Big tech's evasion of responsibility may be coming to an end

Some see platform economy changes as bringing welcome new flexibility and efficiency to labour markets. Others see it as a return to the precarious working conditions that the labour movement fought against throughout the 19th and 20th centuries and an attack on the social protection model that has evolved as a defining characteristic of the EU.
“The notion that everyone has a responsibility to contribute to the common ‘social contract’ has been for a long time part of the European social […]
Big tech's evasion of responsibility may be coming to an end

Audio chatrooms like Clubhouse have become the hot new media by tapping into the age-old …

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(THE CONVERSATION) Google “What is Clubhouse?” and you’ll find a flurry of articles written in the past few weeks about this fast-growing social network. It’s not yet a year old, and much of the buzz stems from the fact that Clubhouse is invite-only, bringing with it an element of exclusivity.
Clubhouse’s key attribute is its medium: audio, which sets […]
Audio chatrooms like Clubhouse have become the hot new media by tapping into the age-old …

Audio chatrooms like Clubhouse have become the hot new media by tapping into the age-old …

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.)
(THE CONVERSATION) Google “What is Clubhouse?” and you’ll find a flurry of articles written in the past few weeks about this fast-growing social network. It’s not yet a year old, and much of the buzz stems from the fact that Clubhouse is invite-only, bringing with it an element of exclusivity.
Clubhouse’s key attribute is its medium: audio, which sets […]
Audio chatrooms like Clubhouse have become the hot new media by tapping into the age-old …

House lawmakers argue to update antitrust laws to rein in tech giants

House lawmakers held another tech antitrust hearing.
The dominance of Facebook, Google, Apple and Amazon was again in the congressional spotlight on Thursday, as lawmakers discussed ways to reform antitrust laws to rein in Big Tech.
At a hearing before a House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee, the lawmakers examined the “gatekeeper power” of giant Silicon Valley companies — the first in a series of three hearings aimed at modernizing antitrust laws in the digital era. 
“Mark my words,” Rep. […]
House lawmakers argue to update antitrust laws to rein in tech giants

Microsoft updates Cloud for Healthcare with new virtual care, patient monitoring features

Microsoft announced the first updates for its healthcare cloud offering with new virtual care capabilities, remote patient monitoring and care coordination.
The tech giant announced its Cloud for Healthcare service back in October that brings together existing services such as Microsoft Teams, Azure IoT and chatbots to help healthcare organizations manage operations.
The first update will be available in April and includes services for care plan management and will support eight additional […]
Microsoft updates Cloud for Healthcare with new virtual care, patient monitoring features

Australia passes law forcing Google and Facebook to pay news publications

Australia on Wednesday passed a new media law that had generated noisy pushback from internet giants Google and Facebook, which didn’t want to be forced to pay publishers for news content.
After a last-minute round of senate amendments were added to the bill on Tuesday, the bill was sent back and quickly passed to the lower house on Wednesday. Under the new law, called the News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code, Google and Facebook are required to negotiate licensing […]
Australia passes law forcing Google and Facebook to pay news publications

Best smart displays for 2021

Thanks to coronavirus lockdowns, voice assistants are getting more use than ever before — and thanks to the countless major smart home devices releasing regularly, they’re getting more powerful, too. Smart displays bring an even more compelling angle: they offer video chat, touch controls, a screen for streaming and much more. I for one have already sent an Echo Show 8 to my mother-in-law so she can drop in to read to my kiddos every couple of days this new year — even though she lives 10 […]
Best smart displays for 2021

Amazon Show 10 vs. Google Nest Hub Max

Over the past few years, the battle for smart home supremacy has been dominated by two formidable competitors — Amazon and Google. While Amazon was the first to debut both a smart speaker and a smart display, Google has consistently volleyed back with products that have either met or exceeded the bar set by Amazon. 
Case in point — the medium-size 7-inch Nest Hub remains our favorite smart display thanks to its clean, attractive design and intuitive controls, despite being relatively […]
Amazon Show 10 vs. Google Nest Hub Max

Google adds 6 new features to Android including Dark Mode on Google Maps and Scheduled Texts

Google has announced the addition of six new features for Android that will be available either via app updates on the Play Store or Google Services, instead of waiting for a software update to roll out. The new features includes dark mode for Google Maps, Text Scheduling, Password Checkup, new commands for Google Assistant, a refreshed TalkBack app, and a few more Android Auto customizations. We’ve got the details for you after the break.
The proper dark mode is finally rolling out to […]
Google adds 6 new features to Android including Dark Mode on Google Maps and Scheduled Texts

Here are the 6 new features Google is rolling out for every Android user

Google had recently introduced several new Android features like Emoji Kitchen and auto-narrated audiobooks. Now, the company has added six new features that should be available for everyone very soon.
The company is rolling out Dark Mode for Google Maps, a new Password Checkup tool for Android users, ability to schedule messages in Google Messages, new Assistant commands that can be used hands-free, a new version of TalkBack, and some more customizations for Android Auto. Here is a list of the […]
Here are the 6 new features Google is rolling out for every Android user