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TikTok Fate in the Balance as Judge Weighs App Store Ban

TikTok Fate in the Balance as Judge Weighs App Store Ban

PERSONAL TECH | By Anne D'Innocenzio and Matt O'Brien | Sep 27, 2020

Lawyers for TikTok pleaded with a U.S. federal judge on Sunday to delay the Trump Administration's ban of the popular video sharing program from app stores set to take effect at the end of the day.

Unicode Announces New LGBTQ-Related Emoji for 2021

Unicode Announces New LGBTQ-Related Emoji for 2021

PERSONAL TECH | By Kevin Schattenkirk | Sep 25, 2020

Unicode recently announced Emoji 13.1, a series of 217 new emoji to be released in 2021, including new LGBTQ-related emoticons.

Colleges' Opening Fueled 3,000 COVID Cases a Day, Researchers Say

Colleges' Opening Fueled 3,000 COVID Cases a Day, Researchers Say

SCIENCE | By Michael McAuliff | Sep 24, 2020

The study tracked cellphone data and matched it to reopening schedules at 1,400 schools, along with county infection rates.

How Will We Know That a COVID-19 Vaccine is Safe and Effective?

How Will We Know That a COVID-19 Vaccine is Safe and Effective?

SCIENCE | Sep 23, 2020

According to one expert, it's likely that not just one but several of the competing COVID-19 vaccines will be shown to be safe and effective by the end of 2020. But which one should you receive, if any?

New App Connects HIV-Positive People During Pandemic

New App Connects HIV-Positive People During Pandemic

PERSONAL TECH | Sep 23, 2020

Have you saturated your swipe quotient? Start exercising those fingers because there's a new app in town, focusing on the HIV-positive community.

Signs of an 'October Vaccine Surprise' Alarm Career Scientists

Signs of an 'October Vaccine Surprise' Alarm Career Scientists

SCIENCE | By JoNel Aleccia | Sep 22, 2020

If the executive branch were to overrule the FDA's scientific judgment, a vaccine of limited efficacy and, worse, unknown side effects could be rushed to market.

Micosoft Will Buy Video Game Maker ZeniMax for $7.5 Billion

Micosoft Will Buy Video Game Maker ZeniMax for $7.5 Billion

PERSONAL TECH | Sep 22, 2020

Microsoft is buying the company behind popular video games The Elder Scrolls, Doom and Fallout.

Watch: Meet Aussie Tik-Tok Sensation Ricky Rosen

Watch: Meet Aussie Tik-Tok Sensation Ricky Rosen

PERSONAL TECH | Sep 21, 2020

In a few months medical student Ricky Rosen has amassed some 330,000 followers on TikTok. Check out why.

Trump Backs Proposed Tiktok Deal with Oracle, Walmart

Trump Backs Proposed Tiktok Deal with Oracle, Walmart

PERSONAL TECH | By Stan Choe | Sep 20, 2020

President Donald Trump said Saturday he's given his "blessing" to a proposed deal between Oracle and Walmart for the U.S. operations of TikTok, the Chinese-owned app he's targeted for national security and data privacy concerns.

Running Out Of Storm Names, Atlantic Season Goes Greek

Running Out Of Storm Names, Atlantic Season Goes Greek

SCIENCE | By Seth Borenstein | Sep 19, 2020

The Atlantic's record-breaking "crazy" hurricane season got a bizarre European remake Friday as forecasters ran out of traditional names and trotted out the Greek alphabet for subtropical storm Alpha.

 US Bans Wechat, Tiktok from App Stores, Threatens Shutdowns

US Bans Wechat, Tiktok from App Stores, Threatens Shutdowns

PERSONAL TECH | By Tali Arbel, Matt O'brien and Matt Ott | Sep 18, 2020

The U.S. Commerce Department said Friday it will ban Chinese-owned TikTok and WeChat from U.S. app stores on Sunday and will bar the apps from accessing essential internet services in the U.S.

US Banning Use of WeChat, TikTok for National Security

US Banning Use of WeChat, TikTok for National Security

PERSONAL TECH | By Matt Ott | Sep 18, 2020

The U.S. will ban the downloads of the Chinese apps TikTok and WeChat on Sunday, with a total ban on the use of the latter, citing national security and data privacy concerns.

Solace: The App That Supports Transitioning, One Step at a Time

Solace: The App That Supports Transitioning, One Step at a Time

PERSONAL TECH | By Merryn Johns | Sep 17, 2020

A support system, advocacy portal and resource guide, Solace empowers transgender individuals through their transition through a tech-savvy and easy-to-use app.

Sony's New $500 PlayStation 5 Will Launch Nov. 12

Sony's New $500 PlayStation 5 Will Launch Nov. 12

VIDEO GAMES | By Mae Anderson | Sep 17, 2020

Sony's upcoming PlayStation 5 video game console will cost $500 and launch Nov. 12, the company said Wednesday, setting up a holiday battle with Microsoft's Xbox Series X over whose new console will turn up under more trees this year.

Study Hints Antibody Drug May Cut COVID-19 Hospitalizations

Study Hints Antibody Drug May Cut COVID-19 Hospitalizations

SCIENCE | By Marilynn Marchione | Sep 16, 2020

A drug company says that partial results from a study testing an antibody drug give hints that it may help keep mild to moderately ill COVID-19 patients from needing to be hospitalized, a goal no current coronavirus medicine has been able to meet.

'.gay' Domains Set to Go Online

'.gay' Domains Set to Go Online

PERSONAL TECH | By Kilian Melloy | Sep 16, 2020

A whole new rainbow-colored universe is about to open up on your browser with the advent of the ".gay" domain extension.

Celebs Join Instagram 'Freeze' to Protest Facebook Inaction

Celebs Join Instagram 'Freeze' to Protest Facebook Inaction

PERSONAL TECH | Sep 16, 2020

Kim Kardashian West, Katy Perry and Leonardo DiCaprio are among celebrities taking part in a 24-hour Instagram "freeze" on Wednesday to protest against what they say is parent company Facebook's failure to tackle violent and hateful content and election m

Science Mag Makes First Endorsement in 175 Years, Taps Biden

Science Mag Makes First Endorsement in 175 Years, Taps Biden

SCIENCE | By David Bauder | Sep 16, 2020

Even though Scientific American had never endorsed a presidential candidate in the magazine's 175-year history, its top editor said Tuesday there was little internal debate over a decision to back Democrat Joe Biden.

NIH 'Very Concerned' About Serious Side Effect in Coronavirus Vaccine Trial

NIH 'Very Concerned' About Serious Side Effect in Coronavirus Vaccine Trial

SCIENCE | Sep 15, 2020

The Food and Drug Administration is weighing whether to follow British regulators in resuming a coronavirus vaccine trial that was halted when a participant suffered spinal cord damage.

Astronomers See Possible Hints of Life in Venus's Clouds

Astronomers See Possible Hints of Life in Venus's Clouds

SCIENCE | By Seth Borenstein | Sep 14, 2020

Astronomers have found a potential sign of life high in the atmosphere of neighboring Venus: hints there may be bizarre microbes living in the sulfuric acid-laden clouds of the hothouse planet.

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