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In what seems to be a common occurrence, Chinese video-sharing app TikTok is once again in the headlines. After months of speculation about national security risks and users’ data being harvested by the Chinese Communist Party, US President Donald Trump has announced plans to ban TikTok in the United States any day now. In response, a deal is being negotiated between TikTok’s parent company ByteDance and US software giant Microsoft. If successful, Microsoft will take over the app’s operations in the US and potentially also in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. A US ban would not be unprecedented. India barred… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Microsoft
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(University of Science and Technology of China) Researchers from USTC reported an "intelligent" strategy of using organic nanoparticles to evaluate photothermal therapy efficiency on tumor in real time.
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A £440m injection that'll save the company from doom.
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Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Microsoft isn’t planning to rename Xbox Live or discontinue Xbox Live Gold. Rumors of an Xbox Live rename appeared this week, after Microsoft announced changes to its services agreement. The software giant started referring to Xbox Live as the “Xbox online service,” prompting some to assume Xbox Live was going away. “The update to ‘Xbox online service’ in the Microsoft Services Agreement refers to the underlying Xbox service that includes features like cross-saves and friend requests,” says a Microsoft spokesperson in a statement to The Verge. “This language update is intended to distinguish that underlying service, and the paid Xbox Live Gold subscription. There are no changes being made to the experience of the service or Xbox Live... Continue reading…
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The now-patched vulnerability would have let hackers target Microsoft Office using Symbolic Link—a file type that hasn't been in common use in over 30 years.
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Move over murder hornets, here come the 'zombie cicadas'.
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The next-generation gaming consoles are on the horizon and ahead of their release comes all of the details, as well as many questions. Among the top inquiries from gamers were questions about backward compatibility, including whether any accessories for the current-generation models will work for the upcoming Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 consoles. Here to reinforce the point is … Continue reading
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The machine of neverending sales and discounts is kept in perpetual motion by most of the e-shops and the guys from Lululook are no exception. ... The post Wireless COWIN E7 Pro headphones and more on sale appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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We took Amazon and Google out of the running (just this once) to see what other great smart home gadgets are out there.
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The CEO said Facebook does not "profit from misinformation or hate"
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  Bose has long been known for making some of the best noise cancelling headphones out there. The company's latest model, the Noise Cancelling Headphones 700, offers a modern design and excellent audio quality. The Soapstone version of the headphones is now available for a hefty $80 off its normal price — and that's one of the biggest discounts we've seen for them so far. The Triple Black and Luxe Silver models are also on sale, but they're discounted by $40 rather than $80. The Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones were long the gold standard for over-ear noise cancellation, but Bose has since replaced them as the high-end model with the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700. To date, these new headphones have been a little pricey — but you can now get the "Soapstone" or "Arctic White" color model for an impressive $80 off straight from Best Buy or Amazon. There are plenty of things to love about these headphones. For starters, Bose has given them an updated, and slightly more modern, design compared to their predecessors, meaning that they'll look great on you anyway. The headphones come in a few different colors, and offer nice rounded corners and a strong build. Even better than their design is how the headphones sound, and they sound awesome. In typical Bose fashion, the headphones offer plenty of bass response, along with a nicely-tuned mid range, and plenty of detail and clarity in the high end. In other words, you'll love the way your music, podcasts, and videos sound on these headphones. Bose has long been known for its noise cancelling tech, and these headphones are no exception to that rule. The headphones are great at cutting out most plane engine noise, train noise, and so on — so whether you plan on using the headphones for traveling, or simply for day to day use, they should be more than good enough at helping you focus on what you want to listen to. Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 (Soapstone), $299.00 at Best Buy (originally $379.00) [You save $80] Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 (Triple Black), $339.00 at Best Buy (originally $379.00) [You save $40] Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 (Luxe Silver), $339.00 at Best Buy (originally $379.00) [You save $40] Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 (Arctic White), $299.00 at Amazon (originally $379.00) [You save $80] Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 (Triple Black), $339.00 at Amazon (originally $379.00) [You save $40] Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 (Luxe Silver), $339.00 at Amazon (originally $379.00) [You save $40] Join the conversation about this story »
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Yamaha is adding two new e-bikes to its line-up, and this time they’re meant for those headed out into the mountains. The Yamaha YDX-MORO and YDX-MORO Pro are the bike company’s first powered all-mountain options, capable of pedal assist speeds up to 20 mph. Both are Class 1 e-bikes, and use the company’s new PW-X2 drive unit. There are five … Continue reading
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ASP.NET Core is a cross-platform, open source, lean, fast, and modular framework for building high-performance web applications. There are a number of ways in which you can pass parameters to action methods in ASP.NET Core MVC. You can pass them via a URL, a query string, a request header, a request body, or even a form. This article talks about all of these ways, and illustrates them with code examples.To work with the code examples provided in this article, you should have Visual Studio 2019 installed in your system. If you don’t already have a copy, you can download Visual Studio 2019 here. To read this article in full, please click here
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The Galaxy Tab S7 might not be a huge downgrade from the Plus model, according to these leaked specs.
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Including COVID-19 research, it is claimed. And they'll almost certainly never face an American court On Tuesday, the US Department of Justice charged two Chinese nationals with allegedly hacking hundreds of organizations and individuals in America and elsewhere to steal confidential corporate secrets on behalf of Beijing for more than a decade.…
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Intel is playing catchup for the next year or two, but the future is promising
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China has moved a rocket into position to launch a rover to Mars in one of three upcoming missions to the red planet, one from the U.S. and another by the United Arab Emirates.
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The clampdown on Chinese companies by the United States is far from over. This certainly will not stop with Huawei. It appears that the U.S. ... The post The U.S. wants TikTok (Chinese) to become an American company appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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Boris Johnson behaved in an “improper” way when he tried to tell members of the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) who to choose as its chair, the MP who snatched the job from No.10′s preferred candidate has said.MP Julian Lewis secured the role despite widespread expectation that former cabinet minister Chris Grayling would receive the backing of the Conservative-dominated committee which oversees the work of MI5, MI6 and GCHQ.Downing Street responded to Lewis’ decision to stand for job by removing the Tory whip from him.Lewis, a veteran MP and former chair of the Commons defence committee, said it had been an “improper request” for No.10 to ask ISC members to vote for Grayling.“The 2013 Justice and Security Act explicitly removed the right of the prime minister to choose the ISC chairman and gave it to the committee members,” he said in a statement on Thursday.“I remember this well, as I served on the committee from 2010 to 2015 and took part of the legislation through the Commons myself on behalf of the committee.“There is no other Conservative MP in the House of Commons with any past experience of working on the ISC.“It was only yesterday afternoon that I received a text asking me to confirm that I would be voting for the prime minister’s preferred candidate for the ISC chair. I did not reply as I considered it an improper request. At no earlier stage did I give any undertaking to vote for any particular candidate.“In recent days, the official No.10 spokesman explicitly denied that the government was seeking to ‘parachute’ a preferred candidate in to the chair, stating that it was a matter for the senior parliamentarians on the committee to decide.“It is therefore strange to have the whip removed for failing to vote for the government’s preferred candidate.”Grayling’s suitability for the role had been questioned by many in Westminster.Former national security adviser Lord Ricketts warned that Grayling – who earned the nickname “Failing Grayling” during a chequered ministerial career – did not “match up” to the authority and reputation of former chairs.As well as Grayling and Lewis, the members of the ISC are Tory MPs Theresa Villiers, Sir John Hayes and Mark Pritchard, Labour MPs Dame Diana Johnson and Kevan Jones, the Labour peer Admiral Lord West and the SNP MP Stewart Hosie.Johnson has faced criticism over the delay in appointing the committee which has not met since the last parliament was dissolved in November last year.The committee has yet to publish its long-awaited report into Russian interference in UK politics after Johnson refused to clear it for release before last year’s general election.Related... How Julian Lewis Pulled Off A Very British Coup To Chair The Intelligence And Security Committee
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The best of the best Android devices: a mid-year battle between 2020's finest smartphones, and more tech news today!
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As you know, due to US sanctions, TSMC will soon be unable to cooperate with Huawei and produce Kirin SoC for it. And this means ... The post Can’t escape the ban? MediaTek is persuaded to reduce supplying Huawei appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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Chipmaker SMIC aims to raise $7.6 billion. It's China's best hope for semiconductors autonomy, but experts suggest it will need more than money.
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Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff.You can use it to dictate the pace of your writing, to bring more attention to an argument, to add extra information without cluttering a sentence.It truly is a gift to writing — and you should absolutely use it.Unfortunately, the em-dash — and the en-dash (–) for that matter — is not popular enough to deserve its own place on the keyboard.Instead, you’ll need to use a shortcut.The problem is the shortcut varies across operating systems.
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Amazon has just spotted a pie in which it doesn’t have its finger, and has consequently acted to address the matter.The company’s latest venture gives K-12 educators across the U.S. the opportunity to buy and sell digital educational resources.Called Amazon Ignite, the platform can help to ease the pressure on time-pressed teachers, while offering K-12 creators the chance to make a few extra bucks with their carefully crafted learning materials.“Ask a teacher what they want most and there is a good chance they will answer, ‘more time,” Amazon said in a blog post about its new marketplace.“In fact, a study revealed that teachers are spending up to seven hours each week beyond their regular school day searching online for ways to keep their lessons fresh, and for differentiated content to support different types of learners in their classroom.”Amazon Ignite lets teachers search for lesson plans and worksheets by grade level, topic, resource type, or theme, and spans a wide range of subjects.
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Instagram is launching Reels, a new video format within Instagram Stories, that allows users to create 15-second videos set to music, according to TechCrunch and Variety.The new feature is a near copycat of popular social video app TikTok.Instagram is currently testing Reels with users in Brazil.The feature was initially hinted at in September.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Instagram is launching a new video feature called Reels, and it's nearly identical to popular video app TikTok.
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Connecting the African continent is always going to be a complicated job, but the availability of handsets is now the biggest challenge according to MTN CEO Rob Schuter.When most people visit the continent of Africa, they are likely drawn to touristic countries such as Morocco, South Africa or Tunisia, and while some scenes might jar, the picture is misleading.These countries might not be as advanced as those in Europe or North America, but they are not a fair representation of the wider continent either, as Schuter highlighted at AfricaCom 2019.MTN has roughly 220 million subscribers across the region, though only 87 million are mobile broadband customers.Deployment of connectivity infrastructure might be motoring along, but adoption of these services is not.There is of course a myriad of reasons for this, but according to Shuter, the affordability of handsets is at the top of the list.
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In a speech late last month, Chinese leader Xi Jinping declared blockchain “an important breakthrough,” and promised that China would “seize the opportunity.” He detailed the ways the Chinese government would support blockchain research, development, and standardization.Kevin Werbach is a professor of legal studies and business ethics at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and the author of The Blockchain and the New Architecture of Trust.Propaganda organs such as People’s Daily and Study the Great Nation, the mobile app that teaches “Xi Jinping thought” to Communist Party members, immediately launched a wave of educational content.Cities marshaled funds for subsidy programs.Censors declared that calling blockchain a scam on social media was henceforth forbidden.Chinese investors rushed to buy any stock vaguely associated with blockchain, reminiscent of the mini-bubbles in Long Island Blockchain and Kodak during the initial coin offering frenzy of 2017.
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Apple is looking to release an augmented-reality headset by 2022 and a "sleeker" set of AR glasses by 2023, according to a report Monday from The Information.Apple executives reportedly discussed plans for its AR devices during an internal presentation to employees, including new details about the design and features of its AR headset.The reported timeline doesn't exactly line up with earlier rumors about Apple's AR plans.Last month, a report from Ming-chi Kuo, an Apple analyst at TF International Securities, said the company's AR headset will enter mass production as soon as the fourth quarter of this year to meet an early 2020 launch.CNET also reported last year that Apple was working on an AR headset slated for release in 2020.Apple CEO Tim Cook has indicated the company is preparing for a big future in AR, saying it's a technology that's potentially as important as the iPhone.
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