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As researchers deepen their understanding of children’s role in the pandemic, some argue they are being overlooked in the race to a vaccine.
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The state of California is trying to force ride-hailing companies to treat their drivers as permanent employees, but they would rather shut down.
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As businesses around the world slowly start to reopen after being forced to shut down operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the graduates of the class of 2020 are sharpening their presentation skills and updating their resumes to look for employment opportunities. But will their polished resumes make them more competitive relative to their peers? The answer may surprise you. In today’s digitally mediated world, well-prepared resumes may not be enough to make you stand out among hundreds of candidates. Due to the increasing use of social media around the globe (especially now during #socialdistancing), many recruiters and hiring managers… This story continues at The Next Web
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Deploying the Navy to stop migrants crossing the Channel would be “unlawful, reckless and dangerous”, human rights campaigners have warned. Steve Valdez-Symonds, from Amnesty International UK, said that while ministers “beat their chests”, the “real and immediate needs of women, men and children fleeing war and persecution are being ignored.”“What is needed is cooperation with France to share responsibility for providing a place of safety, including the UK government reuniting families and enabling more people to travel safely to make asylum claims in this country,” he said. The message comes after the Home Office formally asked defence chiefs for naval support for the Border Force in the Dover Straits amid a spike in people making the perilous journey to reach the UK. In a statement, the Ministry of Defence said it was “assessing the requirement using the formal Military Aid to the Civilian Authorities process and are working hard to identify how we can most effectively assist”. But Valdez-Symonds said the only people benefitting from the government’s “increasing determination to shirk responsibility” was “smugglers and hate-mongers”. “It is wholly legitimate for people to seek asylum in this country - even though relatively few people do - and sadly, for some, these dangerous journeys are the only means available,” he added. More than 4,000 migrants have now reached the UK in 2020 by crossing the English Channel in small boats, the PA news agency reported on Sunday – including families with young children. Aid workers in Calais have reported “unbelievably tough” conditions for migrants in Calais in recent weeks. Care4Calais founder Clare Moseley said: “Sending warships to meet traumatised migrants is not the response of a civilised nation.“They are exhausted, scared and defenceless. They are not in any way a threat.”Moseley told PA: “I have been in Calais for five years and yet every day I hear new stories from people who have lost their families in conflicts, suffered torture under harsh regimes or been cruelly persecuted for political or religious beliefs.“They never chose to leave their homes and everything they know; migrants are forced to flee by terrible events beyond their control.“Priti Patel’s calls for more action have resulted in daily police raids that leave people exhausted, scared and not knowing which way to turn.”On Sunday, the home secretary appointed a ‘Clandestine Channel Threat Commander’ – a new role designed to lead the UK’s response to “tackling illegal attempts to reach the UK”. Patel said: “The number of illegal small boat crossings is appalling.“We are working to make this route unviable and arresting the criminals facilitating these crossings and making sure they are brought to justice.” However, her comments come after HuffPost UK revealed on Saturday that – despite pursuing discussions with the Ministry of Defence – it had still not reopened its flagship settlement scheme.It means that thousands of refugees had not been able to come to the UK through one of the only available safe and legal routes. Despite this Chris Philp, minister for immigration compliance, said there had been an “unacceptable increase” in the number of migrants crossing the Channel in the past week. “France is a safe country, so I share the anger and frustration of the public,” he said. “This situation simply cannot go on.“I will be in Paris early next week to seek to agree stronger measures with them, including interceptions and returns, to tackle this shared challenge head on.“We have to make the route completely unviable. Then migrants will have no incentive to come to northern France or attempt the crossing in the first place.”Philp said the government intends to “return as many migrants who have arrived as possible”. “There are returns flights planned in the coming days,” he said. “And we will also continue to go after the heinous criminals and organised crime networks putting people’s lives at risk.“Twenty-two people smugglers have been jailed this year and two more were charged recently.”Meanwhile, asked about reports that the Navy will be brought in to stop migrants crossing the Channel, a Home Office spokesperson said: “The Home Office submitted a Military Aid to Civilian Authorities request on Friday as part of its work into the situation in the English Channel.“Home Office staff have been working closely with MoD colleagues over the weekend in order to assess what military expertise and capability can be provided.”Related... Elderly Woman Threatened With Deportation Gains Support Of Black Lives Matter Protesters Refugee Resettlement Scheme Still Closed Despite Record Channel Crossings Priti Patel Accused Of 'Sabre-Rattling' Over Reports Navy Could Turn Back Migrant Boats
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Series of bugs could allow hackers to take control of Apple Mac devices using infected Office documents.
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An artificial intelligence-generated poem roasted Tesla CEO Elon Musk for his infamous Twitter presence, according to The Economist. The poem was created by GPT-3, the third-generation machine learning model from the San Francisco-based OpenAI, which was cofounded by Musk. The algorithm has garnered attention in the AI world for its advanced capabilities in interpreting datasets to churn out human-like text — in this case, a poem. The poem is entitled "Elon Musk by Dr. Seuss" and specifically references a 2018 tweet that landed him in hot water with the SEC, resulting in his exit as Tesla chairman and a $10 million fine. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Tesla CEO Elon Musk's notorious Twitter presence was the inspiration for an AI-generated poem, written using the software from OpenAI, the company Musk himself helped found. According to The Economist, the San Francisco-based OpenAI supplied certain people, like artist Arram Sabeti, with an early version of the GPT-3 language in mid-July to test its capabilities. Sabeti used the algorithm to generate the poem, entitled "Elon Musk by Dr. Seuss," which you can read in full below: "The SEC said, "Musk,/your tweets are a blight./They really could cost you your job,/if you don't stop/all this tweetingat night."/…Then Musk cried, "Why?/The tweets I wrote are not mean,/I don't use all-caps/and I'm sure that my tweets are clean."/"But your tweets can move markets/and that's why we're sore./You may be a genius/and a billionaire,/but that doesn't give you the right to be a bore!" The AI-generated poem references Musk's oftentimes incendiary comments posted on Twitter. In one case, the Tesla CEO took to the platform in August 2018, tweeting that has was considering taking the company private at $420 per share and that funding was secured. The tweet "caused significant confusion and disruption in the market for Tesla's stock and resulting harm to investors," according to the Security Exchange Commission, which filed a lawsuit against Musk. The SEC alleged that Musk "falsely indicated" that the company had secured funding on Twitter and that the $420 share price was 20% higher than it actually was at the time. The lawsuit resulted in Musk stepping down as Tesla chairman and coughing up a $10 million fine. GPT-3, the five-year-old research lab's third iteration of the language-generation model, has been heralded as a piece of advanced artificial intelligence technology. It can interpret patterns in text created by humans and use that insight to churn out human-like language based on a prompt.  OpenAI's new tool has been called "groundbreaking," despite having some "serious weaknesses," but a discussion has long existed concerning how artificial intelligence can contribute to biased language and misinformation. The company had previously said the language was too dangerous to release as open-source software since it could easily be misused. But in mid-June, the firm said it would start selling the algorithm in a private beta.  Musk cofounded OpenAI in 2015 with a handful of entrepreneurs, including ex-Y Combinator president Sam Altman. Musk said last February that he had not been "closely involved" with OpenAI for over a year, as he was focusing more closely on Tesla and SpaceX. He also said he "didn't agree with some of what the OpenAI team wanted to do." Read the full feature on The Economist here.SEE ALSO: Elon Musk tweeted that the Egyptian pyramids were built by aliens. Here are 39 of the most outrageous things he's said over the years. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: How waste is dealt with on the world's largest cruise ship
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Mexico, US boffins used technique 'for the first time' with ground-based radio 'scopes to spot exoplanet Astronomers discovered an exoplanet for the first time using the astrometry technique with ground-based radio telescopes, according to fresh research published in The Astronomical Journal on Tuesday.…
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Samsung's Galaxy Note and Note Ultra are poised to be sleek do-everything machines, but they come with surprising design choices.
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Activision Blizzard is the latest company to report healthy financial growth through the coronavirus period as revenues jump 38%.
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It's good at taking notes. Plus: Tablet-sized foldable, ear beans, and more Samsung has unveiled two new models of its Galaxy Note smartphone and made sure they're really good at helping you to take notes.…
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Outer space and aliens are genre favorites, but sci-fi also has time travel, parallel dimensions, and more.
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Coronavirus has changed everything. Make sense of it all with the Waugh Zone, our evening politics briefing. Sign up now. The government has insisted it has “robust” security systems in place, following reports that secret documents detailing trade talks between the UK and US were stolen from former trade secretary Liam Fox.On Monday, Reuters reported suspected Russian hackers had accessed Fox’s emails multiple times last year.Fox is currently the UK’s nominee to lead the World Trade Organisation (WTO).The documents, which were leaked, were seized upon by Jeremy Corbyn during the 2019 election campaign as proof Tories were hatching a trade deal with Donald Trump to “sell off” the NHS to American private health and drug firms.There is no suggestion that Labour was in any way involved in the original leak of the papers.Dominic Raab announced last month that the UK’s intelligence assessment was that “Russian actors” – a way of describing hostile hackers as opposed to Moscow’s intelligence agencies – had “almost certainly” sought to interfere in the election by “amplifying” the documents online.A government spokesperson said today: “There is an ongoing criminal investigation into how the documents were acquired, and it would be inappropriate to comment further at this point.“But, as you would expect, the government has very robust systems in place to protect the IT systems of officials and staff.”Fox served as international trade secretary from July 2016 until July 2019, having previously been the defence secretary. The former cabinet minister has been contacted for comment.Parliament’s intelligence and security committee (ISC) recently accused the government of being too slow to recognise the potential threat posed by Russia to British democratic processes.The committee said ministers did not properly consider whether Moscow could interfere in the Brexit referendum until after the event.The ISC report found that the government “took its eye off the ball” of the Russian threat, underestimated its dangers and was “still playing catch-up” on attempted manipulation of British democracy.Related... London And Other Areas Could Face Travel Lockdown, No.10 Confirms
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The DualShock 4 can be used to play PS4 games on Sony's backward-compatible next-gen console, but not games made for the PlayStation 5.
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Coronavirus has changed everything. Make sense of it all with the Waugh Zone, our evening politics briefing. Sign up now. Travel in and out of London and other areas across England could be halted to curb a second wave of Covid-19. No.10 confirmed the government could move to shutdown local transport networks and stop travel if any “localised area” was “badly affected”.  It comes amid a flurry of reports that airports in the capital could be frozen and other travel stopped.Asked to clarify whether such a lockdown could happen in London, Boris Johnson’s official spokesperson did not rule it out and said other places could face a similar ban.They said: “If you look at the Contain strategy which we published just over two weeks ago, it sets out within there the possibility of putting in place restrictions on travel, if there is an area that is particularly badly affected, and one of the steps within that potentially includes closing down local transport networks. “So, it’s there, it’s contained in the document. It’s not a new thing. “We’ve informed the public and politicians of that being a potential action that we can take. “But to be clear it is not something specific to London or anywhere else, it is something which would be used if there was a specific outbreak in a town or city or localised area.” Last week, Downing Street reimposed some lockdown measures in Manchester and parts of the north as new data revealed a surge in positive tests for the virus. Since then, a major incident has been declared in Manchester. Reports have also emerged that the government is weighing up plans to introduce shielding measures for the over-50s. It is also thought fresh restrictions on households meeting could be on the cards. Appearing on LBC radio on Monday, business minister Nadhim Zahawi also refused to rule out a London lockdown. He said: “We constantly look at how the virus is behaving.“If we see the virus spreading in a particular way in London, as we‘ve seen in Manchester and West Yorkshire, where it’s spreading through people coming into another person’s home and that’s the way it’s spread, then we will discuss that with the police and we will not hesitate to act.”Zahawi was repeatedly asked if this meant nobody going in or out of the capital. He said: “Look, I don’t want to speculate and set hares running in any way on your programme.“What I would say is look at the way we’re dealing with it, whether in Leicester or Manchester and West Yorkshire and East Lancashire or elsewhere. “We will actually follow how the virus is behaving and how it is being transmitted between people and then act accordingly.”Number 10 also warned that people must stick to the social distancing rules. The PM’s spokesperson said: “At the moment, the restrictions on social contact are limited to specific parts of the country which have seen localised flare-ups but everybody needs to continue the social distancing guidance.“We need to keep monitoring the situation, make sure everybody has access to testing and ensure that if we do see localised spikes in any part of England then we need to take action to deal with them.”Asked if Johnson agreed with comments made by Professor Graham Medley, a member of SAGE, that pubs may be forced to shut in order to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission and allow schools to open, the spokesperson said: “Our approach is a localised one where you would assess the situation on the ground and take whatever steps were required to slow the spread of the virus.“More broadly we are committed to supporting the hospitality industry which has had a very tough time.”Related... Opinion: Why Won't Boris Johnson Admit It's Too Dangerous To Keep Pubs Open? Greater Manchester Declares Major Incident After Rise In Coronavirus Infections Pubs Could Shut For Schools To Reopen In September, Scientific Adviser Warns
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Every browser has a private mode—but the privacy it offers has a limit.
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Lucid aims for "hands off, eyes off" freeway driving by 2023—but no robotaxis.
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NASA's newest Mars rover, Perseverance, lifted off from its launch pad at Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Thursday at 7:50 a.m. ET. The Atlas V rocket carrying the rover must complete a series of maneuvers as it flies through Earth's atmosphere to safely deliver the spacecraft to its Mars-bound path. If successful, Perseverance will search for signs of ancient alien life, drill Martian rock samples for later return to Earth, deliver the first interplanetary helicopter, and test technologies that humans will need to survive on Mars. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. A rocket carrying NASA's most ambitious Mars rover yet has launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, though its crucial journey through space is just beginning. The Perseverance rover and its landing apparatus is packed inside the top of a 197-foot Atlas V rocket at Cape Canaveral, Florida, Thursday morning. At 7:50 a.m. ET, the rocket's boosters fired and heaved it off the launchpad, beginning a high-stakes, hour-long rocket ride to the orbital path to deliver the robot to Mars. If it survives the journey ahead, the $2.4 billion mission's car-size rover will scan and drill Martian rock for signs of alien life, release the first-ever interplanetary helicopter from its belly, and test technologies that humans will need to survive on the red planet. The rocket must complete a series of complex maneuvers as it speeds through Earth's atmosphere, jettisoning outer layers and firing engines at the right moments to push Perseverance onto its path to Mars. The launch won't be a success until the rover's spacecraft separates from the rocket's upper stage and departs on its seven-month journey across interplanetary space. Here's how the launch should proceed: Liftoff, 7:50 a.m. ET Jettison solid rocket boosters, 7:51:49 a.m. Jettison payload fairing, 7:53:27 a.m. Cut off booster engine, 7:54:21 a.m. Separate the rocket's upper stage from the core booster, 7:54:27 a.m. Start the main engine, 7:54:37 a.m. Cut off the main engine, 8:01:39 a.m. Start the main engine again, 8:35:21 a.m. Cut off the main engine again, 8:42:59 a.m. Separate Mars rover spacecraft from the upper stage, 8:47:42 a.m. Start venting excess fuel out of the upper stage to avoid an explosion, 9:14:02 a.m. Launch operations complete, 9:57:22 a.m. The momentum from the launch and a big boost from Earth's rotation should carry the spacecraft over 314 million miles to reach Mars in February 2021. A giant jetpack should safely lower the rover into Mars's Jezero Crater — an ancient river delta that could harbor traces of alien life. Perseverance is programmed to search for those traces — ancient rocks containing chemical signatures that only life would leave behind — and prepare samples for later return to Earth. This marks July's third Mars launch. The United Arab Emirates and China each launched their own spacecraft to the red planet on July 18 and 23. All three missions are trying to catch Mars as it passes close to Earth. That won't happen again until 2022. This is a developing story.SEE ALSO: NASA stowed the first interplanetary helicopter in the belly of its Mars rover — a 'magic trick' that could return unprecedented video Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: 8 weird robots NASA wants to send to space
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The feature is only available wirelessly, but it's a start.
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This Jio Phone will be similar to its previous feature phone offerings possibly even cheaper.
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I've driven seven Porsche models since last year: the Panamera GTS Sport Turismo, the Cayenne Turbo, Coupé, and GTS; the 911 4S and Turbo S; and the Spyder. The range of vehicles I've driven covers a lot of ground, including a wagon, SUVs, and of course, sports cars. Porsche is making tremendous cars these days, and its lineup is among the best in the business But I can still come up with a ranking! And the top Porsche is the remarkable 718 Spyder. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Porsche is simply crushing it these days. Its lineup of vehicles is basically second to none, ranging from classic sports cars, such as the 911 and Cayman/Boxster/Spyder, to SUVs like the legendary Cayenne and popular Macan, to executive four-door versions of the Panamera. I've been on a Porsche run since late last year, starting by driving the Cayenne Turbo and culminating with the 718 Spyder. Each of these machines has been stupendously impressive. Porsche engineers continue to improve already great vehicles — a difficult job they make look easy. Obviously, we have a roster drawn from different segments here — sedan, SUV, 2+2 sports cars, and a two-seat convertible — and it's not like many shoppers are choosing between a car for hauling the family and one to explore the coast. So, take my ranking with a grain of salt. But I did it anyway, and here's how these seven Porsches stacked up:FOLLOW US: On Facebook for more car and transportation content! IN 7th PLACE: The 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupé. My tester, a well-optioned version of this fastback SUV that's a new thing for Porsche, stickered at $86,090. Read the review. The Cayenne Coupé under consideration here has a sloping roofline, much of which is glass, curving through an integrated spoiler and descending rakishly through a hatchback and terminating with a small, deck lid spoiler. The idea is to take a luxury SUV and add some flash, style, and sportiness. The front end, of course, defaults to the traditional bug-eyed design lingo that has defined Porsches since the 1950s. The Cayenne Coupé has a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6, making 335 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. The power heads to the all-wheel-drive system via an eight-speed automatic with a manual-shifting option. The top speed is 151 mph, and the 0-60 mph dash takes just under six seconds. Porsches aren't Mercedes. If you expect bling, you won't find it in here. Hope you enjoy the "Slate Gray" leather and subdued appointments. The trunk offers 22 cubic feet of cargo space, expandable to 54 with the rear seats dropped. The whole point of the Cayenne Coupé is to deliver a sportier Cayenne. And while it's plenty of fun, I craved a beefier engine option than the turbo six. IN 6TH PLACE: The 2019 Porsche Cayenne Turbo. My tester started at $125,000, but a batch of performance options added just over $10,000 to the already formidable sticker price. Read the review. Porsche has added character lines and a higher overall level of surface flash to the Cayenne, now in its third-generation. When the Cayenne first arrived in 2002, a big question was whether the traditional bug-eye Porsche design cues would translate to an SUV. They didn't, really, and they haven't — but now it doesn't matter because we've gotten used to it. The 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 makes 541 horsepower with 568 pound-feet of torque. This Porsche can tow nearly 8,000 pounds, which is staggering. My 0-60 time was around 4 seconds (Porsche says it's a few tenths quicker). The all-black leather interior is lovely, but also purposeful, in the way Porsche interiors often are. The Cayenne is a good-sized SUV, so rear legroom is pretty capacious. When the gaping rear maw opens, you have about 27 cubic feet of cargo space to work with and roughly double that when the second row of seats is folded down. That's really quite good. In summary, the Cayenne is simply good, good, and more good. The top-level Turbo trim is especially delightful, capable of orchestrating a brutal symphony of horsepower from that magnificent twin-turbo V8. IN 5TH PLACE: The 2019 Porsche Panamera GTS Sport Turismo. I tested a 2019 edition, wagonified Panamera GTS that cost a well-optioned $144,000. Read the review. Style-wise, I think the wagon-y Sport Turismo trim improves on the unloved Panamera design. The headlamps, with their four-point running-light feature, are a cool upgrade to the familiar Porsche bug-eyes fascia. Under that lovely hunk of plastic, a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 makes 453 horsepower with 457 pound feet of torque. The power is channeled to a torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive setup via a quick-shifting, eight-speed, dual-clutch transmission. The 0-60 mph time is about four seconds flat. The interior of my Panamera GTS Sport Turismo was a combo of leather and Alcantara, all in black. Severe! Purposeful! A study in not overdoing it. The dark grained wood and brushed metal trim were epic in their restraint. My time with the Sport Turismo took place in San Francisco, so I was able to check out its baggage-toting capability. At 18 cubic feet, it's adequate but not much more. My suitcase gobbled up about half the trunk. To sum it up, the Panamera's GTS ST's V8, snappy transmission, dynamic chassis feature, and torque-vectoring combined to fill me with confidence on freeways, byways, and some twisty asphalt. And I really liked the wagon treatment! IN 4TH PLACE: The 2021 Porsche Cayenne GTS. My 2021 tester wore a glorious Carmine Red paint job and stickered at $167,070. Read the review. I personally prefer the silhouette of the SUV over that of the Coupé. There's no question that the ute form is boxier. The GTS's ride height has been lowered about 30 millimeters, to enhance aerodynamics. Bug-eyes? Well, sure, but the swept-back design somewhat mitigates that effect. The LED "Matrix Design" lamps come equipped with technology that Porsche says lets them to adapt to oncoming traffic and bend illumination around corners. The Cayenne GTS rocks a 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 engine, making 453 horsepower with 457 pound-feet of torque. The power is sent to the all-wheel-drive system through an eight-speed automatic transmission with a manual mode. Porsche interiors aren't overtly luxurious, nor are they supposed to be. But the Cayenne GTS's has something else going for it: sporty touches, including red contract topstitching and GTS logos. Cargo-wise, with the back seats in use, there's 27 cubic feet to work with; drop the back seats and that increases to 60 cubic feet. In summary, what we have with the GTS is the opposite of what the critics feared: a very fast (0-60 in about 4.5 seconds) four-door Porsche with a big ol' cargo hold. It corners like it's on rails (rear-axle steering lends an assist) and it can drop the hammer in a straight line. IN 3RD PLACE: The 2020 Porsche 911 Turbo S. I drove a $224,000 example of the eighth generation of the greatest sports car in the world Read the review. The 911's unmistakable design has been more or less unchanged since the early 1960s. Over the decades, however, the styling has become sleeker and more aggressive. A variable front spoiler lip and active cooling vents make maximum use of the torrents the 911 Turbo S generates from its impressive speed. Zero to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds, according to Porsche, and possibly 2.5, according to me. An incredibly potent 640-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter flat-six lives at the 911's rear. It makes 590 pound-feet of torque. Both numbers are significant increases on the previous-generation Turbo S: 60 more horses and 37 more pound-feet. The power is sent to the all-wheel-drive system though an eight-speed dual clutch transmission. The slate-gray leather interior is rather minimalist for a car this expensive. Other tones are limited to brushed metal and piano-black surfaces, as well as some Alcantara. 911s aren't noted for cargo capacity. The front trunk can handle — maybe — a pair of overnight bags. The Turbo S is the top dog in the 911 hierarchy, sitting atop the Carrera and GTS ranges. The $200,000-plus price tag is daunting, but for the most serious drivers, the Turbo and Turbo S are the pinnacle of Porsche-ness. IN 2ND PLACE: The 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S. I drove a 2020 model, priced at $140,830 — the latest version of the world's greatest sports car. Read the review. My 911 Carrera 4S tester wore a "Gentian Blue Metallic" paint job. Again, the shape has been essentially unchanged for decades. But Porsche has refined and refined. Our bug-eyed buddy grew out of the People's Car of postwar Germany — it's the snazzier older brother of the VW Beetle. The rear-engine design goes back to the era before the first 911s of the early 1960s. In the 4S, it's the classic boxer six, but with twin turbochargers, making 443 horsepower with 390 pound-feet of torque. As with the Turbo S, the power is sent through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission to the superb all-wheel-drive system. Same gray interior as the Turbo S, same purposeful layout. And same extremely cozy back seat. Same frunk, too. You don't expect to tote a lot of gear in a 911. Adding it all up, the 911 Carrera 4S is perfect. And by "perfect," I mean there's never been a better Porsche 911. This one is the finest I've ever driven, besting even its big brother, the Turbo S. IN 1ST PLACE: The 2020 Porsche 718 Spyder. My 2020 tester, in "GT Silver Metallic," cost $106,000. I've always taken a chilly attitude toward the mid-engine Porsche sports cars, the better to continue a cultish devotion to my beloved 911. But the Spyder, with its six-cylinder — no turbo! — engine, changed my tune. O.M.G. The car actually left me struggling for words and wondering if I still want a Targa someday. Read about my love for the Targa. In continuous production since the early 1960s, the 911 has a critical design flaw — the rear-engine setup is cockamamie — but Porsche's engineers have perfected imperfection. The Spyder's mid-engine layout, by contrast, still offers a bit of wildness. The 4.0-liter six-cylinder engine makes a succulent 414 horsepower and 309 pound-feet of torque. And I can't say enough good things about the six-speed manual transmission — except that with an 8,000-rpm redline, that's three gears too many! If the Spyder has a drawback, it's that the distinctive semi-mechanical soft top is a bit of an ordeal to take down. It involves multiple steps to stow it in a compartment behind the seats. Are we used to the frunks yet? The Spyder has one — but thankfully, because it's a two-seater, it also has decent cargo space beneath its rear hatch. Summarizing my top choice, the 2020 718 Spyder is probably the best drop-top sports car you can buy today. There are some cheaper options, but the Spyder is so good at everything that it has relegated even the perfect 911 4S to second place in my roundup, if not in my heart.
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Quibi is working with bloggers to create content around its original programming.  The mobile-video startup, which launched in April, has a deal with Static Media's content studio that resulted in paid posts about Quibi programming on entertainment sites like Looper and Nicki Swift. Other streaming services including Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video have had similar deals with publishers to promote their programming over the years. Do you have a tip about Quibi? Email this reporter at [email protected] or message her on the encrypted messaging at Signal at +1-347-770-5933. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Quibi is paying for bloggers to write about its original programming.  The mobile-video startup, which launched in April, inked a deal with Static Media's studio to create content focused on Quibi shows. Static's pop-culture blog, Looper, published nine posts between June 30 and July 21 that were marked "paid for by Quibi and created by Looper," based on Business Insider's review of the website. NickiSwift.com, another Static brand, also published four posts in roughly the same time period that were marked "paid for by Quibi." The posts focused on shows including "Reno 911," "Dummy," "Most Dangerous Game," "The Stranger," "Nikki Fre$h," "Kirby Jenner," and "Chrissy's Court," which began rolling out in April or May. Quibi characterized the content to Business Insider as market research to find topics that were popular with consumers. It said it has a broad range of partnerships, like others in the industry. Quibi, which raised $1.8 billion ahead of launch, has ramped up its efforts to get people talking about its programming since the platform was released. The subscription service debuted to disappointing user uptake, though Quibi previously told Business Insider it was proud of its launch. Analytics firm Antenna, which measures churn and other metrics for subscription businesses, estimated that 27% of people who signed up for Quibi's 90-day free trial on the first day it was available stuck around, and started paying for the service when their trials ended in July. The retention rate was lower than that of other recent streaming entrants, including Disney Plus. But Quibi didn't have the benefit of the established Disney brand and its broad back catalog of content. One Quibi investor recently told Business Insider that word-of-mouth around Quibi content, much of which stars big names like Kevin Hart, Liam Hemsworth, and Anna Kendrick, will be crucial to the platform gaining more traction. On top of pushing new titles like the Kevin Hart-starring "Die Hart" and its upcoming "The Fugitive" series," Quibi is also still marketing its first slate of shows, as the recent Looper and Nicki Swift content suggests. Some of Quibi's series performed solidly among critics on Rotten Tomatoes, but failed to break through into the broader cultural conversation. Other streaming services have also turned to sponsored content to get people talking about their originals. Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon have paid publishers from PopSugar to The Atlantic to promote their programming over the years. The trend goes back to at least 2013, when Netflix sponsored an op-ed in the New York Times about women in the prison system to promote "Orange Is the New Black," one of its first hit original series.  Netflix has also worked with Static's Looper. In one example, Looper published an article titled, "Hidden mystery gems on Netflix you need to watch," which was also published as a video in partnership with Looper on Netflix's film-focused YouTube account. (Netflix declined to comment on the partnership.) Working with bloggers appears to be part of a larger strategy to get more attention for Quibi's content Working with bloggers appears to be one part of a larger strategy to get more attention for Quibi's programming.  Quibi has been more active on social media in recent weeks, sharing more clips of its programming and organic articles about the content. In June, Quibi tweeted one Looper article about "Most Dangerous Game," with a self-effacing joke that nodded at the mixed reception its content had gotten. "See guys we have a good show," the tweet said. That particular Looper article was not paid for by Quibi, according to Looper, though the subsequent marked articles were. ˢᵉᵉ ᵍᵘʸˢ ʷᵉ ʰᵃᵛᵉ ᵃ ᵍᵒᵒᵈ ˢʰᵒʷ — Quibi (@Quibi) June 24, 2020   Quibi also enabled screenshotting within its mobile platform this week, opening the door for people to generate memes and otherwise share moments from Quibi shows.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: How waste is dealt with on the world's largest cruise ship
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Online trading service Robinhood announced it won’t launch its app in the UK as planned. “The world has changed a lot over the past several months and we’re adapting with it,” said the Robinhood UK team in an email shared by The Guardian. “On a company level, we’ve come to recognize that our efforts are currently best spent on strengthening our core business in the US and making further investments in our foundational systems.” Late last year, Robinhood said it expected to roll out in the UK during the first quarter of 2020. The Menlo Park-based firm was founded back in… This story continues at The Next Web
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Oxford researchers have developed a potential vaccine for COVID-19. Early testing in more than 1,000 clinical trial participants indicates the treatment is both safe and effective. Epidemiology breakthroughs aren’t our usual subject matter here at TNW, but the opportunity to finally publish some actual good news about the COVID-19 pandemic was just too much for us to pass up. The team, which included researchers from Oxford, and the Philipps University of  Marburg, Germany, developed the vaccine, called chimpanzee adenovirus-vectored vaccine (ChAdOx1 nCoV-19), by genetically-engineering a different virus known to cause the common cold in chimpanzees. While ChAdOx1nCoV-19 isn’t the first or… This story continues at The Next Web
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Seven letters from Florence Nightingale have been discovered in a family’s Victorian-era desk.
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A bit of HTML code leaked today from Sony official showing a few key details on the near-future of PlayStation. The PlayStation 5 will launch in the holiday season, 2020, and today a few bits of info leaked on pre-orders through the official PlayStation Shop. This leak appeared via the PlayStation Direct Shop, showing references to PlayStation 5 console pre-orders … Continue reading
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A perfect balance of quality, size, and price, Tamron's new telephoto zoom lens is a must-have for Sony shooters.
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