friendly alternative isn’t appealing to children, and that it’s struggling to make it safe for the few kids that end up using it. Those who do watch YouTube kids don’t stick around…

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How 3D spintronics will take hard drive performance to the next level

Spintronics might not be the sort of word that comes up in everyday discussions, but it has been revolutionising computer technology for years. It’s the branch of physics that involves manipulating the spin of a flow of electrons, which first reached consumers in the late 1990s in the form of magnetic computer hard drives with several hundreds of times the storage capacity of their predecessors. These and other electronic devices have since been refined to make computers many times more powerful again, not to mention much cooler and more energy efficient – enabling everything from MP3 players to the smartphones…

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