Ed Furnace

Ed Furnace

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It’s been over five years since the Senate Intelligence Committee released its investigation into the CIA’s detention and interrogation program after 9/11.The story, which took over newspapers’ front pages and websites’ homepages, didn’t stay in the news cycle very long, according to Daniel J. Jones, the former U.S. Senate staffer who led the investigation.But Amazon Studios picked up the movie version, called The Report, and now, a massive national ad campaign timed to the movie’s release on Friday is putting the story back on the front pages of newspapers and news sites in hopes of reaching a wider audience this time around.“This film will reach a much broader audience.”In a massive national ad campaign sponsored by Amazon, many of the country’s leading newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle and The Dallas Morning News, will be wrapped in faux, redacted versions of their own front pages and mastheads today.“We are relentlessly looking for ways to be innovative with the print publishing platform, and are excited to partner with Amazon Studios on this execution,” said LA Times’ cro, Josh Brandau, in a statement.
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Less than two weeks ago, Google announced plans to acquire Fitbit for $2.1 billion.Google could push Fitbit to adopt Wear OS immediately or could support Fitbit OS for years to come, or it could do both — we simply don’t know.A Fitbit spokesperson repeatedly declined to comment and pointed us to the acquisition press release.Fitbit OS 4.1 brings “smart wake,” an on-device alarm that wakes you with subtle vibrations at an optimal time in your sleep cycle.The nightly Sleep Score on-device now gives you a glanceable view of the quality of your night’s rest.Sleep aside, version 4.1 adds a new agenda app for managing your daily schedule, a new clock face switcher that stores five clock faces, and a five-star rating system for the Fitbit App Gallery.
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Starting on November 12, a new software release will give Sonos users the ability to stream Spotify music for free without needing a Premium subscription.Until now, the only way to add Spotify as a music service within the Sonos app was to have a paid monthly Premium account.The move comes ahead of the big Black Friday and Cyber Monday retail events that have traditionally driven a lot of sales for electronics companies like Sonos.With an ad-supported free Spotify account and a Sonos system, you can:Access Spotify’s entire catalog on shuffleAccess 15 personalized on-demand playlists, including Discover Weekly, Release Radar, and Daily Mix, as well as favorites like RapCaviar, Viva Latino, and more
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The new iPad Pro tablets are now overdue and it's unclear whether they will launch in 2019 or slip into 2020, but we're fairly sure they're coming.Apple's high-end iPad Pro slates are the embodiment of premium hardware, with each new year adding more innovation to the pile, and the 2019 or 2020 iPad Pros are set to build on the fantastic 2018 models.We've also heard thatthe upcoming iPad Pro devices could ditch the LCD screens of old, and instead go for miniLED.Of course, there’s no official confirmation that new tablets will be released at all, but new iPad Pro registration details filed by Apple itself suggest there will be.If you know much about the iPad Pro devices, you know the price is the most off-putting thing about them, as they’re the definition of high-end premium gadgetery, and we wouldn’t expect that to change with the new iPad Pro models, especially if they have any of the upgrades we’re hoping for.For context, the current iPad Pro 11 costs $799 / £769 / AU$1,229 for the option with least storage space, which is 64GB, and $1,549 / £1,519 / AU$2,349 for 1TB capacity, and the iPad Pro 12.9 prices range from $999 / £969 / AU$1,529 to $1,899 / £1,869 / AU$2,869 for the same storage.
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Earlier this year, Google’s in-house incubator launched CallJoy, a virtual customer service phone agent for small businesses that could block spammers, answer calls, provide callers with basic business information and redirect to SMS other requests, like appointment booking or to-go orders.Today, CallJoy is rolling out its first major update, which now enables the computer phone agent to have more of a conversation with the customer by asking questions and providing more information, among other improvements.Originally, CallJoy could provide customers with information like the business hours or the address, or could ask the customer for permission to send them a link over text message to help them with their request.Their answer allows CallJoy to offer more information than before, based on what the caller said.For example, if a caller asked a restaurant if they had any vegetarian options, the phone agent might respond: “Yes!Can I text you the link to our online menu?”
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As Xiaomi widens its smartphone lead over Samsung in India, a new competitor is increasingly posing a challenge.Realme, a one-and-half-year-old smartphone vendor that spun out of Oppo, commanded 14.3% of the world’s second largest smartphone market in the quarter that ended in September, research firm IDC said on Monday.While Xiaomi, with 27.1% of the local smartphone market share, still dominates the market, the volume of handsets that Realme has shipped in India — 7.1 million — rose at a staggering 401.3% since the same period last year, according to IDC.What’s fascinating about Realme’s expansion in India is just how closely it is replicating Xiaomi’s playbook in the country.Last quarter, the company began selling phones in India through offline stores, which still account for more than two-thirds of all smartphone sales.In terms of online-only shipment, the company’s market share has ballooned to 26.5% in Q3 2019 from 16.5% in Q2 this year, the research firm said.
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Sajid Javid claims Jeremy Corbyn has made "eye-watering" commitments.But shadow ministers reject £1.2 trillion figure.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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But even mammoth phones of this caliber aren’t perfect, and some issues are bound to pop-up from time-to-time.The notification doesn’t go away and hangs around until the device is restarted.The notification may be caused by overzealous battery management that restricts the camera app from functioning in the background.To do this, go to Settings > Device Care > Battery, then find the Camera app and make sure the Put to sleep option is turned off.There’s a lot going on here, and it’s important to note phones measure signal strength in different ways — so three bars doesn’t always represent the same signal strength on different phones.It may help if you use Wi-Fi calling where available, assuming your carrier permits it.
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A former Twitter employee was arrested November 5 and accused of spying for Saudi Arabia.The Washington Post has a copy of the charges, which were released the next day.The Justice Department accuses Ahmad Abouammo of spying on three users’ accounts and also accused another former employee, Ali Alzabarah, of obtaining access to 6,000 Twitter accounts in 2015.A third person, Ahmed Almutairi, facilitated connections between the then-employees and the Saudi Arabia government, according to the charges.Abouammo, a U.S. citizen, allegedly looked through the accounts of individuals critical of the Saudi government, including Omar Abdulaziz, a friend of Jamal Khashoggi, a journalist who worked for The Washington Post and who was killed inside Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul in 2018.Alzabarah and Almutairi are both Saudi citizens and are believed to still be in that country.
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The best Black Friday laptop deals from Walmart are already showing up on the retailer's website, and while Black Friday 2019 doesn't officially kick off until November 29 (with Cyber Monday following on December 2), there are some great early deals to be had.Walmart is one of the biggest retailers in the world, and that means it's also one of the best places to pick up a brilliant laptop deal.This is because it has a huge range of laptops on offer, so no matter what kind of laptop you're after, be it a gaming laptop, budget laptop or a thin and light Chromebook, there should be a brilliant Walmart laptop deal for you.You can be pretty confident that Walmart will stock the best laptops money can buy right now.The sheer size and clout of Walmart also allows it to be very aggressive when it comes to cutting prices, so you'll often find the best Walmart laptop deals are a lot cheaper than its rivals – with Black Friday only set to help.To make finding those all-important discounts easier, we've put together this guide to the best Black Friday laptop deals from Walmart, having scoured the website to bring you the very best laptop deals that are live right now.
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The [type of people] who buy [the sort of stuff] from Mothercare will soon have to find another place to buy [whatever it is], as the newly-appointed administrator has confirmed that all 79 of the UK branches are to close.There is no emergency, last-minute, probably-Sports-Direct saviour on the horizon, as it's such a loss-maker that no one's mad enough to touch it, not even Mike Ashley after too many massive cups of coffee.Administrator PwC says the UK operation is being sacrificed for the greater good of the international business, as apparently the rest-of-world part of the chain and its businesses are profitable.The UK arm is therefore about to see a "phased closure" of the entire high street estate, leaving around 2,500 permanent and temporary staff out of work, in yet another chapter of the grim pre-Christmas retail horror storybook.Mothercare boss Clive Whiley said: "...the board concluded that the administration processes serve the wider interests of ensuring a sustainable future for the company, including the wider group's global colleagues, its pension fund, lenders and other stakeholders."The brand may live on as an online retailer, should anyone be up for buying that from the administrator.
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Adobe will be bringing another of its desktop-class imaging and graphics apps to the iPad: Illustrator, which is set for a launch in 2020, the company announced today at its annual MAX conference.Last year, Adobe announced a similar plan to deliver Photoshop for iPad, and that app launched on the App Store early on Monday.Illustrator for iPad is still in “early” development, the company said, so we don’t know exactly what it’ll look like relative to the desktop version.But it will focus on making the most of touch and Apple Pencil-based input, which are uniquely available to the iPad.As with Photoshop, documents created on one platform will be available in full fidelity to edit on any others via Creative Cloud storage.The app will be available in a limited private beta beginning immediately, but the group of those with access will remain very tight until Adobe has managed to get further along in the development process.
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Poorest families pushed to "breaking point", work and pensions select committee warns.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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A lot's changed in the last few years, particularly in graphics-processing technologies and the demands of the software that depends on them -- predominantly software used to play games and creative applications like 3D tools and video editors.Even if you just need the basics for surfing the web or streaming video, the best graphics card can make your system feel snappier by improving the acceleration of video decoding or redrawing your screens faster.Nvidia uses dedicated silicon RT, or ray-tracing, cores, with a proprietary programming interface that takes more work for developers to support.These include upscaling algorithms, for example, which render for a higher resolution screen using native-resolution textures (while maintaining frame rates); in other words, using textures for 1080p to render for 1440p.So deciding whether you really need the pricey RTX card or can live with a GTX 1660 Ti requires figuring out if your favorite games take advantage of the "right" features.In fact, you may not want to spend any cents at the moment if you're shopping for a card for good 1080p gaming or better.
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In March, Mark Zuckerberg shared his grand vision of Facebook’s future that included encrypting all messaging services.It seems that the company is slowly working on making that happen.According to app researcher Jane Manchun Wong, Facebook is testing encrypting video and audio calls over Messenger in Secret mode.However, this doesn’t mean your calls in normal mode will be encrypted.Facebook Messenger is testing Video/Audio calls over Secret Conversation pic.twitter.com/aNgnvtzsBf— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) October 31, 2019
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HBO Max, the new HBO-anchored streaming service coming from AT's WarnerMedia, will cost $15 a month and launch in May in the US.It will have 10,000 hours of programming: everything on HBO, plus exclusive originals and a deeper catalog of licensed shows and movies.Existing members of HBO Now -- also $15 a month -- can switch over to HBO Max for free to unlock Max's bigger catalog, as can anyone who pays for HBO's traditional network through DirecTV or any AT services.But if you pay for regular HBO through your cable provider or other pay-TV companies, HBO Max doesn't have a deal for you yet.The details were unveiled Tuesday at WarnerMedia's investor day dedicated to unveiling HBO Max, at which the company also revealed that HBO has ordered a new Game of Thrones series, a prequel called House of the Dragon.Also, randomly, HBO Max will have select podcasts in its mobile app, so subscribers can listen to, for example, a podcast about the HBO series Chernobyl while on the go.
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It seems like Intel has had enough of AMD enjoying a process lead, with CEO Bob Swan confirming on a recent earnings call that Intel is “investing to recapture process leadership going forward”, and that it expects to launch its first 7nm products by the third quarter of 2021.While Intel has been shipping 10nm and 14nm processors (and struggling with 14nm – more on that in a bit), its rival AMD has already hit the market with 7nm products with the likes of the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X.AMD vs Intel: which processors are better?That might be so, but it seems like Intel doesn’t want to allow AMD to have the process lead any longer.Swan also revealed that it will be moving back to a two-year development cycle, similar to its tick-tock model that it had been using from 2007 to 2016.The tick-tock model meant that Intel first worked on a new microarchitecture (tock), which was then followed, roughly one year to 18 months later, by a die shrink of the process technology (tick) which refined and optimised the architecture.
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Release Candidate drops just in time for Microsoft's IgniteAs its Florida Ignite shindig looms large, Microsoft has settled on a Release Candidate for TypeScript 3.7 ahead of an imminent launch.The open-source TypeScript, a superset of JavaScript (replete with static typing if required), has been gaining popularity over the years.Along with the likes of Rust and Kotlin, it is threatening to crack the TIOBE Index top 20 and sits in the top 10 most popular languages, according to 2019's Stack Overflow Developer Survey.A few short months since version 3.6 put in an appearance, 3.7 adds all manner of goodies to delight the faithful, including optional chaining (an implementation of pipeline chain operators made a long-overdue appearance in PowerShell 7 this week).Optional chaining in the TypeScript world will stop an expression being run if a null or undefined is hit thanks to a new ?.
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Amazon today reported earnings for its third fiscal quarter of 2019, including revenue of $70.0 billion, net income of $2.1 billion, and earnings per share of $4.23 (compared to revenue of $56.6 billion, net income of $2.9 billion, and earnings per share of $5.75 in Q3 2018).North American sales were up 24% to $42.6 billion, while international sales grew 18% to $18.3 billion.Amazon Web Services (AWS) continued to be the star of the show, growing 35% in sales to $9.0 billion.In Q2 2019, AWS growth fell to 37% — the first sub-40% growth rate since Amazon started breaking out AWS numbers.Nonetheless, AWS still accounted for about 13% of Amazon’s total revenue for the quarter.That would mainly constitute Amazon Prime, which the company has expanded to offer deals at places like Whole Foods.
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A new experimental treatment was able to rapidly reduce the flu virus in ferrets, but human trials are still a ways off.Researchers at Georgia State and Emory University in the US have spent the last few years trying to develop what they’ve billed as next-generation antivirals.One lead they’ve followed is a molecule that can attack and inhibit a wide variety of RNA viruses – including chikungunya, Zika, and influenza – called N4-hydroxycytidine (NHC).In animal experiments, at least, NHC seems to throw a big wrench into how an RNA virus replicates itself, leading to disastrous, fatal mutations.So the researchers created different experimental drug candidates based on NHC that seem to get over this hurdle.And it’s one of these candidates, called EIDD-2801, that was tested out in ferrets for the new study, published today in Science Translational Medicine.
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Xiaomi’s smart TV lineup is doing quite well in the market especially in China and India.Recently, a popular Weibo user shared a screenshot of his private chat with Li Xiaoshuang, general manager of Xiaomi TV (air conditioning) department.In the screenshot, Li Xiaoshuang confirms that the release Xiaomi TV 5 is within a month.The Weibo user asked: “When will Xiaomi TV 5 arrive?At the beginning of next year?.” Li Xiaoshuang replied: “Quick, within a month.”In other words, the TV 5 will be officially released before November 19.
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Build a full-stack solution that makes the best of all available resourcesWebcast As equipment manufacturers in industries from healthcare and transportation to security and communications well know, the future is going to be software-defined and maybe a little bit cloudy.Opportunities are legion in terms of direct innovation and delivering new, better experiences for customers, driving both business effectiveness and reduced delivery costs.But there is no one-size fits-all option when it comes to deployment.Far from it being a journey about how to “go to the cloud”, many organisations are discovering it’s about “bringing the clouds to you” — that is, embracing cloud as an architecture for in-house and publicly hosted systems and services alike.In parallel, questions abound about what to run where, given constraints of compliance and costs, connectivity and control.
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Apple’s iOS 13 update may have been riddled with bugs over the course of its first few weeks post-release, but that hasn’t had a meaningful impact on user adoption.According to the company, more than 50 percent of all iPhones were running iOS 13 just 26 days after launch.That’s slower than iOS 12, which took just 23 days to hit 50 percent, but not by much.If you count only iPhones purchased in the last four years, the figure jumps up to 55 percent.The numbers look even better — vis a vis Android — when you take into account that most other phones are running iOS 12.Of all iPhones currently accessing the App Store, which is how Apple checks these numbers, 41 percent are using iOS 12 and just 9 percent are using an earlier mobile OS.
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The UK government has announced that its controversial plans for a porn block to prevent children from viewing adult content online have been dropped.The porn block was first announced in 2015 and was slated to come into effect last year but it was repeatedly delayed as the government continually ran into problems regarding its implementation.Under the policy, all adult internet users that wished to view pornographic content online in the UK would have had to prove that they were over 18 by providing some form of identification.Websites that refused to implement the age checks faced being blocked by UK ISPs or having access to payment services withdrawn.The porn block however ran into legal, practical and technical difficulties.Privacy groups protested that it would be possible to connect an individual's online browsing habits to their identity and this data could potentially be obtained by hackers, despite reassurances from age-verification sites.
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AMD's Ryzen 3000 processors are champions of the desktop space right now, and that's leaving Intel in a tough spot.Despite rumors that Intel might try to catch up by skipping straight to desktop processors (CPUs) using 7-nanometer (nm) architecture, the company still has plans to bring its 10nm architecture to desktop devices, according to PC Gamer.From the Ryzen 5 3600 at the bottom of the stack to the Ryzen 9 3900X at the top (at least as far as commercially available options), AMD's CPU offerings with its 7nm architecture are amazing blends of performance and price.And, that value has let AMD eat up Intel's market share.That sudden shift in power dynamics in the market offered some feasibility to the rumor Intel would skip 10nm architecture for desktops in order to focus on a 7nm design that would compete directly with AMD.So far, Intel has released processors built on its 10nm Ice Lake architecture in mobile devices, but we haven't seen desktop versions available to consumers.
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The Pixel 4 comes with a new design and square camera element all belted in neatly around the sides by a slick-looking aluminum band.There's Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back, and the phones are rated IP68 for dust and water resistance.Like the OnePlus 7 Pro and last year's Asus ROG phone, this screen refreshes 90 times a second, making graphics and animations look smooth and text appear sharp.So if you're reading an email message, the display might drop down to refresh rate of 60 times a second, but if you're scrolling through Instagram it might bump up to 90 times a second.But it's what's above the screen that is really impressive.If you're listening to Spotify, for example, you can swipe through the air above the Pixel to skip to the next track.
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On Saturday morning in Vienna, Austria, Eliud Kipchoge, the world's finest marathoner, became the first person in history to run 26.2 miles in under two hours.His time of 1:59:40 required him to maintain an average pace of just under 4:35 per mile.That is, to put it mildly, soul-searing speed.Even a supremely fit person would struggle to run at so aggressive a clip for more than five or six minutes in a row.On Saturday, Kipchoge held it for just shy of 120.But Kipchoge's performance will not be recognized as an official world record.
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In August, Nvidia said it would bring its GeForce Now game streaming service to Android phones, and now, that rollout has begun.GeForce Now is available for Android users in South Korea (via 9to5Google).If you live elsewhere and want to try the app now, the APK is available on APKMirror, so you can try sideloading it onto your device.The GeForce Now Android app works similarly to the experience on PC, Mac, and Nvidia Shield, according to a hands-on from XDA Developers.You sign in to your GeForce Now account if you’re part of the beta, select a game you want to play from a grid of app icons from games you own, and start playing.You’re going to want to have a controller handy, as some games may not support touchscreen controls.
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It is hazardous to the environment, wreck the Finnbirch off Öland island, continues to leak oil and now is being spent 11.5 million on the remediation.the Inside of the wreck is the equivalent of a 30-villatankar oil enter the Sea, and the water authority, in a news release.the Finnbirch, which sank in 2006, is one of the more than 30 wrecks along the coast, which is considered to pose an acute hazard to the environment because they contain large amounts of oil, which is likely to leak to the outside.in Total, there are 300 wrecks that are classified as hazardous to the environment.In december 2018, the detected emission from the Finnbirch, which is located at 82 m depth, on one of The rutinflygningar.the purpose of the container was lowered over the leaking of the wreck in order to collect the leaking oil, which, since he was able to get it up.
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Blizzard has detailed the next big patch for World of Warcraft.The 8.3 update, titled Visions of N’Zoth, is hitting the public test realm today, and it is adding a lot.This includes two new Allied Races, the fox-like Vulpera for the Horde and the robotic Mechagnomes for the Alliance.This will get players two new races to try.The update is also bringing some changes that fans have been requested for years, including a revamped Auction House that promises to make shopping easier.Of course, the patch will also add a new raid, Ny’alotha.
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