Day: January 16, 2021

Antitrust jitters, SPAC odyssey, white-hot IPOs, more – TechCrunch

Some time ago, I gave up on the idea of finding a thread that connects each story in the weekly Extra Crunch roundup; there are no unified theories of technology news.

The stories that left the deepest impression were related to two news pegs that dominated the week — Visa and Plaid calling off their $5.3 billion acquisition agreement, and sizzling-hot IPOs for Affirm and Poshmark.

Watching Plaid and Visa sing “Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off” in harmony after the U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit to block their deal wasn’t shocking. But I was surprised to find myself editing an interview Alex Wilhelm conducted with Plaid CEO Zach Perret the next day in which the executive said growing the company on its own is “once again” the correct strategy.

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Want to work with robots all day? Here’s what you need to do.

Today’s robots require engineering, data, and user experience skills to meet market demands.

Today, robots are doing much more than assembling cars. Robots work in the retail, security, hospitality, and logistic industries. These robots and robotic services include drones, chatbots, security patrols, and delivery vehicles—all safely and seamlessly working with and interacting with people. They are disinfecting schools and airports, doing basic housework chores, and even comforting adults and children. 

SEE: More robot and robotic system deployments expected across industries (TechRepublic Premium)

These robots are complex devices that combine many separate platforms to fulfill their mission. Take the disinfecting robots that were one of the stars of CES 2021, which use UV light to clean rooms, for example  The Unipin Ultraviolet Disinfection Robot can disinfect an area of 1,000 square meters in 100 minutes with a 99.99% disinfection rate, according to the company. The robot uses video monitoring and face

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How to check if someone else accessed your Google account

Review your recent Gmail access, browser sign-in history, and Google account activity to make sure no one other than you has used your account.

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Whenever a computer is out of your direct view and control, there’s always a chance that someone other than you can gain access. A person who returns from a trip might wonder if their computer and accounts have been accessed during their absence. A person might notice odd activity in Gmail, not aware that their password has been made public (or “pwned“). Or, in some cases, a person might be surveilled by a partner, a family member, a colleague, or even an unknown party.

To secure an account, you might first change your password, enable two-factor authentication, or even enroll in Google’s Advanced Protection Program. Those steps will help you secure your account. However,

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Best of CES 2021: How to stock a workstation for $3,500

From heated massage office chairs to low-blue-light monitors, here’s a dreamy workstation.

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On Monday, CES 2021 kicked off virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic. The multiday event showcased a wide range of product and service offerings across the tech sector. This includes a number of home office solutions to assist professionals and students in the age of remote work and distanced learning. Below, we’ve highlighted some of the best office essentials from CES 2021.

SEE: CES 2021: The big trends for business (ZDNet/TechRepublic special feature)

X-Chair’s X-HMT Heat and Massage Chair ($1,150)


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The X-Chair’s X-HMT isn’t the typical office chair. The X-Chair features a built-in massage function with two intensity levels and four program options. The chair also includes heating elements to add a little warmth to the massage as desired. A lumbar support mechanism, adjustable headrest and armrests as well as “infinite recline” aid comfort

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