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The XPS 13 2-in-1 was revealed with an updated set of specifications this week alongside its best buddy XPS 15 (non-2-in-1).The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (the newest version for May 2019) has a selection of Intel 10th Gen Ice Lake processors, a 13.4-inch, 16:10 aspect ratio display panel (that’s a whole 7-percent larger than the most recent model) and a bigger keyboard and touchpad.Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 for May 2019The newest XPS 13 2-in-1 for May 2019 has a slightly larger body than its most recent edition.The slightly larger size makes way for the slight increase in space in and around the keyboard, and in the touchpad.The keyboard also has new maglev key technology (most recently released in the next-most-recent XPS 15.
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Camilla Frankelius, it's head of negotiations at the Swedish association of graduate Engineers, sits within the cards in the negotiations with the confederation of Swedish Enterprise.On the table is the question of more flexible turordningsregler and employers ' increased responsibility for skills development.When negotiations between the PTK and the confederation of Swedish Enterprise launched it will be under strong pressure.We are already aware that both we and the counterparty will pick up a lot of issues other than the narrow parts that are in the report.A trade union party to be involved in the negotiations and review the reasons for the layoff, shortage of work or individual negotiations around the individuals.How would the employers ' responsibility for skills development look like, if you got to decide?
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Brian Krebs has revealed that a company that primarily works in real estate insurance has left as many as 885 million records exposed on its website — going back to 2003.First American Financial Corp’s big mistake should have been obvious to anybody who would have given a second thought to security.If you had the URL for any document on its website, you could simply add or subtract one to a number in the URL to access another document.Given the type of business this company is in, those records include incredibly private information.Krebs spoke with Ben Shoval, who brought the exposure to his attention and who says the documents potentially included “Social Security numbers, drivers licenses, account statements, and even internal corporate documents if you’re a small business.”As of today, the company has closed the hole in its website security.
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Twitter cofounder and former CEO Ev Williams said Twitter would have prioritized removing abusive content had the leadership team been more diverse.Williams founded the company with three other white men, including current CEO Jack Dorsey.Multiple studies have found greater team diversity leads to more better performance and more sound decisions.Greater team diversity could have solved Twitter's abuse before it even started, a company co-founder just said.Twitter should have invested more heavily in preventing abuse during the company's early days, Ev Williams, the Medium CEO who co-founded the company with 3 others in 2006, said on Twitter earlier this week.Williams said he personally underestimated how much of an issue abuse would be during his time as CEO from 2008 to 2010, in part because of the lack of gender and racial diversity on his team.
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After last week's dramatic decision by the president of the united states Donald Trump is about to declare a national cyber emergency, the information on the stopped Huawei-collaborations have come thick and fast.Telekomjättar as EE and Vodafone have at the same time, said the chinese technology company locked out from their respective 5g networks.the Withdrawals continue – in spite of the easing of restrictionsShortly after Trump's presidentorder come, chose the united states to mitigate the restrictions by introducing a time limit of 90 days in which Huawei will be allowed to continue to purchase software and hardware to the existing network and phones.This is to avoid that Huawei's customers are affected by "severe" interference.– the Goal seems to be to prevent the internet-, computer - and mobile phone systems from crashing, " says lawyer Kevin Wolf, who has previously worked at the u.s. department of commerce, in a TT-item.
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From sharing how-to guides and tutorials, to showing off your excellent gaming skills, or to make a presentation at work, there are many reasons why being able to record your smartphone or PC screen is important.While it’s increasingly becoming a feature that is baked into an OS, if it isn’t, there’s definitely a third-party app that saves the day.Simply tap the Screen Recorder toggle to get started.Most Xiaomi smartphones come with Xiaomi’s pre-installed MIUI Screen Recorder app.You can also enable screen recording by pressing and holding the power button and the volume up key simultaneously.On some smartphones that don’t have their own screen recorder built-in, you can also record your gameplay using Google Play Games.
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Huawei's MateBook laptops were removed from Microsoft online store last weekend.Microsoft hasn't made any sort of official comment, but it's likely a response to the US government's ban on Huawei from doing business with US companies unless they receive government permission.Existing stock of Huawei laptops are still sold in Microsoft's physical stores, according to The Verge.Business Insider has asked Microsoft for comment, but the company didn't immediately reply.Last week, the US Commerce Department added Huawei to its "entity list," which means that any companies wishing to sell or transfer technology to Huawei must obtain government permission.Microsoft and its products, including its Windows operating system, are included in those regulations.
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The old saying “money can’t buy happiness” recently came to life for shoppers at an Ikea in Belgium, where an exclusive line of carpets required more than just cold hard cash for purchase.Instead, those interested in the limited collection—which consisted of carpets designed by eight contemporary artists, including Virgil Abloh, artistic director of menswear at Louis Vuitton—had to put on a headset and prove they were having a visceral reaction to one (or more) of the designs.Otherwise, they weren’t allowed to get their hands on any of the 109 carpets available.Dubbed the “(He)art Scanner,” the headset measured aspects like brain waves, facial expressions and heartbeat in real time while shoppers observed each rug, according to Ikea.An algorithm then used that information to assign each individual a score, which determined whether or not they could buy the rug in question.The rugs were created by eight renowned contemporary artists, such as Virgil Abloh, Craig Green and Filip Pagowski.
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New data has again hammered home the point that Microsoft has given up forcing Windows 10 1809 on users.The Redmond, Wash. developer essentially stopped pushing the October 2018 Update, aka 1809, to customers last month, according to numbers published by AdDuplex, a Lithuanian company whose metrics technology is embedded in thousands of Windows Store apps.Unlike previous Windows 10 feature upgrades, which all non-enterprise users had been required to install every six months, 1809 has been allowed to dawdle in distribution.Windows 10 1809 powered only 29% of surveyed Windows 10 systems as of April 26, AdDuplex said.The increase from March to April was just 3 percentage points, barely half the increase from February to March and but a third that from January to February."It's only natural, that Windows 10 ]1809] has grown only modestly in anticipation of the next release," AdDuplex wrote on its website, referring to the impending 1903 feature upgrade.
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52 percent of iOS, 48 percent of Android users yet to patch…Enterprise users beware: WhatsApp security remains at high risk a full week after Facebook discovered a critical vulnerability in the popular messaging application, with a majority of iOS users (52.4 percent) and large minority of Android users (48.1 percent) yet to patch their devices.That’s according to San Francisco-based Wandera, an enterprise mobile security and data management company.Wandera based its assessment on analysis of all the devices (both BYOD and corporate-issue) that connect to its enterprise customers’ networks (more than a million in total), the company told Computer Business Review.Some 30 percent of those devices had WhatsApp installed, so these figures are based on that sample size.One enterprise alone still had 5,000 vulnerable devices, Wandera added in an emailed comment.
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BT is to award shares to its staff as part of a move to drive employee engagement at a time when it is investing heavily in infrastructure and cutting costs.New CEO Philip Jansen said the ‘Yourshare’ scheme will amount to £50 million every year, or £500 per employee.Staff will need to retain the shares for three years before they can be sold – an attempt to encourage “long-term” thinking among the workforce who will have a vested interest in the company’s success.“I want to make BT a company that exceeds our customers’ expectations and does a brilliant job for the country,” said Jansen.“To achieve that, I’m going to start with our colleagues: the 100,000 people involved in developing and delivering the essential products and services that connect millions of people across the globe.“I’m asking our colleagues for their commitment to making BT a national champion; and I want to give them ownership in our company and a share in our success.
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“I wish I could say I wanted to be an astronaut or an MMA fighter…”Every Monday morning we fire five questions at a C-suite tech industry interviewee.Today we’re pleased to be joined by BetterCloud CEO David Politis.Cloud applications have completely changed the game in the last few years.Unfortunately, many companies are still stuck in the past and rely on traditional perimeter-based security methods to protect their data in the cloud, but it simply doesn’t work.Protecting a network or a device today is a losing battle.
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Scientists conducting cutting-edge research in computational astrophysics will converge at Rochester Institute of Technology for two workshops in June.Experts from RIT, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Berkeley and other prestigious institutions will speak at the events hosted by RIT's Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation (CCRG).The Einstein Toolkit is a community-driven software platform of core computational tools to advance and support research in relativistic astrophysics and gravitational physics.The toolkit has a community of several hundred scientists working together to develop these tools, a set of codes to solve Einstein's equations for binary black hole collisions, neutron star collisions and other astrophysical systems."For people who are already involved in the toolkit, we will also discuss ideas how to improve it.RIT will also host a Theoretical and Computational Astrophysics Networks (TCAN) workshop focused on neutron star mergers from June 19-21 to allow researchers and students to discuss the collaboration's projects and future developments.
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Apple recently refreshed its AirPods, making an already solid product even better.The second-generation AirPods offer a version that includes a case that supports Qi wireless charging, always-on Siri, and better Bluetooth connectivity.Amazon will ship your AirPods as soon as they come back in stock, and we recommend pre-ordering as the sale price may expire before they’re restocked.A bit of a bummer, but we’ve found the case capable of charging your AirPods completely starting from empty several times so the feature isn’t all that necessary.Our tests found that AirPods offer about five hours of listening time before requiring a recharge.The new H1 chip also made the headphones much more responsive, and less laggy in gaming environments.
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Encrypted email service ProtonMail is introducing a couple of new security-focused features to its apps this week.While ProtonMail users on iOS have been able to use TouchID or Face ID unlocking for several years, Android users have so far relied on passwords and PINs.With the latest incarnation of ProtonMail, Android users can also now elect to unlock their email app with a touch.The new feature requires the user to first set up a PIN, which is used as a backup should the fingerprint ID system fail.So head to settings, set yourself up with a new PIN, and then toggle the little “use fingerprint” switch to the right.By way of a brief recap, ProtonMail promises users full privacy via client-side encryption, meaning nobody can intercept and read their emails.
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Microsoft remains committed to offering Xbox One and PC fans with a variety of ways to play their favorite games, whether that be through physical discs, paid digital downloads, free Xbox Games With Gold titles, and the vault from Xbox Game Pass.The service has the potential to completely change how we experience games, and you’ll be able to try it out very soon.There are 54 different Azure regions around the globe, which should provide stable service to users regardless of their location.Project xCloud is not designed to replace traditional disc-based and digital gaming.Instead, Microsoft hopes for it to open up console-quality gaming to those who currently lack the necessary hardware to do so or can only play on mobile devices.It isn’t clear yet what the quality limit will be on Project xCloud.
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Cloud provider Xunlei, once notorious for piracy complaints over its file sharing services, recently announced that it is an infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) provider for popular streaming platform Youku.During its first quarter earnings call on Monday, Xunlei CEO Chen Lei said that enterprise service StellarCloud provides IaaS solutions for Youku’s “analog video-streaming platforms.” He added that a partnership with an unnamed enterprise client is helping the company to identify and aggregate “redundant computing sources from business class networking devices” in order to expand bandwidth for shared cloud computing services.According to Chen, “cloud computing and IVAS business remain our long-term growth driver.” Of those services, shared cloud computing is a “key driver.”Overall revenue for the company in the first quarter of $41.3 million declined 2.3% sequentially, which CFO Eric Zhou attributed to a “significant” slide in income from livestreaming over the Chinese New Year period.The company significantly narrowed losses on a sequential basis to $8.6 million from $32.4 million, compared with profits of $8.0 million from the same quarter a year earlier.The 16-year-old company has seen a remarkable transformation from its origins as a peer-to-peer file sharing and download service provider.
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Respond Software, a cybsersecurity platform that automates decision-making through emulating human reasoning, has raised $20 million in a series B round of funding led by ClearSky Security, with participation from CRV and Foundation Capital.Founded out of Mountain View, California, in 2016, Respond Software touts its robotic decision automation (RDA) software that “combines the best of human judgement with the scale and consistent depth of analysis in software,” according to the company.The platform is less about stopping advanced threats than it is about filling the role of a tier-1 security analyst, and it covers all alerts that are generated by a company’s network and endpoint sensors.In fact, Respond Software claims that its virtual analyst can serve as the equivalent of having 14 full-time human security analysts working round-the-clock — and toilet breaks aren’t needed.“Think about it as a modern ‘expert system’ that emulates the judgment of an expert analyst, done at [the] scale, speed, and consistency of a machine.”The hunger is clearly there for automation in cybersecurity, and it’s this demand that Respond Software is looking to capitalize on, with its so-called “decision bots” designed to behave like human security analysts.
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"The iPhone owners here are not consumers at the bottom of a vertical distribution chain who are attempting to sue manufacturers at the top of the chain," Justice Brett Kavanaugh wrote in the court's majority opinion.He called the Supreme Court's conclusion "straightforward."The case now will go to a lower court to determine if Apple's business practices are legal and will take at least a year to make its way through the court process.The case stems from complaints that Apple's App Store -- the only way to purchase apps for iPhones, iPads and Apple Watches -- is effectively a monopoly that overcharges people for software.For subscriptions, Apple charges a 15% commission after the first year.Apple last year became the first trillion-dollar company in the US but in recent months it's been struggling.
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Beware Fortnite players: the hit battle royale game’s new season has brought another ‘instant death’ spot with it.Players discovered the instant death location near the most popular addition to the game so far, the modern remake of Tilted Towers called Neo Tilted.As before, players are lured to this spot by the loot left from previously eliminated players.Instant death spots have become a troublesome bug in Fortnite‘s battle royale mode — you can’t see them, hear them, or avoid them unless you know where they’re located.These spots are entirely random, usually appearing after an update and persisting until Epic releases a fix.Players who enter the spot are instantly eliminated.
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With such a dedicated, enthusiastic audience, VR doesn’t get many unexpected surprises.Our most anticipated games enjoy regular spotlights at the top of various subreddits and on our front page.With an industry this small, it’s hard for content to fall through the cracks in the run-up to launch.Not just because it’s pretty good, but because it’s pretty good practically everywhere you can play it.It’s a fine multiplayer shooter on Rift and Vive, for example, but it really holds its ground on Go and Daydream, too.Housed in the same building as Cortopia and a stone’s throw away from its contemporaries, a small team is still chipping away on this plucky shooter.
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Taj Adhav is the Co-Founder & CEO of Leasecake, a recent Silicon Valley Founder Institute portfolio company that removes complexity from all sides of the commercial real estate leasing experience.With so many moving parts, even small hiccups—whose fault is often neither the leasee nor the lessor—can too often result in delays, or even completely block lease payments or renewals from taking place.We live in a mobile age with instant access, yet millions of commercial real estate dates and dollar events are trapped in off-line spreadsheets void of real-time information.Commercial real estate, speaking very generally, is still a relatively low-tech industry, and much of the important work being done even at the highest level is almost completely reliant upon personal relationships, and not necessarily reliant on new technology solutions.It’s because of the personal nature of commercial leasing transactions that so many commercial agencies have continued to stick with the processes that they have had in place and always used for so long, even though they experience major pain points from compounded complexities in their business.Leasecake is both so simple and affordable, it solves all the major tech issues commercial real estate agencies face, while also saving them money through efficacy at the same time as actually improving their relationships with tenants.
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Following a BBC investigation, Google has promised to investigate instances of ads for overpriced services eclipsing the official channels that are much cheaper, and sometimes free of charge.The search engine will frequently show ads at the top of its list of results, but the BBC discovered that this was also occurring when looking for official documentation – like marriage certificates and travel visas.Examples from the 2018 investigation include companies touting Chinese tourist visas for UK passport holders priced at over £260 with a £140 consular fee tacked on.The Chinese Embassy offers the same for around £150, but you'll have to scroll down the page to find it.Replacement marriage certificates ordered from the government cost as little as £11, but the first of the search results is an ad for a company charging £40 for the exact same thing.While these services are marked as ads, it's not ideal to have to trawl through them all before you're able to find the official avenue for governmental services.
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It was only a matter of time before Minecraft joined in on the fun of augmented reality as other mobile games have already, such as Pokémon Go.Now, according to a new teaser trailer from Microsoft, it appears a Minecraft AR game is imminent.The video teaser, which you can see below, strongly hints that a Minecraft AR app or game will launch on May 17 at the game’s official site.In the (very poorly green-screened) video, a man accidentally takes someone else’s smartphone with him when he leaves a park bench.The woman whose phone he took grabs his (likely a taped-over Samsung Galaxy S6 or S7) and notices that there are Minecraft characters both on the phone and suddenly in the real world.She peers at the device and sees the supposed launch date.
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About two weeks ago, Google Fi held a fantastic one-day deal on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL that took 50 percent off both phones if you agreed to monthly financing.Unfortunately, some of those who grabbed the aforementioned deal were charged full price for their Pixel 3 phones.According to a Reddit thread posted yesterday, folks were charged anywhere from $399 for the 64GB Pixel 3 to $499 for the 128GB Pixel 3 XL.Compounding matters, some were notified of the billing error while others learned of the error when they checked the charge on their accounts.Even weirder, their Fi accounts still show that there are 24 monthly payments left to make on their devices.Some claim that Fi’s billing error resulted in overdraft fees and other costs that Google might not refund.
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Engineers at the Open Compute Project, a powerful industry organization founded by Facebook, are working on a new way to design, build and buy chips.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.The new project will see single chips turned into "chiplets," where each part of the chip can be bought from different vendors and assembled together by the buyer.Read: Microsoft, Google, and others 'are making little or no impact' on Amazon's cloud dominance, according to an analysis of their quarterly earnings reportsThat project is known as Open Domain-Specific Architecture (ODSA).It got its start late last year, but was snatched up mere months later to join the OCP — which is the blanket organization that managed many of these kinds of open hardware projects.
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It’s been over a week since an anomaly triggered the engine failure of a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule during testing.Few details have been disclosed, and it’s not yet clear how the incident might delay NASA’s ability to deliver astronauts to the ISS.Last Thursday, a NASA safety panel remained tight-lipped, saying an investigation is now underway.We also don’t know if any toxic fumes were released into the environment (seems likely), or if the incident will affect NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (also likely).BREAKING: SpaceX Crew Dragon suffered an anomaly during test fire today, according to 45th Space Wing.All we can really be certain of, and as stated in a SpaceX press release issued shortly after the 20 April incident, is that an “anomaly” occurred.
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Instagram wants to combat bullying.To do so, Instagram, which is getting an overhaul to make it "less pressurized," is looking into various features to address the issue, said Instagram's Adam Mosseri at Facebook's annual F8 developer conference on Tuesday."Some of these may never see the light of day," Mosseri said, mentioning what he called early ideas for features, noting that they aren't set in stone just yet.These tools include comment filters, and having Instagram nudge you if you're typing something that seems aggressive.There might also be an away mode through which you could opt out of Instagram for a bit in case you're going through a "sensitive moment" like a breakup or changing high schools.Facebook wants to show good amid scandals: The social network updates its tools for blood donations, nonprofits and mentorships.
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