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A few of the more notable updates in this month's patch batch from Microsoft.
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Coronavirus in Context is a weekly newsletter where we bring you facts that matter about the COVID-19 pandemic and the technology trying to stop its spread. You can subscribe here. Hola Pandemic Pals, Just so you know, I spent well over 10 minutes trying to find a joke to start this newsletter off with. But nothing seems particularly funny right now.  The LA Times recently published an article detailing the plight of the inmates incarcerated at the San Quentin men’s correctional facility in California.  San Quentin has been devastated by COVID-19. Per the LA Times article: “As of Monday, there had been more than 2,200… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Security
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Uber has had a rough 2020 as the coronavirus has decimated the demand for rides. But while users sit at home, Uber's delivery business has thrived, growing 79% during the first half of the year. The pandemic's disruptions have indicated that CEO Dara Khosrowshahi was wise to diversify his business à la Amazon, three analysts told Business Insider. Are you a current or former Uber employee? Do you have an opinion about what it's like to work there? Contact this reporter at [email protected], on Signal at 646-768-4712, or via his encrypted email address [email protected] Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Uber has had a difficult year as the coronavirus has emptied offices, shut down bars, and smothered travel. Between January and June, the ride-hailing giant burned through 31% of its cash reserves and saw its overall app usage decline 26% from the first six months of 2019. But in a twist, three analysts who follow the company told Business Insider that the pandemic's massive disruptions to daily life have only strengthened the long-term case for Uber's business model, which envisions a platform that can host a wide range of transportation-related services beyond rides — like local deliveries, long-haul trucking, and public-transit logistics — on a global scale. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has compared the scope of the company's vision to that of Amazon, which has branched out from selling books online into cloud computing, film production, and self-driving cars. Some have criticized the breadth of such ambitions, saying Uber will face a thornier path to profitability than Lyft, which is more narrowly focused on ride-hailing and the North America market. In the midst of a global crisis, however, the strategy looks to be paying off. "The diversification, overall, it ended up really helping them," said Dan Ives, an analyst at Wedbush Securities.  Eats has grown rapidly this year While rides are way down, Eats has shined in a world where many restaurants have closed their dining rooms and dedicated their kitchens to pickup and delivery orders. Uber's delivery business grew by 79% during the first half of this year, and its adjusted loss before interest payments, taxes, depreciation, and amortization shrank by 8%. The company hopes its acquisition of Postmates will accelerate that trend through increased market share and lower costs. In the long term, Uber envisions its delivery service expanding far beyond meals: It has already started ferrying groceries, prescriptions, and packages on a limited scale. "We're leveraging food delivery to build a real-time logistics engine for all local commerce," Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said during Uber's second-quarter earnings call. Adding new products to its delivery service is a smart move, said Tom White, an analyst at DA Davidson, as Uber builds on its core strength — connecting consumers, drivers, and businesses — and opens it to larger retail markets that could offer higher profit margins. The more items Uber can deliver, the more customers will use its app while demand for rides is low, White said. In a post-pandemic world, that could give Uber's ride-hailing business a boost over competitors that had fewer ways to keep customers engaged when they were at home. Investors may agree with White. Lyft's shares were priced at $43 at the beginning of this year, while Uber's sold for $30. Since January, that gap has closed. When markets opened on Tuesday, Uber was trading at $32, compared to Lyft at $31. Benjamin Black, an analyst at Evercore ISI, once doubted the wisdom of Uber's diversification strategy. But he's come around. "Having several irons in the fire turned out to be beneficial to them," he said. Uber is showing more discipline Uber may be spreading out, but it's no longer seeking to grow at all costs. The company's management team has shown it has the discipline to scale back when needed, White said, as it continues to exit markets where it doesn't see a path to a dominant position. This year, the company has also laid off about a quarter of its workforce, closed 40 offices, and sold its electric bike and scooter business to Lime. "These guys have shown that they're willing to make tough decisions," White said. Uber has predicted those moves will help it become profitable on an adjusted basis — excluding interest payments, taxes, depreciation, and amortization — before the end of next year. That would represent a major improvement over the second quarter of this year, when its adjusted EBITDA was -$837 million (good for a -44% margin), but Black, Ives, and White said they believe Uber will hit that target. The cost cuts have reduced the revenue Uber will need to reach adjusted EBITDA profitability, and demand for rides has been steadily improving in recent months, Black said. Add in the fact that Uber is keeping a higher percentage of the money customers spend on rides and deliveries, and the company is in a good position to stem its losses next year, Black said, assuming there isn't another wave of shelter-in-place orders. "I don't think it's a question of if they'll do it in 2021," he said. "It's more when." Are you a current or former Uber employee? Do you have an opinion about what it's like to work there? Contact this reporter at [email protected], on Signal at 646-768-4712, or via his encrypted email address [email protected] Read more: Uber's business got slammed by COVID-19. Two key data points show just how ugly things have gotten. Uber, Facebook, and Booking.com are best picks to play unfolding recovery, Wall Street analyst says A California judge ruled that Uber and Lyft have to classify their drivers as employees, not contractors Uber reports a $1.78 billion loss as its food-delivery business outshines rides for the first time  SEE ALSO: Dhivya Suryadevara is leaving GM, where she was part of the only female CEO-CFO team in the auto industry Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Here's what it's like to travel during the coronavirus outbreak
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If all goes according to plan, then, June 2022 is when Chrome apps will finally be dead as a doornail.
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If you want to enjoy one of the best experiences on Android, enter our giveaway for your chance to win the Google Pixel 4a!
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Whether it's for gaming, productivity, or media, 15-inch laptops are some of our favorite laptops of all.
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The devastating explosion in Beirut that killed at least 100 people and wounded thousands hit the Lebanese capital with the force of a 3.5-magnitude earthquake.
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This article was originally published on .cult by Tomasz Łakomy. .cult is a Berlin-based community platform for developers. We write about all things career-related, make original documentaries and share heaps of other untold developer stories from around the world. Building software is what we — developers — are paid for. Unfortunately, more often than not we’re also paid to break stuff, then we get an “amazing” opportunity to fix what we’ve broken. I don’t think we talk enough about those stories. You know how your Instagram feed is full of absolute highlights? Well, it’s the same when it comes to… This story continues at The Next Web
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Whatever the distance, these ideas will help you feel closer in these trying times.
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Creators and gamers, rejoice! OLOy has smashed the memory price barrier.
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(Kessler Foundation) Results of the pilot study were consistent with prior research into brain activity in response to mental fatigue, according to Dr. Genova. 'In the absence of effective treatment for the disabling fatigue of MS, it is essential to expand our understanding of these underlying brain mechanisms. Using fMRI allows us to determine how individuals with MS differ from their peers without MS in their cerebral responses to cognitive challenges, an important first step in the development of interventions to counter mental fatigue.'
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Looking for a set of inexpensive headphones? Here are some of the best budget models worth considering.
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Say yes into the camera, grandma. I really want those blankets and teapots.
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In the AnTuTu benchmark, the Xiaomi M2007J1SC smartphone, which has not yet been officially released, has appeared. Moreover, its result is a new absolute benchmark ... The post Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro Plus could become the most powerful AnTuTu phone appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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Has Apple piqued your interest in iOS 14 or iPadOS 14? Check to see if your iPhone or iPad is compatible.
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Apple will loan white hat hackers modified iPhones with unique security privileges.
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"Personal" beta version of Microsoft Teams rolling out to iOS and Android now.
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Photo by Brian Stukes / Getty Images The deal was worth seven figures Continue reading…
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If Tom Nook is getting you down, a new farming simulator offers a sweet escape.
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Learn how to advocate for yourself and get ahead in your career
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If your Prime Video app isn't working, start by making sure your account is active, and then check to make sure you're connected to the internet. Try using Prime Video on another device, and if it works there, reboot the first device. Other things you can try include reinstalling the Prime Video app, and making sure you have enough internet bandwidth. Visit Business Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. Like most streaming services, Amazon Prime Video usually runs without issue. However, it's inevitable that at some point, you'll run into some sort of issue — that's just technology for you. If Prime Video isn't working for you, these are the most common problems and solutions. Check out the products mentioned in this article: Amazon Prime Video (From $8.99 at Amazon)SEE ALSO: The best 4K TVs you can buy Make sure your Prime Video account is active and in good standing If you're having trouble using your Prime Video account, make sure it's active. You can go to your Prime Video account settings page to make sure it's paid and active.  This goes for Amazon Prime in general. If you cancel your Amazon Prime account, or don't pay your bill, you lose access to Prime Video. Make sure you're connected to the internet Unless you're watching a downloaded video, you need to be connected to the internet in order to watch Prime Video. Check that your streaming device is connected to the internet, whether that be Wi-Fi or a cellular data connection. If you're sure that it is, reset your internet router and then reconnect. Try Prime Video on a different device If Prime Video isn't working on your usual device, try it elsewhere. If it won't run on your smart TV or Roku, for example, open the Prime Video app on your smartphone and try it there, or open Prime Video in a browser on your computer.  If it works on one device but not another, you've narrowed down the problem significantly. Reboot the device that Prime Video isn't running on, and try again. Restart the device or reinstall the app If you've narrowed the problem down to a particular device, restarting the device can solve all sorts of issues. If that doesn't work, uninstall the Prime Video app and then reinstall it. You'll probably need to log into Prime Video again after you do this.    Pause other internet activity and shut off unneeded network tools It's possible that your internet connection is being taken up by other data — if you're downloading a large file, for example, or other people are gaming on the same Wi-Fi network, you could be starving Prime Video of essential bandwidth.  To check, stop any other internet activity and try using Prime Video again. If you're using Wi-Fi, you might also want to move your streaming device and internet router closer together. Also, turn off any network tools you don't need, like a VPN, to make sure they aren't slowing down your connection. Make sure you have the right HDMI cable It's rare, but if you're having trouble watching Prime Video on a device that connects to your display via an HDMI cable, it's possible the HDMI cable isn't new enough or compliant.  If you're watching HD content, the cable needs to be rated at least HDCP 1.4, and if you're watching 4K content, you'll need an HDCP 2.2 HDMI cable. Unfortunately, unless you still have the package your cable came in, or its order details if you got it online, there usually isn't any way to tell what type of cable you have. Check to see if anything is written on the cable itself — if there isn't, you may be out of luck. If your cable is outdated, buy a newer one. Product Embed: Product Name: Amazon Prime Video Monthly Subscription Card Type: small https://produktor.businessinsider.com/productCardService?id=5da8618acc4a0a2aa85fef22&type=small&live=true Width: 100% Height: 150% Related coverage from Tech Reference: How to cast content on Amazon Prime Video from an Android to your smart TV 'What is the X-Ray feature on Amazon Prime Video?': How to find and view bonus material about TV shows and movies Up to 3 people can watch Amazon Prime Video at once — here's how it compares to the competition How to search on Amazon Prime Video for movies and TV shows on any device How to share an Amazon Prime Video account with others by adding adults, teens, or children to your Amazon Household
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Samsung is all set to launch its flagship smartphone dubbed Galaxy Note 20 lineup. The lineup will offer two devices namely Galaxy Note 20 and ... The post Galaxy Note 20 Ultra LTE-only confirmed thanks to FCC listing appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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But competitors concerned about hits to battery capacity and longevity The "charging wars" are in full swing, with vendors and chipmakers alike competing to replenish your phone's battery the fastest. Taking the lead is OPPO, which today touted 125W wired charging.…
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It will be first available in Amazon's Woodland Hills store
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The woman at the helm of of Netflix's new action flick talked to WIRED about comics, diversity in Hollywood, and centering women, especially women of color, in a genre so dominated by white men.
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Vivo TWS Earphone Neo comes with 27 hours of battery life, supports Bluetooth 5.2 and has a dedicated low-latency mode
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65W fast charging not fast enough? Here comes 125W charging.
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Spanish telecoms group Telefónica has a whole division devoted to managed security services and it reckons Nozomi Networks technology improves the IoT bit of it.
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The good news for MacBook and MacBook Pro users is that Apple has finally capitulated and fixed, or at least improved, the low profile butterfly keyboards that have been causing headaches, and straight-up failing, since 2015.The bad news is that, for the time being, the only upgrade path available is the new monstrous 16-inch MacBook Pro that will cost you at least £2,400 for the privilege of having every letter on your keyboard reliably working.That £2,400 will get you a 16-inch retina display, which Apple boasts is the largest high-res display it’s ever included in a laptop, 16GB of RAM, a 2.6GHz six-core Core i7 Processor, a 4GB AMD Radeon Pro 5300M GPU, and a roomy but easy to fill 512GB SSD drive.A pricier £2,800 version is also available, bumping the specs to a 2.3GHz eight-core Core i9 CPU with a 4GB Radeon Pro 5500M GPU and a 1TB SSD, but both options can further be upgraded to a 2.4GHz eight-core Core i9 processor, up to 64GB of RAM, a Radeon Pro 5500M 8GB GPU, and an SSD as large as 8TB — but expect to pay over £6,000 with all of those options maxed out.As a Pro machine, the new 16-inch MBP certainly sounds like it’s got enough under the hood to satisfy professionals, be they video editors, photographers, or pixel pushers, but the lack of a built-in slot for SD memory cards is still a baffling omission for a mobile workstation like this.But at least with four Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports, you won’t feel so bad about having to waste one on a memory card reader.
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Using a new type of nanoreactor, researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have succeeded in mapping catalytic reactions on individual metallic nanoparticles.Their work could help improve chemical processes, and lead to better catalysts and more environmentally friendly chemical technology.The results are published in the journal Nature Communications.They are also essential building blocks for new, sustainable technologies like fuel cells, where electricity is generated through a reaction between oxygen and hydrogen.The smoke spreads rapidly through the crowd, and once a smoke cloud has formed, it is almost impossible to say who actually lit the flares, or how powerfully each one is burning.Millions of individual particles are involved, and it is currently very difficult to track and determine the roles of each specific one - how effective they are, how much each has contributed to the reaction.
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