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A platform-as-a-service company is only as good as its APIs, and Shopify has dozens of them.While REST isn’t going away, much of the internal development interest will be focused on GraphQL, and the company is placing a great emphasis on ensuring its most popular external endpoints are available via GraphQL.This isn’t the most perfect metaphor, but it’s a bit like going to work, and your manager announcing that instead of English, the lingua franca of the office was now Afrikaans or French.Sure, they’re still human-comprehendible languages.Helping me out is Avi Flombaum, Co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer at Flatiron School, a WeWork company.The use of GraphQL allows Shopify to empower developers on their platform to make their own decisions about things like design and performance which are critical in highly competitive mobile retail environments.
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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and law enforcement officials announced a new crackdown against illegal robocalls on Tuesday, targeting companies responsible for over a billion of the annoying calls.The FTC’s “Operation Call It Quits” took aim at U.S. companies allegedly responsible for more than one billion pre-recorded phone calls that pitch a variety of products and services through caller ID spoofing, which can make the number appear as a local call.The alleged scams range from companies claiming to be able to lower your credit card interest rate to money-making opportunities and medical alert systems.Many exploited vulnerable people in order to take their personal information, authorities said.“We’re all fed up with the tens of billions of illegal robocalls we get every year,” said Andrew Smith, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, in a statement.“Today’s joint effort shows that combating this scourge remains a top priority for law enforcement agencies around the nation.”
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BoE raises “concentration risk and lack of substitutability”The Bank of England (BoE) needs to “embrace the cloud”, according to the Future of Finance report it commissioned from banker Huw van Steenis.In it, he notes that cloud technologies have matured to the point “they can meet the high expectations of regulators and financial services.”“UK banks and insurers lag global leaders, and many firms I met are keen to take advantage of cloud at scale,” van Steenis noted, highlighting a Finastra survey that found 43 percent of UK financials said they thought complex regulatory requirements were the key barrier to cloud adoption.But the Central Bank has ongoing concerns about “concentration risk and lack of substitutability” its response reveals, pointing to lingering worries about the wisdom of putting critical financial applications on someone else’s infrastructure, which has not been immune to resilience issues.Bank of England Cloud Response: Yes, But…
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Everything is connected today, and not just the obvious culprits like phones, computers, and TVs.These days, even refrigerators and ovens are connected to the Internet or to each other.The latter is what KitchenAid is trying to sell with the new Smart Oven+.First shown of at CES 2019, the smart single or double wall oven allows users to control it through various means, from touch to phone to even, of course, voice.Connected appliances are no longer a rarity these days but most of them offer very basic functionality, like notifying you of its status.Others do integrate with either Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, or both for hands-free control.
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iOS 13, iPadOS, macOS Catalina, and tvOS 13 are available in public beta, and you can download and install them now.Unless you’re enrolled in Apple’s developer program, this is your first opportunity to try out the new software in beta.First, the usual word of warning about beta software: these releases may seem stable, but they could contain bugs that won’t be squashed until the final releases roll out later in 2019.So unless you don’t mind rolling the dice with app compatibility and other issues that could impact battery life and other critical functions, perhaps it’s best to wait, difficult as that may be.We’ve included some issues that we’ve encountered during our time with each of the public betas.Devices that support macOS Catalina
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Also Waymo is releasing a data set for you self-driving car nerdsRoundup If you wanna know what's been happening in AI this week beyond what we've already covered, here's a quick roundup...Waymo Open Dataset: Self-driving-car dreamer Waymo is planning to release a data set collected from sensors on its autonomous vehicles to help, er, drive progress in driverless automotive technology, it announced at a computer-vision conference this week.The Open Dataset will apparently contain about 3,000 driving scenes and 16.7 hours of video, 600,000 images frames, and some 25 million 3D bounding boxes, and 22 million 2D ones, according to Synched.High-quality data is key to bumping up the performance of neural networks, and Waymo thus wants developers to use its data set to “[accelerate] the development of machine perception and self-driving technology.”The data crate isn’t publicly available just yet, but you can sign up to receive an email alert when it’s out.
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"I couldn’t even sit because of the severity of the pain."HuffPost is part of Oath.Oath 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.Oath will also provide you with personalised ads on partner products.Select 'OK' to continue and allow Oath and our partners to use your data, or select 'Manage options' to view your choices.
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E3 2019 finally came to a close on Thursday.We’ve compiled our favorite moments (spoiler alert: none of them are mobile), and listed them below.We now know that the game will take place in the same world as the original, and there’s a real possibility that Zelda herself will finally be a playable character.I buy every Zelda game as soon as they are released, but this one could see me taking the whole week off work just to play it.We know nothing about it, but ZELDA!Wait, there were other announcements at E3?
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Now, a cutting-edge technique engineered by researchers at University of South Florida is changing the way scientists isolate these precious molecules."Plant natural products are already widely used across so many industries," said Ramon Gonzalez, PhD, professor in the USF Department of Chemical & Biomedical Engineering and a Florida 21st Century World Class Scholar."Taxus brevifolia, for example, the Pacific yew plant, contains molecules that are used to produce a chemotherapy drug for several cancer treatments.Gonzalez and his research team focused their efforts on a class of plant natural products (PNPs) called isoprenoids.With more than 50,000 of these isoprenoids synthesized in nature, they represent one of the most structurally and chemically diverse classes of molecules known to man.Lycopene, for example, is an isoprenoid that gives tomatoes and other red fruits and vegetables their color.
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Completely wireless earbuds like Apple AirPods and Beats Powerbeats Pro are all well and good, but what if you need more than the average battery life?JLab Audio believes it has the answer, with the new Epic Air Sport promising a total of 70 hours of playtime – enough to get you from San Francisco to London seven times over.Each earbud is good for more than ten hours of use, JLab says.The case, meanwhile, has an additional 60 hours of playback time, and recharges via USB using an integrated cable.A full charge takes around 2.5 hours.A USB output means you can use the 2,600 mAh internal battery for charging another device, too; the case charges in around four hours.
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Sure, millennials may be blamed for duck-lipped selfies, but the younger generations are also behind the revival of Fujifilm black and white film.On Monday, June 10, Fujifilm announced a new generation of black and white film, Neopan 100 Across II.After discontinuing black and white film last year, Fujifilm says the younger generation is helping create a demand to bring the medium back.“As the demand for film rapidly decreased over the past decade and raw materials became difficult to obtain, it caused the company to discontinue marketing black and white film,” Fujifilm said in a statement.“Thanks to consumer feedback, particularly from millennials and GenZs, who have become the new film enthusiasts, the market is changing once again.”The company says the film type is designed for resolution, fine grain, and sharpness.
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The 2019 Mercedes-Benz C 300 4Matic Cabrio is a stylish, somewhat practical drop-top with a peppy, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine.My test car was extremely well-optioned, adding thousands to the price tag and including some Mercedes AMG goodies that enhanced performance.At the end of the day, however, the C 300 Cabrio is best at leisurely, top-down drives on sunsplashed back roads.Warmer weather in the Northeast has brought the drop-tops to our suburban New Jersey test center, and with them the unvarnished joys of open-air motoring.But they certainly are fun, day or night.In the month or so, I've gotten my kicks in the BMW M850i, the BMW Z4, and most recently the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C 300 4Matic Cabriolet.
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There’s no shortage of coffee shops in Jakarta: international chains like Starbucks and The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf have long been present.And third-wave coffee shops like Tanamera and One Fifteenth, as well as homegrown brands offering local-style coffee such as Toko Kopi Tuku and Kopi Kenangan, have started to emerge in recent years.In August 2018, a new player called Fore Coffee joined the scene.Founded by Robin Boe and Elisa Suteja, the company has grown to 58 outlets across Greater Jakarta less than a year since its founding.In comparison, Starbucks opened its 364th store in Indonesia after operating in the country for 17 years.Unlike its established rivals, Fore’s secret ingredient is the “new retail” approach, which has invited comparisons to China’s Luckin Coffee.
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Workhorse Group, the electric vehicle company that grabbed headlines last month over a proposed deal to buy General Motors’ Lordstown, Ohio factory, has raised $25 million from a group of unnamed investors.The money will not go toward the factory.An annual dividend will be paid out in shares of Workhorse stock.The Cincinnati-based company is small, with fewer than 100 employees.Workhorse has struggled financially at various points since its founding in 1998.As of March 30, 2019, the company had cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of $2.8 million, compared to $1.5 million as of December 31, 2018.
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With the introduction of the 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel on Monday, the fullsize, half-ton pickup truck class will have four diesel-powered offerings.When the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel goes on sale at the end of this year, it'll battle the Chevrolet Silverado, Ford F-150 and GMC Sierra, both of which offer new, turbo-diesel engines.Unfortunately, because the General Motors twins and the Ram aren't officially on sale yet, we don't have all the final details; pricing, fuel economy and, in some cases, towing information are not available as of this writing.A final point of clarification: Some of you may wonder why we've excluded the Nissan Titan XD from this comparison.The Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra use a Duramax inline-6, mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.Ford, meanwhile, uses a Power Stroke V6, also mated to a 10-speed automatic.
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Developer Techland revealed that Dying Light 2 is coming to consoles and PC in Spring 2020.It made the announcement via a new trailer during the annual Microsoft press briefing at the 2019 Electronic Entertainment Expo trade show (E3).Dying Light 2 takes place 15 years after the events of the first game, in a world that Techland describes as a modern dark age.It puts players in a fictional European city where different factions are vying for control.The decisions you make while working with these factions will have major consequeces throughout the story.The first Dying Light was a big hit for Techland when it came out in 2015, going on to sell over 13 million copies.
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Bra brottsbekämpning kräver bra bilar.Batman, ”Läderlappen”, är inget undantag från regeln.Ända sedan debuten 1939 har han nämligen bytt bilmodell åtskilliga gånger för att kunna hålla jämna steg med Gotham Citys skurkar.
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The agency is trying to raise money so they can send astronauts to the Moon in 2024.HuffPost is part of Oath.Oath 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.Oath will also provide you with personalised ads on partner products.Select 'OK' to continue and allow Oath and our partners to use your data, or select 'Manage options' to view your choices.
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Voxi now sells not just SIM only plans, but phones on contract and unlocked SIM free as well.Voxi plans aren’t contracts and you can opt out at any time and only pay for the month that you used.Voxi’s unique offer means that you’ll have unlimited access to the following approved social media applications:Since what so many of us do on our smartphones in 2019 involves the aforementioned apps, it means that you can browse as much as you want and not eat into your data allowance.Voxi currently only offers phones (on and off contract) from four companies:“Endless Roaming” is available to all Voxi customers at no extra cost.
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To read the full article, simply click here to claim your deal and get access to all exclusive Business Insider PRIME content.Video conferencing startup Zoom reported its first earnings as a public company on Thursday, and it generated revenues of $122 million this past quarter — up 103% from this time last year.Its report handily beat Wall Street expectation, and its stock soared more than 10% after the bell.Zoom reported its first-ever earnings as a public company on Thursday, and its stock skyrocketed over 10% after reporting revenues that smashed Wall Street's expectations.Zoom generated revenues of $122 million, up 103% from this time during the previous year."If you look at the video collaboration and phone system, it's also a huge opportunity," Zoom CEO and founder Eric Yuan said on the earnings call.
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When I first watched the new Netflix Original film “I Am Mother,” I assumed that the robotic Mother (voiced by Rose Byrne) was a CG creation.How else could you create a robot that looked so inhuman, and that that could also run around the film’s post-apocalyptic environments so gracefully?But in a bonus interview for the Original Content podcast, director Grant Sputore estimated that 99 percent of the shots of Mother are completely practical, consisting of nothing more than a person wearing “a fancy bit of costume.”“It’s both a budgetary thing, because we knew how we were planning to make the film — but also, we’re children of ‘80s and ‘90s cinema,” Sputore said.“So we worship at the altar of ‘Robocop’ and ‘Predator’ and the first ‘Terminator’ and ‘Jurassic Park’ and all of Stan Winston’s work, which is most of those movies … It’s for our own satisfaction, as much as anything.”The film focuses on the relationship between Mother and her adopted human daughter (Clara Rugaard), who has been completely isolated from the outside world — until the arrival of a mysterious stranger played by Hilary Swank prompts Daughter to question everything she’s been told.
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Amazon has unveiled the latest version of its Prime Air delivery drone, and has promised that deliveries with it will begin “within months.”But Amazon has not confirmed where in the world these deliveries would take place, and on what scale they would be.It should be remembered that Amazon has already been beaten to the punch by Alphabet (Google), after its Wing division claimed the launch of the world’s first commercial drone delivery service in Australia in early April.Indeed, Wing’s drones in Australia saw it deliver takeaway food, coffee and medicines to about 100 homes in Canberra (Australia) after that country’s aviation authority granted it regulatory approval for the move.Later in the same month Alphabet’s Wing division scored another important milestone after the aviation regulator in the United States (the Federal Aviation Administration or FAA) granted it permission to begin home deliveries in the US.And now the FAA told the BBC it had granted Amazon a permit to operate its updated drone in the US.
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5G is already old news over at Samsung, as the company's new Advanced Communications Research Centre begins researching 6G."The current team on telecommunications technology standards has been expanded to start leading research on the 6G network," a spokesperson for the company told the Korea Herald (via TechRadar).Samsung is trying to edge its way into the telecoms equipment market with its 5G kit, and while it's not a main contender right now, it's getting ahead of the game by looking ahead to 6G.When it comes to 5G, Huawei's 5G kit is currently used by all four major UK networks, which has the potential for causing all kinds of problems if Britain opts to ban dealings with the company like the US has done.Health secretary Matt Hancock warned against any rash action, suggesting that the UK needs its own 5G solution to prevent delays of up to 18 months when transitioning to 5G.The country's first 5G network went live at the end of May, courtesy of EE, with Vodafone launching its own 5G network on July 3.
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Google has announced a number of enhancements to SOS Alerts, a safety feature first introduced to Google Maps and Search nearly two years ago.SOS Alerts are designed to surface key information during natural disasters and human-induced catastrophes, including wildfire tracking, local news coverage, Twitter updates, relevant telephone numbers, and ways to donate to a cause.Starting today and rolling out over the next few weeks, SOS Alerts are getting a big makeover — adding visual data about disasters and a warning system that helps you navigate around potentially hazardous areas.As part of the update, Google Maps will now show visualizations of hurricanes.In the days before an expected hurricane hits, users will see a notification card warning them if they are in its path.This feature will also show a storm’s anticipated trajectory and when it’s expected to pass various points along that route.
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's personal security chief Liam Booth has been accused of sexual harassment and racism.The attorney representing the two former staffers making the allegations is now calling for an independent investigation into the claims.Zuckerberg's family office has said its own law firm, Munger, Tolles & Olson, is investigating.High-profile civil rights attorney Lisa Bloom has is "[urging] the family to retain a truly neutral, independent investigator experienced in harassment and discrimination."The attorney representing two former staffers for Mark Zuckerberg that accused the Facebook CEO's personal security chief of sexual harassment and making racist remarks is now calling for an indepdendent investigation into the allegations.In a statement provided to Business Insider, high-profile civil rights lawyer Lisa Bloom, head of The Bloom Firm, said: "We urge the family to retain a truly neutral, independent investigator experienced in harassment and discrimination claims to make factual findings and recommendations on these urgent and important claims."
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A new batch of research highlights a number of health risks linked to eating ultra-processed foods, which include things like soda, chips, packaged sweets, and many other frequently consumed food products.In addition to their potential negative effect on weight gain detailed earlier this month, ultra-processed foods may increase risk of developing both cerebrovascular and cardiovascular disease.Ultra-processed foods are readily available for purchase in many countries where they are estimated to account for between a quarter to 60-percent of an individual’s daily food consumption.A huge variety of products fall under the ultra-processed designation, including ones that may not be immediately obvious, such as dehydrated soup broths and ready-made meals containing additives.These foods are known for their low cost, vast availability, and, unfortunately, typically low nutritional value.In the place of nutrients, consumers often get excessive amounts of salt, fat, and added sugars.
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“It actually does make me feel really upset, really sick."HuffPost is part of Oath.Oath 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.Oath will also provide you with personalised ads on partner products.Select 'OK' to continue and allow Oath and our partners to use your data, or select 'Manage options' to view your choices.
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Research has documented the widespread availability of graphic images of self-harm, such as cuttings, on the photo-sharing platform Instagram.After a British father said his 14-year-old daughter had viewed such explicit images on Instagram prior to her suicide, the platform announced that it would no longer allow such graphic images to appear.Now, a new study by researchers at the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania and two European institutions is the first to investigate the relationship between exposure to self-harm on Instagram and subsequent self-harm and suicidality-related outcomes in young adults.The research, published in the journal New Media & Society, analyzes data from an online survey of young adults conducted at two points a month apart, in May and June 2018, prior to Instagram's announcement that it would seek to reduce images of graphic self-harm.The study also found that exposure to self-harm on Instagram at the first interview predicted higher levels of suicidal ideation and risk for suicide at the second interview."Our results provide evidence that this concern is justified."
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Thanks to how versatile Android is, all is not lost if you own an older handset.Tech-savvy types have the option to flash a new ROM to bring the latest and greatest features to their phones.If the idea of installing a custom operating system goes over your head, you can try these apps and workarounds to get new Android features on your old smartphone.The premium version even offers gestures for skipping music tracks, taking screenshots, and opening the power menu.Another solution is Fluid Navigation Gestures and, much like the previous app, it requires users to run an ADB command to disable the phone’s traditional navigation bar.Android Q has added to this suite with its Focus Mode feature, letting you block distracting apps.
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If you're in the market for a new phone, Vodafone's puntastic "spring into smartphone savings" sale has kicked off, although it's barely visible on the Vodafone website.Rather than announcing the discounts for visitors, you'll have to keep an eye out for the purple banner that denotes which handsets are getting their prices slashed.It's about as helpful as it sounds.As well as offering a £96 discount on pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, the network has highlighted discounts on the following handsets, and we've even popped in handy hyperlinks to our review of each one:Samsung Galaxy S9 - save £212Samsung Galaxy S10e - 60GB for the price of 15GB
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