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Google might be about to disrupt the business card — and it’s starting with a trial in India. In a new blog post, the company announced it’s rolling out its ‘people cards’ across the country. It’s like a business card that will appear on top of Search when someone looks up your name. Google first began trialing the feature about six months ago, and it seems it’s finally ready to make it more widely available. Up until now, you could only find detailed information about celebs and well-known public figures on Search, but the latest change will make it possible for… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google
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Looking for a set of over-ear cans? These are CNET's current top picks.
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In a new editorial, the Duke of Sussex calls on social media platforms, policy makers and advertisers to do more to combat online hate and misinformation.
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Yes, you read it right. The Aviar R67 is a Tesla Model S underneath. However, Russian EV maker Aviar has fitted it with the body style of Ford’s iconic first-gen Mustang fastback. Or, you can think of it as a Mustang EV that goes faster than Tesla’s Model S sedan, but you get the drift. All we know is the … Continue reading
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Fitness startup ClassPass has raised a total of $549 million since it was founded in 2013 to launch its subscription fitness service across the world, and was valued at $1 billion in January. In the past two years, the company has launched into 26 new markets. Using a tried and tested formula it now launches into new countries in a matter of weeks.  Two of its leading execs shared their five lessons for scaling a startup in foreign markets.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. ClassPass was launched in 2013 as a platform aggregating fitness classes for a monthly subscription fee.  Users can choose plans from around $19 to $79 a month, which gives them credits to use on classes from the more than 30,000 exercise studios ClassPass partners with. Subscribers pay less for classes than they would if they bought them directly, while studios can raise their profile and fill some of the empty slots.  Excess capacity in the fitness industry is the problem ClassPass is trying to solve — 60% of the mats, bikes, and slots in exercise classes are empty, according to Chloe Ross, VP International at ClassPass. By matching users with empty slots ClassPass looks to recoup this lost revenue for fitness studios. The tech unicorn has raised $549 million in total, most recently in a $285 million Series E led by private equity firm L Catterton and growth fund Apax Digital, and plans to IPO in the foreseeable future. It was valued at more than $1 billion at its last financing in January. After a number of years ironing out its business model in the US, the company has successfully launched into dozens of new markets over the past two years.  "In 2018 we were live in four countries, and we're now live in 30," says Ross. "The vast majority of that growth is fueled by us developing a playbook for how we launch in a new city in a new country and just repeating that in a very efficient way." Using this playbook, the ClassPass team are able to launch into new markets in a matter of weeks.  Chloe Ross and Rachel Moncton, ClassPass' managing director for Europe, share their five top tips for other startups looking to scale internationally: 1. Focus on suppliers Securing the best fitness studios guarantees a high-quality product for users, making it easier to sell subscriptions.  "The user base comes quite quickly if we get the supply right," says Moncton. "So we spend a lot of our time in the pre-launch focusing on the studio partners." "It would only take us a couple of weeks to scout out what we thought to be the top studios and gyms in a city," she adds. "Signing them up actually wasn't so difficult. We'd have teams of six or seven on the ground and would get 100 or 200 studios ready for launch." 2. Use competition to your advantage If people already have experience with your competitors, leverage this to explain how your product is different. Around the world ClassPass competes with a number of other subscription fitness class platforms, including Gympass and Equinox in Europe. "The great news was actually, in Europe, something about the competitors helped, where the studios understood what a third-party aggregator could do for them," says Moncton. "When we talked about how our our our model was different it really resonated." By explaining how ClassPass addressed the pain point that fitness studios had experienced with other providers, adds Moncton, they were able to get them on board.  3. Use marketing to get the first customers through the door Once you have the right suppliers, use that as a hook to get customers interested.  A good way to enhance your marketing campaign is to offer a free trial, adds Moncton.  "We have a really slick app, it's super intuitive to use," she says. "So our thought was if we can just get people in the door trying it, it's great and then we grow a lot from referrals from that first cohort of users." 4. Tackle the easiest markets first ClassPass has now scaled across 30 countries covering most continents. But, it chose to launch first in the countries with the least complexity in terms of language and cultural barriers. "We started with the English speaking world, the UK, Australia, and then we went to some major international cities in Asia, then we went to continental Europe," says Ross.  "Now we're growing our business in China, in Shanghai and Beijing, and what we do there is really very different. We have a different app there." In China, ClassPass is integrated into the company's widely used communications platform WeChat, enabling users to pay for plans with WeChat Pay. 5. Think about the local culture "Localization is definitely important," says Moncton. "Language is a key one. There are also things with payment types. Credit cards aren't always popular everywhere, so we've added new ways to pay that might make more sense." For ClassPass, this has meant establishing local marketing teams that tailor the look and feel of the app to the market, as well as consider the best channels to promote it to new users.  But, beyond those things, the core offering of ClassPass works globally: "The concept of people who want an app to go to all these classes, that resonates everywhere." She adds: "That's how we were able to launch at such a speed."Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Pathologists debunk 13 coronavirus myths
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From the absolutely essential to the quite niche but extremely useful, here's our comprehensive phone accessories guide
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Want to buy Huawei's P40 Pro? Here's what you should know before you splash your cash.
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Smartphones are becoming more powerful but it isn’t by magic. Platforms like Android and iOS offer new features but also require newer hardware that supports those features. As software grows, however, it might become necessary to actually require more powerful hardware even in the most constrained circumstance. That is probably why Google is reportedly setting the baseline for Android phones … Continue reading
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(sphingotec GmbH) Endothelial dysfunction is driving pathophysiological processes such as congestion in heart failure, shock in sepsis, and lung dysfunction in COVID-19
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It includes a $400 Millennium Falcon Smuggler's Run edition.
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The OnePlus Nord shares a lot of the DNA of the OnePlus 8. OnePlus has officially announced the Nord, its first serious attempt at a midrange handset since 2015’s ill-fated OnePlus X. Yet, despite the fact that it starts at just £379 (around $480), the phone shares a lot of the DNA of the $699 OnePlus 8 released just a few short months ago, which, along with the OnePlus 8 Pro, was the company’s flagship handset for this year. It’s still got a 1080p OLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate, Sub-6GHz 5G, Warp Charge 30T fast charging, and the same 48-megapixel main camera sensor as the OnePlus 8. That’s not to say there haven’t been concessions made to reach this lower price point, the most important of which is that the Nord is powered by a slower Snapdragon 765G processor, but in a lot of other... Continue reading…
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Ramen, katsu curry and a side of finest BSOD Bork!Bork!Bork!  Amid the table football, beanbags and overpriced coffee, London's silicon roundabout also plays host to that most modern of afflictions: the BSOD bork.…
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(Centre for Quantum Computation & Communication Technology) A team led by UNSW scientists have significantly increased the coherence time of a spin-orbit qubit in silicon, allowing them to preserve quantum information for longer. These results open up a new pathway to scale silicon quantum computers.
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We need games with slower, smoother, graphics.
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Elon Musk wants to give you free bitcoin — at least, that's what his Twitter account said on Wednesday. Don't trust him. The Tesla founder's account was one of numerous high-profile accounts on the social network that were compromised as part of a remarkable, far-reaching hack that attempted to scam people into sending payments in the bitcoin digital currency. The hack underscored the vulnerability of social media services like Twitter, which are used by world leaders and government agencies to communicate with the public. The breach was so serious that Twitter was forced to briefly disable all tweeting from verified accounts on Wednesday. The FBI has launched an investigation into the incident and Congress wants answers from Twitter's management. As of writing on Friday afternoon, here what we do and don't know about what happened. Who's been hacked? Lots of famous people. And some companies. Joe Biden, Jeff Bezos, Apple's official account, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Uber, Wiz Khalifa, Floyd Mayweather, Cash App, MrBeast, XXXTentacion, parody account TheTweetOfGod ... the list goes on and on. The hackers targeted high-profile accounts that had the potential to spread the scam as far as possible.  130 accounts were targeted, Twitter said in a statement on Thursday, though not all of them were compromised. How did they get hacked? The hackers got access to Twitter's internal tools, then used them to wreak havoc.  Late Wednesday evening, Twitter said it had uncovered "what we believe to be a coordinated social engineering attack by people who successfully targeted some of our employees with access to internal systems and tools." Those with access to those tools, "ostensibly Twitter employees," have the ability to reset email addresses associated with accounts, as TechCrunch reported. What do the hacked messages look like? Like this: What steps has Twitter taken in response? As the hack escalated, Twitter took the unprecedented step on Wednesday of blocking all verified accounts from tweeting temporarily, as it worked to secure its services. It has also locked the affected accounts until their owners can satisfactorily identify themselves and take back control. Its data download feature has also been temporarily disabled. "We have also been taking aggressive steps to secure our systems while our investigations are ongoing," Twitter said on Thursday. "We're still in the process of assessing longer-term steps that we may take and will share more details as soon as we can." CEO Jack Dorsey also chimed in on the incident in a tweet on Wednesday evening, calling it a "tough day for us at Twitter." He wrote: "We all feel terrible this happened. We're diagnosing and will share everything we can when we have a more complete understanding of exactly what happened." What's the scam? Generally, the compromised accounts posted a tweet saying they're feeling generous (or some other similar motivation), and falsely claiming that if people send them bitcoin to their address, they'll resend them double back.  Should I send them bitcoin? No. Who's behind the hack? The identity of the hacker(s) are still unknown, but more details are slowly coming to light.  In a New York Times report on Friday, individuals who claimed to be involved alleged that a figure going by the name "Kirk" first gained access to the internal Twitter tools and then told others about it. He is purported to have obtained login details to the tools from an internal Twitter Slack channel he gained access to. "Kirk" began by selling access to coveted "OG" usernames, before things escalated to the bitcoin scam that attracted international attention. Were any countries involved?  People are not currently suggesting that the hack was the work of a nation state, as some previous attacks on tech companies and digital infrastructure have been. Well-respected cybersecurity reporter Brian Krebs reported that at least one of the figures involved may have been a 21-year-old man from Liverpool, England — though there has yet to be any official confirmation, arrests, or attribution from Twitter or other authorities.  What was the fallout? A lot of people are demanding answers.  The FBI is investigating, as is New York state, and Congress wants a briefing from Twitter about what went down. Meanwhile, the company is still trying to understand the full extent of the damage, and repair user trust that was damaged by the most extensive (known) hack in its history. Got a tip? Contact Business Insider reporter Rob Price via encrypted messaging app Signal (+1 650-636-6268), encrypted email ([email protected]), standard email ([email protected]), Telegram/Wickr/WeChat (robaeprice), or Twitter DM (@robaeprice). We can keep sources anonymous. Use a non-work device to reach out. PR pitches by standard email only, please.SEE ALSO: Meet the 25 power players at Instagram who are deciding the future of the wildly popular Facebook-owned app Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: What makes 'Parasite' so shocking is the twist that happens in a 10-minute sequence
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OPPO is going hard on charging today, announcing a collection of fast charging technologies, chargers that use them, and wireless charging pads. Chief among OPPO’s announcements is the reveal of its 125W flash charge, but following close behind is 65W AirVOOC wireless charging tech and a pair of mini flash chargers. As far as that 125W flash charge is concerned, … Continue reading
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BMW has announced its first-ever Sports Activity Vehicle that has an all-electric drive system under the hood. The vehicle is called the BMW iX3 and is the first fully electric vehicle to slot into the BMW X range. The electric vehicle has a highly integrated drive system. The electric motor, power electronics, and transmission are arranged in a central housing … Continue reading
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Information comes as electronic scooter trials take place in the north of England.
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Ubisoft, like many other video game companies, was unable to host its typical in-person press conference at E3 in June due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, it hosted a digital event on Sunday called “Ubisoft Forward,” revealing more about its biggest upcoming games. Those included Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Watch Dogs: Legion, its newly-announced battle royale shooter Hyper Scape, Far Cry 6, and more. The company says it also plans to hold another Ubisoft Forward showcase later this year. Ubisoft Forward comes at a difficult time for the company: Reports of a pervasive toxic culture at Ubisoft have recently come to light amid multiple allegations of misconduct levied against Ubisoft employees. Just yesterday, three prominent executives... Continue reading…
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Humble Bundle's latest deal benefits diabetes research and gets you 13 games, including 11 from Telltale.
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Walmart's Black Friday sale is just around the corner, and the retail giant is getting an early start with massive savings on 4K TVs you can shop right now.Walmart's pre-Black Friday TV sale includes record-low prices on top brand TVs like Samsung, LG, Vizio, and more.Our top Walmart TV deal is the Vizio 50-inch 4K smart TV that's on sale for just $248.The budget-friendly Vizio 4K TV has it all!You can watch all your favorite content directly from your smart TV with the ability to stream from Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Video, and more.The Vizio TV also has Chromecast built-in, which allows you to stream thousands of apps from your phone or tablet directly to your TV.
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Chinese gaming giant Tencent is planning to leverage its partnership with Nintendo to create more console titles for the US market, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing Tencent officials familiar with the matter.Why it matters: Despite its wildly successful domestic gaming business, Tencent’s efforts in the US and European markets with its original titles have been mixed, prompting the company to expand in these markets with the mobile version of established titles such as “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” and “Call of Duty.”Details: Tencent aims to learn how to make console games from Nintendo game engineers and create console games using virtual characters from known Nintendo titles, a Tencent official told the Wall Street Journal.Tencent officials said that they had modest hopes for the sales of Nintendo’s Switch consoles, which Tencent agreed to help sell in China as part of the deal between the two companies announced in April, explaining that Chinese customers are more used to gaming on smartphones and PCs.Profiting from a potential deal to distribute Nintendo games is also not high on Tencent’s priorities because Nintendo titles are not built to encourage a lot of spending, a Tencent official said.Context: A few years ago, Tencent tried to tweak its popular mobile title “Honour of Kings,” a game that borrowed heavily from “League of Legends,” to meet the demands of American audiences.
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Did you get a Valentine's Day text message on November 7?Syniverse helps deliver text messages via its intercarrier messaging service and boasts that it is "Connected to more than 300 operators" and processes 600 billion messages per month.(Update: Syniverse later acknowledged that the actual number of late messages was higher, but isn't saying exactly how many there were."The texts appeared to be sent or received from cellphones with different operating systems and a wide range of carriers, including Sprint, T-Mobile, AT, and Verizon," the Post noted yesterday.That structure has the potential to create a number of privacy and security issues when a third-party vendor encounters glitches or has its data compromised.In short, a Syniverse server failed on February 14, 2019, causing messages that were in the queue to go undelivered.
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In the context of, the IFA introduced the PROPRIETARY new ljudlimpor of the Bar of the series, and now the devices have been available for purchase in Sweden.The new units are going under the names of PROPRIETARY Bar 2.0-All-In-One, PROPRIETARY Bar 2.1, Deep Bass, and the JBL's Bar In 5.1 Surround sound.As the names are revealed, the Bar is 2.0 with a standard stereoljudlimpa, 2.1 a stereoljudlimpa with an external sub, and the Bar, the 5.1 offers a surround-sound system with multibeam technology.All of the units in the Bar of the series, running the HDMI to the ARC, thereby making it possible to control the volume, and a few other things with the TV's normal remote control.the Recommended retail price for the JBL Bar 2.0 is 2500 sek (compare prices), of the Bar of the 2.1's it for 4500 sek (price comparison), and the top model Wore a 5.1, has a recommended price tag of 7500 sek (price comparison).
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AI-driven manufacturing and 5G have enabled the rise of the smart automobile industry.The development of solar photovoltaic power plants has brought the concept of zero fuel aircraft one step closer to reality, while innovation in material sciences has produced new materials such as graphene and nanotubes that help improve the efficiency of aircraft wings by reducing aircraft weight.Meanwhile, fuel consumption and blockchain have increased transparency in the manufacturing process of aircraft parts.He is also responsible for leading and coordinating Airbus’s helicopter business as well as its defense and aerospace activities in China.He holds various executive and non-executive board positions at Airbus.He has held a number of management positions in the chassis, powertrain, and electronics departments of BMW and is committed to bringing innovation to BMW customers.
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And opting for a Fitbit tracker at all is a good choice, as the company has been around for many years and in that time it has released numerous high quality trackers at a range of prices, from basic step trackers to full smartwatches.Recent models include the Fitbit Versa 2 smartwatch along with the Fitbit Inspire and Fitbit Inspire HR trackers.But there are all sorts of other models available too either direct from Fitbit or from third-party retailers, such as the Fitbit Charge 3, Fitbit Ionic, Fitbit Versa Lite, and the much older Fitbit Flex 2.Secondly, as noted above Black Friday 2019 is coming up at the end of November, and Cyber Monday 2019 is just after that.So if you can wait until then, make sure to bookmark our Black Friday homepage so that when the wild weekend comes you can easily see our up-to-date list of great deals.It's one of the best fitness trackers you can use right now and comes with fitness features such as a heart rate tracker, guided breathing, swim tracking and improved notifications.
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The Florida Man meme is well-known, poking fun at bizarre crimes ("Florida man arrested for fried-chicken attack on his girlfriend") and happenings ("Florida man caught on camera licking doorbell") from the Sunshine State.There's even a birthday challenge that lets you can claim your own weird Florida happening by searching "Florida Man" and your birthday.Now that President Donald Trump, a lifelong New Yorker, has changed his primary residence from New York to Florida, he's also become a Florida Man.And late-night talk show The Daily Show has created a browser extension that changes the president's name to "Florida Man," leading to some pretty quirky headlines.The browser extension, available for Chrome and Firefox at MakeTrumpFloridaMan.com, does exactly as promised, meaning a CBS News story on Trump's state change becomes "Lifelong New Yorker Florida Man moving primary residence to Florida," and turning its lead sentence into, "Florida Man has changed his primary residence from Florida Man Tower in New York City to Mar-a-Lago in Florida."It also works for Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., meaning a story about him becomes "Florida Man Jr. says there are very few people his dad can fully trust."
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The ban effectively shuts down public scooter-sharing – which had sprung up to offer Singaporeans a “first- and last-mile” commuting solution – in the country.It also causes a massive headache for food-delivery businesses, as a significant number of their drivers rely on hiring e-scooters in order to perform their duties.Driver incomes may be hit too, as deliveries may no longer be as efficient as before.Meanwhile, bike-sharing – a business model that seemed to have gone kaput a little over a year ago – looks the most likely candidate to fill the “last mile” vacuum.Imported PMDs with electrical faults have led to several house fires in Singapore, while reckless use of the vehicles has caused injury to their drivers as well as pedestrians.While the LTA was in the midst of several initiatives aimed at encouraging safer PMD use – such as a grace period until December 2020 for individual owners to register their vehicles, mandatory vehicle inspections from April next year, and a S$100 incentive for users to dispose of non-compliant PMDs – it appears that the cyclist’s death was the final straw, pushing the authorities to take a much stricter line with today’s ban.
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When you hear the word “audiophile,” you probably think of high-end over-ear headphones from makers like Sennheiser or Audio-Technica — but for surrounding yourself with thick, room-filling sound, there’s still nothing that compares to a good set of stereo speakers.Traditional “bookshelf” speakers are also much more versatile than a pair of headphones, as they’re the best and easiest way to bring out the best sound from your stereo system, desktop computer, or even the television in your home theater setup.People who take their audio seriously will be the first to tell you that good sound carries a hefty price tag, but we have some good news with a pretty great early Black Friday deal just for you: Kef makes some of the best stereo speakers on the market today, and a couple of our all-time favorite models – the Q150 and LS50 – are on sale on Amazon right now at discounts of up to $400.The Kef Q150 are, simply put, some of the best bookshelf stereo speakers that money can buy.They’re hard to beat even at their normal price, but at this discount, they might also be the best value out there at the moment.The Kef Q150 speakers pack 5.25-inch driver arrays which our review team found to deliver fantastic sound that was crisp and clear in the upper registers along with thick and punchy bass.
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A French company has come up with a new technique for printing holograms — 2D images which appear to be 3D.The Chimera printer can print brighter, more detailed holograms than previous hologram printing technologies.“Our 15-year research project aimed to build a hologram printer with all the advantages of previous technologies while eliminating known drawbacks such as expensive lasers, slow printing speed, limited field of view and unsaturated colors,” research team leader Yves Gentet from Ultimate Holography in France said in a statement.“We accomplished this by creating the Chimera printer, which uses low-cost commercial lasers and high-speed printing to produce holograms with high-quality color that spans a large dynamic range.”Previous holographic printing technology has used rigid materials and had limited color range and saturation.The new printer uses a specially developed highly sensitive photomaterial which has a very fine grain and can print holograms of up to 60 by 80 centimeters.
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