Apple and Google block UK COVID app update for breaking data-sharing rules

April 12, 2021 Mashable

Google and Apple have blocked an update to the UK government's COVID-19 contact tracing app for breaching privacy terms, the BBC reports. The update, which was expected to roll out in time with the lifting of national lockdown on Monday, would have requested users who tested positive for COVID-19 to...

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Cargo ships are among the worst polluters. A new wind-powered concept could transform the industry.

April 12, 2021 Mashable

Oceanbird is a wind-powered cargo ship concept, expected to cut emissions by 90%. The ship uses 80-meter-tall rigs instead of traditional sails and can cross the Atlantic Ocean in twelve days. The concept is one of The Index Project nominees for Index Award 2021 – a prize for innovative design...

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GM-backed Cruise goes international with autonomous shuttles in Dubai

April 12, 2021 Mashable

Dubai’s Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed tweeted early Monday that the San Francisco-based autonomous vehicle company Cruise will supply the United Arab Emirates city's autonomous taxi shuttles. Cruise was selected to operate its Origin ride-sharing shuttles in the UAE city as soon as 2...

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Apple's new iPad Pro is coming soon, but it might be hard to get one

April 12, 2021 Mashable

The rumors of Apple launching a new iPad Pro in April weren't exaggerated — it should still happen — but it may be available in limited quantities at launch.  This is according to a new report by Bloomberg, whose sources say that Apple's suppliers are having trouble producing the ne...

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A Roblox fan posed as a White House reporter to ask some questions. Why was deception necessary?

April 11, 2021 Mashable

Over the past few weeks, an intrepid reporter by the name of Kacey "Lego" Montagu has been able to ask White House press secretary Jen Psaki a number of questions without even being present. White House reporters have been fielding questions from press who cannot physically be in the room due to cor...

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Google kills the Google Shopping mobile app in favor of a web browser experience

April 11, 2021 Mashable

We've got bad news for folks who use the Google Shopping mobile app on iOS and Android: Its days are numbered. Google confirmed to 9to5Google on Friday that the bespoke Shopping mobile app would no longer be supported "within the next few weeks," per a company spokesperson. The apps themselves will ...

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Antifascists out Proud Boys and Neo-Nazi groups behind 'White Lives Matter' rallies

April 11, 2021 Mashable

If you see any "White Lives Matter" events, marches, or rallies happening in your town on Sunday, you can be sure the Proud Boys are behind them. How do we know that? A group of antifascist "infiltrators" found their way into private Telegram channels where these events were being organized and leak...

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More than a million Clubhouse users had their account info leaked online

April 11, 2021 Mashable

Large-scale data leaks have become almost a rite of passage for new social networks. If Clubhouse wasn't part of the, erm, club before, it is now. Cyber News reported over the weekend that personal data for around 1.3 million users was scraped from the trendy voice chatroom app and posted on a hacke...

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New study shows that Facebook's job ad algorithm still discriminates based on gender

April 11, 2021 Mashable

Facebook isn't supposed to let advertisers target by things like age or gender for employment ads anymore, but a new study showed that the social network's ad algorithm is doing it anyway. More than two years after Facebook disabled that particular feature for housing and employment listings, resear...

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How to use Chrome's tab manager to declutter your browser

April 11, 2021 Mashable

I have three browser windows open at all times, each filled to the brim with tabs. It's a bit of a mess.  A few months ago, though, I noticed that my Google Chrome browser was trying to help me out. A pop-up notice shared a hot tip: I could right-click tabs and group them together.  My tab...

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