The Justice Department’s antitrust lawsuit against Google has a judge: Obama appointee Amit Mehta, who was assigned the case Wednesday in federal court in Washington
Nokia to Build First Cellular Network on the Moon for NASA. On Monday, Nokia Oyj announced that they had been chosen by NASA to create the first ever cellular network on the moon. . The network is expected to be available by late 2022. . The Finnish telecommunications firm said that their partnership with NASA would create a “sustainable human presence on the lunar surface.” . The technology will be “ideally suited” for providing the technology that “astronauts need.” . It will make remotely controlled rovers, high definition streaming and real-time navigation possible. . Nokia is working with Intuitive Machines to integrate their work into a lunar lander for delivery and self-configuration on the surface of the moon. . The LTE/4G communications system will also be “ultra-compact, low-power” and “space-hardened.”. The solution has been specially designed to withstand the harsh conditions of the launch and lunar landing, and to operate in the extreme conditions of space, Nokia, via Bloomberg
To the moon, Alice! And call me when you get there. Yes, NASA is giving Nokia $14.1 million to install a cellular network on that big rock in the sky, Mashable reports. The idea is to deploy a 4G/LTE network—and later move to 5G—to "support lunar surface...
U.S. officials say Iran is responsible for emails meant to intimidate American voters and sow unrest in multiple states, and Tehran and Moscow have also obtained voter registration with the goal of interfering in the election
Sony Releases Free , Black Lives Matter , PS4 Theme. On Oct. 19, Sony released the "Black Lives Matter Theme" on the PlayStation Store. When the theme is enabled, the bottom of the user interface appears with black and yellow graphics, as well as a raised fist. The hashtag #BLM also appears as part of the free theme. Other companies have taken similar actions. In June, Activision released a 'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare' update that displayed a message supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. Developer Bungie introduced several items supporting Black Lives Matter, including 'Destiny 2' emblems and a "be heard" enamel pin.
The social media platform TikTok says it plans to crack down on hateful speech following reports that Nazi and white supremacy-related content and comments have been found on the app. We talk to CNET Editor-at-Large Ian Sherr about TikTok's latest move to curb offensive content.
YouTube Vows to Ban Misleading Claims About COVID-19 Vaccines. The video-sharing platform has announced a new effort to crackdown on COVID-19 misinformation, . warning it will ban any clips that contradict expert advice from local health authorities. A COVID-19 vaccine may be imminent, therefore we're ensuring we have the right policies in place to be able to remove [related] misinformation, YouTube, via statement. According to YouTube, it has already removed 200,000 dangerous or misleading videos about coronavirus. Similarly, Facebook has announced plans to ban ads that discourage people from getting vaccinated
Microsoft Hires Another Naughty Dog Developer for the Initiative. The gaming giant has added a new member to the team for its Xbox studio with Lauren Garcia. Garcia, who worked as character shading technical director on 'The Last of Us: Part II,'. is joining as senior shader technologies developer. So happy to announce that this week I joined at The Initiative. This is an incredible team working on something truly special, Lauren Garcia, via Twitter . It was so hard to left behind my friends at NaughtyDog. But I need to say thank you to @Xbox @XboxP3 to allow me be part of Xbox family!
Plant-based food company Impossible Foods is expanding into non-U.S. grocery stores for the first time ever. David Lee, CFO at Impossible Foods, joined Cheddar to discuss.
Australia’s competition watchdog will consider its own antitrust case against Google after the U.S. Justice Department sued the company for abusing its dominance in online search and advertising
David Cage Thinks the Xbox Series S Will Be ‘Confusing’. Microsoft previously announced that in addition to the Xbox Series X, . they will also be releasing another next-gen console, the Xbox Series S. It will be a cheaper and lower-spec version of the Xbox Series X. While some gamers thought this was a great idea, it seems David Cage isn’t a fan. The Quantic Dream CEO is known for directing cinematic games like ‘Heavy Rain, ‘Beyond Two Souls’ and ‘Detroit: Become Human.’ . Cage thinks that “most developers will focus on the lower-end version to avoid doing two different versions”. Many developers prefer consoles to PC because on consoles you only have to deal with one hardware, whereas on PC there are so many configurations, graphic cards, drivers, controllers. , David Cage, to WCCFTech. When a manufacturer offers two consoles with different specs, there is a strong chance that most developers will focus on the lower-end version to avoid doing two different versions, David Cage, to WCCFTech. He also added that he thinks that this will be “confusing” for both developers and players. I think it is confusing for developers, but also for players, and although I can understand the commercial reasons behind this choice I think the situation is questionable, David Cage, to WCCFTech
The Justice Department’s lawsuit against Google alleging antitrust violations marks the government’s most significant attempt to protect competition since its groundbreaking case against Microsoft more than 20 years ago
Apple Unveils 5G-Capable iPhone 12 Models. On Tuesday during their “Hi, Speed” live-streaming event, Apple launched the long-awaited iPhone 12 lineup. Four different models were unveiled: the iPhone 12 Mini, the iPhone 12, the iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12 Max. . Apple CEO Tim Cook, who hosted the event, confirmed that all the iPhone 12 models would be 5G-capable. . The next generation is here. Today is the beginning of a new era for iPhone … This is a huge moment for all of us and we’re really excited, Tim Cook, via ABC News. Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg made an appearance at the event and declared that “5G just got real.” . He confirmed that Verizon was officially rolling out its nationwide 5G network. The network is expected to cover over 200 million people in 1,800 towns and cities. He also said that they’re expanding their fast 5G Ultra Wideband service. 66 cities are expected to be covered by the end of 2020.
Seven auto companies have plans to roll out new battery-powered pickup trucks over the next two years, aiming to cash in on a popular and lucrative market for expensive vehicles
Sony 'Scales Back PlayStation Store on Web and Mobile'. The tech giant is said to be updating the PlayStation Store. . This is in order to move older products like the PS3, PS Vita and PSP out of the spotlight. In the coming weeks, Sony is planning to get rid of a number of product categories. . This includes some of the older PlayStation consoles from its platforms, according to the website Planete Vita. The website claims to have seen a message sent by Sony Interactive Entertainment about the planned changes. The report says that the changes are set to come into effect on October 19th on the web, . while they'll be implemented through the mobile app on October 28th
Facebook Explicitly Bans All Holocaust Denial Content. Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg has officially decided to ban “any content that denies or distorts the Holocaust.”. In a post to Facebook, Zuckerberg said that although he’s “struggled with the tension” surrounding free speech, his “own thinking has evolved.” . My own thinking has evolved as I've seen data showing an increase in anti-Semitic violence, as have our wider policies on hate speech, Mark Zuckerberg, via Facebook. He now believes that having a zero-tolerance policy for Holocaust denial content is “the right balance.” . Drawing the right lines between what is and isn't acceptable speech isn't straightforward, but with the current state of the world, I believe this is the right balance, Mark Zuckerberg, via Facebook. The new policy is a reversal from Zuckerberg’s previous stance, which he spoke about two years ago. . Although he found them to be “deeply offensive,” Zuckerberg believed that people’s Holocaust denial posts shouldn’t be automatically taken down. . I think there are things that different people get wrong. I don't think that they're intentionally getting it wrong, Mark Zuckerberg, via Facebook