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No, you’re not the only one: a bunch of Android users are complaining they’re unable to load Google Search results in full on their phones.Numerous reports claim Search result pages aren’t completely rendering, randomly leaving a “white wall” at the bottom.The issue has persisted for at least “the past few days,” according to users on Twitter.Indeed, one user on Google’s support forums claims having experienced the issue as early as July 20.It appears the bug affects a wide range of devices, with users reporting having trouble rendering Search results on Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and S10 lineups, and even Google’s own Pixel series.Here are a couple of screenshots from the rendering flaw:
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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has officially penalized Facebook a groundbreaking $5 billion, the largest in FTC history.According to a Wednesday press release from the FTC, the social network giant will also have to submit to new restrictions, as well as a modified corporate structure that will hold the company accountable for decisions made about users’ privacy.“Despite repeated promises to its billions of users worldwide that they could control how their personal information is shared, Facebook undermined consumers’ choices,” said FTC Chairman Joe Simons in the press release.“The magnitude of the $5 billion penalty and sweeping conduct relief are unprecedented in the history of the FTC.The relief is designed not only to punish future violations but, more importantly, to change Facebook’s entire privacy culture to decrease the likelihood of continued violations.The Commission takes consumer privacy seriously, and will enforce FTC orders to the fullest extent of the law.”
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In a field where the laboratory notebook is still considered the state of the art, it’s no wonder a company like Benchling, which provides software for managing life sciences research was able to nab $34.5 million.Considering how much detailed technical work goes into the research that produces all of our great leaps forward in biotechnology, it’s a wonder that the practice wasn’t digitized sooner.Financiers certainly see the benefit in Benchling’s technology — a new twist on what’s now a standard verticalized software as a service for a niche industry.Y Combinator Continuity, Thrive Capital, Benchmark Lead Edge Capital joined lead investor, Menlo Ventures in financing the company.The company said it would use the money to grow internationally and develop new products and services.“Life science R has become incredibly complex across molecules, processes, and data structures.
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Apple is reportedly planning to release three new “iPhone 11” models this fall that will include the existing Lightning connector.9to5Mac reports that these new iPhones will include Apple’s latest A13 chip and a new Taptic Engine that’s codenamed “leap haptics.” There aren’t many details about what this new Taptic Engine will provide, but it’s clearly going to replace the 3D Touch feature that looks like it’s on its way out.We’ve seen a number of leaks focus on the cameras in the iPhone 11 previously, and Apple is expected to use a triple-camera system on its OLED iPhone 11 models.9to5Mac backs up previous rumors that the extra space in the rear camera system will accommodate a wide-angle camera.This new camera will also enable a new Smart Frame feature, which will reportedly capture the area around the framed part of a picture so you can adjust the framing and perspective.The front-facing camera on the iPhone 11 will also reportedly get upgraded to make it capable of capturing in slo-mo at 120 fps.
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My household typically has one or two dozen connected devices at a time, and I have never taken the time to think about the way each device passively and actively consumes data.After a brief flirtation with DSL, which was a disaster, I’ve reluctantly returned to the clammy death-like embrace of Comcast’s Xfinity.When I had Xfinity before, I went over 1TB every month without fail.Comcast does give customers a grace period of two months where you can go over the limit without having to pay extra.Or I could pay a flat fee of $50 extra each month for unlimited internet.But is avoiding that anxiety worth $600 per year?
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The little heritage railway services that link two places you don't want to be in via a steam train that only operates on Thursdays in August are in peril, as looming stricter health and safety laws for such legacy rolling beasts could see some operators forced out of business.There's a sad reason behind the rule-toughening in the form of a recent death on the mainline services, when a man died on the Gatwick Express after poking his head out of the window and being struck by trackside furniture.The heritage steam trains and their old fashioned sliding windows and doors you're trusted to open yourself are therefore in the firing line, with the Office of Rail and Road ruling that changes are needed – and all doors and windows, no matter how old and even if they're behind a steam train heading out of Mallaig at 15mph twice a year, must be barred, centrally locked and better controlled, lest someone else do their head in on a pillar or post.The Scottish Railway Preservation Society says this could end up creating millions of pounds worth of additional costs for the heritage rail operators, although the rule changes only cover ancient trains allowed to mingle with modern trains on the mainline lines; those that trundle on specific heritage lines all to themselves are safe.
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Welcome to Monday, and welcome to another Moonday Mornings, Hard Fork’s wrap-up of the weekend’s top cryptocurrency and blockchain headlines.Damage from cryptocurrency-related crimes in South Korea over the last two years is estimated to be $2.3 billion (2.7 trillion Won), according to government data, The Korea Herald reports.In an interview with CNBC, eBay‘s CEO, Devin Wening, said that the company is involved in the Libra Association because “crypto and blockchain have great promise… [Libra] is promising and it’s worth a try… and could do immense good.” Well, here’s to hoping.Iran‘s government has agreed to a set of electricity tariffs for those mining cryptocurrencies, Financial Tribune reports.Exact prices haven’t been disclosed but will replicate export prices which vary inline with supply.This comes after a continued battle with the illicit use of state-subsidized electricity for cryptocurrency mining.
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If you didn’t know by now, there’s a heat wave sweeping the nation.There doesn’t seem to be any relief anytime soon because this heat wave will be running through the weekend for many of the lower 48 states, so there’s always the possibility of a brownout or blackout looming if the power grid is unable to sustain the demand.Today’s homes are significantly smarter and more efficient when it comes to combating unpredictable weather like this.Take, for instance, the beauty and wonder of smart thermostats, which monitor and regulate the temperature of your home.They’re far more efficient because they’ll kick off your air conditioning system when you’re not home, or simply operate them at a lower capacity to maintain a specific temperature.They learn your habits over time to reduce power consumption, thus, saving you money in the long run.
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Carbon materials such as nanotubes, graphene, activated carbon and graphite are in high demand.Demands are thought to continue to increase because carbon materials have many beneficial uses and new applications are being discovered.They are essential to air and water purification, electrodes in metal refining, manufacturing pencils and lubricants.The carbon source quality (coal tar pitch), temperature, atmosphere, and preparation methods have great impact on the properties of carbon materials.This is because the structure of carbon materials effect their properties, and the structure can be manipulated in production.Advancing new control parameters during production will lead to the refinement of the functionality of carbon materials.
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Despite being pretty heavy on blocking the shit out of everything fun on the internet, the UK has seen requests for ISPs to block pirate sites dwindle over the past few years.Historically, the High Court has been ordering ISPs to block a slew of piracy sites, but since 2016 requests from the UK's BPI and MPA to block additional sites seems to have ground to a halt.There are over 1,000 sites blocked currently, with each application request (unopposed) costing £14,000 per site, and a subsequent £3,600 annual fee to keep them blocked, so that may have something to do with it.Doing the maths, that's approximately one billion trillion pounds.TorrentFreak reached out to the BPI and MPA to find out why they've been less stringent when it comes to piracy and discovered that both organisations are using alternative methods that are more appropriate.The MPA is apparently offering consumers a range of options to consume their content which appears to be helping, as well as referring criminal cases to local agencies.
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Near, a platform that offers software-as-a-service products to power data-driven marketing, secured US$100 million in series D round from London-based private equity firm Greater Pacific Capital.The investment brings the total funds raised by Near to US$134 million.Sequoia Capital and JPMorgan Chase & Co. are among Near’s existing investors.The company plans to use the new funds to support the launch of its new data products, strengthen its position in existing markets, and expand its presence in key strategic markets, Near founder and CEO Anil Mathews said.Companies leverage real-world signals such as location and transactions from over 1.6 billion users on Near’s platform for marketing and data enrichment.Near’s flagship product, Allspark, enables end-to-end marketing automation for the company’s clients and partners in more than 20 countries.
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OPPO officially announced that it will launch OPPO Reno 10x zoom Barcelona custom version.According to a recent poster, this smartphone will arrive tomorrow, the 17th of July.The company also did a short video clip showcasing the OPPO Reno 10x zoom Barcelona custom version.As can be seen from the video, this smartphone would come in Barcelona colours.Barcelona’s home jersey is red and blue and that is probably the colour mix of this smartphone.It would most-likely come wth the Barcelona logo on the rear.
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Giants Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent have a combined market valuation of roughly US$1 trillion and a commanding market share of China’s consumer internet industry.Alibaba enjoys a controlling stake in iconic Southeast Asian ecommerce company Lazada, as well as a minority stake in Indonesian ecommerce unicorn Tokopedia.Fellow Indonesian unicorn Gojek recently closed a US$1.2 billion funding round that saw Chinese giant Tencent as its lead investor.Baidu solidified its own presence in Southeast Asia following a US$200 million joint venture fund with Asia Mobility Industry, making clear its ambitions to be a regional leader in autonomous driving.With solutions poised to transform the global industry, what does this next chapter mean in practice?The Fourth Industrial Revolution is delivering a seismic digital transformation to our global industry.
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Issue traced to Precise Timing Facility in Fucino, Italy;START DATE EVENT (UTC): 2019-07-12 01:50END DATE EVENT (UTC): N/AEVENT DESCRIPTION: UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, USERS EXPERIENCE A SERVICE OUTAGE.THE SIGNALS ARE NOT TO BE USED.Europe’s Galileo global navigation satellite system (GNSS) is suffering a satellite-wide service outage – and visitors to its service centre have had no update since the stark notification above (“satellite affected: all”) posted early on Friday morning.
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In Gears 5, the only form of smoking will comes from the barrels of guns, as cigars and cigarettes will be removed from the latest entry in the Gears of War series.The Coalition made the decision after Truth Initiative, a non-profit, anti-smoking organization, approached Turner, whose ELeague esports division holds broadcast rights to Gears 5, according to Variety.Turner worked with The Coalition to strip all references to smoking in the game.Previous Gears of War games contained scenes where characters were smoking cigars or cigarettes.There will be no such scenes in Gears 5, a move that reportedly took months to accomplish.“I’ve seen firsthand the devastating impact of smoking.
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A great engineer once said, “The more they overthink the plumbing, the easier it is to stop up the drain.” With a host of access points and potential vulnerabilities, the complexity of a modern computer network leaves truckloads of avenues for nefarious black hats to attack, hurt and, in some cases, potentially cripple an entire network.As a worldwide leader in global networking technology, Cisco knows a thing or two about keeping their systems safe from intrusion or breakdown.You can benefit from all their wisdom with The Foundational Cisco CCNA Security Bundle.While this offer lasts, TNW Deals has slashed the price down all the way down to just $29, a savings of over 90 percent.Over three courses including more than 50 hours of training, you can take in all the know-how that a seasoned Cisco networking pro needs to know to pass Cisco’s CCNA certification exam.The courses (Cisco 100-105: Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 – ICND1 V3, Cisco 200-105 Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 2 – ICND2 V3; and Cisco 210-260: Implementing Cisco Network Security) cover everything from installing, operating and running a complex network to working with LAN switches and IP routers to how to manage all manner of network devices.
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The immediate benefit of RPA is that it can eliminate a lot of repetitive manual labor and free up humans for what they are better at.RPA helps enterprises create a standardize framework for capturing data about how they execute processes as well as data about how processes can get delayed or stalled.“If you set up RPA the right way by instrumenting the process, it’s possible to gather data to use as the training set for machine learning,” said Ted Shelton, Chief Revenue Officer at Catalytic, in an interview at Transform 2019.“RPA is the gateway drug for AI.”An RPA implementation not only captures the steps involved in a process into a bot script, it can also set up the framework for understanding how a process is affected by different variables.“It is not just about process discovery, it can also help make sense of the results that happen in the process.”
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Here’s a saucy dinner party tidbit for you: less than 10 percent of people watch porn with the sound off.A staggering 91.5 percent of viewers prefer to watch X-rated content with the sound on, according to data shared with TNW by adult site xHamster.By contrast, only 8.5 percent consume porn with the volume muted.The chart below reflects sound preferences for both mobile and desktop users.While the trend is consistent across devices, desktop users click the mute button a bit more often than mobile users.Indeed, 89 percent of all desktop users watch porn with the sound on, compared to 93 percent on mobile.
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The Register had a go at the latest of the breed, which aims to bump the quality up a notch.The Reg spoke to Félix Lajeunesse, co-founder of the outfit responsible, the imaginatively titled "Felix & Paul Studios", to find out how the thing worked.There's no shortage of space-based VR experiences to enjoy, from the purely CGI (such as the slightly-shonky-looking Apollo 11 mission) and the BBC's crack at an ISS spacewalk-gone-wrong, Home – A VR Spacewalk, to NASA's Mission:ISS, replete with helpful videos as the user glides around the lab.The camera, which was sent to the ISS aboard the CRS-16 mission in December 2018, following nearly two years of discussions with the ISS team, consists of an array of nine ZCAM lenses, arranged to capture 360 moving images.With each ZCAM capable of recording at 4K, the video quality theoretically exceeds the capabilities of current headsets and while Lajeunesse would not be drawn on the exact figure, he did say: "We're capturing at a much, much higher resolution than what the headsets can allow us to monitor."Even on the relatively cheap Oculus Go, the footage thus far is impressive, with a level of detail that will delight those unlikely to pay the station a visit in person any time soon.
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The Google Pixel 4 is coming this year, and if you’re wondering how the Pixel 4 XL — the larger of the two phones expected — will look, here is a good idea.This is a render of the phone based on official news, leaked information, and alleged schematics, and it’s very different from the Pixel 3 XL.The good news from a design standpoint is that the gigantic notch blighting the 3 XL’s clean lines looks likely to disappear for the Pixel 4 XL.Instead, the Pixel 4 XL will potentially adopt a sizable bezel around the top of the phone, much like the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a.It houses a pair of camera lenses and a speaker, according to the rendered images, which were created by @OnLeaks for pricebaba.com.If Google is hoping to avoid backlash against the design this year with its decision, it may not have succeeded.
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Influenza results in over 31.4 million outpatient visits and more than 200,000 trips to emergency rooms and hospitals each year, according to estimates.The flue outbreak occurring between 2017 and 2018 alone — one of the longest and most severe in recent years — caused roughly 80,000 deaths and nearly 1 million hospitalizations.In a newly published paper (“Sequence to Sequence with Attention for Influenza Prevalence Prediction using Google Trends“) on Arxiv.org, scientists hailing from the University of Tokyo describe a system that taps data from Google Trends, a tool that analyzes the popularity of top search queries in Google Search, to improve precision.They report that their approach achieves state-of-the-art results in preliminary tests.“The prediction of influenza in its early stages reduces its impact, along with determining the number of vaccines and other anti-influenza drugs that help the medical personnel to make the correct decision,” wrote the paper’s coauthors.“Various studies have been conducted to predict the number of influenza-infected people.
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Chocolate Factory overtakes Amazon as European sales surge 45.1% – people clearly didn't hear the cries of frustrated Google Home usersGoogle's creepy and dare we say invasive smart home kit is outgrowing sales in Europe of the creepy and dare we say invasive equivalent from arch-rival Amazon.The latest stats from IDC show smart speakers grew 58.1 per cent to 3.335 million units in Q1, equating to 15.8 per cent of the total smart home market.Google Home devices accounted for 45.1 per cent of speaker shipments versus 41.8 per cent from Amazon.This was Google's best quarter since the service launched in Europe."Google continues to expand to new countries and support new native languages at a faster pace than Amazon," said IDC man Antonio Arantes, a senior research analyst for smart home devices.
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The fairing, essentially the rocket's nose cone, is the covering on top of the payload that makes the spacecraft aerodynamic as it speeds through the Earth's atmosphere.Now enter SpaceX, the rocket company founded by Elon Musk that likes to try new things.If you can rescue the fairings instead of just throwing them away, that can be some big money.Once the fairings are ejected (they come in two pieces), they use small thrusters to help guide them to a landing zone.In the most recent Falcon Heavy launch, a fast ship named Ms. Tree (yes, that's the actual name of the boat) caught one of the fairings, the first time SpaceX managed to pull that off.That's the goal of a "back of the envelope" calculation—a real thing.
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The Wizards Unite game is filled with all sorts of interesting objects to pick up and play with: Right now, close to me, I can see a watering can and a dragon liver and a Greenhouse and an Inn.But I won't bother with any of them because on my second day of playing, I capped all my free storage space, making sure I didn't miss a thing from this wild and wonderful world.I was worried that Harry Potter: Wizards Unite would feel like Pokemon Go in wizard robes.I can't free up space by using ingredients to brew potions because I lack required ingredients.I can delete items to free up space, of course, and I can buy vault extensions to expand my capacity for $5, but something feels off with the balance of the wizarding game, if playing for a handful of hours pushes me to make purchases to keep playing.I've purchased key lockers in Ingress too.
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Speculation over the ‘Pressure Plant’ in Fortnite is vast, and as the season progresses, fans increasingly expect the destination will play a role in the game’s overall storyline.Thanks to two different leaks that surfaced within hours of each other, we now know what to expect from the landmark that was once home to a giant smoldering volcano.Based on a Fortbyte that recently went viral and a leak from known dataminer Lucas7yoshi, it appears the destination currently known as the ‘Pressure Plant’ will soon be opened up, revealing a new location called the ‘Robot Factory.’ The name is listed on a Fortbyte that was spied in the game’s Pressure Plant point of interest, and it also appeared in leaked Week 10 challenges.The Pressure Plant appeared following the volcanic eruption that ushered in the current game season.This plant has progressed nicely over past weeks, shifting from a glorified construction site in the crater to what it is now — a smooth, clean industrial zone with no obvious purpose.The name Pressure Plant implies the destination is some sort of utility zone that, within the context of the Fortnite universe, would be used to generate power.
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Southeast Asia’s highest-capitalized startup is sitting on even more money from investors today after ride-hailing Grab announced it has raised $300 million from Invesco.The deal takes Singapore-based Grab $7.5 billion raised to date.The money is part of its ongoing — feels-like-everlasting — Series H round which was started last June via a $1 billion capital injection from Toyota.The round swelled to $4.5 billion thanks to contributions from a range of partners throughout 2018 and early 2019, then Grab said in April that it would add a further $2 billion to reach a $6.5 billion close before this year is out.This investment from Invesco is the first piece of that newest tranche to be announced, but there’s plenty happening under the surface, including a potential investment from PayPal, Ant Financial and others in a spinout of Grab’s financial services.Getting back to today’s news and, despite a relatively dry-looking announcement, there is an interesting takeaway to be found here.
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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has grown into a pretty massive success ever since it launched in early access back in 2017, so perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising to see that PUBG Corp wants to create more games in the franchise.It’ll be doing just that by way of a new studio called Striking Distance, the creation of which was announced today.The new studio’s first task will be creating a narrative game set in the PUBG universe.The formation of Striking Distance was announced today in a YouTube video featuring a familiar face: Glen Schofield.Those who enjoy playing shooters probably already know who Schofield is, as his more recent credits include that of executive producer Dead Space.Of course, he was also one of the co-founders of Call of Duty developer Sledgehammer Games, which assisted in making the original Black Ops and Modern Warfare 3 while leading the charge on Advanced Warfare and WWII.
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Brandless, a direct-to-consumer purveyor of food, beauty, and personal care products, says that every item it makes is non-genetically modified, kosher, fair-trade, gluten-free, often organic and, in the case of cleaning supplies, EPA “Safer Choice” certified.Instead, the outlet paints a picture of a company that sold 40 percent of its business to SoftBank for a stunning $240 million before it had found its footing, and where things have been sliding downhill since.Indeed, while cofounder and longtime CEO Tina Sharkey suggested to Bloomberg that SoftBank loved Brandless’s uniform price points, its messaging to customers, and that Brandless was focused on a “highly curated collection” in contrast to Amazon’s everything-store ethos, Brandless has steadily been losing customers since the round closed — a lot of them, according to The Information.Specifically, it says that analysis provided to it by Second Measure, a company that analyzes anonymized debit and credit card purchases, found that Brandless had 26.5% fewer customers last month than it did in May 2018.(Brandless’s earlier backers include Redpoint Ventures, New Enterprises Associates, GV, and Cowboy Ventures.It has raised $292 million altogether, shows Crunchbase.)
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San Francisco gör som Singapore och förbjuder all försäljning och tillverkning av e-cigaretter och blir första stora stad i USA att förbjuda produkten.Stadens fullmäktige röstade enhälligt igenom lagen.Borgmästaren London Breed, som ska skriva under lagen, kritiserar tillverkarna för att de vänder sig mot barn i sin marknadsföring.– Vi måste ta steg för att förebygga att nästa generation San Francisco-bor blir beroende av e-cigaretter, säger hon.
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