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The Simpsons has arrived on Disney Plus, and even though older episodes have been cropped to fit a 16:9 aspect ratio, it's a huge event that they're all here in one place.One episode hasn't made the cut, as the internet has been feverishly discussing today: season three's 'Stark-Raving Dad', featuring the voice of Michael Jackson.Back in March, the show's executive producers announced that they'd unanimously decided to pull the episode from the air."I'm against book burning of any kind.This occurred a little while after allegations against Jackson were made in the HBO documentary Leaving Neverland.And even though Brooks alluded to "book-burning" in his statement, it hasn't actually gone anywhere.
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Will the future of space exploration involve swarms of smart robots aiding astronauts by mining for resources, or even autonomously preparing other planets for human habitation?It keeps us searching, it keeps us young, it keeps us fresh, and open to challenge.Keravala listed the types of tasks the company is building robots to carry out as including harvesting water ice for drinking or to make rocket fuel, building underground and surface-based “safe cabins” for colonists, establishing power plants, and paving surfaces.“What we need to push out into these harsh conditions is a new form of industrial work force that can undertake these tough jobs in space before we send humans out [into space],” he said.He likens them, conceptually rather than visually, to creatures such as ants, which work together to achieve remarkable results as colonies.“An ant has very simple intelligence with a very limited set of neurons and, for the most part, non-specialized set of capabilities,” he said.
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The home is getting a whole lot smarter, and home security is a big focus for tech companies.There are a few things to consider before you choose which smart lock is right for you and your home.For starters, you'll want to think about whether you want to replace the entire deadbolt, or simply buy a retrofit lock that will allow you to use your old keys.Full deadbolt replacements, however, have their own advantages.A number of locks are beginning to offer compatibility with smart home systems like Apple HomeKit, Samsung SmartThings, Amazon Echo, and Google Assistant.Here are the best smart locks you can buy:
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Data integration solutions come in one of three categories.First there’s old school data integration solutions created in the 1990s from the EAI movement, now expanded to include public cloud computing domains.Second, newer cloud-based iPaaS (integration platforms as a service) solutions built from the ground up as on-demand integration servers hosted on the open Internet, but existing outside of public cloud providers.[ The essentials from InfoWorld: How to choose the right data-integration tools • How Cosmos DB ensures data consistency in the global cloud.The old school data integration solution is typically not desirable for cloud computing, considering that cloud-based integration is often an afterthought.That said, many of these solutions are already installed and are very difficult to unseat without a tremendous amount of cost and risk.
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The Samsung Galaxy W20 that we have heard about for some time now has just passed a prerelease test in China.Thought to be a clamshell smartphone, recent reports suggest that the Galaxy W20 may in fact be Samsung’s second foldable smartphone.The device which is set to be announced at a launch event on November 19 in Wuhan, China has now appeared on TENAA, complete with images, and a brief specs list.It gets the model number SM-W2020, with a design similar to the first Galaxy Fold announced in China a while ago.TENAA hasn’t given us a view of the W20 when unfolded, but there are a couple of images that reveal the design from both sides.First off, the images reveal that the device has a hinge on the right edge; while other controls like the volume rocker, fingerprint scanner, and power button sit on the left.
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It’s a bonus episode of The Vergecast!Dieter Bohn sits down with Tom Warren and Dan Seifert to go over all of our reviews of Microsoft’s new Surface hardware.The Surface line changed up this year with new processors, entirely new models, and new sizes.So we have decided to go much deeper into the topics that we couldn’t fit into our reviews.Want to know what happens when Tom uses the Surface Pro X with only ARM-native apps?What happens when Dieter buys and returns three different Surfaces in his quest to get the perfect Microsoft tablet?
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There are several apps that'll allow you to do this, but here's a look at Photo Vault, one of the most commonly used ones.While the iPhone allows you to hide photos, it doesn't provide much security, as your images can still be easily found if someone knows where to look.Check out the products mentioned in this article:iPhone 11 (From 699.99 at Best Buy)How to make a private album on an iPhone using Photo VaultTap "Set Passcode" and type in your desired four-digit password.
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With almost $31 billion in retail sales last year alone, China's yearly 24-hour 11/11 Global Shopping Festival is now bigger than Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the weekend inbetween Adobe Analytics predicts this year's five-day Thanksgiving weekend will drive about $29 billion in retail sales, both online and in-store.The unofficial Chinese holiday celebrated every Nov. 11 started out as Singles Day in 1993, when students at Nanjing University in China's Jiangsu province began hosting singles parties meant to counter the negative social stigma associated with singlehood.However, like many holidays whose noncommercial origins have since been coopted by the retail industry, the marketing potential of Singles Day didn't go untapped for long.Now, a decade later, the number of participating vendors has increased from the original 27 merchants to include over 180,000 Chinese and international brands.Assuming the event continues its trend of double-digit year-over-year growth, this Singles Day will set yet another world record for same-day sales, possibly nearing or even exceeding the $40 billion mark.By way of comparison, last year's Black Friday and Cyber Monday drove $6.22 billion and $7.8 billion in online sales respectively.
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Google Stadia doesn’t officially launch until November 19, and when the streaming service does launch, its mobile compatibility will be limited to a selection of Google Pixel devices.If you happen to own one of those devices, however, you can install the official Android app right now and prepare to play your favorite games on the go.There isn’t much you can actually do with the official Stadia app yet, but you can download it for free to Google Pixel 2 devices and up, provided they are running Android 6.0 or later.The app will also work on the Chrome OS tablets like the Pixel Slate, HP Chromebook X2, and Acer Chromebook Tab 10, if you want to play on a bigger screen while you’re traveling.As shown in the preview screenshots for the app on Google Play, the official Stadia app will be split into three tabs: Store, Home, and Explore.You’ll see tiles for all of your available games on the Home screen, and you can access community forums or social media networks right from the app.
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Let’s be honest: A lot of new devices are meant to stoke desire for something that you never even knew you wanted.A DNA test for your cat?But if you’re shopping for the best robot vacuum cleaner, it’s usually because you really, really need one.Whether you’re drowning in dog hair, need to lighten your chore load, or just want to spend a little more time with your family, these robot vacuums should help.Be sure to check out our many other guides, including the best air purifiers, fitness watches, and stuff for your dog.Updated November 2019: We added several new picks, such as the Roomba S9+, added new information, and cut a few older units.
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With CAR T cell therapy, a patient's own immune cells are genetically modified and inserted back into the body to find and kill cancer.This form of immunotherapy has already revolutionized some cancer treatments, but once the CAR T cells are inside a patient, where do they go?How do doctors know that they have successfully reached their target and that they are continuing to fight disease weeks, months, or even years later?Scientists have now discovered a new way to track CAR T cells in the body, according to a study led by researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.The results were published in the journal Molecular Therapy."Currently, the only way to know whether a gene or cell therapy is still present in the body is to regularly biopsy tumors or draw blood, which offer very crude measurements of the therapy.
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The debate has been going on for a couple of weeks.In its issue pages, the company said:In e-group on Monday October 15, 2019 we took the decision to enable a 'job family country-of-residence block' for team members who have access to customer data.This is at the expressed concern of several enterprise customers, and also what is becoming a common practice in our industry in the current geopolitical climate.This issue is to track the addition of the process to the support handbook, and whatever recruiting processes need to be update to make certain that:We do not make offers to individuals residing in these countries
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Moreover, Apple could sell 50 million of its Airpods this year (generating $8 billion in sales) as Bluetooth earpieces explode in popularity.For the market penetration of this hardware, the app ecosystem remains limited in terms of mainstream adoption.Podcast production and consumption has exploded, but they don’t take advantage of smart speakers and headphones as interactive devices.Even though there were 57,000 Alexa skills available at the end of last year, most people are using smart speakers mainly to check the weather, check the news, ask simple questions and play music.If voice is a new operating system, where are the opportunities to build giant companies on top of it?To get a better sense of how the smart money views this market, I asked five VCs who have spent the most time in this space to share which types of startups have captured their attention:
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Professional wireless buds pack interesting features, thoughiFixit, the Huntingdon Life Sciences of the tech world, has published its long-awaited teardown of the latest Apple earbuds (or, using the terminology of pro tea-leaves readers at Gartner, "earworn wearables").Just like its predecessors, Apple's latest designer buds are impossible to self-service, earning them a repairability score of zero.This is largely a consequence of Apple's liberal use of alcohol-resistant adhesives, which makes it almost impossible to separate components without causing serious damage.Was this the last dying thrash of a product about to be irreparably broken, or was it the product of a power surge caused by the disassembly process?One genuine surprise was the inclusion of a standard button cell battery, rather than a proprietary cell purpose-designed by Apple for this particular product.
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In case you’ve ever wanted a pair of shoes made from the same material as bulletproof vests and ‘unbreakable tights,’ well, I have good news.Sheertex is coming out with a knit shoe that supposedly has a strength-to-weight ratio that’s eight times stronger than steel.Sort of like an unassuming, less ugly version of Allbirds.In its press release, Sheertex says the shoes have no tongue or laces, which I suppose means you just slip them on.Sheertex also claims the fibres are finer and lighter than any other shoe today.Bold claims for a knit shoe, considering that plenty of trainers are pretty light already.
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Spotify hit 113 million subscribers at the end of September, up 31% from a year earlier, the music streaming service said Monday in its third-quarter report.That means Spotify remains well ahead of its closest competitor, Apple Music, which last updated its stats on subscribers in June at 60 million.The subscriber number was near the top of the company's prediction from July, helping push Spotify shares up 11% to $134 in early trading.Spotify also said Monday that 248 million people now use its service at least once a month, 30 percent more than a year earlier.Unlike Apple, Spotify has a free tier that lets anyone listen to music with advertising.Apple has never disclosed a monthly-active-user stat; almost all people who use Apple Music are subscribers.
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Samsung Electronics has confirmed it has rushed out a patch for a flaw with its fingerprint recognition system found on its flagship Galaxy S10 and Note 10 smartphones.The software update is now available, the electronics giant confirmed on Wednesday, and it urged users to update their biometric authentication to the latest version.It comes after Samsung acknowledged there was a problem last week – a problem not found by security researchers, but rather it was discovered by a British couple.Lisa and Wes Neilson told the Sun newspaper that after she had fitted a cheap third party gel screen protector on eBay, her husband was able to open the S10 using his fingerprints, even though his biometric data was not registered on the device.And now according to Reuters, Samsung issued an apology via its customer support app Samsung Members.It also told its Galaxy phone users to update their biometric authentication to the latest software version.
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Samsung just landed itself again in hot water.According to a report by BBC, a British woman discovered a horrible issue in the Galaxy S10 that lets anyone unlock the phone using the fingerprint sensor.That means you probably can go around and unlock anyone’s Galaxy S10 phone.The device uses an ultrasonic 3D sensor to register your fingerprint and unlock the phone — or at least it’s supposed to.Samsung said it’s aware of the issue and will soon fix it through a software update.Till then, if you own a Galaxy S10, you should turn off the fingerprint unlock functionality, and use any alternative methods such as face unlock, or password to unlock your phone.
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In the game of cosmic hide-and-seek astronomers play with planets, it can be particularly difficult to locate the huge worlds in very bright, young star systems.These systems are surrounded by a disk full of gas and dust swirling around their star.If planets are forming in the disk, they're obscured by the dust, so astronomers have to get creative and watch how the dust moves to predict where a planet might exist.But there seems to be an even more obvious sign a planet may be lurking in the space mist: gigantic waterfalls of gas.Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in northern Chile to image the star HD 163296, which is considered young at about 4 million years old, the team closely watched how gas moved around its surrounding disk.Baby planets, first discovered a year ago by the very same team.
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Sunnyside has become the first casualty of the new TV season.NBC is pulling the show from the schedule following Thursday’s episode, which will be its fourth.In its place, NBC will bring back Will & Grace for its 11th and final season.That series will debut Thursday, Oct. 24 at 9:30 pm ET, taking over Sunnyside’s time slot.Through the first three weeks of the season, Sunnyside was the lowest rated series of the big four broadcasters in both the 18-49 demo and total viewers.Last week, Sunnyside’s third episode averaged just 1.2 million viewers, and a 0.3 rating in the demo.
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Android 10 added a few additional layers on top of the existing permission system.It’s mostly saved for sensitive permissions like microphone, location, and similar permissions.Theoretically, Facebook wouldn’t be able to track your location while it’s not in use.Android 10 is the most personalized version of Android yet.Thus, Google makes you personally choose which folders a file browser can see in order to protect your privacy a little more.The other changes involve shuffling around permissions and some other changes that mostly affect developers rather than us.
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For a factory where robots toil around the clock to build a rocket with almost no human labor, the sound of grunts echoing across the parking lot make for a jarring contrast.“That’s Keanu Reeves’s stunt gym,” says Tim Ellis, the chief executive and cofounder of Relativity Space, a startup that wants to combine 3D printing and artificial intelligence to do for the rocket what Henry Ford did for the automobile.As we walk among the robots occupying Relativity’s factory, he points out the just-completed upper stage of the company’s rocket, which will soon be shipped to Mississippi for its first tests.Across the way, he says, gesturing to the outside world, is a recording studio run by Snoop Dogg.Neither of those A-listers have paid a visit to Relativity’s rocket factory, but the presence of these unlikely neighbors seems to underscore the company’s main talking point: that it can make rockets anywhere.In an ideal cosmos, though, its neighbors will be even more alien than Snoop Dogg.
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Android at launch on Planet Computers' latest, Linux support to followLondon-based Planet Computers has said its Cosmo Communicator, a folding phone with a physical keyboard evocative of '90s Psion clamshell palmtops, has finally made its way into production.There is a family connection when it comes to the Psion scion.Like the Gemini, it is a chunky affair, but a couple of millimetres thicker and fractionally heavier (326g).Despite that, it is a more attractive device, mainly because of the colourful 2" external display, replacing a row of LEDs on the Gemini, and allowing you to make and answer calls, read messages, and more, without having to flip the device open."We've made it more of a phone, and also added a 24MP camera," Planet CEO Dr Janko Mrsic-Flogel told The Reg.
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Without taking sides, brands can show their commitment to social impact by promoting two things everyone can get behind: voter registration and voter turnout.Last year saw the highest voter turnout for a Midterm Election in 100 years, and now the race for the White House will surely lead to record-setting amounts of press coverage and partisan spending.But it’s brands, media companies and technology platforms that truly have the power to reach and mobilize Americans.Whether it falls under cause marketing, government relations or corporate social responsibility, dozens of major companies—from Starbucks to The Gap to Lyft—are promoting civic participation.A Harvard’s Kennedy School study concluded that, for the 2018 Midterm Elections, “companies’ civic engagement strategies not only helped get voters to the polls, but created additional business value.”Here are a few tips for any company looking to get the vote out in 2020.
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Syftet är att utveckla och demonstrera totalt 16 lastbilar i ett antal olika utföranden mellan 26 och 44 ton som använder vätgas som drivmedel.Sådana lastbilar saknar lokala utsläpp eftersom det enda som kommer ur avgasröret är vatten.Beroende på hur vätgasen är framställd kan tekniken också sänka de totala utsläppen av koldioxid i högre eller lägre grad, jämfört med lastbilar som drivs av diesel.Lastbilarna är tänkta att användas främst för transporter av dagligvaror i Belgien, Tyskland, Frankrike och Schweiz.De flesta ska även bli tillgängliga för allmänheten.Vd Per Wassén bekräftar att de ska leverera bränslecellstackar av modellen S3 till de tyngsta lastbilarna i projektet, det vill säga 44 ton.
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We don’t all need to have the largest, highest-end 4K TV money can buy.With these 4K TV deals from Walmart, if you do the math, you’ll find that this $430 model comes at a steep $170 off.In a nutshell, the Vizio D-Series is a well-rounded 4K TV that’s armed with all the features you’d come to expect from one, including a 4K Upscale Engine for transforming HD content into 4K Ultra HD and HDR10 for drawing additional detail from a scene.What’s more, the television can be hooked up to an Amazon Echo, Google Home, or another device that has Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant on board.Decide to do that and you can control the device using nothing but your voice — no remote control required — mumbling all sorts of commands its way, like telling it to turn on, stream a specific show, and switch back off.Overall, the Vizio D-Series is the perfect companion for binge-watching the latest must-see series on Netflix over the weekend and tuning into Thursday Night Football with the entire family.
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It comes as a number of MPs write an open letter saying they are "sickened" by behaviour seen recently in House of Commons’ debates.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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After a release date announcement at Oculus Connect 6, the Oculus Store listing for the upcoming action adventure VR role-playing game Asgard’s Wrath has revealed the game’s absolutely huge install size: 121.08GB.The Oculus Rift-exclusive game is out October 10.It’s got of hype behind it, as it’s one of the most ambitious role-playing games we’ve see so far for VR.Developer Sanzaru Games has said the game will contain over 30 hours worth of content, which might explain why the file size is so big.Just before E3 this year, UploadVR got to try out the game for three hours at Sanzaru’s offices.Editor David Jagneaux was impressed with what he played, stating that Asgard’s Wrath “really does feel like a true triple-A experience.”
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Judge blasts Big Blue for trying to wriggle out of revealing Operation Baccarat blueprintsIBM was ordered late on Friday to produce communications from CEO Ginni Rometty and other executives related to Operation Baccarat, the IT giant's alleged company-wide-plan to replace older workers with younger ones.The ruling [PDF], issued by Andrew W. Austin, a federal magistrate judge in Austin, Texas, pertains to a lawsuit filed last year in the US by Jonathan Langley, who was laid off in 2017 while serving as the worldwide program director and sales lead of IBM's Bluemix cloud.Langley claims IBM laid him off specifically because of his age, then 59, in violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA).Langley's complaint, and similar age discrimination cases filed against the mainframe giant in California and New York, followed a March 2018 report from ProPublica and Mother Jones that said the global IT biz had undertaken a systematic campaign to purge older workers.About a month ago, in the Langley lawsuit, IBM HR veep Alan Wild revealed in a deposition that IBM cut from 50,000 to 100,000 workers over the past five years.
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