The Google Pixel 6 hardware is buggy garbage and the company’s tech support is worse

I wouldn’t normally be writing a ZDNet piece this week as I am on vacation in New Orleans — and enjoying the sights, food, music and culture. To photo chronicle my week in the Big Easy, I brought two smartphones with me, my
iPhone 13 Pro Max

 and my
new Google Pixel 6


Shortly after setting up the Pixel 6 a few weeks ago — while the product could still be returned — I experienced an issue where the OS received an initial over-the-air update and when it rebooted, it came up in recovery mode, being unable to read

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Imprisoned Lottery Computer Tech Seeks to Overturn Sentence | Iowa News

By DAVID PITT, Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A man serving a 25-year prison sentence for conspiracy to commit theft by rigging computers to win jackpots for himself, friends and family is suing the state of Iowa, claiming he was pressured four years ago to plead guilty to crimes he did not commit.

Eddie Tipton filed documents starting the lawsuit from prison in Clarinda, Iowa, in January 2020. He wants the court to halt all restitution he’s been ordered to pay until a trial is held, during which he said he will present documents and other evidence to

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Microsoft expands computer tech program to Juarez

Tech giant will pair industry professionals with high school teachers to prepare students for computer science career, skilled industry jobs

EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) – Microsoft Corp. is expanding its computer science education program to four public schools in Juarez.

The Technology Education and Literacy in Schools (TEALS) already operates in 23 El Paso campuses, pairing up working professionals with high school teachers and curriculum specialists to enhance computer skills in underserved communities.

“The TEALS expansion to Mexico marks

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Pegasus spyware political fallout: What’s up with this phone surveillance tech

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It’s a doozy of a digital spying technology case. Security researchers have found evidence of attempted or successful installations of Pegasus, software made by an Israel-based cybersecurity company, on 37 phones of activists, journalists and businesspeople. The activists and others appear to have been targets of secret surveillance by software that’s intended to pursue criminals and terrorists.

It’s been a politically explosive issue that has put Israel under pressure, not just by activists, but also by governments worried about misuse of the software from NSO Group. France and the United States have raised concerns, and NSO has

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Retro tech: Vintage Computer Festival West comes to Mountain View | News

The Computer History Museum in Mountain View will host the 2021 Vintage Computer Festival West. Courtesy CHM.

When it comes to technology, is newer always better? At the Vintage Computer Festival West (part of the Vintage Computer Federation), it’s the early and old tech that’s in the spotlight, with the two-day event celebrating history of computing through expert speakers, demos, and a chance to buy and sell vintage equipment.

Speaker highlights include Bob Purvy discussing his new novel, “Inventing the Future,” a fictionalized account of the development of the Xerox Star; Bil Herd and Margaret Moribito discussing their book

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5-minute tech fix: Finally speed up your PC

When your computer slows to a crawl, it’s frustrating, and you want to fix it as fast as possible. Occasionally, your internet is actually to blame. Tap or click for the best ways to fix a pokey Wi-Fi connection.

If your computer is on its last legs, there’s not a ton you can do aside from buy a new one. Not sure where to start? I can help. My team and I created a laptop quiz to help you find the right model for you. Tap or click to take our 60-second quiz to find a perfect laptop based

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2021 Tech M&A Outlook: Application software

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COVID-19 looked set to shut down the market for application software acquisitions in early 2020. Instead, the side effects of the disease spurred this corner of tech M&A to new heights. The attempt to quash the pandemic forced classrooms into bedrooms and offices into kitchens. Retailers that had been prodded online for the past two decades were propelled to get there overnight. The changes accelerated both the addressable market and stock prices of many application vendors – giving them the motive and the money to go shopping.

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China’s tech workers pushed to their limits by surveillance software

Andy Wang, an IT engineer at a Shanghai-based gaming company, occasionally felt a pang of guilt about his job.

Most of his hours were spent on a piece of surveillance software called DiSanZhiYan, or “Third Eye”. The system was installed on the laptop of every colleague at his company to track their screens in real time, recording their chats, their browsing activity and every document edit they made.

Working from their floor in a downtown high-rise, the start-up’s hundreds of employees were constantly, uncomfortably aware of being under Third Eye’s intent gaze.

The software would also automatically flag “suspicious behaviour”

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South China Morning PostThe takeaway from Taiwan’s chip bottleneck? Teach your kids PythonThere is a coming boom in tech financing and accelerated growth in semiconductor hardware and programming software, writes Neil Newman …1 week ago

South China Morning PostThe takeaway from Taiwan’s chip bottleneck? Teach your kids PythonThere is a coming boom in tech financing and accelerated growth in
semiconductor hardware and programming software, writes Neil Newman …1 week ago… Read More