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The iPhone 11 range, like most of its predecessors, has been heavily leaked many times now, with the latest leak taking the form of CAD (computer-aided design) images, showing the possible designs of all three upcoming phones from both front and back.Shared by SlashLeaks, you can see that all three handsets (which for now we’ll call the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Max and iPhone 11R) have a large notch similar to the one found on the iPhone XS range.In fact, the whole front of the phones in these images looks very similar to the previous years' handsets.The back is where you’ll find the main visual difference, and it’s one we’ve seen leaked plenty of times already.We’re talking, of course, about the square camera block in the top left corner.The iPhone 11 probably won't join our list of 5G phones
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A Michigan resident’s 21-year-old pet alligator died this week after it escaped from its home and was struck by a vehicle, authorities said.The gator, named Wally, somehow escaped from a home in Delta Township, per the Lansing State Journal.Eaton County Sheriff’s Office officials were notified after a woman on her way to work Thursday morning noticed the animal on the side of the road — an unusual site as the reptiles aren’t native to the state.Lansing resident Scott Nigoff also saw the animal, which weighed roughly 100 pounds and was 5 feet in length, while on his way to work.He later took to Facebook with pictures of the reptile.ALBINO ALLIGATORS AT FLORIDA ANIMAL PARK PRODUCE RARE BATCH OF 19 EGGS
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Oracle today introduced Autonomous Database Dedicated, a private database service inside the Oracle public cloud.The new service is aimed at helping enterprise customers with high security or operational policy requirements get cloud database management services.Oracle’s Autonomous Database automatically takes care of database infrastructure issues such as hardware provisioning, configuration, security, and software installation.Machine learning is used to detect patterns and anomalies and take care of some elements of database management or predict hardware stack failure in datacenters.“For regulatory reasons, a lot of our enterprise customers need to be on their own dedicated infrastructure, which is one of the motivators for us to introduce this new deployment choice for the Autonomous Database,” Oracle master product manager of databases Maria Colgan told VentureBeat in a phone interview.“This gives customers a private database cloud running on a dedicated exadata infrastructure inside the Oracle public cloud, effectively giving them an ideal platform for databases and services to run any size database with any type of workload and any type of criticality inside of that private database cloud,” Colgan said.
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Budderfly, which aims to bring corporate customers energy savings without out-of-pocket costs, today announced it has raised $55 million in a growth equity and debt funding round led by Balance Point Capital, with participation from Connecticut Innovations.The fresh funds follow a $22 million funding round that included Edison Partners and the state of Connecticut (via the Department of Economic and Community Development).CEO Albert Subbloie says the money will fuel the startup’s go-to-market efforts and accelerate its product growth.“Successful energy management is a real problem for most organizations, due to the complex and fragmented nature of the energy space.It is a daunting challenge for companies to navigate and implement energy efficiency measures with the many and complex energy savings solutions being offered by hundreds of vendors.“Our service combines accurate point of consumption measurement and controls with our energy efficient infrastructure upgrades, maintenance, expertise, and monitoring to provide a one-stop, single vendor energy management solution that delivers real savings to our customers.”
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He and his colleagues at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have built a chip about the size of a grain of rice, which they keep in a small freezer at around −430 degrees Fahrenheit.Confined by an electric force field, the ion hovers 30 microns above the surface of the chip.They want to study particles such as electrons, atoms, and molecules, which often entails cooling them to temperatures near absolute zero so they slow down to a more manageable speed.Their method achieves 50 times more precision than the previous best techniques, which also means that they can make measurements 50 times faster than before.They call this method “squeezing,” because in a way, they “squeeze” uncertainty from one property to another.To be clear, squeezing doesn’t violate the uncertainty principle.
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The party started last year at WWDC 2018 when Apple announced a "sneak peek" at four of its own apps that it converted from iOS to MacOS.At WWDC 2019 earlier this month, Apple announced Project Catalyst, which streamlines the process for all software makers to bring their own iOS apps to Mac.But he also revealed that the apps will get new designs to make them more Mac-like."The underlying technology has matured...Some of that is super low-level stuff.While much of that is developer talk -- AppKit is what's used to build MacOS apps and UIKit is used to build iOS apps -- it's clear that Mac users can expect a welcome update to News, Voice Memos, Home and Stocks in MacOS 10.15 Catalina."We've looked at the design and features of some of those apps and said we can make this a bit more of a Mac experience through changes that are independent of the use of Catalyst, but are just design team decisions," Federighi said.
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2019 has been a transformative year for Honor, Huawei’s junior brand, with the introduction of the excellent Honor View 20 and Honor 20 Pro.For the first time, this budget brand was competing for the attention and money of smartphone shoppers at the high end of the market.But then the United States used Huawei as a proxy to escalate its trade war with the China, and Honor became collateral damage in the process.The official situation right now is that the US has banned its domestic companies from engaging in business with Huawei, which includes Honor, though there’s been a 90-day reprieve that muddies the situation.Honor’s approach to this global trade drama has been to just keep going with its product plans, in the hope that things will improve sooner rather than later.And that’s how we arrive at the global launch of the Honor 20, which today gets a price and release date for its first markets outside of China.
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It counts my steps and gives a me bit of a thrilling buzz on when I've reached my daily goal.It computes the necessary maths to turn those into steps and (kilo)calories.That data – even though we generate it – does not belong to us.I wonder how I'd feel if my fitness tracker fed all my stats to someone else – someone I wouldn't ever know – and never told me anything.Suppose if my fitness tracker issued a soft buzz every time I passed a cafe, and told me I'd earned a nice cake?Within a month I'd gain twenty kilos, led down the garden path by a device that had gathered enough intimate details about me to know just the right way to nudge me away from my better interests.
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A University of Texas at Arlington researcher who has done extensive research on Texas watersheds received a $499,981 grant to analyze regional drainage and propose recommendations for future flood prevention in nine counties in southeast Texas.The project will focus on organizing regional oversight and coordination of drainage infrastructure in Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Newton, Orange, Tyler, Polk, Liberty and Chambers counties."We will collect existing topographic and geographic information system data in these counties," said Nick Fang, assistant professor of civil engineering."We'll then work with local communities and their leaders to use the data analysis to develop needed water strategies.What we are looking for are possible changes to coding and/or zoning practices that will prevent or lessen regional flooding damage from future natural disasters."UTA's award is part of a $1.53 million grant from the Texas General Land Office to the University of Texas at San Antonio.
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Roli wants to change that with the latest entry in its family of modular ‘Blocks‘ instruments, a light-up keyboard called the Lumi.It’s far from the first light-up keyboard around – I’ve already reviewed two of them on this very site – but it might just be the cleverest iteration of the concept yet.The company had focused on its futuristic Seaboard concept – an innovative keyboard made of a continuous pressure-sensitive surface – that a more traditional keyboard seemed out of the question.Follow-the-lights keyboards have been around for decades, but the Lumi takes the concept to a new level.They’re also usually one or two colors.The Lumi lights up the entire key in a full suite of vibrant colors of varying intensities.
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Being ambitious is all well and good, but most would hope the ambitious are living in the world of reality.Politicians tend to exaggerate when it comes to promises on the campaign trail, and Tory leadership hopeful Boris Johnson (BoJo) certainly has history; who could forget the £350 million we were going to save the NHS every day by leaving the European Union.The latest promise from BoJo is his government would deliver full-fibre broadband to every single person in the UK by 2025.This target would wipe off eight years from the current strategy set up by the Government in the Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review (FTIR).However, what is worth bearing in mind is that the ambitious always have been criticised.If BoJo has had these telco smarts all along, able to solve one of the biggest challenges the industry has faced in decades, he certainly was playing the long-game in keeping them to himself.
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With a hygienic design ensure that you are not just a food quality and consumer health, and you will also protect your brand name. "There must be something in the food that should not be there quite easily," says Tommy Karlsson, senior technical manager at the company, FlexLinks food tech department.FlexLink has been working with the automation solutions industry for more than forty years, and has extensive experience in the delivery of the components of the system for the whole of the line.the Hygienic design means that the design of the equipment, in order to minimize bacterial growth and contamination. " the equipment is easy to clean, which reduces the risk of bacteria and chemicals that are left behind and thus greatly simplifies the HACCP implementation.It's to avoid sharp corners, to make better use of the water spolkraft to the lack of space between the components to avoid the formation of surface tension of water, which can leave a chemical liquid in which the bacteria are able to grow the business.
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Microsoft had such grand plans for Windows 10.Like any proud parent, the company wanted its offspring to succeed in life, to have opportunities galore.Go to an Ivy League college, land a good job.To Microsoft, Windows 10 would be different than, better than, the other kids.It would improve itself several times a year, not just once every several years.It would be smarter, more helpful because it evolved faster and, so, adapted with the times.
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by Jessica verdi's Operas (formerly Dick's) is a new partner in Well Street Parties.so Far, Wellstreet has invested in over 40 companies, with an input of up to 2 million at the time.Many of these are now preparing for a major round of"' said Jessica verdi's Operas.the Goal is to make a further three to eight investments over the rest of the start of 2019.the Fund is based in the Wellstreets coworkinghus, The Factory in the north of Stockholm, sweden.the Idea is that it should be up to the end of 2019.”
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AT has become the latest retailer to cancel preorders for the Galaxy Fold.In an email received by Tom’s Guide regarding the publication’s preorder device, AT said that “Samsung delayed the release of the phone, which means we can’t ship your phone.” Tom’s Guide reports that other customers also received the same email.In April, AT said it expected the device to ship today, on June 13th.Best Buy canceled its Galaxy Fold preorders last month, and Samsung also announced it would cancel any of its own preorders unless customers specifically told it otherwise.AT said that any money paid in advance would be refunded, and that affected customers would receive a $100 AT Promotion Card within the next 60 days.Customers can re-order the Galaxy Fold through AT once Samsung announces a new release date, but it’s unclear exactly when this will be.
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We've heard a new Asus ROG Phone will launch in July, and now Asus has confirmed that, as well as naming a big new feature for the gamer-oriented handset.In a post advertising the company's partnership with Tencent Games, of PlayerUnknown's BattleGrounds fame, and showing off a new fighting game Under the One Man, Asus confirmed the name Asus ROG Phone 2 (albeit in Chinese) and advertised that it'd come with a 120Hz screen.A 120Hz display means the screen refreshes with new images 120 times per second, which is useful for various functions, particularly gaming, where quick reflexes and responses can be useful in competitive situations.The Asus ROG Phone 2 having a 120Hz refresh rate makes it competitive with the Razer Phone and Razer Phone 2, which are currently the only smartphones able to boast that particular spec.Gaming handsets are a competitive niche market – as well as the Asus ROG Phone and Razer Phone series, the Black Shark 2 just launched, and so Asus adding a 120Hz screen to its phone is an important way of it standing above the competition.We don't know much about the Asus ROG Phone other than its 120Hz screen, but we're expecting to see it release in July based on the release of the original ROG Phone.
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Facebook has a new app out that will pay users for data on how they use apps on their phone.Study From Facebook is the social media company's way to learn how people use mobile apps.According to its page, participants will be paid for agreeing to share their apps usage data such as what apps are installed on the phone, how much time do they spend using those apps and what devices are being used.Not anyone can participate in Study.Facebook will run ads about Study on its platform and elsewhere.Those who click on the ad will provide details about themselves that will determine if they're selected, and a Facebook account is not required.
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The difference here is that Sweetwater’s never laid off an employee, sold out to shareholders, or compromised on its founder‘s vision.Some companies actually walk what they talk.And it’s hands-down the world’s largest online music retailer.Yes, Sweetwater is an empire whose growth is driven by the profits of its sales-front.Sweetwater Studios ensures the Sweetwater brand doesn’t just become internet-based revenue goals and hyperlinks.TNW spoke to Mark Hornsby, VP of operations at Sweetwater Studios, on the phone for half an hour and revenue didn’t come up once.
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A locked iPhone is not able to connect to any network besides its original carrier's, so you'll have to follow a series of steps to unlock it before switching providers.Let's say you're about to pull a Paul Marcarelli — the "can you hear me now" guy, that is — and ditch Verizon for Sprint.Well, there are just a few things to consider before you make the switch, among them the task of unlocking your iPhone.It's a necessary step in changing carriers that you might not even know about until you insert that shiny new SIM card into your iPhone, then find that you're unable to send texts or make a call.If you paid for your iPhone in full at the time of purchase, then it's likely already unlocked, but if you've made payments under an installment plan, you might need the following steps.Not to be confused with the lock screen that asks for your passcode to gain entry to your phone, this particular "unlocking" is one that Verizon, AT, T-Mobile, or the like has employed using software code to ensure a phone only connects to their network.
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at every announcement and the irreplicable presence of Ikumi Nakamura, we found ourselves with a Doom Eternal release date, a Fallout 76 Battle Royale mode, an entirely new game from Arkane Studios and tons of Elder Scrolls information.Bethesda's pre-E3 messaging, reading between the lines, seemed to be all about connectivity."Be together", sang the slogans, and Bethesda focused on their connections with the players to kick things off, with developers and creatives taking the chance to say thanks."You mean everything to us," said Pete Hines, senior vice president of global marketing and communications -- and the focus definitely remained on the fans throughout the show.The raucous crowd (one guy is going to have no voice tomorrow) lapped up every announcement and Todd Howard even apologized for some of the Fallout 76 issues.The new game features Billy and Billie, the children of the original Billy Blaze.
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It's been almost a decade since the last tourist visited the International Space Station via a Russian spacecraft, but NASA could be opening the hatch to new private astronauts as soon as 2020.The space agency introduced a broad initiative on Friday that rolls out a welcome mat for private astronauts, commercial businesses and marketing opportunities onboard the ISS.The goal is to "accelerate a thriving commercial economy in low-Earth orbit."NASA envisions a future where commercial interests have populated low-Earth orbit and the agency becomes a customer of those businesses in order to save on costs.The private astronaut aspect of the initiative is particularly intriguing.NASA says it could accommodate two astronauts per year on privately funded, dedicated commercial spaceflights using spacecraft developed through the Commercial Crew Program with Boeing and SpaceX.
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Everybody hates San Francisco right now.“San Francisco broke America’s heart,” the Washington Post declared last month.Hours before the film was set to premiere in front of a local audience, Wired sat down with them and other cast members inside the Fairmont Hotel, high atop San Francisco’s poshest hill, full of mansions built by railroad barons during the city’s original economic boom, to talk about how the tech industry is bulldozing the city they’ve always called home.Born and raised in SF, the two friends met at Precita Park in the Mission district when they were in high school.“You're proud so you don't want to be like, ‘Hey, do you want to be friends?’ But you're kind of thinking that.” One night, they finally talked—and the talking didn’t stop.They’d look out at the changing skyline, telling stories and creating art as a way to hold onto some ineffable San Francisconess amid the change.
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Sonos released its Play:1 speaker in 2013.In the fast-moving world of consumer technology, that’s an age.And yet, it’s still a really decent piece of kit.And now, you can get two of them for $298 on World Wide Stereo – that’s down $100 from the usual price of $398.The Sonos Play:1 is a network speaker.It connects over Wi-Fi or Ethernet, allowing you to easily stream from your preferred music platform.
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Destiny’s Sword has all the trappings of a huge sci-fi adventure: an intergalactic war, big mech suits, and team-based combat.But indie studio 2Dogs Games hopes that the game’s focus on mental health issues is what’s going to make it a memorable experience.Coming to PC in 2020, Destiny’s Sword is a free-to-play massively multiplayer online game (MMO) centered on an ongoing conflict over a precious mineral resource.You play as a commander in charge of your a squad of soldiers, managing their careers as they cycle in and out of duty.“It really felt like it was the right time to try and do something innovative in the industry and change the way players interact in online games — [to create] a healthier, more positive game experience,” 2Dogs founder and CEO Ken Hall said in an interview with GamesBeat.“And that’s why I founded the company and put a team together of people who really want to change the way we play these online games.”
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Netflix is following the lead of many other tech companies before it with the introduction of a feed in its mobile app.Called ‘Extras,’ the feed is appearing for a small number of Netflix users on the company’s mobile app, where they’re given access to a dedicated scrolling page of content related to the company’s vast video library.Feeds are arguably the most common design element in mobile apps — they’re present on the majority of social networks, for example, as well as in image and video apps like Instagram.The design is convenient on mobile, where users can rapidly scroll down through a feed to see content, including what’s new.The Netflix Extras feed gives its users an extra look at the company’s content, including trailers for shows they might want to watch, images, and other similar content.Netflix confirmed the test to Variety, though cautioned that it may not become a permanent feature in the app.
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Microsoft is expanding the Xbox brand in expected ways but a new announcement shows that the company is willing to step off the beaten path a bit, as well.Partnering up with Lynx, the company behind Axe body spray, GameSpot reports that Microsoft revealed an Xbox line of personal care products including shower gel, body spray, and deodorant.The Lynx Xbox scent is described as a “fresh scent of pulsing green citrus, featuring top notes of kaffir lime and winter lemon, aromatic herbal middle notes of mint and sage, and woody bottom notes of patchouli and clearwood.”“We see Xbox fans achieve incredible things every day, and we wanted to celebrate that elevated skill, passion, and determination by creating something truly special,” Tania Chee, Xbox Australia’s business group lead, told The Verge.“Now, powering up can be as simple as a quick spray before you head out the door.”In gaming, Microsoft is strengthening the move to support PC by creating a dedicated Xbox Game Pass for PC gamers and is expanding Xbox Live to Android, iOS, and Nintendo Switch.
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HOUSTON - (June 3, 2019) - With a little practice, it doesn't take much more than 10 minutes, a couple of bags and a big bucket to keep nanomaterials in their place.Years ago, members of the lab became concerned that nanotubes could escape into the air, and developed a cheap and clean method to keep them contained as they were transferred from large containers into jars for experimental use.The Rice lab typically stores the tubes in 5-gallon plastic buckets, and simply opening the lid is enough to send them flying because of their low density.Full details are available in the paper, but the precautions include making sure workers are properly attired with long pants, long sleeves, lab coats, full goggles and face masks, along with two pairs of gloves duct-taped to the lab coat sleeves.These can be recovered and returned to the storage container.He's sure other labs can and will enhance the technique for their own circumstances.
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Apple’s Mac computer lineup might look much the same as it did several years ago, but macOS — the operating system underlying all those machines — has been slowly but surely evolving to become more like iOS for iPads and iPhones.That process continues today with the announcement of macOS Catalina, aka macOS 10.15, at Apple’s 2019 WWDC in San Jose.Catalina notably marks the end of iTunes, the media player and library manager that fueled the early growth of iPods, iPhones, and iPads.As was rumored in the weeks prior to WWDC, iTunes is giving way to separate Music, Podcasts, and TV apps similar to previously released iPad versions.Users will still have access to key iTunes synchronization features, now located within the macOS Finder itself.Two of Catalina’s other tentpole features are wholly new: Sidecar is a previously disclosed feature that will enable the Mac to use an iPad with Apple Pencil as a secondary display for apps such as Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Illustrator.
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Motorola this week announced the Moto Z4, the latest in its family of phones compatible with attachable accessories.Quite frankly, I’m kind of amazed that Motorola is still making modular phones three years later, but I’m all for it.The Z4 is no longer aiming at the flagship market, coming with a Snapdragon 675, 4GB of RAM, and 128 GB of storage.That should definitely offer good enough performance for most people – and Motorola claims the 3,600 mAh battery should last for two days – but it does lend the device a less-than-premium vibe.On the plus side, the company actually brought back the headphone jack because of consumer demand.Also notable is the single rear camera, which is a bit puzzling given even the budget Moto G7 has dual cameras.
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Repeat after me, better software costs less...Interview ThoughtWorks chief scientist Martin Fowler has written about the curious inverse relationship between quality and cost in the field of software development.The user cannot distinguish between good or bad internal design simply by observing the user interface or the features, he observed."Progress is rapid initially, but as time goes on it gets harder to add new features," he writes on his personal website."Even small changes require programmers to understand large areas of code, code that's difficult to understand.It follows that maintaining high quality both internally and externally enables increased productivity and lower cost, but this runs counter to the human instinct that high quality costs more.
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