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Your iPhone and Apple Watch are getting software updates today, care of iOS 12.4 and watchOS 5.3, which may be the last changes before iOS 13 and watchOS 6.The official release notes for iOS 12.4 suggest this is an incremental update, with the one standout feature: the return of Walkie Talkie functionality on the Apple Watch.Apple disabled the Walkie Talkie feature earlier this month due to an eavesdropping vulnerability, while noting that no one actually took advantage of the security flaw.The Apple Watch ECG app – which takes electrocardiogram measurements – is also expanding its reach to Canada and Singapore after debuting in the US and Europe.It can allow user detect atrial fibrillation (AF).Bigger changes coming to iOS 13
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Pinterest has introduced emotional wellness activities tailored for the millions of users searching the visual pinboard for emotional health and related topics.Created in partnership with Brainstorm, the Stanford Lab for Mental Health Innovation, Vibrant Emotional Health and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, the activities, meant for users to complete when they are feeling anxious, sad or stressed, include deep-breathing and self-compassion exercises.The option to engage with the new activities pops up when a Pinterest user searches for “stress quotes,” “work anxiety” or other terms that indicate they might be feeling down, the company explained.The look and feel of the activities is different from the rest of Pinterest.The company wants users to understand their use of these activities are private and not connected to their account; no recommendations or ads will be based on their use of the new resources and Pinterest doesn’t track who is using the tools — rather the activity is stored anonymously using a third-party service.Pinterest declined to disclose the name of the service, but said it was a “reputable leader in third-party analytics.”
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The typically furtive conflict went public last month, when The New York Times reported U.S. Cyber Command’s shift to a more offensive and aggressive approach in targeting Russia’s electric power grid.WIRED magazine the same day published an article detailing growing cyber-reconnaissance on U.S. grids by sophisticated malware emanating from a Russian research institution, the same malware that abruptly halted operations at a Saudi Arabian oil refinery in 2017 during what WIRED called “one of the most reckless cyberattacks in history.”Although both sides have been targeting each other’s infrastructure since at least 2012, according to the Times article, the aggression and scope of these operations now seems unprecedented.U.S. officials fret about Moscow’s ability to wield its authoritarian power to corral Russian academia, the private sector, and criminal networks to boost its cyber-capacity while insulating state-backed hackers from direct attribution.Whatever their similarities in cyber-targeting, Moscow and Washington faced different paths in developing capabilities and policies for cyberwarfare, due in large part to the two sides’ vastly different interpretations of global events and the amount of resources at their disposal.The Kremlin’s cyber-authorities, for instance, hold an almost immutable view that the U.S. seeks to undermine Russia’s global position at every turn along the digital front, pointing to U.S. cyber-operations behind global incidents that are unfavorable to Moscow’s foreign policy goals.
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I bought a refrigerator magnet last week that has the box art for the original Sonic the Hedgehog, the one that came out for the Sega Genesis back in 1991.So I thought it would be fun to go through them all and talk about why they rule — well, most of them.This may still be my favorite rendition of Sonic.He has that smirk and pose that conveys a bit of that ’90s attitude the character became famous for, but he still has appealing, round features that make him kind of cute and likable.While the original game put Sonic himself front and center, this one gets a bit creative and frames everything around this giant 2.But because of the use of the series’ iconic font and checkerboard texture, we still strongly identify it as Sonic.
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LG Pay is the tech company's mobile payment service, and it's now out in the US after launching in South Korea in 2017.Before LG phone owners download the app, they need to make sure they own the one phone that currently works with the service.The LG Pay app is available to download in the Google Play Store Tuesday.So far, the mobile payment service will only work with the LG G8 ThinQ but will support the LG V50 ThinQ 5G, LG V40 ThinQ, LG G7 ThinQ and LG V35 ThinQ in the coming months.LG's mobile payment will make use of both NFC and wireless magnetic communications (WMC).The latter will allow LG Pay to be used at magnetic stripe terminals.
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Amazon Prime Day (or Prime two days, as it was this time) may be over for another year, but the deals haven’t stopped just yet.We’ve sifted through the ashes to pull out some offers that have survived the July 16 cut-off, maintaining a discounted price.Almost all of the smartphones, laptops, and tablets are back up to original prices now — though there are a handful of exceptions — while the headphones category has maintained a fair few of its discounts.Just something you might want to keep in mind if you’re on the fence about what to pick up (and when) next year.If you want to see what else you missed out on in 2019 (‘cos you’re a glutton for punishment), visit our Amazon Prime Deals page at the link.Head below for what’s still on offer.
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And the government's citing national security and 5G leadership as reasons for an appeals court to let Qualcomm delay renegotiating its licensing contracts.The Justice Department on Tuesday filed an amicus brief with the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, asking the judges to grant Qualcomm a reprieve.The reforms included renegotiating licensing agreements previously reached with handset makers like LG, licensing wireless patents to rival chip makers and submitting to monitoring by the Federal Trade Commission.The Justice Department on Tuesday sided with Qualcomm, as did the US Department of Energy CIO Max Everett and Ellen Lord, the under secretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment.They cited 5G and national security as reasons for granting Qualcomm's reprieve.Everett said the Department of Energy "believes that any remedy that causes undue financial strain on Qualcomm may result in undermining Qualcomm's position in the growing 5G market (among other telecommunications markets) and ceding to foreign entities, in particular China, a dominant position in the development and expansion of 5G technology."
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Microsoft has been leveraging its popular Office 365 service to bundle Microsoft Teams into its offering to businesses, and the strategy is paying off.Slack founder and CEO Stewart Butterfield took out a full page ad in the New York Times more than two years ago, welcoming the Microsoft competition and showing that Slack was more than a little nervous about the software giant.Now that Microsoft has caught up and overtaken Slack in terms of raw user numbers, Butterfield says he’s not worried about the rapid growth of Microsoft Teams.“If it’s based on the bigger distribution [Office 365], I don’t think that’s really a threat,” said Butterfield at a business conference on Monday, reports CNBC.Butterfield dismissed Microsoft’s push and compared it to the company’s failed attempts with Bing to compete with Google’s massive search engine dominance.In a further comparison, Butterfield noted that Google+ failed despite Google’s attempts to bundle it with all of its services.
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In less than a month, Samsung will take the veils off its third flagship of the year, with the Galaxy Fold taking the place of second.By now, however, almost everything about it has been unofficially revealed by rumors and leaks.Of course, those are all unofficial, no matter how credible the source may be.It’s still unofficial but leaksters don’t have anything on the FCC who may have given the public the closest it could get to official confirmation.The sighting at the FCC doesn’t really add anything new.But considering all communication devices have to pass by the US regulatory body before launching, it’s pretty much considered to be the real thing.
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Recognizing that application compatibility is one of the most important considerations for shifting to a new operating environment, Microsoft has pulled out all of the stops to assuage companies’ concerns for shifting to Microsoft 365Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President, Enterprise Experiences and Management at Microsoft, acknowledges the importance of addressing compatibility concerns and says Microsoft has done a “massive amount of work” to ensure that Windows 10 is the most compatible upgrade in the company’s history.1 cost and concern users have when deploying a new version of Windows is that some number of apps will be incompatible with the new version,” he says.Microsoft adheres to standard practices for addressing compatibility issues such as working extensively with application partners to resolve problems by updating the app or OS, as well extensive automated application compatibility and integration testing.Microsoft is raising the bar further by leaning into its machine learning models to help detect and resolve compatibility issues.Machine learning determines how potential OS code changes might impact certain apps, helping to catch and address compatibility issues much quicker.
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There are lots of things you can do to keep your heart healthy and hopefully live longer, but a new review suggests that most dietary changes and supplements won’t move the needle much, if at all.Some supplements might even slightly increase your chances of a stroke.The study, published this week in the Annals of Internal Medicine, is a deep dive into the links between our diet and supplement habits and our cardiovascular health.It’s a review of nine past meta-analyses of randomised and controlled clinical trials as well as four other trials—amounting to more than 270 trials involving nearly a million volunteers.These trials asked people to try out a total of 24 interventions, such as taking a certain supplement or switching to a Mediterranean diet, and compared them to control groups.On the positive side, the authors found moderately strong evidence that eating less salt—even if your blood pressure is fine—can slightly lower your chances of dying early, including from cardiovascular disease.
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We’re a week out from Prime Day, and Amazon is already offering 20 percent off coupons on select items.Simply launch the camera mode from within the Amazon app on your Android or iOS smartphone and start taking advantage of these savings!To get started, download and install the Amazon app onto your phone.Next, sign in with your Amazon Prime account.Lastly, tap on the camera icon in the top right corner that housed in the app’s search bar.Scan something around you and you’ll unlock 20 percent off select items.
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You're gonna need a bigger... room?Incredible drone footage highlights the first-ever recorded interaction between two great white sharks.Drone footage of an interaction between two white sharks off the coast of Chatham yesterday, taken by Nate Jensen," Atlantic White Shark Conservancy tweeted on Tuesday."Our local shark science team is hoping to see the high res version to learn more about the interaction."MYSTERIOUS DEEP-SEA SHARK THAT'S OLDER THAN THE DINOSAURS CAPTURED ON FILMDr. Gregory Skormal, a program manager and senior scientist at the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, said experts knew that great white's interacted before, but had never seen it in action, adding importance to Jensen's footage.
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In Gallium Nitride (GaN) implanted with a small amount of magnesium (Mg), NIMS succeeded for the first time in visualizing the distribution and optical behavior of the implanted Mg at the nanoscale which may help in improving electrical performance of GaN based devices.Some of the mechanisms by which introduced Mg ions convert GaN into a p-type semiconductor are also revealed.The development of GaN based power devices--a promising energy-saving technology--requires fabrication of both n- and p-type GaN semiconductors.p-type GaN semiconductors can be mass produced by introducing Mg ions into GaN wafers and subjecting the wafers to thermal treatment.However, no method existed for assessing the effect of Mg concentrations and thermal treatment temperature on the distribution and optical behavior of Mg implanted into GaN at nanoscale dimensions.These issues had been hindering the development of technologies enabling mass production of GaN devices.
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Archaeologists in southern Israel have discovered an ancient biblical city from the time of King David.The site was discovered near the modern city of Kiryat Gat by researchers from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Macquarie University in Australia and the Israel Antiquities Authority.The Philistine ancient city of Ziklag is mentioned multiple times in the Bible in relation to David, the researchers note, citing 1 Samuel and 2 Samuel.“According to the Biblical narrative, Achish, King of Gat, allowed David to find refuge in Ziklag while fleeing King Saul and from there David also departed to be anointed King in Hebron,” they explain in a statement.ANCIENT CITY GATE FROM THE TIME OF KING DAVID DISCOVERED IN ISRAELSome 12 other sites in Israel have been considered as the possible location of Ziklag, although experts note that none of the sites has a continuous Philistine settlement and a settlement from the time of King David.
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The Galaxy Note 10 is turning out to be one confusing flagship, at least as far as rumors are concerned.While it seems that the design has mostly been settled, there are still a few details that haven’t yet been finalized.One of those details are still in fluctuation is the charging capability of the phablet.The latest leak may be a bit hopeful, claiming that the Galaxy Note 10 will have a faster than average wireless charging speed.There were earlier rumors of fast charging capabilities for Samsung’s upcoming S Pen enabled smartphone but that was shot down in subsequent leaks.According to Roland Quandt, the wireless charging might offer something better.
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Alongside new gameplay footage of the upcoming Final Fantasy 7 Remake (and a much anticipated release date), Square Enix also revealed that it is remastering Final Fantasy 8 for the modern era.Along with his mercenary friends, and resistance member Rinoa Heartilly, Squall must save the world from sorceress Ultimecia, who wishes to compress time.Final Fantasy 8 Remastered will see the original game brought to modern platforms with newly rendered visuals that "bring the game’s characters to life like never before".PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PCFinal Fantasy 8 Remastered release dateFinal Fantasy 8 Remastered is due for release in late 2019 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC.
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Today, Xiaomi CFO Zhou Guangping said in an interview that Xiaomi’s Internet service revenue in the first quarter of 2019 increased by 31.8% year-on-year.They could achieve such results mainly to the rapid growth of monthly active users.Internet service revenue continues to diversify.According to Zhou, the currently active users of Xiaomi have covered 500 million people around the world.Obviously, they are using various Xiaomi products.When talking about the company’s valuation, Xiaomi CFO Zhou said that the valuation depends on a few factors.
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Chinese smartphone maker Oneplus earlier in June promised to release two OxygenOS-exclusive OnePlus 7 Pro features to users of the Oneplus 6T and two other older Oneplus devices.As promised, the firm has reportedly rolled out new stable builds of OxygenOS for the OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T.OxygenOS 9.0.7 update for the Oneplus 6, and OxygenOS 9.0.15 update for Oneplus 6T.These updates bring the June security patch, and alongside that is the much-needed Screen recording feature.The changelog also notes that the update brings improved screen rotation and better support for VoLTE for Denmark operator Telia.OnePlus further notes that this is an incremental rollout, rolling out first to a small number of users followed by a widespread roll out in the coming days.
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But at the heart of it, is some of the finest play you'll see on the tennis calendar as the world's best racket masters take to the courts to battle it out for the silverware.Gladly, you don't need to fight the crowds to enjoy every serve and smash as, with this guide, you can live stream Wimbledon 2019 from anywhere in the world.The women's final will be on Saturday, July 13 and the men's final will close proceedings on Sunday, July 14.Catch the latest bat and ball action with a Cricket World Cup live streamUse a VPN to live stream all the tennis at Wimbledon from outside your countryOne of the most prestigious events on the sporting calendar, Wimbledon 2019 is of course being broadcast worldwide with some countries (Australia, New Zealand and, naturally, the UK) getting free Wimbledon live streams.
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Uber is taking another step to more fully integrate micromobility into its core services.Today, Uber is now showing JUMP bikes, scooters and Lime scooters in the main map you see when you first open up the Uber app in Atlanta, Ga. and San Diego, Calif.This is the first time Uber has so prominently displayed a third party’s services within its own app.Uber has offered apps through its partner Lime for a few months now, but this is the first time it’s so prominently displayed.Additionally, Lime has added Uber branding to its scooters in these cities.This comes about one year after Uber and Lime officially partnered together.
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The big story this week was potentially the end of Huawei’s ongoing troubles with the U.S. government.This is great news for the Chinese company that lost up to $30bn of revenue as a result of the ban, even though less than 1 percent of the Huawei P30 Pro uses American-made components.Renders of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus leaked on Friday, complete with hole punch camera right in the middle of the display.We also released our review of the Motorola One Vision and a hands-on of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e tablet.Here are the top 10 Android stories of the weekMotorola One Vision review: Challenging perceptions — Can the Motorola One Vision stand tall as the best cheap phone?
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The electric-car maker's ability to manage and avoid controversy in the future could play a role in determining whether it will achieve its long-term goals.A tweet about taking Tesla privateMusk and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have been at odds over the past year.The agency sued Musk in September 2018 after he tweeted that he had secured the funding necessary to take Tesla private, alleging that Musk had misled investors about the likelihood of a go-private deal.At least four drivers have been killed while using Autopilot, Tesla's semi-autonomous driver-assistance system.Tesla has pointed to the fact that vehicles with Autopilot engaged have lower accident rates than those in which Autopilot is not activated.
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This adorable substance-sniffing little scamp (centre, front) was so good at detecting the hidden goods of smugglers that a bounty of £25,000 was put on his fluffy little head – but he survived, sniffing out a career-record of £6 million worth of illegally trafficked tobacco.Scamp he's called, and he's been given a bit of plastic that doesn't squeak and he won't be allowed to chew from the Chartered Trading Standards Institute, and has been declared a hero in its 2019 awards.Scamp is not an in-house detective as he's put into work by detection dog specialist BWY Canine, where he's worked for five years confounding the best-hidden dodgy cigarettes of black market dealers.Scamp's handler Stuart Phillips from BWY also received death threats for the part he played in unleashing the wet nose of justice, but he still attended the awards ceremony and said: "To be nominated for this award by so many trading standards teams is a great honour, but for Scamp to actually win and be awarded the Institute Hero Award is fantastic news for our small Pembrokeshire based company."
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Pardon me while I throw my crystal ball out the window.Because I thought I had this whole Prime Day thing figured out: Sales on Amazon gear are over until Prime Day kicks off on July 15.The 3rd-generation Amazon Echo Dot just went on sale for $24.99, which is 50% off the list price and the lowest it's been since Black Friday.Where does this leave the Dot for Prime Day?Will Amazon merely drop it to $24.99 again, in which case, yawn?Or is it possible we'll get a $19.99 Dot?
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It's that time of year when the US Supreme Court is busy handing down decisions, and that means lawyer Tom Goldstein is busy making decisions too.He's figuring out the best response to people who mistakenly tweet their frustrations about SCOTUS opinions to his SCOTUSblog Twitter account, thinking it's the court's official home on Twitter."What in the hell is wrong with you?"a Twitter user tweeted at SCOTUSblog after the Supreme Court in a 5-4 vote, with Chief Justice John Roberts writing for the majority, blocked the Trump administration's plan to include a census question that asks about citizenship status.Another citizen outraged by the decision tweeted that he "WILL NOT FILL OUT THE 2020 CENSUS."Replied the SCOTUSblog: "Even if we let you do it in crayon?
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When it's low-cost enough to be a Chrysler Voyager, according to a 2020 model-year update for Chrysler's excellent people-hauler.Chrysler on Thursday unveiled the 2020 Chrysler Voyager.Now, you might say, "Hey, this is just a Pacifica."You'd be right, but Fiat Chrysler decided to slap a new badge on the former L and LX trims of its newer minivan.It will also spawn a fleet-only LXi trim, but according to an FCA spokesperson, it will not replace the Dodge Grand Caravan that continues to survive despite not being all that good.There's a fair bit of value tucked away in the L and LX trims.
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I’ve spent a little time working with the new multitasking features you’ll find in the now available iPad OS beta, and thought some first impressions of these might be of some small interest to readers.“iPad transforms how people work and express their creativity, and with iPadOS, we’re taking it even further by delivering exciting capabilities that take advantage of its large canvas and versatility,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering in a press release.Particularly with its external storage support.[ Take this mobile device management course from PluralSight and learn how to secure devices in your company without degrading the user experience. ]Instead, you’ll see the following options:You will also see a pop-up preview of the linked web page – which effectively means you will be looking at four Safari-generated windows at once on your iPad.
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Behaviour Interactive, HBO, and Gaea have unveiled Game of Thrones: Beyond the Wall, a collectible strategy role-playing game on mobile devices.Players command a castle of the Night’s Watch to defend Westeros and recruit characters from around the Seven Kingdoms and beyond.Creative director Justin Jones said in an interview with GamesBeat that the team at Behaviour Interactive and Gaea has worked on the game for about two years.“One of the challenges with working with an [intellectual property] like this is trying to get everything you want to know from a game design perspective but also respect the brand,” Jones said.We had to negotiate the brand restrictions on everything from crafting characters to getting the right feel of the Night’s Watch.”The game’s original narrative is set a few decades before the timeline of the hit TV show, just after Lord Commander Brynden Rivers (also known as Bloodraven and eventually as the Three-Eyed Raven) disappeared while ranging beyond the Wall.
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Walmart -owned Sam’s Club is expanding into same-day alcohol delivery, the retailer announced this morning.The delivery service is being powered by Sam’s Club partner Instacart and is currently live in 215 stores across 12 U.S. states, with plans to reach other cities and markets in the months ahead.At launch, the list of states supporting alcohol delivery includes Florida, California, Missouri, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Ohio, Wyoming, Connecticut, Texas, Kentucky, and Minnesota.Not all clubs in those states will offer the service — only select markets.Where available, Sam’s Club members will be able to order both from the in-house “Member’s Mark” brand — like Member’s Mark Sangria, Member’s Mark Prosecco and Member’s Mark Moscato D’Asti, for example — as well as from other popular brands, like Kendall Jackson Chardonnay, Modelo Especial, and Tito’s Handmade Vodka, among others.The deliveries can arrive as fast as one hour.
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