Facebook-Backed Diem Abandons Swiss License Application, Will Move To the US

Facebook-backed digital currency project Diem — formerly known as Libra — said Wednesday it has withdrawn its application for a Swiss payment license and will instead shift its operations to the United States. From a report: The Diem Association, which oversees development of the Diem digital currency, had been pursuing a payment system license with Switzerland’s FINMA watchdog. Diem has …

Neural Implant Lets Paralyzed Person Type By Imaging Writing

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: This week, the academic community provided a rather impressive example of the promise of neural implants. Using an implant, a paralyzed individual managed to type out roughly 90 characters per minute simply by imagining that he was writing those characters out by hand. Somewhere in our writing thought process, we form …

Apple-Epic Judge Hints at Compromise in Feud Over App Store

The judge overseeing the high-stakes trial between Epic Games and Apple hinted at a compromise that turns on the iPhone maker allowing developers to inform users through their mobile apps that they can buy virtual goods on the web at a cheaper cost. From a report: U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers appeared to be looking for middle ground while …

GasBuddy Tops Apple App Store Amid Gas Shortages From Colonial Pipeline Shutdown

GasBuddy, an app that helps users find and save money on gas, topped the Apple App Store on Wednesday, as some consumers across the East Coast continue to struggle to find fuel after a cyberattack on Colonial Pipeline. CNBC reports: The company’s pipeline has served as a vital link between the Gulf Coast refiners and the Eastern Seaboard, but the …

Colonial Pipeline resumes operations after ransomware prompted closure

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images) Colonial Pipeline said it restarted operations on Wednesday afternoon after a five-day outage brought on by a ransomware attack caused gasoline shortages and panic buying in East Coast states. “Following this restart, it will take several days for the product delivery supply chain to return to normal,” the operator of the 5,500-mile pipeline said on its …

Valve’s Gabe Newell Teases Console-Related Plans For Steam Games

Gabe Newell, the co-founder and president of Valve, has hinted that the company could bring Steam games to consoles during a recent question and answer session. TechRadar reports: The session took place at Sancta Maria College in Auckland, New Zealand, and a student’s question and Newell’s answer were recorded and uploaded to Reddit by user Odysseic (via VGC). When asked …

Bill To Ban TikTok On US Government Devices Passes Committee

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee unanimously passed a bill that would ban U.S. federal workers from downloading the popular app TikTok onto U.S. government devices, Senator Josh Hawley, a bill sponsor, said in a press statement on Wednesday. Reuters reports: The U.S. Senate unanimously approved a similar measure in August 2020. Representative Ken Buck has introduced a …

Researchers Have Developed a Way To Wirelessly Charge Vehicles On the Road

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Jalopnik: [R]esearchers at Cornell University, led by Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Khurram Afridi, have developed technology that would allow vehicles to be charged on the road while in motion. It would essentially turn U.S. roadways into wireless chargers. Afrindi says he has been working on the tech for the last …

Vizio TV buyers are becoming the product Vizio sells, not just its customers

Enlarge / Vizio’s 65-inch 4K OLED TV. (credit: Vizio) Over the past several years, TV-maker Vizio has achieved a reputation among home theater enthusiasts as the company that makes TVs that provide superior picture quality relative to their cost. While the most expensive TVs from Samsung and LG beat Vizio’s in quality assessment by reviewers, Vizio is widely regarded as …

Vizio Makes Nearly As Much Money From Ads and Data As It Does From TVs

In Vizio’s first public earnings report today, the company revealed that in the first three months of 2021, profits from its Platform+ business — the part that sells viewer data and advertising space via the SmartCast platform — were $38.4 million. Engadget reports: As execs said on the call, the company continues to court relationships with brands and agencies, following …