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comcast tries to bolster streaming gadget by dropping fee

As big entertainment companies prepare to launch new streaming services, Comcast is trying to bolster its Flex streaming TV device by giving it away. As with Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku, Flex lets viewers watch streaming services over a regular TV, though they have to subscribe to Netflix and others on their own. Comcast said this week that one box would now be free for its home internet customers. Additional boxes would still cost $5 a month each. Flex will support Comcast’s upcoming Peacock streaming service, featuring NBCUniversal shows. Comcast won’t say whether viewers will be able to watch upcoming rival services like Disney Plus , HBO Max and Apple TV Plus. Flex doesn’t support online-TV services that are cable replacements, like YouTube TV and AT&T TV Now.…

amazon opens 30,000 jobs; holds nationwide job fair

A Seattle-based technology company has held a nationwide job fair after opening 30,000 jobs, including 13,600 jobs in Washington. KOMO-TV reported Tuesday that thousands of people attended “Amazon Career Day” held in six U.S. cities including Seattle, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Arlington, Virginia and Nashville, Tennessee. The company says it is looking for people with all types of experience and education, from technical software engineers to program managers to customer fulfillment jobs. Officials say Amazon recruiters helped attendees with their resumes and interview skills before encouraging them to apply for a job they like online at Amazon.jobs/careerday. A Seattle University professor says a large influx of jobs in the region means more income and competitive salaries for people, but it is also challenging supporting industries to keep up.…

brad pitt and james gray take a giant leap with ‘ad astra’

Brad Pitt made the first move with James Gray. In 1995, he saw Gray’s debut “Little Odessa” and decided to call up the young filmmaker behind the grim Brooklyn crime drama. They’ve been talking ever since — about films, life and working together. But it would take almost 25 years for the stars to finally align, fittingly, for an ambitious, original space odyssey called “Ad Astra” that opens in theaters nationwide Friday. “It’s a gutsy film,” Pitt said last month. The 55-year-old both produced and stars in the story about an astronaut who ventures almost entirely alone into the outer reaches of space to investigate a disturbance that may be tied to his missing father. It’s something Gray had been working on for years. Pitt’s choice of the word “gutsy” is appropriate, not…

huawei debuts phone without google apps as us sanctions bite

Huawei launched a new flagship smartphone this week but it comes without popular Google apps such as Chrome or YouTube after U.S. sanctions kicked in, limiting its appeal to consumers. The Chinese tech giant unveiled the Mate 30 series of phones at an event in Munich, Germany. The devices, including one for new 5G networks, run on an open source version of Google’s Android operating system, which by default doesn’t come preinstalled with the U.S. tech company’s suite of popular apps and services that licensed versions have. It also doesn’t come with the Google Play Store, the main way users outside China access Android apps. Huawei, the world’s second-biggest smartphone maker, is fighting to save its business after the Trump administration blocked access to U.S. components and technology in May on national security grounds. Washington…

report: more people are supporting nonprofit news sites

Nonprofit news organizations, a growth area in the troubled field of journalism, are broadening their base of support to take in almost as much from individual donors as they do from foundations. A report issued Wednesday by the Institute for Nonprofit News said nearly three-quarters of its 240 members have launched since 2008, an average of one start-up per month. Nonprofit organizations include probing sites like ProPublica and the Center for Investigative Journalism, regional organizations like Texas Tribune and VT Digger and specialized organizations such as North Carolina Health News and the Food and Environment Reporting Network. INN members employ nearly 2,000 journalists; there are an estimated 100 more such sites that aren’t members of the trade group, said Sue Cross, the institute’s executive director. At a time when newspapers are closing and…

nasa manager casts doubt on 2024 moon landing by astronauts

A top NASA manager cast doubt Wednesday on the space agency’s ability to land astronauts on the moon by 2024. Kenneth Bowersox, acting associate administrator for human exploration and operations, told a Congressional subcommittee that NASA is doing its best to meet the White House-imposed deadline. But he noted: “I wouldn’t bet my oldest child’s upcoming birthday present or anything like that.” Bowersox — a former space shuttle and space station commander — said it’s good for NASA to have “that aggressive goal.” Many things need to come together, like funding and technical challenges, he said, for 2024 to stand a chance. “What’s important is that we launch when we’re ready, that we have a successful mission when it launches, and I’m not going to sit here and tell you that just arbitrarily…