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Daily Crunch: US government is tracking our phones more than we thought, new docs show

Jul 20, 2022

To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here . Presumably you’ve been in the nightclubs (or at least your living room with the music turned to 11) doing the Robot and other amazing dance moves all weekend. Continue the 🤖 fun into your workweek! We’ve got a free (!) robotics event and here’s five lovingly curated reasons to attend TC Sessions: Robotics on Thursday. Have a splendid and insp ...read more

Nvidia's upcoming RTX 4090 graphics card could be two times faster than an RTX 3090

Jul 20, 2022

Why it matters: Team Green's much-awaited next-generation flagship graphics card isn't ready yet, but the rumors around it are intensifying. One such rumor suggests the RTX 4090 could offer close to double the performance of the RTX 3090, which was considered a monster GPU less than two years ago. Nvidia's RTX 4090 could be the only graphics card that will make it to store shelves in time for the holiday season, at least according to the rumor mill. This has invited speculation that the rest ...read more

Restoring Hearing With Beams of Light

Jul 20, 2022

There’s a popular misconception that cochlear implants restore natural hearing. In fact, these marvels of engineering give people a new kind of “electric hearing” that they must learn how to use. Natural hearing results from vibrations hitting tiny structures called hair cells within the cochlea in the inner ear. A cochlear implant bypasses the damaged or dysfunctional parts of the ear and uses electrodes to directly stimulate the cochlear nerve, which sends signals to the brain. When ...read more

Feast your eyes on the first course of a celestial smorgasbord from NASA’s Webb Space Telescope

Jul 20, 2022

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope provided this view of a galactic grouping known as Stephan’s Quintet. Click on the image for a larger version. (NASA / ESA / CSA / STScI) A day after NASA showed how far the James Webb Space Telescope could dive into the cosmic frontier, scientists released additional pictures demonstrating the observatory’s scientific breadth. Today’s data release highlighted the $10 billion telescope’s ability to analyze planetary atmospheres and record scenes ...read more

Ring: Cops Can Still Obtain Recordings Without Warrants Or User Consent

Jul 20, 2022

from the Ring-loves-law-enforcement,-its-customers-not-so-much dept Welcome back to the negative news cycle, Ring! It’s been awhile. Ring has spent years cultivating so-close-they’re-incestuous relationships with law enforcement agencies. Ring hands out free/cheap cameras to cop shops, asking in return that they hand them out to the townsfolk and nudge them towards sharing footage via Ring’s own highly problematic social media platform, Neighbors. The better cops do at this, the more ca ...read more

Slack is increasing prices and changing the way its free plan works

Jul 20, 2022

Slack, the chat platform that serves as an online watercooler for oh-so-many teams, is bumping up its monthly price and changing the way its free plan works. The company announced the changes via blog post this afternoon. Here’s what’s changing: If you pay for the “Pro” plan by the month, the price will increase from $8 per user per month to $8.75 per user per month. If you pay for the “Pro” plan by the year, the price will increase from $6.67 per user per month to $7.25 per ...read more

Bungie sues Destiny 2 player for cheating and threatening staff

Jul 20, 2022

What just happened? Destiny 2 recently became the center of rising concerns about player toxicity against game developers. Bungie has sued a player for a particularly egregious string of trolling against the company and its staff. Bungie filed a lawsuit against a Destiny 2 player last week after repeated instances of cheating, threatening Bungie staff, and selling stolen in-game content. This lawsuit is an extreme case, but the company admits that similar behavior from other players has affec ...read more

Daily Deal: The 2022 Complete Arduino Pioneer Starter Kit And Course Bundle

Jul 20, 2022

from the good-deals-on-cool-stuff dept Get started in the exciting world of electronics with this complete Arduino Uno compatible starter kit. It’s specifically designed for those new to electronics and the Arduino Uno ecosystem. It has everything you need to learn about electronics and comes with FUN projects you can build right out of the box. It’s on sale for $100. Note: The Techdirt Deals Store is powered and curated by StackCommerce. A portion of all sales from Techdirt Dea ...read more

The Metaverse Could Change The World, If We Could Stop Getting In Its Way

Jul 19, 2022

from the view-this-post-in-3d dept Beyond the overproduced marketing videos and janky product prototypes closely associated today with “the metaverse” lies a bright and boundless future. In a pandemic-stricken world that imposes more and stronger barriers at every turn—whether they be medical, social, legal, economic, or geopolitical—there is magic in transposing the spirit of a global free and open internet into a more immersive technological utopia. But many obstacles stand in the w ...read more

Teaching home robots to learn by watching people

Jul 19, 2022

Robotic learning has quickly become of automation’s most vibrant categories — and understandably so. Programming a robot has traditionally required a lot of technical know-how, but what if there was a simpler way for non-programmers/roboticists to teach these systems to do what we want? Imitation and reinforcement learning are two of the most popular methods at the moment. The first involves taking control of the robot to teach it to perform a task, while the second entails training a ...read more