Fun & free: Summer activity ideas for the family

Schedule meaningful activities to make sure children do not become screen zombies. Summer breaks are certainly necessary for down time. However, schedule meaningful activities to make sure children do not become screen zombies. Verywellfamily.com listed in September these three: – “Grandparents Camp”: Staying with grandparents for a few days or a week saves parents from spending money on an expensive theme camp and allows for quality family time. Grandparents might plan such activities as painting, baking, creative photography (printing photos and framing them) or gardening. – Pull out a different…

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China’s biggest startups ditch Oracle and IBM for homemade tech

Spurred by US trade sanctions, more Chinese consumers are turning to home-grown tech companies, rejecting US firms. For years, companies like Oracle and International Business Machines invested heavily to build new markets in China for their industry-leading databases. Now, boosted in part by escalating U.S. tensions, one Chinese upstart is stepping in, winning over tech giants, startups and financial institutions to its enterprise software. Beijing-based PingCAP already counts more than 300 Chinese customers. Many, including food delivery giant Meituan, its bike-sharing service Mobike, video streaming site iQIYI Inc. and smartphone…

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How much is your data worth? New bill would make Google tell you

Legislation would force Facebook, Amazon and other technology giants to reveal the value of the user data they collect. As the United States Congress bears down on big tech companies, two senators want to force giants like Google, Facebook and Amazon to tell users what data they’re collecting from them and how much it is worth. The legislation floated Monday by Senators Mark Warner and Josh Hawley goes to the heart of the tech giants’ lucrative business model: harvesting data from platform users and making it available to advertisers so…

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