You can get 11 top-tier Mac apps for under $60 right now

Mac users love Apple’s intuitive interface and design aesthetics, but, out of the box, Macs don’t necessarily come stocked with all the apps you might need for the day-to-day. Thankfully, this 11-app bundle turns your Mac into the powerful machine you’ve always dreamed it could be. Headlining the bundle is Parallels Desktop, which finally provides an answer to a decades-old question: Mac or Windows? This essential app — installed by over seven million Mac users — lets you run Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, and Windows-based games without compromising on performance. In other words, with Parallels Desktop, you can run thousands of Microsoft programs on your Mac without needing to reboot or slowing down your system. As iMore wrote, “The best virtualization software is even better.” That’s only the beginning. The included PDF Expert lets you edit text, images, links, and outlines in PDFs, and you can share password-protected PDFs across a range of Apple devices with ease. Meanwhile, iMazing is your Mac’s ultimate data manager, allowing you to easily manage and transfer iOS data to your laptop, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and more. VB Transform 2020 Online – July 15-17. Join leading AI executives: Register for the free livestream. If you want a responsive website without learning how to code, the included RapidWeaver 8 is for you. Packed with over 1,500 add-ons, you have complete control of every aspect of your site with the intuitive controls that Mac users crave. While Apple is famous for its security protocols, you can…Continue readingYou can get 11 top-tier Mac apps for under $60 right now


Zoom Reverses Course and Promises End-to-End Encryption for All Users

After weeks of criticism over its inflated encryption claims, video conferencing platform Zoom announced in early April that it would develop full end-to-end encryption for video and audio calls made through the service. At the end of May, though, the company said that this protection would only be available to paying customers—free accounts would be out of luck. But on Wednesday, the company walked this tiered system back, pledging to provide end-to-end encryption to any user. Zoom said a preliminary beta of its end-to-end encryption feature would begin in July. The protection will be off by default, and hosts will have the option to enable it every time they create a meeting. Corporate administrators will be able to enable or disable the feature for an entire institution or groups of users. It’s opt-in, Zoom says, because end-to-end encryption won’t be compatible with all conferencing equipment or participants joining from regular phones. Crucially, to enable end-to-end encryption, free users will need to submit and verify an identifying piece of data, like a phone number. Paying users will have already entered identifying info through their sign-up process. “Today, Zoom released an updated E2EE design on GitHub. We are also pleased to share that we have identified a path forward that balances the legitimate right of all users to privacy and the safety of users on our platform,” Zoom CEO Eric Yuan wrote in a blog post. “This will enable us to offer E2EE as an advanced add-on feature for all of our…Continue readingZoom Reverses Course and Promises End-to-End Encryption for All Users


Over half of employees frustrated by remote tech issues during COVID-19 lockdown

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many employees to transition to remote work and rely heavily on technology for their paychecks. But technical difficulties while working remotely – in addition to adjusting to remote working has impacted staff and managers in many different ways. The team at San Francisco, CA-based app design firm Fluxon surveyed 1,005 employees working during the height of the pandemic who had shifted from in-office to remote work in 2020. It wanted to explore changes in work behavior since transitioning to remote work. It discovered that working from home has significant benefits for some employees. Generally, people were satisfied with going remote. Nearly one in four (23.3%) employees report feeling more disciplined, and almost one in three (29.6%) employees report feeling more creative since transitioning to remote work. However almost three out of four (72.4%) reported that they had some difficulty in making the transition to switch to remote working. And technology has a large part to play in these difficulties. Fluxon Over half (50.6%) said that they have faced technology issues whilst working from home. Almost two out of five (39.6%), and over one in three (34.4%) had issues around virtual meetings. One in three employees reported feeling less disciplined and efficient since working from home, struggling with a lack of social interaction (32.5%) and boredom (31%). Almost one in seven (14%) of remote workers experienced difficulty stepping away from work, while 12% admitted to having issues with colleagues contacting them outside of work hours Although…Continue readingOver half of employees frustrated by remote tech issues during COVID-19 lockdown


Apple doubles down on its right to profit from other businesses – TechCrunch

Apple this week is getting publicly dragged for digging in its heels over its right to take a cut of subscription-based transactions that flow through its App Store. Almost unbelievably, it’s doing so so in the middle of antitrust investigations both in the E.U. and the U.S. — the latter which CEO Tim Cook may decide to skip— in which lawmakers will attempt to determine if Apple abuses its market position and power to disadvantage its competitors. This is not a new complaint, but one that came to a head this week over Apple’s decision to reject app updates from Basecamp’s newly launched subscription-based email app called “Hey.”   Hey offers a $99-per-year subscription for access to its nouveau email service that works across web, Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS and Android, but not via standard email protocols. The Hey iOS app was initially approved by Apple, but then put on pause — meaning Basecamp couldn’t submit any updates or bug fixes until it added an option for users to subscribe to Hey’s service through an in-app purchase. This decision on Apple’s part was met with shock, horror and outrage by Basecamp co-founder and Chief Technology Officer David Heinemeier Hansson and, to some extent, the broader iOS developer community. Wow. I’m literally stunned. Apple just doubled down on their rejection of HEY’s ability to provide bug fixes and new features, unless we submit to their outrageous demand of 15-30% of our revenue. Even worse: We’re told that unless we comply, they’ll REMOVE…Continue readingApple doubles down on its right to profit from other businesses – TechCrunch


Belle Delphine, known for selling ‘gamer girl bathwater,’ is back

After nearly a year of silence, bathwater entrepreneur and PornHub troll Belle Delphine is online again. Delphine announced her return in a tweet on Wednesday, accompanied by a bubbly rap about being a gamer on her YouTube page.  “You were thinking I died? Bitch surprise,” Delphine rapped in the NSFW video.  She proceeded to rhyme “Gobble up” with “Here’s a big duck.”  Delphine also plugged her OnlyFans page in the video’s description, and her Instagram and Twitter in the clip.  The internet personality is infamous for trolling fans with her misleading (but oddly SFW) Pornhub presence, selling her bathwater for $30 per jar, and apparently vandalizing a car after an acquaintance allegedly stole her hamster. She was banned from Instagram last year for violating community guidelines regarding “pornographic content,” but returned under a new handle exclusively for Patreon patrons. It seems that Delphine, who rose to fame for posting “lewds” on her Patreon, is hopping on the platform-de-jour and joining OnlyFans. She’s not the only infamous internet personality to do so, joining the ranks of “scammer” turned influencer Caroline Calloway and controversial YouTube star Tana Mongeau.  Delphine has not resumed her bathwater shilling yet, though.  Source linkContinue readingBelle Delphine, known for selling ‘gamer girl bathwater,’ is back

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App Store and Apple Pay facing antitrust investigation

EU antitrust regulators are currently investigating Apple over its App Store and its mobile payment system Apple Pay. According to the European Commission, its investigation will look into the iPhone maker’s requirement of forcing app developers to sell to potential customers using its own in-app purchase system in the App Store as well as rules which prevent them from telling users about how cheaper products can be found elsewhere. In a press release, executive vice-president of the European Commission, Margrethe Vestager explained that Apple has become a gatekeeper that can prevent apps and content from reaching its devices, saying: “Mobile applications have fundamentally changed the way we access content. Apple sets the rules for the distribution of apps to users of iPhones and iPads. It appears that Apple obtained a “gatekeeper” role when it comes to the distribution of apps and content to users of Apple’s popular devices. We need to ensure that Apple’s rules do not distort competition in markets where Apple is competing with other app developers.” The probe into Apple comes after Spotify made a complaint last year in which it said the company was unfairly restricting rivals to its own music streaming service, Apple Music. Apple Pay The second case against Apple focuses on the terms and conditions regarding how Apple Pay should be used in the apps and websites of online merchants as well as its refusal to allow rival services to access its payment system. Regulators have raised concerns about the fact that Apple…Continue readingApp Store and Apple Pay facing antitrust investigation


‘Horizon Forbidden West’ won’t be a PS5 launch title

Sony and Guerrilla Games tentatively plan to release Horizon Forbidden West sometime next year. In a new video detailing the upcoming open-world title, game director Mathijs de Jonge, said the studio “aims” to release the game in 2021. That means Forbidden West won’t make the PlayStation 5’s 2020 holiday launch.   Outside of a release date, the three-minute video is full of tantalizing details. According to de Jonge, the game’s title refers to a “mysterious new frontier” extending from Utah to the Pacific Ocean. Horizon Zero Dawn took players across stretches of post-apocalyptic Utah, Colorado and later Montana in the game’s Frozen Wilds expansion. If you watched the premiere trailer with a keen eye, you would have seen the Golden Gate Bridge and other San Francisco landmarks, including the Transamerica Pyramid and Ferry Building, make an appearance. De Jonge described the map as “a bit bigger,” but thanks to the PlayStation 5’s SSD tech, there’ll be “virtually no loading screens.” That includes when you boot up the game to start a new play session, as well as when restarting from a checkpoint or fast traveling.  Source linkContinue reading‘Horizon Forbidden West’ won’t be a PS5 launch title

The Next Web

British motorcycle maker Triumph has a new ebike — and it’s more than a vanity project

In a departure for its normal line of business, an iconic motorcycle maker from Britain has just stuck its name on an ebike — but there’s still no word on an electric motorcycle. Today, Triumph launched its Trekker GT, a surprisingly well-equipped ebike. I say surprisingly because car and motorbike makes have done this kind of thing in the past. Usually, they pick an off-the-shelf frame, throw on some off-the-peg parts, and slap their brand name on it. Triumph’s Trekker GT, though, appears very well-thought-out. [Read: The future of electric motorbikes according to post-war inspired BMW concept art] The Trekker GT comes with an alloy frame, with internal cable routing for a clean appearance and to keep the cables away from dirt. It has decent front suspension from RockShox, and tires from Schwalbe. I recently rode some heavy-duty commuting tires from Schwalbe on the Muto ebike, and was impressed by their speed and smoothness. Credit: TriumphTriumph uses a bottom-bracket, mid-drive mounted electric motor. I have faith it will be a reliable, efficient, and long-lasting motor for electrical assistance. There’s also integrated front and rear lights and a rear-wheel lock from Abus. These kinds of locks are popular as they provide a quick and secure method of securing your bike — add another chain lock to double lock your bike, a strategy popular in places like Amsterdam. But the icing on the cake is the Shimano, mid-mounted electric motor. Gears and brakes are also from the Japanese bicycle component giant. The…Continue readingBritish motorcycle maker Triumph has a new ebike — and it’s more than a vanity project

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Justice Department asks Congress for a sharp cut to websites’ legal protections

The Department of Justice has released a proposal for changing Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, urging Congress to pass a dramatic reduction in the law’s scope and expose services like apps and websites to greater legal liability. The proposal creates new categories of “egregious content” that wouldn’t be covered, makes it potentially easier to sue for content removal, and denies protection if a service “purposefully facilitates or solicits third-party content” that’s illegal. The new rules draw on a workshop the Justice Department held early this year, and cover several disparate complaints about Section 230. The proposal suggests allowing lawsuits against sites when users upload child abuse and exploitation, terrorism, or cyberstalking content — along the lines of the 2018 SESTA/FOSTA law. It would also deny protection if sites had “actual knowledge or notice” that the content had violated criminal law and didn’t remove it. Also, Section 230 — which already doesn’t apply to federal criminal cases — would no longer restrict civil cases brought by the federal government. Courts have repeatedly determined that sites can’t be sued over third-party illegal behavior. The dating platform Grindr, for instance, won a lawsuit brought by a man who was extensively stalked and harassed through its platform. The cyberstalking carveout could greatly change the calculus for similar suits in the future. Similarly, nonconsensual pornography sites have used Section 230 to avoid legal challenges, but they could be sued for “purposefully facilitating” that content under the proposed changes. There’s already a plan in…Continue readingJustice Department asks Congress for a sharp cut to websites’ legal protections


OpenAI teaches its language model to classify and generate images

In a paper accepted to the upcoming International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML) 2020 conference, researchers at OpenAI demonstrate that certain AI language models trained on pixel sequences can generate coherent images. They say it’s a small but significant step toward understanding and bridging the gap between computer vision and language understanding techniques. Self-supervised learning, or learning without human-labeled data, is a longstanding challenge in machine learning. Recently, models like Google’s BERT, Facebook’s RoBERTa, and OpenAI’s GPT-3 have achieved leading performance on a range of language tasks, but this same emerging class hasn’t been successful when applied to image generation or classification. Fortunately, Transformer-based models like GTP-3 are domain-agnostic, meaning they can be applied to sequences of any form. OpenAI exploited this to train a smaller version of its language model, GPT-2, on image data. The results indicate the model understands characteristics like object appearances and categories even without hand-coded knowledge; features from the model achieve state-of-the-art performance on a number of classification corpora and near state-of-the-art unsupervised accuracy. Above: Images generated by OpenAI’s iGPT models. Image Credit: OpenAI OpenAI trained three versions of image-generating GPT-2 models — iGPT-S (which contained 76 million parameters), iGPT-M (455 million parameters), and iGPT-L (1.4 billion parameters) — on the popular benchmark corpus ImageNet, and an even larger model dubbed iGPT-XL (6.8 billion parameters) on a mix of ImageNet and images from the web. They then reduced the images’ resolutions and created their own 9-bit color palette to represent pixels, yielding an input sequence…Continue readingOpenAI teaches its language model to classify and generate images