How the White House plans to help 5G grow

Trump hearts 5G.Image: BOB AL-GREENE / MASHABLE The White House is getting serious about 5G. At a White House event on Friday, President Donald Trump and FCC chairman Ajit Pai will announce their plans to help boost 5G development in the United States, according to Axios. The FCC voted on several resolutions this morning that will begin the process of auctioning the rights to high-frequency airwaves that will enable the deployment of 5G infrastructure by private companies. This is part of the White House’s “5G Fast” plan, which seeks to support the widespread development and deployment of 5G across the country. “Later this year, we’re going to be holding the biggest auction of spectrum in American history,” Ajit Pai told …

Poll finds 82% of Americans think social media is a waste of time

Americans might be getting sick of social media.Image: Muhammed Selim Korkutata / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images A whopping 60 percent of people in a new poll say they don’t trust Facebook to protect their data. The poll comes courtesy of NBC News and the Wall Street Journal, which also found that more than half of Americans view aspects of Facebook and social media in general in a negative light.  SEE ALSO: Facebook’s plans for a ‘high quality news tab’ sure sound like a swipe at Apple News+ That’s perfectly understandable, given Facebook’s reputation over the past couple of years. Privacy scandals have rocked Facebook on a regular basis, including the revelation that user passwords were stored in plain text …

Googles Emma Haruka Iwao breaks Pi world record

The European Commission fined Google $1.7 billion for illegal ad practices that stifled its rivals from competing in the online advertising market.Image: Thierry Monasse/Getty Images The EU is making Google pay for its anti-competitive practices. On Wednesday, the European Commission ordered Google to pay a huge €1.49 billion antitrust fine (roughly $1.7 billion USD) for “abusive practices in online advertising.” The Commission determined that Google had engaged in illegal conduct to “cement its dominant market position” with its Adsense program, which had a market share of more than 70 percent from 2006 to 2016 in Europe. Hundreds of Google’s advertising agreements with major websites were reviewed by the commission, which discovered numerous restrictive clauses that blocked the company’s advertising rivals …

Tesla unveils new, faster V3 Supercharger

The need for speed.Image: tesla Tesla is speeding up charging with the third generation of its Supercharger. Unveiled on Wednesday, the carmaker said in a blog post that the new V3 Supercharger will boast charging rates of up to 250 kW.  SEE ALSO: This is what it takes for a Tesla Model S to become a police car At its peak, V3 can charge at rates of 1,000 miles per hour, and can top up a Model 3 Long Range with 75 miles of charge in five minutes. Perfect for those quick bathroom stops. There’s no power splitting, in which drivers experience slower power rates if other stations are in use. V3 allows drivers to charge their vehicles at the …

Facebook leaks reveal unethical global lobbying strategies

Image: bob al-greene / mashable Facebook’s whole business model hinges on collecting data and breaching users’ privacy, so it comes as no surprise to learn that the company has been currying favor with politicians around the globe to stymie legislation that protects people’s privacy. Leaked internal documents from Facebook, reported on by The Guardian and Computer Weekly Saturday, outline a litany of ways that Facebook was using its power, money, and influence to sway politicians including a former UK chancellor, a former prime minister of Ireland, and a former president of India. SEE ALSO: Facebook’s search feature has some pretty creepy suggestions The leaks show specific tactics that Facebook used to get on the good side of politicians and push …

This game examines what it’s like to work in an Amazon warehouse

Can you keep your shifts in this Amazon game?Image: Emanuele Cremaschi/Getty Images It’s no secret that working in Amazon fulfillment is hardly what you’d call a dream job. The dismal working conditions in its warehouses have long been criticised by the likes of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and its own workers, despite Amazon’s efforts to portray the opposite. SEE ALSO: New York Mayor blames Amazon: ’You have to be tough to make it here’ To mimic what it’s like to work in fulfillment, Australia’s ABC News has created a news game called The Amazon Race, which is based on the experiences of people who’ve worked in the company’s Melbourne warehouse. The game is based on the accounts of eight current and former …

Steve Irwin honoured with a Google Doodle on his birthday

Holding a crocodile, nothing less.Image: Google On Friday, the late Steve Irwin would’ve turned 57. To commemorate the late animal conservationist and TV personality, who passed away in 2006, Google will unveil a Doodle in his honour. SEE ALSO: Test your internet prowess with Google’s phishing quiz The main Doodle features Steve holding on to a crocodile, as he was remembered for. It’s animated, so when users click through, there’s more images with the family and other animals. “Today’s Google Doodle acknowledges the life and achievements of my husband Steve Irwin, whose efforts to protect wildlife and wild places have been recognised as the most extensive of any conservationist,” Terri Irwin, the wife of Steve, wrote in a blog post. …