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Outside of St. Louis, Missouri on the night of November 11, 2019, a sonic boom was heard.At the same time, sightings from 7 different states tipped the appearance of a fireball falling from space.The next day, local Maine Mineral and Gem Museum sent out a bounty of sorts.The first person to bring them a one kilogram (or larger) chunk of this meteorite would get a $25,000 USD reward.The Maine Mineral and Gem Museum (“MMGM”) already has a “place of honor” reserved for the meteorite.MMGM suggested that they’ll be opening their doors for the first time on December 12, 2019, and hope to have a piece of this meteor on display by then.
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Honda, GM, Ford, Volkswagen, Fiat, Chrysler, and the Waymo – now, the manufacturers joined forces in order to develop self-driven and electrically-driven cars.the Audit, and the rådgivningsfirman PwC has released its annual Automotive Trends report, in which the study of the evolution of the global automotive sector.this is One of the most visible trends in this year's report, is that more and more car manufacturers are cooperating with each other in the development of the ART mobility is Connected, Autonomous, Shared, Electrified). " the Barrier to make ends meet, has been reduced.However, in the future, electric power plants, the disappearance of a lot of this is the making of the self at the same time, as you can see costly new investment in front of them, " said Bo Karlsson, who has been the automotive leader at PwC in Sweden.in the examples mentioned, Honda, and GM, which is developing the elbilsbatterier together, and in which the Honda is now gone, with the GM's business Is in Automation, which is developing self-driven vehicles.
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This takes the company’s total funding to nearly $400 million and follows its $100 million series G round last July that included the same three investors.It appears the reason Freshworks preannounced the funding was due to a leak last week on an Indian news site via anonymous sources.Founded out of Chennai, India in 2010, Freshworks offers a cloud-based Freshdesk product to help companies track customer conversations, manage tickets, and collaborate with their broader team.In fact, Freshworks was known as Freshdesk before it rebranded in 2017 to reflect an expansion into all manner of offerings, including live chat with Freshchat, sales CRM via Freshsales, call center management through Freshcaller, HR software with Freshteam, and IT service management smarts, courtesy of Freshservice.Although the bulk of Freshworks’ staff is still based in India, its global HQ is now in San Mateo, California, with additional hubs in London, Berlin, and Sydney.It’s all about giving companies a “360-degree view” of their customers’ activities across sales, marketing, and customer support, which may be useful for up-selling, cross-selling, or retention.
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GTA publisher Take-Two Interactive has revealed it has it has some juicy projects in the works, which includes making a return to some of its more popular game franchises.In the company's latest financial statement it states that Take-Two Interactive has its "strongest development pipeline in its history, including sequels from our biggest franchises as well as exciting new IP".But what game series could the publisher be revisiting?Take-Two interactive owns a multitude of developers including GTA 5 and Red Dead Redemption 2 developer Rockstar Games.While we're hoping this statement is teasing GTA 6, it's more likely that its hinting at the rumored new BioShock game.In early 2018, Kotaku reported that a top secret studio had started working on a new addition to the BioShock series.
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The Nintendo Switch was released more than two years ago, and it has been sold at the same price for that entire time: $300.Apart from a few sales and promotions, you won’t find a new Switch system for cheaper than that, even during events like Black Friday and Cyber Monday.It appears this won’t be changing anytime soon, as Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa is pleased with its current strategy.Speaking to investors during a recent financial briefing, Furukawa was asked about any plans Nintendo has for reducing the price of the standard Nintendo Switch, specifically because of the recent Nintendo Switch Lite launching at a lower price.“We want to maintain the value of our products and sell them at their current price points for as long as possible, so we have no plans to reduce prices at this time,” Furukawa said in response.“Because profitability can fluctuate depending on quantities produced in the future, we’re not estimating any specific decrease in cost.
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Leia, played by the late Carrie Fisher, is one of the most important characters in the Star Wars saga.But now, thanks to a cryptic tweet by actor Mark Hamill, fans are wondering if they've been pronouncing her name wrong all this time.One cringe-worthy moment is when Hamill calls Harrison Ford "Hans" instead of Han Solo.There's also a tidbit about pronouncing Chewbacca.Of course, Hamill doesn't offer any hints to the correct pronunciation.But this Leia debate has proof on both sides.
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Microsoft’s recent victory in landing a $10 billion Pentagon cloud-computing contract called JEDI could make life more complicated for one of the software giant’s partners: the independent artificial-intelligence research lab OpenAI.OpenAI was created in 2015 by Silicon Valley luminaries including Elon Musk to look to the far horizon, and save the world.The newborn nonprofit said it had commitments totaling $1 billion and would work on AI “to benefit humanity as a whole, unconstrained by a need to generate financial return.” But OpenAI restructured into a for-profit this year, saying it needed more money to fulfill its goals, and took $1 billion from Microsoft in a deal that involves helping the company’s cloud division develop new AI technology.Now Microsoft’s JEDI win raises the possibility that OpenAI’s work for the benefit of humanity may also serve the US military.Asked if anything would prevent OpenAI technology reaching the Pentagon, the lab’s CEO, Sam Altman, said its contract with Microsoft requires “mutual agreement” before any particular technology from the lab can be commercialized by the software giant.He declined to discuss what OpenAI might agree to or what the company’s stance is on helping the US military.
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Travis Kalanick, Uber's ousted founder, will soon be in direct competition with his previous company after raising $400 million from Saudi Arabia for his new food-delivery startup, according to The Wall Street Journal.Travis Kalanick's net worth is $3.2 billion, according to Forbes.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Travis Kalanick cofounded Uber in 2009.But, after a series of scandals and a workplace culture where discrimination and sexual harassment were the norm, Kalanick resigned as CEO in 2017.Though he's no longer leading the global ride-hailing company, Kalanick remains wealthy.
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Quantum-based communication and computation technologies promise unprecedented applications, such as unconditionally secure communications, ultra-precise sensors, and quantum computers capable of solving specific problems with a level of efficiency impossible to reach by classical computers.In recent times, quantum computers are also envisioned as nodes in a network of quantum devices, where connections are established via quantum channels and data are quantum systems that flow through the network, thus setting the bases for a future "quantum internet".With the design of these quantum information networks come new theoretical challenges, given that it is necessary to establish optimised automated information treatment protocols to work with quantum data, in the same way as current communcation networks automatically manage information.UAB researchers have had to deal with one of these challenges for the first time: the problem with sorting data from a quantum systems network according to the state in which they were prepared.The researchers have devised an optimal procedure that can identify clusters of identically prepared quantum systems.The protocol developed by researchers at the UAB shows a natural connection to an archetypical use case of classical machine learning: clustering data samples according to whether they share a common underlying probability distribution.
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It’s Peter Pan, but not as you know it.Nearly eight years after director Benh Zeitlin wowed the critical world with Beasts of the Southern Wild, we’ve finally got a first look at its long-awaited follow up: a new take on the Peter Pan story that feels totally unique.With the focus on Wendy Darling, as you might expect from the title, Zeitlin’s spin on J.M.Barrie’s classic play about a magical island and its inhabitants of never-aging kids is much less concerned with the more fantastical trappings of plenty of other version of Peter Pan and his lost boys.There are still elements of it there, from strange underwater creatures to the island itself – and seemingly sinister pirates who are less Captain Hook, more, well, just dudes – but it’s a much more grounded take on it all.The timelessness inherent in Peter’s story of never being able to grow up is there, but it’s seemingly being pitched as more of a time-displaced style of supernatural, almost science-fictional approach rather than straight-up magic.
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The criminal complaint also alleges that it was trivial for them to do so—a chilling reminder of how much damage an insider can cause.The court documents, first reported by The Washington Post, also reference a third suspect, Ahmed Almutairi, who allegedly worked as an intermediary between the Twitter insiders and the Saudi government.He also allegedly developed relationships with Saudi intelligence agents during this time, and is accused of looking up private information from more than 6,000 Twitter accounts, including those of dissidents and political activists, on Saudi Arabia's behalf over the course of a few months in 2015.Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his regime have also fostered close ties to Silicon Valley.But unlike Alzabarah, Abouammo's role as media partnerships manager at Twitter does not necessarily seem to necessitate access to private user data.He left Twitter in May 2015, but allegedly still attempted to get information about users from some former Twitter colleagues.
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Boston University researchers have developed a new, "intelligent" metamaterial--which costs less than ten bucks to build--that could revolutionize magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), making the entire MRI process faster, safer, and more accessible to patients around the world.The technology, which builds on previous metamaterial work by the team, was described in a new paper in Advanced Materials.Xin Zhang, a BU College of Engineering professor of mechanical engineering and a Photonics Center professor, and a team of researchers that includes Stephan Anderson, a Boston Medical Center radiologist and BU School of Medicine professor of radiology, and Xiaoguang Zhao, a MED assistant research professor of radiology, are getting creative with metamaterials to solve the problem.MRI works by generating a powerful magnetic field and sending radio waves into a patient's body."An MRI's magnetic field is many thousands of times stronger than the Earth's magnetic field," says Zhao."A precisely orchestrated series of higher-energy radio waves are sent into the human body, and the tissues emit lower-energy radio waves that are received by the MRI to produce an image."
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Administrators “seeking to establish interest in purchasing the business and assets”Skills Matter, the developer conference organiser, has gone into administration, CEO and founder Wendy Devolder has confirmed.The company – which puts on nearly 2,000 talks, tech meetups, hackathons, expert workshops and conferences every year – has a membership base of over 160,000 and has been sponsored by Google and IBM, among others.Founded in 2003, it ran a huge range of events at its “CodeNode” venue near Moorgate: the UK’s largest venue dedicated to technology events.Describing herself as “very sorry and very sad”, Devolder broke the news on Twitter today, to a string of shocked, regretful, and grateful (for her efforts running the community network) reactions across the developer community.Sorry to hear that @skillsmatter were the first to give room to new technologies like @ApacheGroovy and @grailsframework.
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UPS has been speeding up its drone delivery work, announcing this year a new drone subsidiary and a growing list of new partnerships.On Friday, a Matternet M2 drone finished two short, autonomous flights to customers' homes near a CVS store in Cary, North Carolina.The prescriptions were lowered to their destinations via a cable while the drone hovered about 20 feet above each address.UPS said one of the packages was delivered to a customer with limited mobility, which makes it difficult for them to make the trip to a nearby store.While UPS declined to say the length of the trips, it said they were both within the line of sight of a UPS drone operator who was on hand to take over the flights if needed.UPS spokesman Kyle Peterson said these flights weren't the start of an ongoing service but rather the beginning of an evaluation with CVS.
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You can cancel a PayPal payment if the receiver of the money has not yet claimed it, and the process of stopping these payments is easy.Many forms of PayPal payments are processed immediately and cannot be cancelled, requiring you to request a refund to recoup your money.PayPal will automatically cancel any payment you make that goes unclaimed for 30 days, returning the money to your account.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.So you just sent a PayPal payment but realized the amount was wrong?Or you suddenly decided that any amount was wrong and you no longer wish to send that given party any money?
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Midway through In the Dream House, her memoir about an abusive relationship with a former girlfriend, Carmen Maria Machado makes a painful observation: "Putting language to something for which you have no language is no easy feat."She's referring to Adam's job in Genesis of naming the animals, but she's also confronting the core challenge of her book.Domestic abuse in queer relationships is rarely written about—when your love is taboo, so are its violences.The author's previous book, Her Body and Other Parties, is a collection of short stories so effortlessly wide-ranging they pivot from fantasy to romance to humor in the blink of an eye.Machado can always find the words to convey what she means, even when she's using language in ways it's never been used before.She is a master of bending genre tropes to her whims—painting family dramas and domestic microagressions as the horror tales they are, demonstrating women's invisibility by literally making them see-through.
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LG announced yesterday that this year's models of their OLED devices will have a firmware update that makes them compatible with Nvidia's G-Sync.the update will come to devices E9, C9, and B9.the roll-out of assistance to commence now, in north America, but it will come to other markets immediately after.this is the support for G-Sync to the television sets to provide a smooth gaming experience without any flickering, tearing, or stuttering, if you are using a graphics card from the GeForce gtx, RTX 20, or the GTX of 16 in the series.
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Paul Rudd will return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe for yet another outing as Ant-Man, the shrinking (and growing) superhero, joined by series director Peyton Reed.Rudd is expected to don the Ant-Man suit as Scott Lang for a third Ant-Man film, according to The Hollywood Reporter, making it the 5th movie in which he has portrayed the character.Peyton Reed has also signed on to direct Ant-Man 3.Reed directed both Ant-Man in 2015 and its sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp in 2018.It’s not clear if Evangeline Lily will return as The Wasp.Rumors point to the film being shot at the end of 2020 or at the beginning of 2021 with a planned release date sometime in 2022; however, Marvel Studios has yet to make an official release announcement.
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The announcement was expected, it is now official.Rick Osterloh, Google’s hardware manager, has announced that the Mountain View giant has gotten Fitbit for $2.1 billion.Google would use Fitbit’s resources to develop its own smartwatchThe company will continue its business for the moment but will be fully integrated into Google’s activities, under the banner Made by Google, which includes all devices designed by the brand.Rick Osterloh sees in this acquisition “An opportunity to invest even more in Wear OS.As well as to introduce Made by Google devices in the wearable market”.
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“I understand that each director goes in a different direction [and] it’s a systemic thing.Now, it goes back to Jim Cameron and to Gale Anne Hurd.If it would always stay with one studio and one ownership, then that wouldn’t happen.”Schwarzenegger is one of the stars of Terminator: Dark Fate, the latest film in the Terminator franchise – directed by Tim Miller – and the first one since 1991's Terminator 2: Judgment Day to bring back franchise creator James Cameron and star Linda Hamilton in a major capacity.A lot of hard work down the drain, but Schwarzenegger looks on the bright side.“So I don’t care if Linda Hamilton says, well, ‘I ignored number three, number four, number five’ now, which I totally understand because she wasn’t in it.
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With CcHub‘s acquisition of iHub in September, Nigerian Bosun Tijani is at the helm of (arguably) the largest tech network in Africa.He is now CEO of both organizations, including their robust membership rosters, startup incubation programs, global partnerships, and VC activities from Nigeria to Kenya .One could conclude Tijani has become one of the most powerful figures in African tech with the CcHub iHub merger.The techie from Lagos still faces plenty of challenges and unknowns in integrating two innovation hubs that lie 3,818 flight kilometers apart.Several sources speaking on background over the last year have indicated iHub was experiencing financial difficulties.Tijani offered TechCrunch some initial details last month on how the acquisition will fall together.
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Today we’re looking at Xiaomi’s latest released clues about their next smartwatch, the Mi Watch.This is a watch that looks a WHOLE LOT like an Apple Watch – but sorta like if Apple decided to do an “SE” version of said device.Not that they’d ever do such a thing, but still – here’s what Xiaomi’s got.The Xiaomi Mi Watch will have a rounded-corner rectangular display and a digital crown on its right side for controlling its UI.There’s a touchscreen on this smartwatch and the promise of a new user interface made by Xiaomi.This will be a different approach from what we’ve seen delivered by Apple, Samsung, Google, or Huawei.
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Today at the Samsung Developer Conference, the Korean tech giant showed off a little bit of a surprise.At the beginning of its One UI 2 keynote, Samsung showed off an unannounced foldable device concept.Like the Galaxy Fold, this mystery device features a folding display, unlike the Microsoft Surface Duo which features two separate displays in a clamshell design.Instead of folding horizontally, this new device folds vertically like a flip phone.As you can tell by the video above, we can’t confirm about the device besides the general form factor.Samsung’s software is designed with this new hardware in mind, adapting to the device as it folds and unfolds.
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Quantum mechanics has come a long way during the past 100 years but still has a long way to go.In AVS Quantum Science, from AIP Publishing, researchers from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa review the progress being made in using structured light in quantum protocols to create a larger encoding alphabet, stronger security and better resistance to noise.Unfortunately, the toolkit to manage these patterns is still underdeveloped and requires a lot of work."The quantum science community has made many recent noteworthy advances, both in the science and derived technologies.For example, entanglement swapping has now been demonstrated with spatial modes of light, a core ingredient in a quantum repeater, while the means to securely communicate between nodes is now possible through high-dimensional quantum key distribution protocols.Together they bring us a little bit closer to a fast and secure quantum network.
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Microsoft has been announced as the winner of a multi-billion dollar deal to supply cloud computing services to the Pentagon.The US tech giant was awarded the Joint Enterprise Defence Infrastructure (JEDI) contract after a fierce bidding war that saw the world's top technology firms pitted against each other.This included a rival bid from Amazon Web Services drawing the ire of President Trump in his latest salvo against the company.The JEDI deal looks to give a significant upgrade to the computing capabilities at the US defence hub, giving it a huge update in terms of power and flexibility, as well as increased data handling.Microsoft will now be charged with replacing a myriad of aging computer systems with a single Azure cloud platform that is able to cope with handling huge amounts of data on a daily basis.In a statement, the company said it was "proud" to be the choice of the Department of Defence and "satisfy the urgent and critical needs of today's warfighters".
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Forskare exponerade blomflugor för det blåa ljus som finns i datorer, mobiler och surfplattor.Tidigare forskning har uppmärksammat att blått ljus från enheter som datorer, mobiltelefoner och surfplattor har skadliga effekter på våra ögon.Den blå färgen från lysdioder har en kortare våglängd och är mer energirika än andra färger.Andra forskare menar att näthinnan inte tar skada av blått ljus från konsumentelektronik.Nu pekar en ny studie från Oregon State University på att en långvarig exponering av blått ljus kan påverka oss även om ljuset inte lyser in i ögat.Forskarna utsatte dagligen fruktflugor för tolv timmars belysning med led-lampor vars våglängd låg nära det blåa ljuset från enheterna.
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While Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg seemed cheerful and even jokey when he took the stage today in front of journalists and media executives (at one point, he described the event as “by far the best thing” he’d done this week), he acknowledged that there are reasons for the news industry to be skeptical.And there are plenty of people (including our own Josh Constine) who think it would be foolish for publishers to trust the company again.For one thing, there’s the question of how Facebook’s algorithm prioritizes different types of content, and how changes to the algorithm can be enormously damaging to publishers.“We can do a better job of working with partners to have more transparency and also lead time about what we see in the pipeline,” Zuckerberg said, adding, “I think stability is a big theme.” So Facebook might be trying something out as an “experiment,” but “if it kind of just causes a spike, it can be hard for your business to plan for that.”At the same time, Zuckerberg argued that Facebook’s algorithms are “one of the least understood things about what we do.” Specifically, he noted that many people accuse the company of simply optimizing the feed to keep users on the service for as long as possible.“For many years now, I’ve prohibited any of our feed teams … from optimizing the systems to encourage the maximum amount of time to be spent.
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Once more, Facebook dangles extra traffic, and journalism outlets leap through its hoop and into its cage.None seem to have learned the lesson of platform risk.Chronicling Facebook’s abuse of publishersLet’s take a stroll back through time and check out Facebook’s past flip-flops on news that hurt everyone else:-In 2007 before Facebook even got into news, it launches a developer platform with tons of free virality, leading to the build-up of companies like Zynga.-In 2011, Facebook launches the open graph platform with Social Reader apps that auto-share to friends what news articles you’re reading.
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A team of researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) has been awarded $3.75 million by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences to enhance an existing informatics tool known as "informatics for integrating biology and the bedside" or I2B2.The MUSC team will enhance I2B2 so that it can better identify Emergency Department cases of nonfatal opioid overdose.The enhanced tool will use a form of artificial intelligence known as natural language processing, which helps to make human language intelligible to computers.In addition, the enhanced tool should help researchers understand what constellation of clinical traits, discoverable in the electronic health record, reliably predicts for opioid overdose."This project can help us leverage our existing data assets to design more intelligent trials addressing the major issues of the opioid epidemic," said Leslie Lenert, M.D., the principal investigator for the award.SCTR is the Clinical & Translational Science Awards Program (CTSA) hub headquartered at MUSC.
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Apple’s AirPods 2 are the most popular true wireless headphones on the market, but are they really the best?That depends on what you’re looking for in a pair of wireless earbuds.From their golf tee design to their ergonomic charging case, here’s how they compare to one of our current favorite true wireless headphones, the Samsung Galaxy Buds.With hard plastic eartips and long white stems, Apple’s latest AirPods boast the same looks the company’s earbuds have sported since they launched.While their eye-catching looks have caught on for some, many (we included) still think they look odd protruding from people’s ears, and the lack of silicone eartips or any kind of earfin means that they don’t stay super snug in your ears.Samsung, on the other hand, offers a smaller, more ergonomic in-ear design with its Galaxy Buds.
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