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This training will get you up to speed on Photoshop and Adobe CC’s other popular apps

TLDR: With the Essential 2020 Adobe CC Mastery Bundle, you’ll get training in four of Adobe’s most popular digital creation apps to craft images, graphics, social media and more.

You’ve got to hand it to Adobe. Through innovation and acquisition, the tech titan has pulled together a creative app version of The Avengers, a collection of programs that can not only handle virtually any digital creative project but have also been adopted by over 90 percent of all working creative pros and downloaded over 376 million times. Read More

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Garmin reportedly paid multi-million dollar ransom after suffering cyberattack

Fitness brand Garmin paid millions of dollars in ransom after an attack took many of its products and services offline last month, Sky News reports. The payment was reportedly made through a ransomware negotiation company called Arete IR, in order for Garmin to recover data held hostage as a result of the attack.

BleepingComputer reported last week that Garmin had received a decryption key to access data encrypted by the virus, and that the initial ransom demand was for $10 million.

The attack itself began on July 23rd, and put Garmin’s wearables, apps, website, and even its call centers offline for several days. Garmin confirmed that it had been the victim of a cyberattack on July 27th, as many of its services were starting to come back online. Its statement did not say whether it had paid a ransom in response to the attack, but noted that no customer data was accessed, lost, or stolen. Read More


Syntiant raises $35 million for AI speech-processing edge chips

Syntiant, a startup developing AI edge hardware for voice and sensor solutions, today closed a $35 million round. CEO Kurt Busch says the funds will be used to ramp up production throughout the remainder of 2020.

According to a report published by Meticulous Research, the speech and voice recognition hardware market is expected to reach $26.8 billion by 2025. That’s because devices like smart speakers, smart displays, phones, headphones, hearing aids, and laptops require low-power chips to process utterances. While some system-on-chip offerings sport coprocessors to handle voice recognition, they’re often not able to accommodate multiple form factors. Read More


Hackers Are Building an Army of Cheap Satellite Trackers

The more NyanSat ground stations are out there, the more they can do together, communicating with known satellites or even probing the more stealthy or unknown objects orbiting the Earth. Individual NyanSat base stations don’t have to work as part of a collective and share data, but in many ways the devices have more potential as part of community research than as individual instruments. There’s already an active Discord channel where people are getting their base stations up and running and discussing ideas for long-term projects. Read More


Twitter warns investors of possible fine from FTC consent order probe – TechCrunch

Twitter has disclosed it’s facing a potential fine of more than a hundred million dollars as a result of a probe by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) which believes the company violated a 2011 consent order by using data provided by users for a security purpose to target them with ads.

In an SEC filing, reported on earlier by the New York Times, Twitter revealed it received the draft complaint from the FTC late last month. The activity the regulator is complaining about is alleged to have taken place between 2013 and 2019. Read More


Journalist’s gobsmacked reactions during Trump interview are Twitter’s too

Another day, another nightmarish Donald Trump interview.

Fresh from a chat with Fox News host Chris Wallace that didn’t exactly paint him in a great light, the president decided to sit down opposite Axios journalist Jonathan Swan on Monday — and, lo and behold, things were even worse this time around.

Not only did Trump double down on his well-wishes for accused child sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell, he also attempted to explain away the horrendous U.S. coronavirus death toll with some more charts that not even he appeared to fully understand. Read More

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The best cheap smart home devices and gadget deals for August 2020

This is an excellent time to upgrade your living space into a smart home without breaking the bank. You can find massive savings on speakers, security cameras, light bulbs and more and create a smart home hub. All of these gadgets work with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant to simplify your technology and help make your day-to-day life even easier. You can also find Google device discounts with our roundup of the best Walmart deals that are happening now.

Whether you want to personalize and control your lighting, stream music and videos or secure your home, we’ve found a variety of top-rated smart home gadgets to help you get started building your smart home. Most of your products work with Alexa or the Google Assistant so that you can control the devices with the command of your voice. We’ve also included the Aukey Smart Plug-in our list which gives any device you plug into smart capabilities. Read More


China won’t accept ‘theft’ of TikTok, according to state newspaper

China will by no means accept the “theft” of a Chinese technology company, and it has plenty of ways to respond if the administration carries out its planned smash and grab.

Meanwhile, TikTok parent ByteDance told the BBC it was “committed to being a global company,” and that it has been “evaluating the possibility of establishing TikTok’s headquarters outside of the US, to better serve our global users.” The social media app is one of the few originating in China to gain success in the US market. Read More

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Ewan McGregor will ride an electric Harley length of South America in new Apple TV+ show

Apple TV+ has just officially announced a new show from actors Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman, which will document their trip as they ride electric Harley-Davidson LiveWires all the way from the tip of South America to Mexico.

The trip, called Long Way Up, will see the motorbiking duo cover 21,000 km (13,000 miles) over 100 days. Starting from the city of Ushuaia, McGregor and Boorman will encounter 13 countries and cross 16 borders on their way to the finish in Mexico.

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