Thanks to a headlight revision, the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV earned a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.The IIHS originally rated the Chevy Bolt EV's headlights Poor, but according to Green Car Reports, General Motors disclosed to the IIHS that it had adjusted their aim.GM didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.In the latest testing, the insurance industry-funded safety body bumped the headlights' score to Acceptable, which qualifies for the safety award.In combination with Good ratings in five out of six crash tests and a single Acceptable rating in the small-overlap front passenger side crash test, the Bolt EV joins a group reserved for only the safest cars.In an unusual twist, it's not the headlights that create the asterisk for a Top Safety Pick award, as they're often locked away in an expensive options package.
The Witcher 3 has enjoyed an enduring reputation as one of the best games of this generation.If you’re among the people who hasn’t played it yet, you may soon get your chance, assuming that you’re subscribed to Xbox Game Pass.A new ad that apparently aired before it was supposed to suggests that The Witcher 3 will be coming to Microsoft’s game subscription service soon.The ad was first spotted on Twitch and, of course, was quickly posted on the Xbox One subreddit by a user who noticed the ad’s call out to The Witcher 3.It’s shown alongside games such as Gears 5, The Outer Worlds, and Devil May Cry 5, all of which are currently available through Xbox Game Pass.The existence of this ad leaves little doubt that The Witcher 3 will soon be joining the service, and in fact, we may get confirmation later today.
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Walking around in Skechers Shape-Ups will blast fat and lift your glutes.Driving a Volkswagen diesel in the past decade meant you were complying with the Clean Air Act in an emissions-friendly car.Answer: None of the above, though each brand touted these alleged facts in its advertising—and suffered a variety of consequences as a result, including VW’s multibillion-dollar fines and executive jail time for the global scandal that became known as Dieselgate.“We need to reconnect with what’s really true about our brands, be responsible as businesses and be truthful about things like our cause marketing.”The specter of “fake news” loomed large over his talk, with Williams noting that it’s not a new phenomenon born in the Trump era.It’s actually as old as the news media itself—the legendary William Randolph Hearst was an early practitioner of embellished stories, also known as yellow journalism.
Telling them apart from humans will likely get harder as they're trained using advanced technologies like machine learning and neural networks.An image with a surprised-looking cat and some snarky text may be good for more than just laughs and emotional comfort.It may also help keep bots from signing into our personal accounts.Researchers from the University of Delaware published a study online last month suggesting memes can be effectively used to tell humans and bots apart.They propose memes could be "one of the strongest techniques to distinguish between a human and a bot based on conscience and interpretation.""Everybody is on social media these days, and they're all acquainted with memes," said Ishaani Priyadarshini, a Ph.D. candidate in electrical and computer engineering at the University of Delaware and an author of the study.
The new 16-inch MacBook Pro is here, and Apple says it’s everything it has heard from pro-users that they want – including a new keyboard.The new laptop replaces the 15-inch MacBook Pro completely, kicking off at the same price as its predecessor and marks a return to the scissor-switch key mechanism that Apple calls its new Magic Keyboard.It’s been a rough couple of years for the MacBook Pro.What should’ve been the mainstay of Apple’s range for designers, programmers, and other pro-users has turned out to be far more controversial, not least because of the Touch Bar and the “butterfly” key mechanism.16-inch MacBook Pro Magic KeyboardBroken keyboards ensued, and that’s something Apple wants to put behind it.
Yep, I partook in a full seven hours of walking, while doing my job.This article is going to do something different: look at what it’s actually like to spend a full day walking and working — and share some of my findings along the way.Who knows, it might be useful if you’re thinking of getting something like this for your home and office.Which isn’t bad considering I was sweaty and irritable for much of the process.But I wouldn’t say that my productivity produced qualityI found that my work wasn’t quite up to my usual standards.
The study also found that the urban heat island effect, the phenomenon in which cities are warmer than their surroundings, is not the only culprit behind the shift, suggesting that other aspects of urbanization, such as pollution, changes in humidity and fertilizer runoff, may also influence plants' seasonal patterns.Changes in the timing of spring leaves and flowers could set off a cascade of effects, threatening species' wellbeing, disrupting agriculture and potentially causing longer or more severe allergy seasons, said Robert Guralnick, the study's senior author and curator of informatics at the Florida Museum."Seasonality of plants and animals is where we're probably going to see the first impacts of large-scale climate change," Guralnick said.Plants are extremely sensitive to changes in temperature and rainfall, which can be driven by climate change and cities' microclimates.Researchers analyzed millions of observations of 136 plant species across the U.S. and Europe to study how regional temperature and the local density of people - a proxy for urbanization - affect when plants sprout leaves and blossoms.Their results revealed a complex story: Separately, warmer temperatures and higher population density each spurred earlier springs.
Two years ago, I owned a bar with over 300 different gins — one of the largest collections of juniper-flavored spirits at any establishment in the United States.None of those gins was designed by a computer, a fact that my bartenders would likely have explained was for the best: A gin’s non-juniper botanicals are what make it distinctive, and the most popular recipes have traditionally come from experienced distillers.Could artificial intelligence — aided somewhat by humans — create a viable product?Trained with a database of potential ingredients, a recurrent neural network named “Ginette” generated a range of roughly 20 recipe options with anywhere from six to nine botanicals — fair numbers given typical gin distilling recipes.Circumstance’s human distillers narrowed the list down to four options, then two, expecting that they’d prefer a mix of juniper, damson plum, fig, burdock, carrot, and cinnamon.But while “good,” that recipe turned out to be “less interesting” in flavor profile than the winning mix of juniper, coriander, angelica root, prune, gooseberry, raspberry, clementine, orange, and marigold.
Death Stranding was recently confirmed to get a PC release in 2020, but details were limited about where players would be able to purchase and launch the game.Publisher 505 Games has now revealed that it will launch next summer on Epic Games Store, but don’t fret if you aren’t fond of that store: It’s also coming to Steam.When Death Stranding releases on PC in summer 2020, it will have a simultaneous launch on both Epic Games Store and Steam.Both versions will cost $60, so your choice of store will come entirely down to personal preference.505 Games is not the only company giving players more choice in how they purchase their digital PC games.After years of using its own Origin service, Electronic Arts recently brought many of its own games to Steam.
Waymo has had a run-in with Uber in the past.In 2017, its engineer Anthony Lewandowski was accused of leaking trade secrets to the ride hailing company.While the companies may have fought a tense legal battle over autonomous driving tech in the past, they may have buried the hatchet.Waymo is actually being paid by Uber for its technology now.The companies also agreed to review Uber's software to make sure that it didn't appropriate Waymo's technology.Uber has recently admitted that the software works pretty well and also that the findings are not in its favour.
Here's one more dire indication that climate change is a monster: Charismatic emperor penguins could be headed irreparably toward extinction within a century if our current rate of global warming keeps up.A team led by scientists with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in Massachusetts released a study on the possible fate of the penguins in the journal Global Change Biology on Thursday."If global climate keeps warming at the current rate, we expect emperor penguins in Antarctica to experience an 86 percent decline by the year 2100," said WHOI ecologist Stephanie Jenouvrier, lead author on the paper."At that point, it is very unlikely for them to bounce back."The penguins live, breed, feed and molt on sea ice in Antarctica.That ice is disappearing as the planet heats up.
After killing its ambitious Daydream VR project last month, Google is making the Cardboard VR project open source.The company said the code repository includes features such as APIs for head tracking, lens distortion rendering, and input handling, for developers to build Android and iOS apps designed for Cardboard VR experiences.Google Cardboard was released five years ago at the company’s developer conference, Google IO.The search giant claims 15 million units of Cardboard VR –made using its Cardboard Manufacturer Kit – were used worldwide.Google said use of Cardboard VR declined over time and it’s no longer actively developing its Software Development Kit (SDK):While we’ve seen overall usage of Cardboard decline over time and we’re no longer actively developing the Google VR SDK, we still see consistent usage around entertainment and education experiences, like YouTube and Expeditions, and want to ensure that Cardboard’s no-frills, accessible-to-everyone approach to VR remains available.
You can tune in no matter where you are in the world, using our Breeders' Cup live stream guide below,With a bumper $30 million prize pot spread over the two-day meeting, it's one of the most eagerly anticipated weekends in the flat season.Also heavily backed is Code of Honor, following the three-year-old's win over the much fancied Vino Rosso in the Jockey Club Gold Cup in September.Read on to find out how to live stream the Breeders' Cup from anywhere in the world from the comfort of your own TV, mobile phone or tablet.If you prefer to watch the race on your computer or laptop, remember that the whole event will be streamed live online at nbcsports.com/live.For those on the go, NBC will also stream the race on mobile via the official NBC app.
Front, a startup that makes a shared inbox app, has challenged its employees to reduce their screen time to less than 14 hours a week.If the employee can make it a whole month, they earn $200.Mathilde Collin, Front's CEO, abandoned work-related apps on her phone years ago, and said it made her happier and healthier.The goal of the challenge, Collin said, is for employees to cut out distracting notifications and focus on what really matters.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Front, whose app lets teams handle messages from email, texts, Slack, and social media in a shared inbox, has started paying employees $200 a month to put down their phones more often.
A new image of the 16-inch MacBook Pro has leaked through files within the macOS Catalina 10.15.1 release, showing a different design for the Touch Bar and Touch ID.None other than 9to5Mac has discovered the image file within the depths of macOS 10.15.1 code, revealing Touch Bar and Touch ID modules that are separated by a cut of aluminum.As you may know, all Touch Bar MacBook Pro models to date have included the Touch ID module within the same display enclosure.This seems like a tiny difference, but could have implications for the rest of the 16-inch MacBook Pro design, which is expected to come with a whole new keyboard.While 9to5Mac reports that this revelation confirms that the new model will also include a physical escape key – all models feature a software-based escape key – we wouldn’t buy that at least until we see another leaked image of exactly that.A smaller redesign than we hoped for?
Sonos is letting people who own its oldest products trade them in for a more modern replacement.The new program offers a 30 percent discount to those who want to trade their Connect, Connect:Amp, ZP80, ZP90, ZP100, ZP120, or the first-generation Play:5 for something newer.Unfortunately, the Play:1 isn’t part of the list, as it was still available for sale relatively recently, even after being succeeded by the Sonos One and One SL.If you have more than one of the eligible products, you’ll get the 30 percent discount for each one you trade up.You can register for the program on Sonos’ website where the company will also help customers find ways to responsibly recycle their old hardware.The program comes as Sonos faces mounting competition from Amazon, which is about to release its Echo Studio speaker with premium audio quality.
Well sound the alarm because JBL's Link 500 voice-activated speaker is on sale for $300 off only on the company’s website, so you can listen to your favorite songs at a price that’s music to your ears.Get hyped to the latest chart-toppers with your hands-free thanks to the Link 500 voice-activated speakers’ voice control technology.Equipped with Chromecast already built-in, you can stream your favorite sounds, be they music, radio, or podcasts, from your favorite mobile device.Plus, there’s no need to worry about connectivity issues.Everyone loves to dance, but even the most hardcore of rock stars needs an assistant.Offering every service the system has to offer, whether you want to turn up the volume, order a pizza or simply check the weather, the JBL Link 500 voice-activated speaker will be there to help.
Apple has a rather impressive and laudable record when it comes to the adoption of its latest iOS and macOS updates.But while that mostly applies to newer iPhones, iPads, and Macs, the story doesn’t always look good for older ones as users feel less inclined to risk breaking their phones in an update.Now, however, Apple is doing the unusual and giving iPhone 5 users an ultimatum to update to iOS 10.3.4 before November 3 or risk losing access anything that connects to the Internet.Strangely enough, this is actually due to GPS.A few months back, the Global Positioning System had its second-ever “week number rollover”, which basically meant that its time-keeping component would reset back to Week Zero.That, in turn, would wreak havoc on any service or app that used GPS not just for location but also for keeping time, and it turns out there are quite a lot.
Welcome to another edition of Bitcoin Today, where I, Satoshi Nakaboto, tell you what’s been going on with Bitcoin in the past 24 hours.We closed the day, October 25 2019, at a price of $8,660.That’s a major 15.61 percent increase in 24 hours, or $1170.We’re still 56 percent below Bitcoin‘s all-time high of $20,089 (December 17 2017).Bitcoin’s market cap ended the day at $156,006,603,607.Yesterday’s volume of $28,705,065,488 was the highest in one hundred and six days, 85 percent above the year’s average, and 36 percent below the year’s high.
Whether you've got weight-loss goals, fitness goals or you're just interested in your health stats, here I'll break down the top smart bathroom scales on the market to help you choose the best smart scale.Put simply, a smart scale is one that uses Bluetooth or a Wi-Fi connection to sync all of the metrics it records about you to a health app on your phone such as Apple Health.It measures how much resistance that current encounters and then uses a mathematical formula to estimate how much fat, muscle and bone makes up your entire weight.One of the most influential factors is where you carry your weight -- if your chest and arms are slim, but you have more fat and muscle in your pelvis and legs, it might incorrectly calculate your overall body fat percentage.Follow the directions that come with your scale to get the most accurate measurements and data possible, and if you are concerned about your body fat percentage, body composition, health or fitness, talk to your doctor about getting a proper scan.Read more: Peloton, Daily Burn and more: Best workout subscription apps
Given the popularity of the The Last of Us, it’s safe to assume that The Last of Us Part 2 is one of the most anticipated upcoming games for PlayStation 4, if not the most anticipated.Unfortunately, those who have been waiting for this game were told today that they’d have to wait a bit longer.Naughty Dog delayed The Last of Us Part 2 today, pushing it back from its original release date of February 21st, 2020.The Last of Us Part 2‘s release date is now May 29th, 2020, so it’s been delayed by almost three months on the nose.Game director Neil Druckmann announced the delay today in a post to the PlayStation Blog, noting Naughty Dog realized that sticking with the original February release date would mean that it wouldn’t have the level of polish Naughty Dog wanted.“At this point we were faced with two options: compromise parts of the game or get more time,” Druckmann said.
The money comes fast in the startup world, the fall may be equally swift.Colin Kroll (co-founder of Vine), Austen Heinz (founder of Cambrian Genomics), Jody Sherman (Ecomum entrepreneur) all led successful businesses.But their journey has ended abruptly, they died of suicide.Being a step further, working an hour longer, not settling for less, learning from mistakes but ultimately taking winning as the only result.In 2011 Elon Musk famously said that starting a company is like “eating glass and staring into the abyss.” While it can easily pump up startup enthusiasts to keep grinding even harder because everybody wants to build a new Tesla, the phrase actually paints a sad picture of being an entrepreneur.A perfect recipe for deteriorating the mental health of those who are doing it.
The University of Cincinnati will lead a new National Science Foundation research center to protect electronics and networked systems from sabotage, hacking or spying.The Center for Hardware and Embedded Systems Security and Trust will be UC's latest industry-university Cooperative Research Center."Building consumer trust in technology is central to our work," said Emmert, who will serve as director of the new center and principal investigator of the project.The National Science Foundation will fund the center with an initial $4.5 million grant for UC and its academic partners: the University of Virginia, the University of Connecticut, Northeastern University, the University of Texas at Dallas and the University of California, Davis.The center will work with private companies, government agencies and nonprofits that will contribute annual membership fees of as much as $50,000 to investigate their unique vulnerabilities.The private members include companies such as Adaptive Computing, financial consultants Booz Allen Hamilton and educational publisher Wiley.
SalesCandy, which helps businesses speed up their sales conversions, has secured its first round of venture capital funding.The US$650,000 pre-series A investment consists of half a million from Singapore’s Wavemaker Partners, plus US$150,000 from a bunch of angel investors, the Kuala Lumpur-headquartered startup revealed to Tech in Asia today.Photo credit: JJ Ying / UnsplashSalesCandy’s service, which enterprises pay for their staff to use, hooks up salespeople with potential customers who have just registered their interest – similar to how Uber connects commuters with available drivers.Here’s our in-depth profile of the startup from May:See: App for sales reps supercharges selling
Engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have figured out a way to make a robot grasp an object quicker and more efficiently.MIT showed off the robot in a GIF exactly of the claw picking up and adjusting its grip on an object, which is more complicated than it looks for a machine.According to the release, it can take a robot tens of minutes to plan out the possibilities of the sequence, but with a new algorithm, it takes less than a second.The results, which were published Thursday, October 17, in The International Journal of Robotics Research, will allow robots in industrial settings to figure out their environments quicker.“This is a way to extend the dexterity of even simple robotic grippers because, at the end of the day, the environment is something every robot has around it,” Alberto Rodriguez, associate professor of mechanical engineering at MIT, said in a statement.Physical tasks that will benefit from the algorithm include a variety of physical tasks, like picking up and sorting objects in a bin and intricate tool use.
Anyone unfortunate enough to fall victim to a burglary or natural disaster understands just how frustrating it feels to deal with insurance companies.We spend thousands of dollars each year to ensure our property will be reimbursed in case of an emergency, so why does it take so long to receive reimbursement when we need it most?If you’ve had a poor experience waiting weeks or months for your reimbursement, or if you want to rest assured that your claims will be paid out quickly in case of a future emergency, Lemonade has you covered with rates as low as $5 per month for renter’s insurance and $25 per month for homeowner’s insurance.Lemonade is able to offer you quick reimbursements and low monthly rates by changing the way we think about insurance.To file a claim, all you need to do is hit the Claim button in the Lemonade app and follow the on-screen instructions.Lemonade then uses modern AI to authenticate your claim and pay you within minutes.
Controversial plans for mandatory age verification controls for pornographic websites have been scrapped, UK culture secretary Nicky Morgan announced today.In a written statement, Morgan said the government "will not be commencing Part 3 of the Digital Economy Act 2017 concerning age verification for online pornography".This section of the Digital Economy Act required commercial providers of online pornography "to have robust age verification controls in place to prevent children and young people under 18 from accessing pornographic material."The government had designated the British Board of Film Classification as the age verification regulator.However, the proposals had been beset by a series of delays after originally being due to come into force on 15 July this year.One month before that deadline, DCMS announced it had failed to notify the European Commission in time, undermining the legal basis of age verification resulting in a six-month delay.
TikTok will hire two former US congressmen as part of an external team to review its content moderation policies, including child safety, hate speech, misinformation, and bullying, the company said in a statement on Tuesday.Why it matters: The popular short video-sharing platform, owned by Beijing-based Bytedance, is stepping up efforts to adjust content policies amid scrutiny from US regulators and Western media about whether it censors content to appease the Chinese government.Bytedance has completely separated the account systems and content access for TikTok and domestic counterpart Douyin to free the company from any potential breaches of China’s internet controls and to provide international users with a relatively censorship-free platform.Details: The company will hire an external group from the K Gates LLP law firm to work with its internal US management team to review and advise on the video-sharing app’s content policies, Vanessa Pappas, TikTok’s general manager for the US, said in the statement.The advisory team includes former US congressmen Bart Gordon of Tennessee and Jeff Denham of California.The company said it would further increase transparency around its content moderation policies and practices.
Google unveiled the Pixel 4 on Tuesday, its newest flagship smartphone.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Google finally introduced its much-anticipated Pixel 4 smartphone on Tuesday, which offers a dual-lens camera and a new radar-powered motion-detection system.The phone, which begins shipping on October 24, starts at $800 — putting it in direct competition with Apple's new iPhones.The iPhone 11 starts at $700, while the iPhone 11 Pro begins at $1,000.Its sliver of the market is so minimal that research firms like The International Data Corporation and Canalys don't even break out its shipments in their quarterly reports.