The ban that wasn’t: Amazon’s TikTok reversal leaves tech world wondering WTH?

(BigStock Photo) Amazon’s TikTok take-back was the talk of tech on Friday as the company started the day by telling employees it needed to delete the popular social media app from their mobile devices over security concerns and ended the day with a giant “never mind.” Those stunned by the tech giant’s initial directive, which was delivered via an internal email first reported on by The New York Times, were equally caught off guard by a reversal five hours later, in which Amazon said its message was “sent in error” and there was no change in policy regarding the app. Here’s the email Amazon sent to employees this morning banning… Read More

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A beginner’s guide to robot programming with Python

Let’s face it, robots are cool. They’re also going to run the world some day, and hopefully, at that time they will take pity on their poor soft fleshy creators (a.k.a. robotics developers) and help us build a space utopia filled with plenty. I’m joking of course, but only sort of. In my ambition to have some small influence over the matter, I took a course in autonomous robot control theory last year, which culminated in my building a Python-based robotic simulator that allowed me to practice control theory on a simple, mobile, programmable robot. In this article, I’m going to show how to… This story continues at The Next… Read More

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Dozens of U.S. Marines Infected With Coronavirus on Okinawa

Watch Video Dozens of U.S. Marines have the coronavirus in what is feared to be a massive outbreak at bases on the Japanese island of Okinawa. Officials say the U.S. military asked that the exact number of cases be kept quiet. But local media reports said about 60 people are infected on two bases on the island. Okinawa’s governor, Denny Tamaki, says he requested the U.S. publicly announce the number of infections. He questioned the military’s handling of the outbreak, saying; “I can’t help but have doubts about the infection prevention measures.” Island officials asked the U.S. military Friday for answers to address residents’ concerns. But in a statement, the… Read More

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Justice Department Appealing Judge’s Delay Of Federal Execution

Watch Video After a federal judge postponed its first ordered execution in nearly two decades, the Department of Justice said they would appeal to move forward with the plans. Indiana prisoner Daniel Lee was set to be the first federal inmate executed in 17 years after he was convicted for the 1996 killings of his wife, daughter and another man. However, a chief district judge delayed the execution Friday. The judge sided with the victims’ families, who said they wanted to be present for the execution but were nervous about the coronavirus pandemic. Shortly after this ruling, the Justice Department appealed. It argued that plans for the execution are already… Read More

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