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According to Reuters, a scene from The Empire Strikes Back inspired the lead researcher at the National University of Singapore to create an electronic skin that can feel.
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A video of Nancy Pelosi that has been manipulated to make her appear intoxicated went viral on Facebook over the weekend. Facebook declined to remove the video, but attached a fact-check label that marks the video as "partly false." Both Twitter and YouTube removed versions of the video on their platforms, CNN reported. In 2019, a different fake video of Pelosi went viral on Facebook, which the company also declined to remove but marked with a fact-check label, drawing condemnation from Pelosi's staff. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. A fake video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that has been edited to make her appear intoxicated went viral on Facebook over the weekend, racking up more than 2 million views and 91,000 shares. The platform applied a fact-check label to the video noting that it is "partly false" Sunday, but declined to remove the video, CNN first reported. The fact-check label means the video is still viewable but will be promoted less by Facebook's algorithms. It's the second time such a video of Pelosi has gone viral on the platform. Another video that was similarly edited and slowed down to make Pelosi appear drunk was shared widely on Facebook in May 2019, after which Pelosi slammed Facebook as "willing enablers" of misinformation. The doctored video doesn't make Pelosi appear to say words that she didn't say — rather, the footage is spliced and slowed to make it look like Pelosi took long pauses between words and slurred her speech. Visual forensic expert Hany Farid reviewed the video and told CNN that it's been edited and slowed down. Twitter and YouTube both removed versions of the video over the weekend following CNN's reporting. A Facebook spokesperson said in a statement to Business Insider that the doctored Pelosi video was not removed over the weekend because it didn't meet the company's criteria for "manipulated media" that would warrant a removal, like videos that make someone appear to say words they didn't say or deepfakes made using AI.  "Following an incident over a year ago with a previous video of Speaker Pelosi, we took a number of key steps, making it very clear to people on Facebook when a third-party fact-checker determines content to be false and updating our policy to make explicit the kind of manipulated media we will remove. And, as always, when a video is determined false, its distribution is dramatically reduced and people who see it, try to share it, or have already shared it, see warnings alerting them that it's false," the spokesperson said. A spokesperson for Pelosi did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: How waste is dealt with on the world's largest cruise ship
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We dug through iOS 13 to find 11 of the best hidden features that'll up your productivity and iPhone game.
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Although energy bills are set to rise by £150 per household, Ofgem is planning to radically transform Britain’s energy infrastructure.
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Industry and academia are joining forces to establish a work force that meet the demands of a burgeoning field of quantum computing
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We’re here to guide you through the coronavirus pandemic. Sign up to the Life newsletter for daily tips, advice, how-tos and escapism.Dani Dyer has revealed she’s pregnant with her first child with her boyfriend Sammy Kimmence.The 24-year-old reality star shared the news on Instagram with a photo of herself holding up a picture of a scan and Kimmence kissing her on the cheek.“Little bubba can’t believe you are going to be ours,” she wrote. “Me and Sammy are so excited to start this next chapter in our lives, feel so lucky and grateful.”Related... The Definitive Ranking Of Love Island's 20 Best Contestants Ever View this post on InstagramA post shared by ♡ Dani Dyer ♡ (@danidyerxx) on Jul 28, 2020 at 5:19am PDTThe couple first got together before she starred on ITV dating series Love Island in 2018, and rekindled their romance after her split from Jack Fincham, who she won the show with. Kimmence wrote on Instagram: “To say I’m grateful is an understatement. Can’t wait to start my perfect little family with you. Baby Kimmence due 2021 … time to hang my boots up from vine FC.”The couple celebrated their anniversary in April, when Dyer wrote: “Happy one year to us my bubs. Love you so so much.”Dyer, the daughter of EastEnders actor Danny Dyer, first found fame on ITV2 reality show Survival Of The Fittest, but after she was injured in the early stages of the show she was cast in the next series of Love Island.Related... Love Island Winner Jack Fincham Stuns Fans By Announcing He's Become A Father Ofcom Receives A Flood Of Complaints Over Love Island Headline Game The Most Controversial Moments On Love Island
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The pandemic has not been kind to Airbnb. In May, the company laid off 25% of its global staff to keep business afloat. Despite setbacks, CEO Brian Chesky is "incredibly optimistic" about the future, he told Reuters in a webcast on July 22. Rentals outside of cities, particularly unique stays like treehouses and Airstreams, are "booming," he told Reuters. Chesky attributed the recent surge in bookings to people wanting to get out of their houses and reconnect in a safe way. He says he's hopeful for a "new golden age" post-pandemic, predicting the industry will move away from mass tourism. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Airbnb has had a trying past few months. In May, CEO Brian Chesky predicted that Airbnb's yearly revenue will be half that of 2019 due to the pandemic's impact on travel. The homesharing company also laid off 25% of its global staff. Despite having to make difficult decisions, Chesky is "incredibly optimistic" about recent numbers, he told Reuters' Global Editor Rob Cox and Columnist Gina Chon in a July 22 webcast.  Earlier in July, Airbnb saw one million room nights booked in a single day for the first time since March. Chesky attributed this uptick in bookings people wanting to get out of their houses. "I think what this is starting to tell us is that people want to connect, but they want to do so safely," he said. Travelers are heading to suburbs and rural areas Two thirds of those one million bookings were located outside of cities, and 50% were located within 300 miles from guests' homes, according to an Airbnb news release.  In lieu of touring major global cities and tourist attractions in double-decker buses, travelers are now heading to small towns where they can enjoy socially distanced activities, Chesky said. "Paris" is out, and "Petaluma and Pittsburgh" are in, he told Reuters. The pandemic has accelerated a new era of unique stays and 'private' travel In particular, Airbnb's unique stays like treehouses and Airstreams are "booming," according to Chesky. Not only are people booking rentals outside of cities, but they're also looking for "something more private, intimate, smaller, unique, special — something that could be a destination in and of itself," he said. "Unlike a hotel where you're in a public space, Airbnb is a little more private," Chesky added. "So I think people feel like maybe for the first time in a long time, Airbnb is not the riskier option." In June, Airbnb rolled out new cleaning protocols for hosts to assuage traveler and host concerns about COVID-19 safety while traveling. Guests can now look for an "Enhanced Clean" certification on listings to see whether a host has committed to following the new protocols, such as wearing head-to-toe personal protective equipment while disinfecting rooms. Though no one knows when travel will fully recover, Chesky is hopeful that the industry is heading into "a new golden age of travel." That future, he thinks, does not include double-decker buses filled with camera-toting tourists. "Travel will not be massive, but small and intimate," Chesky predicted.SEE ALSO: Airbnb reveals the 10 most popular destinations in the US right now — here's where they are and where to stay in each NOW READ: Airbnb announced vigorous new cleaning protocols for hosts in response to COVID-19. Here's how to know if the listing you're considering is participating — or not. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why thoroughbred horse semen is the world's most expensive liquid
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“Remember Futureproof? No, of course you don’t. And that’s why you shouldn’t bother remembering One Direction either,” music writer Stuart Heritage wrote in The Guardian in 2010. “Like Futureproof, One Direction are an X Factor boyband slung together from solo audition leftovers. And, like Futureproof, they aren’t long for the world. What a waste of so many good Justin Bieber haircuts.”It isn’t easy to remember that small window of time early in the audition phases of X Factor 2010 when One Direction were just another budding boyband, but it makes perfect sense that critics would have denounced them as just another bunch of wannabes.After all, even by 2010, The X Factor had already developed a reputation for producing artists that struggled to hold onto their fame for longer than five minutes.“This isn’t the last you’ll see of us!” became the death croak of many bands and solo artists as they tearfully clutched onto Dermot O’Leary for support as Simon Cowell and his cohort of judges clapped sympathetically. But One Direction were so different. Others X Factor acts did enjoy major success too - let’s not forget Little Mix, Olly Murs, Alexandra Burke and Leona Lewis. But One Direction’s level of fame surpassed anything that modern audiences had seen.Fans and non-fans alike widely agree that such intense levels of fandom hadn’t been seen since The Beatles in the 1960s, and records stacked up: One Direction sold 70 million records in five years.To give some context, David Bowie just sold double that across his 54-year career.Directioners, as the band’s fans were affectionally called, made news for forming unprecedented mobs outside hotels, at airports and outside concert venues. For years, the boys would discreetly exit buildings to remain safe, and to keep fans safe too.Ten years on since the band were formed on The X Factor, how has the One Direction fandom shaped the lives of fans today? “I got my first job in music eight years ago from trying to sneak backstage to a 1D concert,” says Claudia Villarreal, 26, who lives in Los Angeles. “I met someone who offered to help me and in return, when I told them I’d love to work a show, they called me and I never stopped working. Claudia describes herself as a One Direction superfan and first began following the band when she realised they were the same age as her, and seemed to share the same sense of humour. “The One Direction fandom completely changed my life and I wouldn’t be living in LA and working in music, had I not found them,” she adds. “They gave me the drive to do what I didn’t know I wanted to do as a career.”Claudia now works at the record label KYN as the Community and Engagement Manager and was employed by CEO Sonny Tahkar, who is the ex-president of Syco Records, Simon Cowell’s label.“My work is dependent on what I experienced, and the relationships I built, from the 1D fandom,” says Claudia, who is based in the US but travelled to the UK, Australia and Canada to see the band perform in their heyday.“I spent my free time with friends I had made from the fanbase. Friendships that still hold strong even all these years later. I would definitely say One Direction is a part of my identity, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Never in a million years did I think being a ‘professional superfan’ would be a job, but it’s mine.“I actually turned 20 years old on the tarmac of a private airport (Luton) in London waiting for 1D to arrive with my friends,” she adds. “I saw them three nights running at Wembley Stadium and the longest I camped was for fourteen hours to get front-row barrier. I stayed outside with friends I had met on Twitter, lived off McDonald’s and the free cookies from the Double Tree where I was staying. I would do it all over again.”Dimple Ambasana, 21, from London, created a fan account on Twitter for One Direction in 2011 and has gained over 25,000 One Direction fan followers. “I still talk to a few of the same people that I followed nine years ago,” she tells me. I'd never seen anything like it... People running after SUVs and ultimately risking their lives...Dimple, 21, who runs a One Direction fan Twitter accountDimple believes One Direction fans on Twitter shaped social media stan culture as it exists today. “I’d never seen anything like it,” she says. “Seeing people running after SUVs and ultimately risking their lives on the streets of New York just to catch a glimpse of five guys from different parts of the UK and Ireland was insane.“I vividly remember major moments that happened amongst the fandom purely because of the way everyone on Twitter reacted. The fight between One Direction and The Wanted, songs getting leaked, brand new pictures or videos from their tour, One Direction performing in front of the Queen of England and at the Olympics...the list could go on!”Gaining a following on social media allowed fans like Dimple to form communities and support networks, which were formative for her at an early age. Dimple was eleven when she started tweeting about One Direction and the fandom helped her form her identity as a young person.“Not only did those five men give me the confidence to break out of my shell as a 11/12 year old, but the fandom was a safe space for so many, myself included,” she reflects.“I definitely would not be the person that I am today if it wasn’t for everything that I learned from so many incredible people within the fandom that were constantly willing to talk, no matter what time of the day it was.” I definitely would not be the person that I am today if it wasn’t for everything that I learned from so many incredible people within the fandomDimple, a One Direction superfan“Everyone just seemed to have each others’ backs and enabling myself to have that kind of safe haven as someone growing up in suburban West London, where people aren’t as open minded as I’d like, definitely helped me in so many ways,” she adds.Perhaps part of the reason One Direction managed to encourage fans to embrace themselves as individuals was because each of the band members had their own distinct sense of style. Unlike the highly engineered boy bands that came before them like Boyzone and Westlife, One Direction didn’t wear matching suits, perform naff choreography or just sing cheesy ballads. Instead, they embraced their differences. “I think they broke the boyband mould in that they were themselves, as much as they could have been. They each had a personality somewhat created for them (Zayn was the moody one, Niall was the cute one), but outside of that they were still themselves,” says Jennifer, 20, an account manager in London.“They’ll be remembered for their individuality within the band, alongside their amazing humour, talent and genuine love for their fans,” adds Millie, 15, who was only 6 years old when the band formed in 2010. They may have retained more of their individuality than other boy bands, but ultimately Millie believes the pressures of being signed to a major label restricted their independence and made them unhappy. “I think being in the band kind of messed them up a bit personally,” she says. “I’d like them to have a reunion and tour again, but only if that makes them happy and it’s what they want.”The band’s image gained them a male fanbase too, as young guys their age lived vicariously through how the boys appeared to be living the dream: they enjoyed freedom through travelling, and seemed to have great banter in interviews.“I always think of One Direction as basically just university boys that never went to uni,” says Richard, 25, a civil servant who works in London. “Had they not been international stars they probably just would have ended up in a similar situation to me,” he adds. “It was a novelty being a One Direction fan. If you manage to find a group of likeminded fans, normally girls, you’d connect and have a crazy little dance session. These were magical.” Many of the Twitter fan groups that were hotly posting tips and news about the boys back in the day are quiet now, not least because many fans may have moved to TikTok and Instagram in the years since the band went on hiatus. Of course, others will simply have moved on. Jennifer believes the fandom will live on though, and Dimple still receives five to ten messages a day to her Twitter account about the band. “I definitely think the fandom has lasted,” says Jennifer. “We may not be as vocal day-to-day as we once were when the boys were touring and making music day in and day out, but a lot of the fans are still friends with each other thanks to the internet.” I’ve vowed to buy a ticket to their first ever show back, no matter where it is in the worldJennifer, 20, from LondonShe adds: “I’ve made friends for life through One Direction. I went to LA in February and stayed with a friend I met through the boys. It was my birthday over the weekend and a friend I met in Sydney came to my picnic in the park in Primrose Hill. Lifelong friendships were made during One Direction’s prime and we don’t necessarily need annual albums to maintain those relationships.”Naturally, those that still identify with the fandom hope the band will eventually release more music. “Once a reunion - and there will be a reunion one day - is announced, the fandom will be just as noisy and just as obsessed as we were back in the day,” believes Jennifer. “I’ve vowed to buy a ticket to their first ever show back, no matter where it is in the world.”The only thing we don’t want is a goodbye tweet: we don’t want One Direction to be over.Alivia, 17“We would all love a reunion and for the band to get back together, but not if that costs their happiness and freedom,” adds Alivia, 17, a student from Michigan who was just 7 when the band were formed. “The only thing we don’t want is a goodbye tweet: we don’t want One Direction to be over. Even though it has been five years, they still made us a promise that this is not the end.”MORE ONE DIRECTION: 19 Batsh*t Crazy Photos That Show Just How Dedicated One Direction's Fans Were Quiz: How Well Do You Know One Direction's Tattoos? 10 Years Of One Direction: Their Story In Pictures
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The OnePlus Nord is the company's next handset, and it's set to be a return to more affordable phones for the brand.
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The fact that Twitter direct messages are not encrypted gives victims yet another thing to worry about as they regain control of their accounts
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Xiaomi’s sub-brand Redmi has finally launched the Redmi Note 9 smartphone in India. The device looks a lot similar to the global variant of the ... The post Redmi Note 9 with Helio G85 launched in India appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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More and more leaks are starting to emerge concerning the upcoming KOSPET Prime 2 smartwatch model in the past days. Today we can add yet ... The post KOSPET Prime 2 will have a rotatable camera with Sony IMX214 appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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GM has detailed its roadmap of electric vehicles, with not one but two new Hummer EVs, a full-sized Chevrolet electric pickup, and fresh models from Cadillac and Buick. The aggressive roadmap hinges on General Motors’ new modular EV platform, Ultium, which the automaker has boasted could deliver more than 400 miles of range on a single charge. It also marks … Continue reading
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Hackers reportedly were given access to an internal tool from a Twitter employee that allowed them to conduct a massive hack on the social media platform on Wednesday, per a Motherboard report. A Twitter spokesperson told Motherboard that it's still unclear if the employee hacked the accounts using the tool or if they gave hackers access to it for them to do so. Twitter said in a tweet that the company believes the incident was a "coordinated social engineering attack," meaning bad actors exploited insiders at the company to carry out their scheme. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Hackers behind a cryptocurrency scam took over the Twitter accounts of tech executives like Amazon's Jeff Bezos and many others, including former President Barack Obama and presidential hopeful Joe Biden, on Wednesday. Tweets were published from their accounts asking people to donate Bitcoin to multiple cryptocurrency scam addresses. And per a Motherboard report, hackers were able to do so after a Twitter employee reportedly gave them access to an internal tool. The outlet spoke to two sources who hacked into the accounts Wednesday and also published screenshots of the tool that was used. The screenshots show a panel used to access certain Twitter accounts that were hacked, such as that of Binance, which is how they may have been able to tweet from them. One of the sources told the outlet that they bribed someone inside Twitter with payment for access. Another said, "we used a rep that literally done all the work for us." A Twitter spokesperson told Motherboard that it's still unclear if the employee hacked the accounts using the tool or if they gave hackers access to it for them to do so. The company also tweeted Wednesday night that it is investigating what it believes was "a coordinated social engineering attack by people who successfully targeted some of our employees with access to internal systems and tools." Social engineering is a security term describing attacks in which bad actors exploit the "natural tendency people have toward trusting others who seem likeable or credible." It's a broad term that covers various types of attacks, from bribery to mere persuasion.  Cybersecurity experts told Business Insider's Isobel Asher Hamilton that it's likely the hackers used internal Twitter tools to reset the emails and passwords that were connected to the various hijacked accounts, which in turn would give them access to run them. Such a one-stop-shop internal tool for managing accounts would be a "golden key" for hackers, the experts told Hamilton. Per the screenshots viewed by Motherboard, some of the accounts may indeed have been hacked by changing the email address tied to them.SEE ALSO: The hackers who took over the Twitter accounts of Joe Biden and Elon Musk may have made off with as much as $120,000 worth of bitcoin — but we may never know for sure Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: We tested a machine that brews beer at the push of a button
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It was actually the first to boast of a charging technology that actually reached 100 watts without frying a smartphone to a crisp. So when its rivals OPPO and Vivo’s iQOO started teasing or hinting at 125W and 120W charging, respectively, it was really only a matter of time before we heard anything from Xiaomi. It’s still unofficial, of course, … Continue reading
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Find the right cash-back credit card for your spending habits.
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Titles added to the subscription service's library include Sonic the Hedgehog and Golf Peaks.
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A photographer has taken remarkable images shows a swallow feeding its babies, as it hovers in mid-air.
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Check out the future Disney Plus Star Wars shows, including the newly announced animated Clone Wars spinoff, The Bad Batch.
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Our robot colleague Satoshi Nakaboto writes about Bitcoin every fucking day. 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. As Marcus Aurelius used to say: If you love yourself, you won’t do drugs! Bitcoin price We closed the day, July 12 2020, at a price of $9,276. That’s a minor 0.38 percent increase in 24 hours, or $35. It was the highest closing price in one day. We’re still 53 percent below Bitcoin‘s all-time high of $20,089 (December 17 2017). Bitcoin market cap Bitcoin‘s… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Bitcoin
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Chinese manufacturer, Vivo, recently released the Vivo X50 series. This series includes the Vivo X50, X50 Pro, and X50 Pro+. While both the X50 and ... The post Vivo X50 Pro+ now available for purchase appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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After years of declining shipment figures, the traditional PC market, made up of desktops, notebooks, and tablet computers that aren’t Chromebooks and iPads, have finally seen a tiny bit of growth in the second quarter of the year. Almost tragically, that growth happened only because the world was plunged into a period of uncertainty, change, and a pandemic. But while … Continue reading
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Whether you identify as a PC gamer or a console gamer, you know a gaming experience isn’t complete without high-end audio.Speakers are great, but if you want more accurate sounds, investing in a quality gaming headset is the way to go.Both are compatible with multiple gaming platforms, including PC, Mac, PS4, Xbox One, as well as smartphones and tablets.Sennheiser’s excellent and innovative technology has made it one of the leaders in the audio tech industry, and it shows in the Game One.This is all thanks to the original transducer technology that offers a natural sound experience that’s also optimized for professional gaming.It has an open-back design to let air pass through so your head and ears remain cool, generously padded velvet-covered ear pads for comfort even during extended gaming sessions, and an adjustable cushioned headband for a secure and personalized fit.
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Samsung Galaxy A51 has made an appearance yet again, this time courtesy of new render images.Samsung has been hard at it, populating its budget and mid-range series with phones this year.The company's Galaxy A-series phones debuted in February earlier this year, and Galaxy A50s followed the A50 in September.Just a week back, we reported about a possible successor to the Galaxy A50 and A50s, and the new information falls in line with the leaks and rumors around Galaxy A51.In a series of renders published by PriceBaba in collaboration with OnLeaks, the Galaxy A51 breaks cover with a quad-camera setup and a punch-hole screen on the front.The report also notes that Samsung has started mass-producing the Galaxy A51 at its facility in Greater Noida, India and the phone could hit the shelves early-2020.
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If you've ever tried to put several really strong, small cube magnets right next to each other on a magnetic board, you'll know that you just can't do it.What happens is that the magnets always arrange themselves in a column sticking out vertically from the magnetic board.Now, scientists at ETH Zurich have managed to create magnetic building blocks in the shape of cubes that - for the first time ever - can be joined together to form two-dimensional shapes.The building blocks can be assembled like little chess boards to form any two-dimensional shapes.It works like this: Because the south and north poles attract each other, a quadrupole building block with its two south poles facing left and right will attract, on each of its four sides, a building block that is rotated by 90 degrees so its north poles on face left and right.Building on this principle, the scientists made coloured modules with an edge length of just over two millimetres.
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Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap.While this really isn’t much of a thing in Europe and the US, it’s big business in China.And, because China is big business, plenty of companies are doing their best to spread it worldwide.Basically, Singles’ Day is — as the name suggests — a shopping holiday dedicated (I guess) to people who are single.Think of it as a mix between Black Friday and an anti-Valentines.So, we’ve curated a list of five great deals you can take advantage of today.
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the Automotive industry is doing now, as in many other industries, Delivers a road map for the fossilfrihet.in Order to achieve this goal, the 13 branches to date, has developed 'roadmaps' for how this should be achieved (see box). " We want to cover all of the country's emissions, and this is a very important part of it.the industry, which technology it believes in, it will be easier for the policy to take the right decisions", says Svante Axelsson, national co-ordinator for zero carbon in Sweden that work on behalf of the Environment and the department of energy.the road map the sender's Car in Sweden, the trade association that brings together manufacturers and importers of passenger cars, trucks, and buses. " We are also going to present you how to personbilsflottans the composition is going to look like, and what is the effect of this on carbon dioxide emissions in Sweden.
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Affordability and lack of digital skills are the stumbling blocks for the widening digital gender gap globally despite the growth in usage of internet.According to a new data released by International Telecommunication Union’s Measuring digital development series, about 52% of the global female population is still not using the internet, compared to 42% of all men, except the Americas, which has near-parity.The data show that while the digital gender gap has been shrinking in the Commonwealth of the Independent States and Europe, it is growing in Africa, the Arab States and the Asia-Pacific region.It is widest in developing countries, especially least developed countries.However, an estimated 3.6 billion people remain offline, with the majority of the unconnected living in the least developed countries where an average of just two out of every ten people is online.Multi-stakeholder collaboration will be key
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Season four throws our heroes and villains into the lion’s den, tearing friendships apart without offering easy solutions, and leaves us to figure out whether we’re okay with it.It may be hard to watch, but it’s worth it.She’s no longer able to go out on missions, leaving her feeling left out and useless.And, much like how Glimmer used to rebel against her mother, so have Adora and Bow started rebelling against her.It causes a rift in their friendship that cuts deep.The show doesn’t ask the audience to choose a side; but, of course, that’s something we as viewers try to do anyway.
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