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For decades, almost everyone who appeared in ads conformed to these traits.But consumers today don’t want to buy from picture-perfect, homogeneous models.Some brands are adjusting their marketing strategies accordingly, but they need to consider all angles.Less than half of a percent of models were openly transgender or non-binary.Consider a study from Cambridge University in which audiences found marketing content more compelling when they shared traits like skin color, size and age with the models.More than four in 10 millennial parents are likelier to buy something from brands that embrace diversity.
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If you live in a tiny flat, it’s doubtful you have the luxury of a walk-in shower.The Aircurv is an expanding inflatable curtain that lets you move around and stretch out without rubbing up against a wall of wet plastic.DISLIKE: Blowing it up is no easy feat.But sailing isn’t exactly a cheap pastime, and using the same fibreglass battens in a shower curtain would dramatically increase the price of a household item that can cost less than £20 As a cheaper alternative, McLeod engineered the Aircurv with inflatable battens instead.But McLeod feels his unique design offers some distinct advantages over other products, including curved shower rods.Installing the Aircurv is easy enough using the same 12 curtain rings that your existing shower curtain does, although I did find that the chunkier plastic rings on my curtain rod wouldn’t squeeze through the pre-punched holes on the Aircurv.
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The iPhone XS, XR, and XS Max will display a message saying their batteries need to be serviced if they’re not replaced by Apple, iFixit reports.The message appears in both iOS 12 and the iOS 13 beta, and is shown regardless of whether a genuine Apple battery has been installed in the phone — it all comes down to whether Apple or one of its Authorized Service Providers installed the replacement.If you go into the “Battery Health” menu when the “Service” message appears, then you’ll be presented with an “Important Battery Message” that reads “Unable to verify this iPhone has a genuine Apple battery.Health information not available for this battery.” The message replaces the standard percentage indicator that typically shows the health of the battery that’s currently installed in the phone.iFixit likens it to an “Oil Change” indicator light in a car that will only turn off if a Ford dealership changes the oil.When contacted, Apple did not respond to our request for comment.
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When President Donald Trump signed an executive order in May banning US companies from trading information and communications technology with foreign businesses deemed a national security risk, it effectively prevented Chinese telecom giant Huawei from acquiring the American technology that it needs to market its products.The same week, Europe began testing an alternative financial clearing system to circumvent US sanctions against Iran, and Russia has said that it wants to join.Japan and South Korea are drifting toward a low-level economic war, after Japan restricted key chemicals needed by the South Korean tech industry in retaliation for South Korean demands for reparations.These incidents make clear that we are in a new era in which one nation's economic interdependence on another can be wielded as a political weapon--a phenomenon described as "weaponized interdependence" by Henry Farrell (George Washington University) and Abraham L. Newman (Georgetown University) in a new article in International Security.(Read "Weaponized Interdependence: How Global Economic Networks Shape State Coercion": https://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/full/10.1162/isec_a_00351)This pathbreaking research illuminates how powerful states exert leverage over key products, services, or materials, and use their influence for coercive ends in the globalized economy.
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Pakistani bloke extradited to US, accused of masterminding telco hack caperAT staff were bribed $1m to slip the codes to unlock two million smartphones to a gang operating out of Pakistan, US prosecutors have claimed.When those telco workers took too long to cough up the codes, the crew bought copies of the employees' work login credentials and used them to go straight into the cellular giant's systems and directly request the codes themselves, it is claimed.Specifically, we're told, the crooks installed malware on AT's computers that automated the process of generating and downloading the codes.And when those AT staffers were caught and fired for leaking their usernames and passwords, the foreign gang paid someone to install wireless routers on the US giant's internal network that gave them backdoor access to the telco's systems to, again, silently and secretly obtain phone unlock codes, it is alleged.These unlock codes can be used to free a handset from AT, allowing it to use a SIM and cellular plan from another network.
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Last week, Verizon announced a collection of new unlimited plans.Though the four new unlimited plans differ in what they offer, all of them have a subscription to Apple Music tossed in as one of the perks.AT just answered that by announcing that it will offer Spotify Premium subscriptions to its unlimited customers, though it sounds like not everyone will qualify for an ongoing subscription to the service.In that way, this promotion is similar to the one Verizon is running with its unlimited plans, some of which offer ongoing subscriptions to Apple Music while others offer only a six-month subscription.Funnily enough, those Verizon plans are going live today, so the timing of AT’s announcement probably isn’t a coincidence.READ MORE: Verizon’s unlimited plans just got messierIn any case, those who are on AT’s Unlimited & More Premium plan can select from a variety of “premium entertainment options” as a perk.
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It’s common to use audio to sleep.Whether it’s listening to music, meditation, podcasts, or audiobooks, many prefer to drown everything out.The Bedphones — the world’s smallest on-ear headphones — are designed for exactly that.The wireless Bedphones truly shine for people who sleep next to a snoring partner, a rumbling train track, or a loud roommate.The earpieces are designed to mask ambient sounds, so you won’t disturb the world and it won’t disturb you.The earpieces are designed to mask ambient sounds and stay attached to your ears all night.
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According to a recent announcement from Google, Android users in Europe will get a new search interface next year.From the beginning of next year, this interface will be available each time a new mobile phone or tablet is set up.The search engine chosen by the user will become the default search service provider for the Android home screen.However, search providers who want to enter the Android search provider selection interface with Google must pay Google.The company will select search providers through an auction process.The top three bids will appear in the selection interface.
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In order to prevent unnecessary airbag deployments, many cars are equipped with a passenger detection system that can disable the passenger-side front airbag in the event there's nobody seated there.Audi recently issued a recall for 144,000 examples of its vehicles.This group includes the 2017-2018 Audi A4/S4 (sedan and Allroad variants) and the 2018 Audi A5/S5 (in coupe, convertible and Sportback variants).The recall population covers the aforementioned vehicles with build dates from their respective starts of production until July 31, 2018.The cable has a self-diagnosing function that is apparently too sensitive.If the cable's shielding has even partial surface oxidation, the detection system will malfunction and disable the passenger airbag, even though a passenger might be seated there.
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Despite repeatedly being called out for the practice, online stores like Amazon are still occasionally getting caught shipping tiny items in comically oversized boxes.It’s wasteful, it reduces the amount of cargo a truck can carry, and it inspired 3M to redesign bubble wrap to greatly reduce the packaging needed to ship smaller items.Plastic envelopes lined with bubble wrap are often a better alternative to shipping items in a cardboard box, but even then they’re only available in a limited set of sizes and often require additional padding or stuffing so objects placed inside don’t move around while in transit.3M has arguably created a better alternative with its new Flex & Seal Shipping Rolls.The material is like a padded shipping envelope that comes deconstructed; requiring the shipper to do all of the assembly.And in addition to eliminating cardboard, foam peanuts, and inflatable cushioning bags for shipping many items, it also frees users from the tyranny of wrangling a tape gun.
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Researchers at the Toyohashi University of Technology have successfully fabricated a binder-less tin phosphide (Sn4P3)/carbon (C) composite film electrode for lithium-ion batteries via aerosol deposition.This finding could help realize advanced lithium-ion batteries of higher capacity.Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are widely used as a power source in portable electronic devices.They have recently attracted considerable attention because of their potential to be employed in large-scale as a power source for electric vehicles and plugin hybrid electric vehicles and as stationary energy storage systems for renewable energy.Although a few Li alloys such as Li-Si and Li-Sn, whose theoretical capacity is much higher than that of graphite (theoretical gravimetric capacity = 372 mAh/g), have been extensively studied, they generally result in poor cycling stability due to the large variation in volume during charging and discharging reactions.Tin phosphide (Sn4P3) (theoretical gravimetric capacity = 1255 mAh/g) with layered structure, generally used as a high-capacity alloy-based anode material for Li-ion batteries, has an averaged operation potential of ?0.5 V vs. Li/Li+.
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Simu Liu’s (fantastic) casting as Shang-Chi for Marvel’s upcoming Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings was one of Marvel’s triumphant surprises at Comic-Con last weekend, and now Simu Liu has shed some light on the experience of getting that news so soon before the convention.In an interview with ET Canada, Liu ran down the surreal, fast-paced experience of his hiring and subsequent appearance at SDCC.“I waited two days and I had gone online and watched videos of all these other Marvel stars and how they got cast and I think I got it in my mind that Kevin [Feige] likes to call them personally so I thought if my manager calls, it might be bad news but if I get a call from an unknown number, it might be good news,” he explained.”And thus he continued to wait:“It’s about 6:19 p.m. Tuesday and lo and behold, I’m in my underwear eating shrimp crackers and there’s an unknown number from Burbank, California.Now I know Disney Studios is in Burbank so my heart’s thumping out of my chest and I jump and am like ‘Hello!’ and it’s the divine voice of Kevin Feige.
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Perhaps one of the profound yet underappreciated aspects of being alive is the ability to reach out with your hand and feel the world around you—whether it’s fresh-cut grass or the face of a loved one.For people who have lost a hand or arm, prosthetics may restore some functioning, but not the sense of touch itself.But according to the team, the sensations people have while using them are limited and imprecise.The USEA, Clark told Gizmodo, provides an interface between a prosthetic hand and the user’s remaining sensory and motor nerves in their arm; these nerves and the person’s own thoughts then help operate the device.“He reached out, putting his two hands together, moving them and rubbing them against one another, feeling with his prosthetic hand as if it were almost real, and feeling perhaps almost whole again, for the first time in nearly 15 years.”This happens through the surgical implantation of hundreds of electrodes directly next to the nerve fibres.
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NBCUniversal, a streaming service from Comcast, will launch in April, NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke said during a Comcast earnings call Thursday.The service, which will reportedly be ad-supported, has been expected and caused some consternation among fans of The Office, when it was announced in June that the show would be leaving Netflix for the NBC platform in 2021.Increasingly, companies are jumping into the streaming business.Both Apple and Disney are working on platforms, as well.Update, 7:19 a.m. PT: Adds additional information about streaming platforms.
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Curved 4K TVs don’t just look great; they also serve a purpose, delivering an unrivaled viewing angle that ensures everyone in the room is immersed in the on-screen action — and now’s your chance to own one of Samsung’s finest TVs on the cheap.And if that’s still a tad too steep, you have the option to split the cost over 12 months at $73 per month.Aside from the improved viewing angle, there isn’t a whole lot of difference between a curved 4K TV and a flat one, with both coming bundled with all the standard features that we’ve come to expect from modern TVs, like smart software for streaming.To be clear, that’s not to mean the viewing angle isn’t reason enough to upgrade.There’s nothing better than inviting your friends over for a movie night and not having to rearrange the furniture so everyone can see.It’s the person who’s sitting in front of the screen who’s going to be immersed the most, though — so even if you aren’t the hostess with the mostest, you can still benefit from the fantastic viewing angle that comes with a curved screen.
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At an event in New Delhi, India, today, Netflix launched its new mobile-only subscription tier for users in the country at Rs.The plan is valid for one concurrent stream and will work with Android and iOS tablets.Netflix said consumers will be able to stream content at Standard Definition (SD).It added that users won’t be able to cast or mirror contentEarlier this month, the company had confirmed its plan to launch a mobile-only subscription in India.It had tested this plan in India and Malaysia earlier this year.
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In January, SoundHound announced that Pandora was introducing an in-app voice assistant called Voice Mode in the US.This feature, which is powered by the Houndify Voice AI platform, arrived for some users located in the United States, but hasn’t been available to all users until now.Pandora subscribers on Android and iOS can now use the feature to search for music using their voice.Voice Mode appears in the Pandora mobile apps as a microphone icon — tap it and then start talking or, as a more convenient alternative, use the wake phrase ‘Hey Pandora’ to trigger the assistant without touch.The technology utilizes Natural Language Understanding to support a variety of verbal commands.Users can control the playback experience in addition to finding music.
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The Journal says the deal, valued at $1 billion or more, could be finalized in the next week.Intel's wireless efforts date back to at least 2011, when the company bought Infineon's wireless division for $1.4 billion.That's partly because Qualcomm negotiated restrictive contracts with potential Intel customers that effectively blocked them from considering a second supplier.After Apple began shipping iPhones with Intel chips inside them in 2016, Qualcomm declared war on Apple, suing for patent infringement and eventually refusing to supply chips for new iPhone models—making Apple dependent on Intel for those chips.But Intel reportedly struggled to develop 5G wireless chips in time for them to be included in Apple's forthcoming 2020 iPhone model.So in April, Apple settled its wide-ranging legal war with Qualcomm.
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BEER-SHEVA, Israel - July 22, 2019 - Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) researchers have developed a new chip device that offers superior identification of miniscule blood residues for forensic applications.Criminologists use luminol to identify microscopic blood drops, as well as low hydrogen peroxide concentrations, proteins and DNA.Detecting biological residues using this method is cost effective and advantageous since the detected signal does not depend on an external light source.The BGU microfluidic chip not only increases the chemiluminescent intensity severalfold, but also prolongs the glow time of luminol, enabling the detection of much smaller blood samples in a forensic scene.The chip device was developed by BGU Prof. Alina Karabchevsky, head of BGU's Light-on-a-Chip Group, a member of the BGU Unit of Electro-Optical Engineering and the Ilse Katz Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology.The innovation combines the use of luminol with gold or silver nanospheres in a specially designed microfluidic device that increases the detection limit by amplifying chemiluminescent light emission and facilitating imaging in the chip.
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SAN ANTONIO -- July 22, 2019 -- Southwest Research Institute and The University of Texas at San Antonio are working together to understand the susceptibility of additively manufactured materials to hydrogen embrittlement, a common problem that can lead to mechanical hardware degrading and losing functionality.The project, led by W. Fassett Hickey of SwRI's Mechanical Engineering Division and Brendy Rincon Troconis of UTSA's College of Engineering, is supported by a $125,000 grant from the Connecting through Research Partnerships (Connect) Program.Additive Manufacturing (AM) is an increasingly popular method of creating meticulously designed metallic parts through 3D printing.The method's applications are practically endless, but Hickey and Troconis are particularly interested in additively manufactured material performance for the aerospace and oil and gas industries.The atomic hydrogen in hydrogen sulfide is liberated and absorbs into the pipeline material and down-hole tools, which leads to degradation in material performance.In 2014, Kazakhstan's largest oil field was shut down for two years for repairs because of hydrogen embrittlement, which caused large cracks in its pipelines.
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Scientific team of a small innovative enterprise Biomimetix, based on the National University of Science and Technology MISIS together with their colleagues from the N.N.Blokhin National Medical Research Centre of oncology developed a unique implant to replace the damaged bone fragment.The implant, which imitates real bone structure, was installed to a domestic cat with osteosarcoma by surgeons of the veterinary clinic "Biocontrol".Young scientists from a small innovative enterprise based on the National University of Science and Technology MISIS has been developing biocompatible bone implants based on ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE).Such a structure imitates the structure of the real bone, where UHMWPE corresponds to the porous internal, trabecular part, and titanium alloy imitates the solid external, cortical part.In March-April 2019 the implant was installed to a domestic cat Lapunya (~Sweetie in English) after the removal of a 6 cm bone fragment, damaged with osteosarcoma.
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the Leaked images reveal that we will be able to see the addition of four new mobile phones from HTC within a short time.According to The Verge, it is about the sony ericsson Liveview, sony ericsson Liveview Email, Liveview, E-Plus, and the Legend V1.the Brand's Legend has not been used by HTC since the mytouch was launched eight years ago.When we got to see a display of 3.2 inches, and 512 megabytes of ram, but it is now believed it to be a more modern specification.The new Legend models, most likely ending up in the middle class, and, judging by the photos, we get to see the dual cameras on the back of the three of them.it is interesting to note that the HTC also has applied for trademarks for the following models in the series, more specifically the Legend of E2, and E2 to the Plus, as well as the Legend of the E3 and E3 Plus.
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Josh Browder, the 22-year-old entrepreneur behind DoNotPay, an automated legal assistant for small legal claims, has created a virtual credit card that automatically cancels your free trials.Customers can sign up for the "Free Trial Card" with a bogus name, address, and email address and use it to register for free trials.Earlier this month, DoNotPay raised $4.6 million in its first funding round, which included Peter Thiel's Founders Fund.Josh Browder is the 22-year-old Stanford dropout behind DoNotPay, a robot legal assistant that he invented to disputes small legal claims like parking tickets.Earlier this month, DoNotPay raised $4.6 million in its first funding led by Felicis Ventures, with participation from Index Ventures, Peter Thiel's Founders Fund, Highland Capital, Tuesday, and Coatue Management.Browder told Wired reporter Emily Dreyfuss that he came up with the idea for "Free Trial Card" after realizing he had been paying for a gym membership for more than a year without using it.
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Sveriges största nätapotek Apotea visar nya rekordsiffror.Under första halvåret 2019 redovisar bolaget en försäljning på totalt 1,3 miljarder kronor.Det innebär en ökning med 36 procent jämfört med samma period i fjol, då Apotea omsatte 940 miljoner kronor kronor.Det skriver bolaget i ett pressmeddelande.Sammantaget skickades 4 miljoner paket ut under första halvåret.För att klara av den ökade försäljningen har investeringar gjorts i nya automatiserade lösningar.
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There’s not a lot that’s changed with 2019’s iteration of the MacBook Air — it’s a minor tweak on the major changes Apple introduced last year.And it still — yes — has a controversial and divisive butterfly keyboard to type on.The real question for this new Air is whether it can live up to the classic MacBook Air that dominated the laptop industry for over half a decade.It was the easy, obvious choice — the thing you could safely recommend to anybody.This Air is very good, but it’s not quite that.If you’re unfamiliar with the major changes Apple made to the MacBook Air line last year, you should definitely read that review — things are different and better now, but not radically so.
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Amazon Prime Day deals are aplenty no matter what you’re looking for.Whether you’re trying to save on headphones, smartphones, accessories, or laptops, there’s bound to be a deal out there for you.If you’re in the market for a new smartwatch or fitness tracker, you’ve come to the right place.Below you’ll find U.S., U.K., and Canada deals from brands like Fitbit, Garmin, Samsung, Mobvoi, and more.Don’t miss: Best anti-Amazon Prime Day deals: eBay, Best Buy, and moreMobvoi Ticwatch E2: $111.99 (save $48)
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From our current perspective, the Universe seems to be dominated by two things we find frustratingly difficult to understand.While that has spawned extensive searches for particles that could account for the visual discrepancy, it's also triggered the development of alternative theories of gravity, ones that can replace relativity while accounting for the discrepancies in apparent mass.Instead, researchers have developed an entirely separate class of theories that could modify gravity in a way that eliminates the need for dark energy.Now, researchers have run simulations of galaxy and star formation using this alternative version of physics, and they found we might be on the cusp of testing some of them.General relativity explains a broad range of phenomena, and it works well to describe the Universe as a whole, provided dark matter and dark energy exist as separate entities.A class of theories, collectively termed MOND (for Modified Newtonian Dynamics), is intended to do away with dark matter, but it struggles to account for things relativity handles with easy.
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Every July, the biggest names in Silicon Valley and media gather at Sun Valley Lodge in Idaho for an exclusive conference hosted by investment bank Allen & Co.The event is often called "summer camp for billionaires."It's a time for the top executives of America's media, technology, and sports industries to hobnob and make deals.Read more: Silicon Valley giants and media moguls have been flocking to an invite-only 'summer camp for billionaires' this week in Idaho — see who's in attendanceBelow, take an inside look at the massive and beautiful venue that plays host to this star-studded event: the famous Sun Valley Lodge.It indicates an expandable section or menu, or sometimes previous / next navigation options.
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As a cucumber plant grows, it sprouts tightly coiled tendrils that seek out supports in order to pull the plant upward.The new fibers were developed by MIT postdoc Mehmet Kanik and MIT graduate student Sirma Örgüç, working with professors Polina Anikeeva, Yoel Fink, Anantha Chandrakasan, and C. Cem Ta?an, and five others, using a fiber-drawing technique to combine two dissimilar polymers into a single strand of fiber.As soon as Kanik picked up the coiled fiber for the first time, the warmth of his hand alone caused the fiber to curl up more tightly.Following up on that observation, he found that even a small increase in temperature could make the coil tighten up, producing a surprisingly strong pulling force.Then, as soon as the temperature went back down, the fiber returned to its original length.In later testing, the team showed that this process of contracting and expanding could be repeated 10,000 times "and it was still going strong," Anikeeva says.
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You've probably heard of Rachio's smart sprinkler controllers, arguably the best-known products in the category.But I just installed a competitor I think is superior for a couple reasons -- starting with price.For a limited time, and while supplies last, Newegg has the RainMachine Pro-8 smart irrigation controller for $139.That's after applying promo code NEWEGGRM8.It's already on sale at $179, which is $10 less than Amazon's price.Call me old-fashioned, but I like a sprinkler controller I can operate without having to go fetch my phone.
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