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Senic — the company that has developed some new ways to interact with smart speakers and smart lights — now has a new way for you to interact with your favorite streaming services.If your smartphone supports NFC, simply bringing it within 2cm of a Muse Block will automatically take you to the programmed location within your music service’s app.The Blocks are made of acrylic glass and printed in a soft-touch matte laminate finish.They’re sold in three-packs for $15 — an introductory price that may go up — or you can buy them as a $79 seven-piece art set that comes attached to an ash wood bar that you can then wall-mount.Senic says that it isn’t actively exploring such options, but users may find that many popular services like Netflix, If This Then That, and YouTube are compatible.Not every phone supports NFC reading (or writing), however, and not all phones that support it will work with the automatic-launching feature.
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Within the burgeoning movement of tech workers organising to hold their respective megacorporations to account, Googlers have been some of the most outspoken, rallying around causes as diverse as government censorship, partnerships with the military, and the comparatively poor working conditions of contractors.Alongside fellow tech workers at Amazon and Microsoft, an estimated 700 Googlers walked off the job as part of a massive climate action protest in late September.As my colleague Maddie Stone reported at length, “data centres, computers, smartphones, and other internet-connected devices take a prodigious amount of energy to build and to run, thus contributing to global warming and hastening our collective demise.” In Google’s case, that was around 4.9 million tonnes of greenhouse gases in 2018, according to the company’s environmental report.Amazon, rather infamously, has aggressively pursued relationships with oil giants like BP and Aramco, while Microsoft has partnered with the US petrol company Chevron.Google was found to have made considerable contributions to climate denier groups, like the Competitive Enterprise Institute, according to a recent report from the Guardian.Google needs to tackle its impact across the board with comprehensive and swift action,” David Newgas, one of the signatories and a technical program manager on Google Cloud, told Gizmodo in an email.
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Microsoft first unveiled its Fluid Framework earlier this year as the future of web collaboration and shared or interactive services.The company is now launching a preview of this work today and offering some more information about exactly what Fluid Framework is.Fluid will power the future of collaborative experiences for Office on the web, but it’s also designed to be far much more, thanks to a new componentized document model.“We do believe we have to do really core technological innovation in key areas,” explains Jared Spataro, head of Microsoft 365, in an interview with The Verge.“Fluid is a way for us to innovate in collaboration, but also in the future of a document in content creation.” This new document model allows authors to tear apart content and use it across apps and flexible documents.“It takes the concept of what used to be a document and blows it up and replaces it with a big cloud address in the sky,” reveals Spataro.
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IT contractor Richard Alcock has won an appeal against HMRC after the UK taxman said he owed more than £200,000 in national insurance contributions (NICs) and income tax under off-payroll rules.The IR35 legislation states that individuals who work alongside PAYE staff in similar roles should pay the same amount in income tax and national insurance contributions as employees.Alcock contracted with Accenture and the Department for Work and Pensions as a consultant via his company, RALC Consulting, between April 2010 and April 2015, working on the Universal Credit IT project.However, it is unlikely he would have had to pay the entire sum because of offsets for tax already paid.In its ruling, the tribunal stated that it was "satisfied on balance that the hypothetical contracts between Mr Alcock and his end clients, DWP and Accenture, would be contracts for services (self-employment)".Dave Chaplin, CEO of ContractorCalculator, which helped Alcock in his defence, noted that RALC won the case on the key tests of IR35 status known as Mutuality of Obligation.
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I would like to be a concert pianist…Every Monday morning we fire five questions at a leading C-suite figure in the business technology sector.Today we’re pleased to be joined by Elie Mélois, CTO of enterprise communications specialist LumApps – the Paris-based startup with clients that include Colgate-Palmolive, The Economist, Electronic Arts, and Logitech.One of the biggest pain points for our clients is how to establish what we call a “strategic alignment” with their employees.For companies, it’s really about figuring out how to capitalise on all the knowledge that’s flowing inside the enterprise and making it actionable information.Technology that Excites You Most?
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The Google Pixel 3a is one of the best mid-range smartphones of 2019, offering a flagship camera experience and Google’s take on Android.Google’s budget phone is an even sweeter deal via the Google Fi service though.The Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL are available at a 25% discount via Google’s network.That means a standard model will cost $299 (was $399), while the Pixel 3a XL is available for $359 (was $479).Google says the discounted price will automatically apply at checkout and is available while stocks last.You’ll need to activate the phone within 30 days of the shipment confirmation email.
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Genom att undvika några vanliga misstag kan du lyckas bättre med samtalet.Sveriges ingenjörers senaste löneenkät visar att åtta av tio ingenjörer hade ett lönesamtal under förra året.− Vi hade hoppats på 100 procent men alla vill inte ha, eller blir kallade till, lönesamtal.De kanske tycker att det är obekvämt, inte ser någon mening eller inte har en bra relation med chefen.Men alla borde ha det eftersom det är ett tillfälle att framhålla sig själv, säger Camilla Frankelius, förhandlingschef på Sveriges ingenjörer.Enkäten visar att 20 procent av ingenjörerna inte var helt nöjda med sitt lönesamtal.
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The e-commerce giant said Saturday it has partnered with local online movie ticketing giant BookMyShow to introduce booking option on Amazon India shopping site and app.The move comes months after the e-commerce giant began offering flight ticketing option in the country as it races to turn its payments service Amazon Pay into a “super app” — a strategy increasingly employed by players in emerging markets such as India.BookMyShow, which leads the online movie ticketing market, is the exclusive partner for this new offering, the two said.Neither of the parties disclosed who will foot this cashback.However, BookMyShow is likely paying Amazon a fee for tapping “millions” of customers the e-commerce giant has amassed in the country.For its flight ticketing service, Amazon India partnered with Cleartrip .
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Amazon lost a contract worth as much as $10 billion to provide cloud services to the Department of Defense when the Pentagon selected Microsoft as the winner last week.Amazon generally has two options to protest the decision: file a formal protest or file a legal claim through the federal court system.Experts say Amazon might have a case if it could prove political interference unfairly affected the outcome of the bidding process — particularly given that an upcoming book makes the claim that President Donald Trump ordered former Defense Secretary James Mattis to "screw Amazon" out of the JEDI contract.Experts expect Amazon to act quickly to challenge its stunning defeat by Microsoft in the battle for a major Pentagon cloud-computing contract — and President Donald Trump's reported attempt to interfere in the bidding process could give the company a compelling case.The decision was a major upset for Amazon, which was considered the front-runner for the contract because of its dominant position in the market, high security clearance, and existing relationship with the CIA.Trump is known not to be a fan of Amazon and CEO Jeff Bezos, who owns The Washington Post — which has published coverage critical of the president.
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Samsung knows that its recent laptops haven’t quite made the impact it wanted, so for its next batch of notebooks, Samsung is trying something new: borrowing the QLED display tech used on Samsung’s high-end TVs and putting them on the upcoming Galaxy Book Flex and Galaxy Book Ion.Samsung claims this is the first time any company has put QLED tech on a laptop, and with its new displays, Samsung says its laptops can deliver peak brightness of up to 600 nits (most laptops top out at around 300 or 350 nits).When compared side-by-side with a Samsung Notebook 9 from last year, the Galaxy Book Flex’s display was noticeably brighter and more vibrant.However, I do have to mention that in order to get the Galaxy Book Flex’s full 600 nits of brightness, you have to enable to separate outdoor mode.Sporting a gorgeous blue finish, aluminium chassis, and a 360-degree 2-in-1 hinge, the Galaxy Book Flex is the more premium of the pair.The Galaxy Book Flex comes with a range of 10th-gen Intel Ice Lake processors, up to 16GB of RAM, and 1TB NVMe SSDs.
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LinkedIn cofounder and Greylock Partners investor Reid Hoffman tells executives who are running startups that scale fast — the kind who want to double in size every few months — to build ethics into their businesses.As companies plan for the future and grow their engineering or sales ranks, they should consider what can go wrong, he said, and hire people whose job is dedicated to risk management.Next, he added, companies can develop a risk framework to sort risk levels.Anything that can be a catastrophic risk to individuals, a systemic risk to company systems, or a risk to a large number of users should be handled in a proactive way to stay competitive with other startups.Hoffman, who coauthored the book Blitzscaling, joined former White House chief data scientist DJ Patil and Stanford University political science professor Amy Zegart Tuesday at the Stanford Human-Centered AI Intelligence (HAI) fall conference on AI ethics, governance, and policy symposium at the Hoover Institution in Palo Alto.Scaling quickly matters a lot to digital-first companies, which are in a rush to outperform every other company in the space with a server and an internet connection, he said.
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Men flera frågor är obesvarade inför en framtid där streaming av musik, poddar, ljudböcker, tv och film flyter samman, skriver Di Digitals Jonas Leijonhufvud.Jämfört med toppkursen på drygt 192 dollar i augusti i fjol har aktien rasat med 27 procent.Den som läste Di Digital i fredags såg att potentialen för en uppgång var större än på länge, i alla fall enligt analytikerna.Spotifys rörelseresultatet under tredje kvartalet blev 54 miljoner euro, vilket var betydligt bättre än analytikernas förväntningar om en förlust på 21 miljoner euro.Duon var övertygande på många punkter.Läs mer: Spotify rusar på Wall Street – avgående finanschef snackar upp kursen
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Looks like some security staff were asleep at the switchAmazon has still not provided any useful information or insights into the DDoS attack that took down swathes of websites last week, so let’s turn to others that were watching.One such company is digital monitoring firm Catchpoint, which sent us its analysis of the attack in which it makes two broad conclusions: that Amazon was slow in reacting to the attack, and that tardiness was likely the result of its looking in the wrong places.Even though cloud providers go to some lengths to protect themselves, the DDoS attack shows that even a company as big as Amazon is vulnerable.Not only that but, thanks to the way that companies use cloud services these days, the attack has a knock-on impact.The attack targeted Amazon’s S3 - Simple Storage Service - which provides object storage through a web interface.
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Following the initial announcement last month, Google Assistant’s support for Tile tracking devices is now live.Once the tracker is linked within the Google Home app, users can ask Google Assistant via their phone or a smart speaker/display to directly find their devices, eliminating the previous cumbersome request of, “Google, ask Tile to find…”In early September, Tile revealed that it would be adding Google Assistant integration with its trackers, making it possible to directly find them (and items they’re attached to) using the personal assistant.With this integration, users aren’t forced to ask Google Assistant to ask Tile for the location; instead, they can simply say something like, “Hey Google, where are my keys?”The announcement was somewhat brief and the company hadn’t, at the time, provided specifics on when the integration would go live.That has changed, as Tiles users have noted the new direct support in Google Assistant, plus a couple of support pages are now live.
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We find ourselves in an era when it’s not a question of if but when you’ll get hacked.So, this is also an appropriate moment to stop, look at the state of cybersecurity, and declare — especially for consumers and small businesses — enough is enough!Big headlines actually obscure the extent to which small businesses and individuals are unprotected.Of small businesses that are hacked, 60 percent close up shop within a year.This is not attributed to high-profile breaches but rather to the absence of fairly-priced cyber solutions that can suit a retail-level risk profile.It’s now so commonplace to get your information stolen online that entire industries exist to help businesses deal with the problem.
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”We have not been approached by the chinese government, to take away any of the content, and we would not be doing this unless we were requested.this Paragraph is,” said the company in a statement.the Tiktoks statement, since the us congress called for an inquiry into the application to see if it poses a national security threat.”With more than 110 million downloads in the united states, is the Tiktok is a potential for intelligence to which we cannot ignore,” said democrat Charles Schumer and republican Tom Cotton, in a letter.they have the most questions about the Tiktoks the collection of data, including the location of the person.as Tiktok said, all the data is stored in the united states, which would accommodate the concerns expressed.
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Intel's presentation on the new architecture says that usage will "span client, IoT, and datacenter products."It's a little too early for a laundry list of the actual devices that will be powered by Tremont, but we do know that the new dual-screened Surface Neo is among them; its Lakefield hybrid processor uses both high-powered Ice Lake and low-powered Tremont cores.Tremont is the successor to last year's Goldmont Plus, and Goldmont and Silvermont before it.These are the lowest-powered (and frequently, least expensive) CPUs in Intel's lineup, and consumers will generally be more familiar with them by names like Celeron and Pentium N. You could occasionally find Celeron or Pentium N processors in extremely low-end retail generic Windows PCs, but they were more frequently seen in specialty items like the bare Linux router build we showed off back in 2016.Pentium N and Celeron were generally well received—but then there was the Atom.Intel CPUs branded with the Atom name have traditionally been on the extreme low end in both power consumption and processing performance.
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A Lyft executive told Business Insider it's improved average wait times by 2-3 minutes already.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.And while Uber is sending some passengers directly to the terminal in helicopters, Lyft has found a way to ease a bit of the curbside confusion by taking a nod from the systems traditional taxis have long used at airports.The ride-hailing company's "fast match" program is expanding to six new cities, it said Thursday, as drama between local governments and the industry heats up at some airports.Lyft When requesting a ride, you'll get a four-digit PIN on the Lyft app and then join a fast match line outside the airport.When the driver inputs the PIN into their phone, the two are matched and the ride can begin.
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Note 10 has same ultrasonic tech for 'vault-like security'Samsung is investigating a critical issue with its Galaxy S10 and Note 10 smartphones after reports that it fails to discriminate between different fingerprints if a screen protector is fitted.The Galaxy S10 features what Samsung calls "a revolutionary new biometric authentication feature... an in-display fingerprint sensor fused into the Infinity-O Display, providing invisible yet vault-like security that keeps your data safe... it sends ultrasonic pulses to detect the 3D ridges and valleys of your unique fingerprint."This type of scanner is fitted to the Galaxy S10, S10+, and S10 5G.Galaxy S10e features a different design.However, the same type of ultrasonic sensor is fitted to the Note 10.
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Phorpiex är ett botnät som har varit aktivt nästan tio år.I dag har det infekterat runt 450 000 datorer, och det har tidigare använts huvudsakligen för att sprida andra skadeprogram och utvinna kryptovaluta, men har nu ett nytt och alarmerande användningsområde.Check Points säkerhetsforskare har nämligen upptäckt att Phorpiex-infekterade datorer har börjat göra massutskick av sexutpressningsmejl.De drabbade datorerna laddar ner listor över mejladresser och lösenord från tidigare hack av till exempel Yahoo och börjar skicka utpressningsbrev till dessa adresser.Mejlen börjar oftast med att ange användarens lösenord, som om det inte har ändrats lär kunna skrämma slag på en och annan mottagare.Utpressarna skriver sedan att de har hackat mottagaren och filmat när denne onanerade framför datorn.
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An explosive season-ending moment caused the destruction of the island and apparently the game itself.The leaked trailer is for the Fortnite Battle Pass for the next season.Players will be able to travel by water around the island, which appears to have changed, and can shoot other players in their boats.A handful of tweets that featured the leaked video have been removed and now show a message of their deletion that could be due to copyright issues.It appears Epic walked back on its removal of posts and is allowing data miners to post the trailer.Click To Unmute Fortnite Deletes Itself | The End Event Gameplay (With Black Hole)
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it looks likely that the as-yet-unannounced Google Pixel 4 will launch on the T-Mobile network after CEO John Legere gave customers an early look at the phone's packaging.Legere had two retail boxes sitting on his counter during a Sunday cooking show.He posted the clip to Instagram with a subtle question: "Anyone notice any interesting props during the show? "Traditionally the Pixel has been a Verizon exclusive, but the Pixel 3a was the first to sell with all the major carriers except AT It's expected that the Pixel 4 will sell in the same way.The Pixel 4 and XL are expected to be announced at the Google event on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 10 a.m.The other heavily rumored product is the new Google Nest Mini.
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The biggest 3D printer in the world has just printed a 25-foot, 5,000-pound boat, which is the largest object that has ever been printed.The feat achieved by the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center snagged no less than three Guinness World Records for the world’s largest prototype polymer 3D printer, as well as the largest solid 3D-printed object, and the largest boat which has ever been produced by a 3D printer.Check out the printing process in the video below – it’s a really quite remarkable achievement by the folks over at UMaine.The 3D printer is capable of printing objects which are as long as 100 feet, 22 feet wide, and 10 feet high.And forget pages per minute, this thing can print up to 500 pounds of solid object per hour.The boat, however, took 72 hours to produce.
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Better battery tech isn’t the only way to boost electric car range, one big automotive tech provider is betting, with a shake-up in chip material potentially unlocking a 6-percent increase in range.Bosch plans to kick off production of silicon carbide semiconductors from 2020, taking advantage of more efficient electrical conductivity to make power electronics in EVs and hybrids less wasteful on the road.As we’ve seen with recent EV launches over the past 18 months, however, there’s far more to it than battery capacity alone: cars with similarly sized batteries can have wildly different ranges out in the real world.Power management is one of the most important elements contributing to range, and specifically things like how efficiently the power stored in the batteries is transferred to the motors.One of the most wasteful side-effects of that process is heat.It’s those electronics which act as the “command center” of electrified vehicle power control that Bosch has set its sights on.
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After years – YEARS – of rumours, Microsoft has finally announced its dual-screen Surface device, the Surface Neo.Then there was Andromeda, a more pocket-friendly phone-like device that came painfully close to being launched publically.While Andromeda was intended to be more phone or Galaxy Fold-like, Centaurus was supposed to be a larger device.Each side is 5.6mm thin and use what Panay claims is the thinnest LCDs ever.It will use an 11th-generation Intel Lakefield processor that Panay claims is exclusive to the Neo.The Pen magnetically attaches to the back, and an optional keyboard rests on top of part of one display.
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Today, the People’s Bank of China approved PayPal’s acquisition of a 70% equity state in GoPay (Guofubao Information Technology Co., Ltd.).Thus, once this deal is over, it will make PayPal the first foreign payment platform in the Chinese market.It mainly provides payment products for e-commerce, cross-border commerce, aviation tourism, etc.The People’s Bank of China has approved PayPal Information Technologies Co., Ltd.’s acquisition of a 70% equity interest in Guofubao Information Technology Co. (GoPay), Ltd., a holder of a payment business license in China.We are honored to become the first foreign payment platform to be licensed to provide online payment services in China.We look forward to partnering with China’s financial institutions and technology platforms, providing a more comprehensive set of payment solutions to businesses and consumers, both in China and globally.
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McDonald’s has no beef with adding Beyond Burgers to its menu, at least temporarily.The fast-food chain plans to test alternative meat burgers at 28 locations starting Sept. 30.Beyond Meat created an exclusive plant-based patty for McDonald’s.The result: PLT—plant, lettuce, tomato—is a twist on the classic BLT.Laurent Altmin of McDonald’s Global Corporate Communications told Adweek the tests are chance for customers to see innovation and taste variety.“Specifically, this test allows us to learn more about real-world implications, including customer demand, customer experience, the restaurant logistics of cooking and serving this product to guests, the supply chain logistics of making this product available, and other important information that may inform future decisions,” Altmin said.
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That’s why Facebook is officially starting to hide Like counts on posts, first in Australia starting tomorrow, September 27th.A post’s author can still see the count, but it’s hidden from everyone else who will only be able to see who but now how many people gave a thumbs-up or other reaction.The launch of the hidden Like counts test makes available what we reported Facebook was privately prototyping earlier this month, as spotted in its Android code by reverse engineering master Jane Manchun Wong.“We are running a limited test where like, reaction, and video view counts are made private across Facebook” a Facebook spokesperson tells me.“We will gather feedback to understand whether this change will improve people’s experiences.” If the test improves people’s sense of well-being without tanking user engagement, it could expand to more countries or even roll out to everyone, but no further tests are currently scheduled.Facebook’s goal here is to make people comfortable expressing themselves.
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The new destination for this trip down memory lane is your childhood bedroom, where plastic toys scattered the floor and it always smelled slightly of salty Play-Doh.In Fisher-Price’s new ad, “Let’s Be Kids,” the invitation to the magical orange-hued land of toys isn’t limited to kids; parents are welcome as well.Rather than focusing solely on children, this spot attempts to appeal to adults by reminding them what it was like when they used to play with the same toys.As some of the most iconic toys move across the screen, John Goodman appears, dressed identically to the plastic farmer figurine from Fisher-Price’s Little People collection.His familiar voice traces you all the way back to when you were a happy child.Goodman then snaps you back into reality as he narrates the perpetual hangover that is adulthood, “Opinions are loud, and clocks are the boss and you have to wear shoes, all the time.”
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Northvolt, which is planning a large-scale production of lithium-ion batteries in sweden to take a long-term agreement with the chinese litiumproducenten Tianqi Lithium, As an australian entity.The chinese company is one of the world's largest producers of lithium-ion.According to the agreement, Tianqi Lithium, in the years 2020-2025 to provide Northvolt of lithium hydroxide, which is used in batteries for electric vehicles.Northvolt is in the starting blocks to begin the construction of the plant Northvolt in Sweden.the Company, which, among other things, is backed by German car manufacturers Volkswagen and BMW, are planning to start production of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles in the year 2021 at the latest.
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