Tech Tea, Top Headlines 11/16/2020: Big Sur Breaking Older MacBooks

You Might Want To Hold Off On Upgrading MacOS To Big Sur If You Have An Older MacBook Pro

If you have an older MacBook Pro, you’ll probably want to hold off trying to upgrade to Big Sur for the time being. That’s because owners of late 2013 and mid-2014 MacBook Pro models reported that the update had bricked their machines.

New Zoom Feature Can Alert Room Owners Of Possible Zoombombing Disruptions

Video conferencing software maker Zoom has launched a new feature today that can alert conference organizers when their online meetings are at risk of getting disrupted via Zoombombing attacks.

What If Cambridge Analytica Owned Its Own Social Network? CA Backer Rebekah Mercer Admits She’s A Co-Founder Of Parler

On Friday, the Wall Street Journal revealed that Parler was being funded by the Mercer family, the same family who funded a bunch of pro-Trump projects, including Cambridge Analytica, Breitbart, and, well, Trump’s own presidential campaign. Over the weekend, Rebekah Mercer took it up a further notch by claiming that she was the co-founder of the company along with CEO John Matze.

GitHub Defies Copyright Cops, Restores YouTube Downloader

Last month, GitHub removed a popular tool that is used to download videos from websites like YouTube after it received a DMCA takedown notice from the Recording Industry Association of America. For a moment, it seemed that GitHub might throw developers under the bus in the same fashion that Twitch has recently treated its streamers. But on Monday, GitHub went on the offense by reinstating the offending tool and saying it would take a more aggressive line on protecting developers’ projects.

If Graphene Batteries Do Everything Scientists Say, They Could Be a Gamechanger

“Graphene is an amazing material, and it’s particularly amazing as a material for batteries,” Chip Breitenkamp, a polymer scientist and VP of business development at the graphene battery company NanoGraf, told Futurism. The tech, he said, can “make batteries charge faster and dissipate heat more effectively. This has big implications. It means power tools don’t overheat as quickly. It means home appliances serve families better, longer. And it eventually means [electric cars] can charge faster.”

DaVinci Resolve 17.1 Will Run On Apple Chips

The DaVinci Resolve video editor will support Apple Silicon even before the first M1-powered Macs are shipped to customers next week. Blackmagic Design has pushed out an updated version of Resolve adding universal app support for Macs running Apple M1 processors.

How To Tell The Difference Between AI and BS

Trying to predict crime density over geography by using arrest data is like trying to determine how a chef’s food might taste by looking at their headshots. 

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