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Instagram wants its new stickers to help keep small businesses afloat

Restaurants have been badly hit by the necessary physical distancing measures governments have adopted.

What you need to know Instagram is enabling fundraising and food order stickers to support small businesses. It’ll partner with established services like ChowNow to enable food delivery in cities. The service will roll out in the U.S. and Canada first, with other countries earmarked to receive support in the coming weeks.

At a time where restaurants and small businesses are essentially out  [Read More…]

Watch celebrities play Who Wants To Be A Millionaire for charity live

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire has captivated American audiences since the show first premiered back in 1999 and to commemorate its 20th anniversary, ABC has decided to bring the show back for “a special run” of episodes featuring celebrity contestants. Keep reading and we’ll show you how to watch Who Wants To Be A Millionaire online from anywhere in the world.

In addition to having celebrities as guests, the rebooted version of the show will now have Jimmy Kimmel  [Read More…]

EU wants to extend the lifespan of mobile devices with ‘right to repair’

May even offer buyback programs for older devices.

What you need to know The EU plans to introduce new “right to repair” rules for phones, tablets, and laptops by 2021. It is part of a greater initiative to cut down on e-waste and achieve climate neutrality by 2050. Manufacturers will also be offered incentives to produce products more sustainably as part of the greater Circular Economy Action Plan.

The EU has been in the news a lot  [Read More…]

Huawei wants to pay developers more money to develop for its App Gallery

Huawei has the market share and the gadgets, now it just needs the apps.

What you need to know Huawei is offering to pay developers a little more than standard profit-sharing agreements. It is willing to take as little as 15% to 0% from developers for up to 24 months. The agreement only valid if they sign up before June 2020

Huawei has promised to pay developers a little bit more if they build apps for it’s  [Read More…]

Google wants the next generation of chatbots to be actually funny

She’s called Meena — and she does not meander.

What you need to know The Brain Team at Google Research outlined a new type of chatbot in a paper published earlier this week. Named Meena, this virtual talker was explicitly designed to address chatbots’ seeming inability to understand the broader context of conversations. It can also be funny, sometimes.

Meena, what Google Brain’s research team so callously described as a “multi-turn open-domain chatbot” — she’s got feelings,  [Read More…]

Forget NFC, Amazon wants you to pay in stores with your hand

The payment solution is still in its early stages.

What you need to know Amazon is working on a new solution that will allow consumers to pay for purchases at stores using their palm. The payments system will make it possible for individuals to link their card information to their hands. Amazon will reportedly pitch the checkout terminals to fast-food restaurants, coffee shops, and other stores.

A report published by New York Post in September last year  [Read More…]

The EU wants to mandate USB-C ports on smartphones

Previously a suggestion, now heading towards a compulsion.

What you need to know The EU is moving towards mandating USB-C adoption on electronics. The bloc had previously adopted a voluntary directive back in 2014, but the results were less than satisfactory. Now, USB-C might be made a mandatory inclusion irrespective of the price-point or OEM.

USB-C is more or less a standard in 2020. Smartphones like the Pixel 4 come with it, Apple’s iPads have adopted it,  [Read More…]

Xiaomi wants to launch its premium devices in India, but it won’t be easy

Xiaomi is seen as a budget player in India, but it is aiming to change that in 2020.

What do you think of when you hear the Xiaomi name? For Indian consumers, the brand is synonymous with budget phones, and for good reason. For the last five years, Xiaomi flooded the Indian market with a wave of entry-level and budget phones, allowing it to rise up the ranks and become the country’s largest phone manufacturer. Xiaomi held  [Read More…]

A U.S. senator wants the ad blocking industry investigated

Acceptable Ads are unacceptable.

What you need to know Senator Ron Wyden has asked the FTC to investigate the ad blocking industry for anti-competitive practices. The Senator calls out AdBlock Plus’ acceptable ads policy as unacceptable. He urges for more transparent disclosure in cases where advertisers pay to be whitelisted.

United States Senator Ron Wyden has called on the FTC to investigate what he critiques as anti-competitive practices by the ad blocking industry.

In a letter surfaced  [Read More…]

CES 2020: 5 crazy expensive pieces of tech nobody needs but everybody wants

CES is the place of tech dreams, where spectacle is paramount and the price of products is often out of the public’s reach. From massive 8K TVs to waterproof drones to AI-powered washing machines to… Alexa-powered Lamborghinis, there was an out-of-reach product for everyone at the show.

With over 4,500 exhibitors showing off hundreds of thousands of products, we’re rounding up some of the more garish and aspirational products we saw at CES 2020.

Lamborghini Huracan Evo with  [Read More…]