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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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Facebook’s oversight of cryptocurrency ads was not enough to satisfy a court in the Netherlands.Dutch court Rechtbank Amsterdam issued a ruling this week saying that the social network can be required to use filter technologies to identify and take down ads linked to cryptocurrency scams, which featured the images of celebrities including media personality John de Mol, Natasha Lomas of TechCrunch reported.de Mol filed a lawsuit against Facebook in April over the ads, according to Lomas.A Facebook spokesperson told Lomas: “We just received the ruling and will now look at its implications.We will consider all legal actions, including appeal.Importantly, this ruling does not change our commitment to fighting these types of ads.
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Klimatmärkta livsmedel ska hjälpa konsumenterna att minska sitt klimatavtryck.Men kritiker varnar för svåra beräkningar och att ett ensidigt fokus på klimatpåverkan riskerar att gå ut över andra miljöfrågor.Den nätbaserade matvarukedjan mat.se lanserar en omfattande klimatmärkning av sitt sortiment.– När vi har frågat våra kunder har vi förstått att det finns en stor efterfrågan på klimatinformation.De tycker att det är en komplicerad fråga och vill ha enkla vardagsråd.Så vi tror att det här kommer att hjälpa dem att göra medvetna val, säger Karin Jelkeby, ansvarig chef vid matbutiken.
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Those sad evenings when it's a microwaved meal-for-one eaten straight out of the black plastic tray might soon not come with such a high emotional burden to carry in the hours afterwards, as supermarket Morrisons has pledged to remove the non-recyclable food containers from across its entire range of ready meals.The supermarket says that in moving to entirely recyclable forms of plastic tray – Jesus Christ, you haven't been putting the black ones in the recycling all this time, have you, you idiot?– it will save as much as 4,000 tonnes of non-recyclable black plastic from entering the bins and landfills of the nation, so suddenly that Mrs Eatwell's Rogan Josh Single Man's Not Enough Rice Probably Chicken Curry House Style Dinner has become much more environmentally sound.Here's Morrisons explaining exactly why black plastic is so bad: "Conventional black plastic packaging is coloured using carbon black pigments which mean it's invisible to optical sorting equipment at plastic recovery and sorting facilities, resulting in the packaging either being disposed of in landfill or incinerated," and the recyclable plastic they use now in its place is itself made from around 85 per cent recycled material.So good they're practically fishing them out of the bin, wiping them down, and using them again.
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Netflix India has posted a record growth of 700% for the Fiscal year 2018-2019 according to a recent report.There are various factors behind its growth in India that lets Netflix stand out from the sea of growing streaming players including it's global rival Amazon Prime Video and local players like Hotstar.From nine streaming services in 2019, India currently has around 39 players in the business.Netflix is the biggest video streaming player in the world but wasn't met with great enthusiasm when it entered India back in 2016.Since then, the company has doubled-down on offering local content, low-cost mobile plans and partnerships with telecom operators that headline its 700% growth in the country.Netflix India reports Rs 466.7 crore FY19 turnover
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Flutter contributions are up 279 percentOver the past year, developers collaborated in a staggering 370 primary languages on GitHub.Among the top 10 programming languages, C , Python and Shell climbed the list this year, while Ruby and Java fell in popularity.That’s according to the code repository’s annual Octoverse report, which also reveals a colossal 532 percent increase in the use of Google’s Dart language, as interest surges in the company’s Flutter SDK – built using Dart.Flutter, a software development kit used for both mobile and web applications, is the second-fastest growing project on GitHub.Contributions rose 279 percent over the past year, and it is now the third largest project by contributors, with over 13,000 contributors.
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“Some apps retained access to group member information for longer than we intended…”Facebook says privacy-enhancing measures made to the Facebook Groups API in April 2018 didn’t work effectively, with group member data wrongly disclosed to third-party apps as a result, in yet another data breach by the social media company.That should have ended early last year, after the company tweaked the Facebook Groups API.Prior to the April 2018 changes, group admins could authorise a third-party app to plug in to a group, giving the app developer access to information in the group.After last year’s changes, even with a Facebook group admin’s approval, the third-party application would only get the group’s name, number of users, and the content of posts; group members had to opt-in for the application to get their details too.But a number of apps have still been accessing personal data in recent weeks, the company admitted, saying it saw “no evidence of abuse”.
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For the first time in a dog's age, NASA's human spaceflight program seems to be in a hurry.Although few in the aerospace industry expect the agency to meet its 2024 goal of landing humans on the South Pole of the Moon, this deadline has nonetheless spurred the space agency to move quickly with contracts on offer for a lunar space station, spacesuits, Moon cargo delivery, and more.At the end of September, NASA asked industry to bid for large contracts—which eventually will be worth at least several billion dollars—to build a "human landing system" that will take astronauts from lunar orbit down to the Moon's surface.If NASA's return to the Moon survives into future presidential administrations, the company that builds a human lunar lander will earn both prestige for landing astronauts on another world, but also potentially long-term contracts that may one day include landing humans on Mars.NASA wants to see skin in the game, which can be a risky proposition for a program that might one day be killed by the government.Finally, there is no guarantee these landers will ever be funded.
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China has launched its commercial 5G services, with its three major carriers all offering monthly fees to people wanting to try out the new high-speed network, and the prices are close to what has previously been charged for 4G connections.China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Telecom’s plans start for as little as $18 for 30GB of data, up to about $85 for 300GB.These prices are extremely competitive when compared to 5G plans internationally, which is largely to be expected.In the U.S., Sprint’s 5G plans start at $80 with unlimited data, while in the U.K., EE’s SIM-only 5G plan is around $42.According to the Chinese government, 50 cities nationwide have 5G connectivity, including Beijing and Shanghai.At least nine million people had signed up for 5G ahead of the launch, and it’s estimated 110 million people will be using 5G in China by the end of 2020.
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Just don't ask how many actually use itAtlassian-owned list-maker Trello is in celebratory mood as it trumpets the 50 millionth user registration as well as the advent of more templates, automation and the dead hand of AI.Trello's head of product management, Justin Gallagher, told The Register the goal is to reach 100 million users but, like the aforementioned spokesperson, would not be drawn on how many active users that entailed, and how many had signed up and then run for the hills at the first sight of a Kanban-esque board.Converting more of those registrations into paying subscribers is therefore a priority.It looks like you're trying to set up a new board.Do you want some help with that?
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The tech executive caught wind of the campaign Monday, replying to Donaldson's tweet calling the campaign "cool" and inquiring "where are the trees being planted" and "what kind of trees."YouTube is also planning on matching the next million dollars donated to TeamTrees through the YouTube donate button, Donaldson wrote in a tweet.According to the campaign's website, one dollar is equivalent to one tree, and the trees will be "planted in a variety of forests on public and private lands in areas of great need."Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Tesla CEO Elon Musk casually promised a massive contribution to a YouTuber's tree-planting campaign, announcing the donation via tweet.Donaldson replied to Musk's tweet, calling him "Treelon Musk," which prompted the Tesla CEO to change his Twitter name to "Treelon" and make his profile picture an image of a forest.
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Facebook is donating $250,000 toward relief and recovery activities related to the wildfires raging across California: $150,000 to Community Foundation Sonoma County for resilience and recovery activities related to the Kincade fire, and $100,000 to Direct Relief, a nonprofit responding to medical needs.The social network said hundreds of thousands of people have used its Safety Check feature to let friends and loved ones know they are safe, and over 12 million people have visited the Crisis Response pages for the Kincade, Tick, Getty, Saddleridge and Sandalwood wildfires.More than 7,000 posts have appeared on those pages with people requesting or asking for assistance.Facebook also shared its Disaster Maps—aggregated, anonymized data of user movement and population density—with emergency response organizations like Direct Relief.The social network said it connected the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services with Direct Relief, which is producing movement maps to help response agencies understand whether people are complying with evacuation orders, and it generated population density maps by combining census data from Columbia University and satellite imagery that includes demographic breakouts of vulnerable populations, such as children and elderly, in order to help emergency responders locate them.
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Contract, self-employed and temporary jobs are on the rise in developed markets, with some 85% of the global workforce, 2.7 billion people, estimated to be on some form of hourly wage rather than flat salary.Today, a startup that helps companies source these kinds of candidates is announcing a round of funding to help meet that demand.Fountain, which has built a platform to find and screen candidates for field roles — not knowledge-worker desk jobs, but hourly work that likely has you on your feet — has raised $23 million, money that it will be using to continue expanding its platform, the kinds of services it provides to its customers and its geographical footprint.Fountain already has some scale: The company currently sources and processes more than 1 million inbound candidate applications each month, filling some 150,000 jobs in the process, CEO and founder Keith Ryu said in an interview.In addition to building engines to source candidates through a number of channels, such as traditional job boards, social media channels, a company’s own site and more, Fountain then helps with screening, interview scheduling, background checks (using third-party providers for this part), communicating with the candidate, handling the paperwork and, finally, onboarding.Led by DCM, this latest round also included a potentially strategic backer, the Chinese recruitment site 51job, as well as Origin Ventures, Uncork Capital and others that are not being named.
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It also accused the brigade’s commissioner Dany Cotton of “remarkable insensitivity”.HuffPost is part of Verizon Media.Verizon Media and our partners need your consent to access your device and use your data (including location) to understand your interests, and provide and measure personalised ads.Verizon Media will also provide you with personalised ads on partner products.Select 'OK' to continue and allow Verizon Media and our partners to use your data, or select 'Manage options' to view your choices.
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Scopely said it is profitable and growing, but it will use the money to accelerate its merger and acquisition (M) and investment strategy, expanding its portfolio of games across new genres and intellectual property.Existing investors who also participated include Greycroft Partners, Revolution Growth, and Sands Capital Ventures.Last year, acquisitions totaled $22 billion in the game industry.Scopely’s big games include Star Trek: Fleet Command, Looney Tunes World of Mayhem, WWE Champions 2019, The Walking Dead: Road To Survival, Yahtzee With Buddies, and Wheel of Fortune: Free Play.At the end of 2018, the company added two new games to its portfolio: Looney Tunes World of Mayhem and Star Trek: Fleet Command.The latter was created with the recently acquired Digit Game Studios and is now Scopely’s fastest-growing title ever.
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Scientists believe they have traced humans' ancestral home to a wetland that existed in what is now Botswana.The region, south of the Zambezi River, became a home for Homo sapiens some 200,000 years ago, and provided space for a founding population of humans for some 70,000 years, according to scientists.“We have known for a long time that modern humans originated in Africa and roughly 200,000 years ago, but what we hadn’t known until this study was where exactly,” Vanessa Hayes, a geneticist and senior author on the new study at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney, told The Guadian.For their study published on Monday, the researchers used mitochondrial DNA, which is passed down from mother to child, to determine the oldest known maternal line of humans.Their conclusions, which have reportedly not been embraced by some experts, are based on an analysis of 1,217 samples of mitochondrial DNA.I’m definitely cautious about using modern genetic distributions to infer exactly where ancestral populations were living 200,000 years ago, particularly in a continent as large and complex as Africa,” Chris Stringer, who studies human origins at the Natural History Museum in London, told The Guardian.
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Update, October 29, 2019 (2:39PM ET): Huawei sent over the following statement to Android Authority in response to the FCC’s announcement:In 30 years of business, Huawei has never had a major security-related incident in the 170 countries we operate.Huawei is trusted by over two billion consumers, partners with many of the Fortune 500 businesses, and supplies more than 500 network operators around the world.Banning specific vendors based on country origin will do nothing to protect America’s telecommunications networks.Such action will further widen the digital divide; slowing the pace of economic development without further securing the Nation’s telecommunications networks.The FCC is aware of alternative measures that could solve both issues – continuing to enhance connectivity in those areas while actually improving the security of US networks – but Chairman Pai is choosing to also ignore what is considered best practices around the globe.
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Trots stort fokus sedan många år tillbaka inom industrin på miljö, ekonomi och lönsamhet, ser vi dagligen exempel på att det finns mycket mer att göra, som utan tvekan gynnar samtliga områden.Som leverantör av automationslösningar upplever vi att våra kunders inledande fokus sällan ligger på energiförbrukning och driftskostnad, utan mer på teknisk prestanda och inköpskostnad.Vår erfarenhet säger dock, att genom att lägga mer tid under konstruktions- och dimensioneringsfasen på lösning och komponentval, erhålls en långsiktigt bättre totalekonomi och lägre energiförbrukning.Vad konkret ska man då tänka på?Första valet brukar vara vilken där i teknik som ska användas.I många fall står valet mellan pneumatik eller elektriska rörelser.
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Det var i mars i år som Voi Technology vann Stockholms stads upphandling av ett nytt hyrcykelsystem.Kontraktet är värt hela 400 miljoner kronor och löper över sju år.Enligt stadens beräkningar skulle bolaget sälja 45 000 abonnemang under denna sjuårsperiod, till en kostnad av 279 kronor för ett halvår eller 499 kronor för ett år.Men det spanska bolaget Marfina, som konkurrerade med Voi i upphandlingen, har därefter överklagat Stockholms stads beslut.Nu har förvaltningsrätten i Stockholm beslutat att bifalla Marfinas överklagan.Det innebär att Vois anbud, som lämnades i samarbete med det norska bolaget UIP Holding, helt och hållet ska diskvalificeras från upphandlingen.
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Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support, and the money that flows through it all.This past quarter, consumer spending exceeded $23 billion and installs topped 31 billion.Senators asked for a TikTok security check, Google hosted its Android Developer Summit, a whole bunch of malicious apps got booted off Google Play (and a few on the App Store, too.)Plus, a great alternative to Apple Arcade launched; it’s called GameClub and delivers some of the best App Store games for $5 per month.TikTok comes under more political pressureThe world’s most downloaded app, TikTok, continues to draw attention not for its fun skits and lip-synced songs, but for censorship issues and potential security risks.
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If you miss the iPhone’s physical home button, you’re not alone.President Trump misses it, too.Because The Donald tweeted it to his 66 million followers on Friday evening.Addressing Apple CEO Tim Cook directly, Trump wrote, “To Tim: The Button on the IPhone was FAR better than the Swipe!”To Tim: The Button on the IPhone was FAR better than the Swipe!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 25, 2019
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Huawei has reiterated its belief that telecoms security is an industry-wide issue that can be solved if it is viewed as a technological challenge, not a political one.The beleaguered Chinese firm has been effectively blacklisted from the US on national security grounds and Washington is urging its allies to follow suit – despite not providing any evidence to support its claims.Europe is a significant market for Huawei and mobile operators oppose any measure that would restrict their access to the company’s radio kit, fearing this would increase costs and reduce innovation.“In essence, security is a technical issue so if we can look at it from the technological perspective, then it is something we can solve,” added Yang.“If you look at security as a political issue and judge vendors by country of origin then it’s difficult to solve.”So far, no European nation has followed suit.
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A fully autonomous ship called the ‘Mayflower’ will make its voyage across the Atlantic Ocean next September, to mark the 400-year anniversary of the trip of the first Mayflower, which was very much not autonomous.It’s a stark way to dive home just how much technology has advanced in the last four centuries, but also a key demonstration of autonomous seafaring technology, put together by marine research and exploration organization ProMare and powered by IBM technology.The autonomous Mayflower will be decked out with solar panels, as well as diesel and wind turbines to provide it with its propulsion power, as it attempts the 3,220 mile journey from Plymouth in England, to Plymouth in Massachusetts in the U.S.The trip, if successful, will be among the first for full-size seafaring vessels navigation the Atlantic on their own, which ProMare is opening will open the doors to other research-focused applications of autonomous seagoing ships.To support that use case, it’ll have research pods on board while it makes its trip.Three to bed specific, developed by academics and researchers at the University of Plymouth, who will aim to run experiments in areas including maritime cybersecurity, seam mammal monitoring and even addressing the challenges of ocean-borne microplastics.
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Google has revealed a brand new version of the Pixel Buds at its annual Made by Google event.The new Google Pixel Buds aren't set for release until the first half of 2020, but we were given a sneak peak of the true wireless earbuds at the event, with more information to be released in "the coming months".
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A few weeks ago, Facebook made it clear that posts shared by politicians are exempt from Facebook's community standards and also from fact-checking.Faced with a stark real-world test, though, Facebook appears once again to be erring on the side of letting misinformation circulate far and wide if a politician promotes it.The Trump campaign in the past week has been airing ads on Facebook making false accusations about former Vice President Joe Biden, a Democratic candidate for the 2020 presidential nomination.The ads' claims about Biden's activities in Ukraine and elsewhere have been repeatedly debunked as baseless conspiracy theories, not only by media outlets but also by Republican politicians.Facebook said in September that politicians' speech was exempt from the company's content rules, but that exemption had two limitations.Previously debunked information, the company said, would not be allowed in advertisements:
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Good night, sweet prince: An out of control, apparently furious, and driverless catering cart that was spinning in wild circles on the tarmac of Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), in the US, on Monday was laid to its final rest by a quick-witted worker who prevented it from hitting a plane by slamming into it with another vehicle.American Osteopathic Association chief executive Kevin Klauer uploaded video of the incident to Twitter (where it has racked up over 17 million views and counting).Nearby groundcrew can be seen rushing to the spinning catering cart as it spewed loose pallets of beverages and only barely avoided running over a nearby worker.Said groundcrew then seem to realise there is little they can do but get the hell out of the way; the cart is seen getting closer and closer to a nearby jet before a worker in another ground support vehicle subjects it to the Robot Wars treatment.“That’s how you do it!” someone yells in the video as travellers cheer.Heads up safety move by a ramp worker!
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I’d be a high-tech catamaran sailor…”Every Monday morning we fire five questions at a leading C-suite figure in the business technology sector.Today we’re pleased to be joined by Bernd Greifeneder, Founder and CTO of software intelligence company DynatraceBernd – Biggest Challenge for your Clients?However, this has also brought more complexity to our customers’ IT environments, which many were struggling to manage.We helped them to overcome that with software intelligence, which uses AI to offer visibility far beyond what could be achieved using just human capabilities.
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Microsoft has rushed out an emergency patch for its Internet Explorer browser to address a critical flaw that is being exploited in the wild.The flaw is said to be a scripting-engine memory-corruption bug designated CVE-2019-1367 and attackers are said to have built booby-trapped websites to exploit the flaw.Microsoft typically issues patches and repairs as part of its monthly Patch Tuesday update cycle, but in serious cases such as this, it can issue emergency patches.“A remote code execution vulnerability exists in the way that the scripting engine handles objects in memory in Internet Explorer,” said Microsoft in its advisory, which affects Internet Explorer version 9 to 11.“The vulnerability could corrupt memory in such a way that an attacker could execute arbitrary code in the context of the current user,” it warned.“An attacker who successfully exploited the vulnerability could gain the same user rights as the current user.
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You can also control them with either Google Assistant or Alexa voice assistants—a rarity in 2019.There are many places where you listen to music.”And now, a year later, a Sonos speaker with Bluetooth has finally arrived.You can sync it with your Sonos speaker network if you have one, but when you are ready to jam "out of range," it has a handle on the back and a Bluetooth toggle that lets you connect to a phone or PC.The IP56 splash- and dust-resistant rating should keep it safe if those adventures include rain or the beach too.It looks hardy, and supposedly it can withstand a drop or two, though I’ve been too kind to thoroughly test that durability.
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