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Google today announced that it is now rolling out to all of its users in the U.S. support for Rich Communication Services messages (you can think of it as the next generation of SMS) in the Android Messages app, after already testing it with a small set of users in recent months.For Google, this push for RCS is also a way for the company to more effectively compete with Apple’s iMessages (though it doesn’t feature end-to-end encryption) and because Google has mostly taken control of this rollout away from carriers, it gets to call the shots on when users get access to this, not the telcos.It already did this in the U.K. and France earlier this year, so the company has some experience in managing this service.It’s also no secret that Google’s messaging strategy, at least for consumers, remains messy, with Hangouts still being a widely used tool.At least on mobile, Google hopes that Messages, which until now was essentially the company’s SMS client, can take over that role.Like other messaging services, RCS support in Messages will allow you to talk to your friends over Wi-Fi or mobile data and send photos and videos.
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For more than 52 years, IDG has earned the trust of its readers with accurate, relevant, timely and consistent coverage of the technology market.Our new Insider Pro site is the natural evolution of the authoritative coverage our publications have produced for five decades.Yes, we’re asking you to pay for the content on Insider Pro.[ Online courses: Earn your IoT security certification ]Insider Pro is powered by content from a combination of our award-winning websites (Computerworld, CIO.com, CSO Online, Network World and Infoworld), a stable of highly skilled tech journalists and freelance writers as well partnerships with companies such as IDC, CertNexus and IT Central Station.Here are the most-popular articles on Insider Pro over the last 30 days:
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Google Maps is adding a feature that will make it easier for people traveling in foreign countries where they don’t speak the local language: built-in translation with text-to-speech support.The feature will allow users to tap on a new speaker button next to a place name or address, to have Google Maps say the name out loud — a particularly useful addition for anyone who has needed to communicate about directions when traveling.Most people who have ventured outside of their home country, at some point, needed to ask for directions or tell a taxi driver their destination.And when you don’t speak the language, that can be difficult to do — even with the aid of translation apps or language dictionaries, as they’re often more focused on everyday vocabulary, not necessarily on the proper names of places.Now, instead of struggling with pronunciation and having awkward conversations or even handing over your phone to a cab driver, you can tap a button.In addition, Google Maps will also now link you to the Google Translate app if you need to continue the conversation further.
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Forget Apple TV Plus and its nine shows: The most anticipated streaming service of the year is Disney Plus.For $6.99 a month, Disney Plus subscribers can watch up to 500 movies and 7,500 TV shows, including high-profile shows and movies like The Mandalorian and Avengers: Endgame.The big question: Is it worth the money?It's Day 1 of Disney Plus, so let's go hands-on.Unlike the meager selection offered by Apple, Disney is hitting the ground running on its first day, with a ton of Marvel, a boatload of Pixar and a healthy sprinkle of National Geographic (which is owned by Disney).Even before you try searching, the interface serves up suggestions, including a great mix of nostalgia (Turner and Hooch) and princess movies (Moana).
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Today the game Minecraft Earth was released in “early access” mode for the United States.This game uses GPS location information and allows users the ability to play a version of Minecraft wherever they may roam.Augmented reality and item searching show the game to be in a vein very similar to that of Pokemon GO, and it’s ready to roll now in the USA.Those users resourceful enough to have found the game files early might’ve already found that the game’s been semi-active in the USA for some weeks.This means that what you get in the game now will (most likely) stick with you through the future.Hey United States, we found your Minecraft Earth invite, it was behind the couch this whole time!
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Hong Kong-based VC fund Beyond Ventures announced it is leading a US$3 million investment round for local indoor mapping tech provider Mapxus.Founded in 2018 by Maphive Technology, Mapxus uses universal multisensing, positioning, and AI to generate indoor maps.It works with various industry sectors, government bodies, nongovernmental organizations, and social enterprises.The company also provides a seamless data integration service and updates Apple Maps using the Apple Indoor Map Data Format.It also developed and owns a compatible solution for the Android operating system and web interface.According to a statement, Mapxus plans to use the new funds for research and development, sales, marketing, and operational functions.
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Sony-related news are on an upsurge as the company prepares to welcome the next-generation console era with the arrival of the PS5.After keeping detail under wraps for so long, the engineers working on the upcoming gaming system are starting to share information about the machine.While the industry is expecting an all-out battle next year between the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Scarlett, a new patent document leak implies that the Japanese consumer electronics company might have a cartridge-based device.What gives this speculation some weight is the fact that it comes from LetsGoDigital – the same source that leaked the PS5 dev kit design.Meanwhile, the papers reportedly list Sony senior art director Yujin Morisawa as the inventor.He is the man responsible for designing PlayStation products over the years.
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Genom att kombinera en halvledande polymer med en elastisk plast har forskare utvecklat ett hudliknande material.Materialet kan hjälpa framtida maskiner att ”känna” sin omgivning.Den konstgjorda hud som forskare vid Stanford University och Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology Suwon har tagit fram ska efterlikna den naturliga hudens känslighet, elasticitet och självläkande egenskaper.”Huden” är egentligen en tunn halvledande film.Den är gjord av en kombination av halvledande polymer och en isolerande elastomer, en elastisk polymer.Det gör slutresultatet töjbart, tåligt och vattentätt.
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With the end of the year coming, Xiaomi is accelerating its MIUI 11 update program to ensure that most of its smartphones receive it before 2020.Today, the company started to deploy the update for the Redmi 8 and 8A units in India and now it is also coming for the Redmi 5 and Redmi Note 5 in China.According to ITHome, some users are starting to receive the referred update for these old models.The Redmi 5 was released in the end 0f 2017, while the Redmi Note 5 came in March 2018.Worth noting, that this is the Chinese version of Redmi Note 5.It bears a Snapdragon 636 and was the first Redmi smartphone to ship with a dual-camera setup.
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Following a recent spike in BlueKeep exploit attempts, Microsoft is recommending that all users patch their out-of-date Windows systems to avoid falling victim to an attack.The software giant's Microsoft Defender ATP Research Team published a blog post in which they warned of increased BlueKeep activity, saying: “Microsoft security signals showed an increase in RDP-related crashes that are likely associated with the use of the unstable BlueKeep Metasploit module on certain sets of vulnerable machines.”The researchers also noted that the BlueKeep attacks reported earlier this month by security researcher Kevin Beaumont were connected with a coin mining campaign that used the same command-and-control servers to launch attacks on vulnerable systems.Beaumont even went so far as to create a global honeypot network to detect the development of BlueKeep exploits in the wild.However, the network first crashed at the beginning of October and following this crash, all of the remaining honeypots except for those in Australia were also taken offline.Security researcher Marcus Hutchins (aka MalwareTech) also confirmed that this series of BlueKeep exploit attacks were still underway.
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Apple Arcade has reached 100 games, after adding six more to the new $4.99 monthly subscription service on Friday.Players can now check out Takeshi & Hiroshi, Guildlings, Marble It Up: Mayhem!, Sociable Soccer, Discolored and UFO on Tape: First Contact as part of Apple Arcade's growing catalog of games.The games are available on iPad, iPhone and Apple TV to start, with content slowly coming to Mac as well.UFO on Tape: First ContactUFO on Tape: First Contact gives you a chance to explore how you might react if an alien spacecraft came down out of the skies.Hiroshi plays quickly, so Takeshi has to improvise, since the game is still in the making.
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Laptops promise the freedom to take your computing with you but the price you have to pay is in performance.There are powerful laptops, of course, but you are mostly stuck with what you bought, save for upgrading storage or RAM.Laptop CPUs are impossible to upgrade but GPUs may soon be set free if these GPU upgrade kits for the Alienware Area-51m becomes a catchy trend on other laptops and brands.It is actually less impressive than it sounds.The two upgrade kits for Dell’s early 2019 Alienware laptops do allow owners to upgrade to an NVIDIA RTX 2070 or RTX 2080 but it’s only limited to this particular model.That’s because the Alienware Area-51m already offered configurations with those GPUs so this basically makes it an upgrade for those who opted for the lowest configuration.
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Have you ever laid wide-awake in the late hours of the night wondering what your life would look like if you took that other job, moved countries, or ended up with someone else?According to Sean Carroll, a theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology and author of Something Deeply Hidden: Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime, the increasingly popular theory of Many Worlds Interpretation suggests every fundamental event has multiple possible outcomes and splits the world into alternate realities.The birth of the multiverseThis mind-bending idea originally came from Hugh Everett, a graduate student who wrote just one paper in the 1950s.Carroll argues that, so far, this interpretation is the simplest possible explanation of quantum mechanics.“The ideas we have had for at least 25 years, before Everett came along, was this puzzle in quantum mechanics that there’s one set of rules of how wave functions behave when you’re not looking at them and there’s another set of rules for how they behave when they get measured,” Carroll told TNW.
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But sure, it's Huawei that's the big security threatStaff were cuffed in a police raid on Thursday at the offices of US surveillance equipment vendor Aventura Technologies.The workers are now facing criminal charges for allegedly passing off Chinese-made gear as stuff built in America, and selling it to Uncle Sam and its military.Aventura has also been charged (PDF) as a company for fraud and unlawful importation, while the seven employees, who include the business' owner and former workers as well as present employees, were charged with fraud, unlawful importation, and money laundering.The allegations stem from a scheme the US government says ran as far back as 2006.It is alleged Aventura imported cheap cameras and network-enabled security gear from vendors in China, then rebranded the equipment as being made by Aventura at its factory in Long Island, NY.
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You might know the Perseids, the Taurids, the Orionids, even the Draconids, but the Alpha Monocerotids is nowhere near the most well-known of the many annual meteor showers.Yet this year it may be the most impressive.A new prediction co-authored by a NASA research scientist says we could get an outburst of the Alpha Monocerotids on the evening of Nov. 21 and early morning hours of Nov. 22, depending on your location.Normally, meteor showers produce anywhere from a handful to a few dozen visible "shooting stars" per hour during their peaks.But every now and then Earth drifts through a particularly dense pocket of dust and galactic gravel left behind by visiting comets.When that happens, we get so-called "outbursts" of meteor activity that produce hundreds of meteors per hour or even a meteor "storm," typically defined as over 1,000 meteors per hour.
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Låneförmedlaren Sambla give the employee a commission based salaries, according to data provided to the Di-Update.in Sweden, the largest credit intermediaries is Lendo, who has long been a cash cow for the Game, but there are a number of competitors, like the Sambla.Generally, you have to take intermediaries of 3 to 5 percent of the loan amount as his earnings, according to data provided to the Di-Update.in the Documents from the Swedish companies registration office claims to be Samblas the owner of the last picked out a dividend of 25.7 M.This is confirmed, more or less, of the company, the job, where they use the description as a ”rich provisionsmodell”.”by the Swedish financial supervisory authority has also approved our company's lönemodeller, which is required in order to obtain the condition we are in,” writes Isabelle Granath, adding that the Sambla are not involved in the credit approval process.
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Of all the energy sources available on planet Earth, ocean waves are arguably the most under-utilized.According to the US Energy Information Administration, the theoretical annual energy potential of waves off the coasts of the United States alone is estimated to be as much as 2.64 trillion kilowatthours.That’s roughly equivalent to 64 percent of the country’s total electricity generation in 2018 — and it’s all from just a tiny fraction of the waves sloshing around in the ocean.But there’s a reason that wave power projects aren’t as numerous as those for solar or wind: the ocean is a notoriously difficult place for equipment to survive.Over time, salty, turbulent seas will corrode and break down just about anything you put in them, so it’s difficult to build power generation systems that can survive for more than a few years at a time.The company has spent the better part of the past decade perfecting a wave power generator that’s not only tough enough to survive the seas, but also capable of capturing huge amounts of energy from them.
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Update, November 4, 2019 (2:56 AM ET): OnePlus has started rolling out the stable Oxygen OS version 10.0 based on Android 10 for the OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T.OnePlus notes that the OTA update has a staged rollout so if you haven’t received it yet, you should expect it in a few days.The company also says that using a VPN to download the Oxygen OS version 10 update for the OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T will not work.The rollout is not based on regions and is randomly being pushed out to a limited number of devices.You can check the complete changelog for the update in the original article below.Original Article, October 21, 2019 (7:31 AM ET): The OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T are finally getting the Android 10 Open Beta build ahead of its stable rollout in November.
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To keep things simple, I’ll focus on only the main games in the series.Fundamentally, Monster Hunter’spremise is clear: you’re a hunter in a world dominated by a wide range of monsters — it’s up to you to track them, fight them, and take them down.Although the underlying premise is straightforward, the franchise does get confusing — following the release of the original game, Capcom kicked off a trend that involved remastering each title.This reality also played a role in one of the more popular series features — the four-player cooperative mode.Although that concept is nothing new, it’s the way the games execute this loop that gives it a unique appeal.Every single one requires a unique strategy to defeat in battle, and each sports its own individual behaviors — this includes specific ways of utilizing the environment to give you the slip.
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In other words, when considering the entire spectrum of the laptops in terms of their form factor, 15-inch laptops sit between the larger 17-inch (or even bigger) notebooks, and the compact 11 to 13-inch models.The best 15-inch laptops 2019 at a glance:Microsoft Surface Book 2 (15-inch)HP Spectre x360 15T (2019)Apple MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2019)Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 (15-inch)
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The PlayStation 4 has been a wildly popular game console this generation, not only being home to great first-party Sony games but also a ton of titles from third-party publishers.We knew no other console stood a chance of catching up to the PS4, but Sony’s most recent financial report shows that it is now the second-best-selling home game console of all time.During the previous quarter, Sony managed to sell approximately 2.8 million PS4 systems, after passing the 100 million mark in the three months before that.This places it just a hair above the lifetime sales for Sony’s original PlayStation, as well as the Nintendo Wii.The numbers are still dwarfed by the PlayStation 2, released in 2000, which has sold more than 155 million units to date.However, the PS4 managed to do it when free-to-play phone games were at the height of their popularity.
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With the goal of increasing access to making, engineers at Stanford University have collaborated with members of the blind and visually impaired community to develop a touch-based display that mimics the geometry of 3D objects designed on a computer.Even with 3D modeling software that has more accessible ways of inputting designs, they still have to evaluate their work by either creating a physical version they can touch or by listening to a description provided by a sighted person."Design tools empower users to create and contribute to society but, with every design choice, they also limit who can and cannot participate," said Alexa Siu, a graduate student in mechanical engineering at Stanford, who developed, tested and refined the system featured in this research."This project is about empowering a blind user to be able to design and create independently without relying on sighted mediators because that reduces creativity, agency and availability."This work is part of a larger effort within the lab of Sean Follmer, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, to develop tactile displays - displays that relay information through touch - for various purposes, such as human-computer interaction and new ways of sharing or explaining 3D information.Although the display she presented is a prototype, the lab hopes to make a version that is less expensive, larger and able to create shapes in greater detail.
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Two weeks ago, Realme took the wraps off Realme X2.Now, the smartphone is finally making way for European customers that can’t wait to feel the new smartphone from the world’s fastest-growing smartphone company.The midrange smartphone is now available in Spain, Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and the UK.If you’re residing in any of these countries you’ll be able to purchase the smartphone for around €300 (~$332).The smartphone will be available in Pearl Blue and Pearl White colors but only the 8GB/128GB variant is making way to the old continent.The Realme X2 is a jewel of the midrange segment boasting a Snapdragon 730G chipset.
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Blade, the French startup behind Shadow, held a press conference this morning to announce some product news as well as some corporate changes.For a monthly subscription fee, you can access a gaming PC in a data center near you.You can install anything you want — Steam, Photoshop or Word.Right now, the company offers a single configuration for $35 per month with eight threads on an Intel Xeon 2620 processor, an Nvidia Quadro P5000 GPU that performs more or less as well as an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080, 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.Boost: Nvidia GTX 1080 GPU, 3.4GHz with 4 cores CPU, 12GB of RAM, 256GB of storageUltra: Nvidia RTX 2080 GPU, 4GHz with 4 cores CPU, 16GB of RAM, 512GB of storage
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It finally caught up to iPhone's Face ID -- a biometric unlocking feature that Apple popularized two years ago -- to unlock the phone and buy things with a scan of your face.Now that a secure version exists in Android phones, face unlock will be the killer feature every Android user will want.(Here's how the Pixel 4's face unlock compared to the iPhone 11's Face ID when we tested both in four typical scenarios.)With consumers more aware of the value of their privacy, being able to offer secure face unlock is potentially even more convenient than scanning your fingerprint or entering a pin code.Closing the gap with Face ID also gives Google an edge over Samsung, LG, Huawei and all the rest at a time when Google can sell its phones across all major US carriers, providing an opportunity to make the Pixel, which hasn't historically sold well, more of a household name.On a phone, it's meant to be a fast, convenient and mostly hands-free alternative to fingerprint readers.
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Eating trans fats has been linked to a startling high increase in the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, underscoring the importance of eliminating this ingredient from food products.The study comes from Kyushu University Hospital Fukuoka, where researchers tracked more than 1,600 older adults for a decade, finding that trans fats consumption was ‘significantly associated’ with developing dementia.Trans fats is the term used to refer to artificial trans-unsaturated fatty acids (aka, partially hydrogenated oils), an ingredient that used to be considered generally safe for use in food.As a result of that designation, many food products — particularly fast food, junk food, and prepackaged foods — sold in the US contained trans fats as an ingredient.A number of concerning studies, however, as well as an eventual change of tune by the FDA in 2013, resulted in a crackdown on the ingredient, which is largely regarded as a public health risk.The use of artificial trans fats in food products has decreased drastically in light of the health concerns, but they are still used in some junk food and by some restaurants as a cheap alternative to other safer oils.
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“The iPad with iPadOS is a great 2-in-1 at a great price.”Same design, same 32GB base storageThere are two changes of note in the latest Apple iPad: a bigger screen and a Smart Connector, so you can connect it to Apple’s Smart Keyboard.This is Apple’s most affordable slate, and it’s still plenty functional — but slimming down the bezels around the screen even a little would have helped make it look more contemporary.It wouldn’t have made sense to add it to this iPad considering the latest iPad Air and iPad Mini don’t have it, but that doesn’t mean I don’t miss it.While using the Smart Connector might be more elegant, I think Apple’s keyboard is too expensive at $159; I’m not the biggest fan of the keys, and it offers just one angle to position the iPad, which can feel restricting when using the iPad and Smart Keyboard on your lap or some other uneven surface.
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Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap.There’s nothing better than humiliating your friends… in a heated PlayStation showdown.But if you wanna wreck your buds online (because what else is gaming good for), then you’re gonna need a PlayStation Plus subscription.Especially if you don’t want them to swing by your dirty crib for an IRL multiplayer session.Worry no more, we’ve got you covered.You can grab one for $39,99 — $20 bucks cheaper than from the official PlayStation store.
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Mark Hurd, who until last month, was one of two CEOs leading the database software giant Oracle, has passed away at age 62, one month after telling employees in a letter that he was taking a leave of absence owing to health reasons.Staffers, who were notified that Hurd died earlier this morning, have been offering their condolences on Twitter.Hurd had joined Oracle nine years ago, after spending five years with Hewlett-Packard, where he was CEO, president and, ultimately, board chairman, all roles from which he was pressured to resign in 2010 after submitting inaccurate expense reports.The very next month, Larry Ellison, a friend of Hurd, named him the co-president of Oracle, the company Ellison had himself founded in the summer of 1977.Said then-CEO Ellison in a statement relating to the move, “Mark did a brilliant job at H-P, and I expect he’ll do even better at Oracle.There is no executive in the I.T.
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Video understanding is an AI subfield that not only underpins systems capable of sussing out semantics automatically, like web-video classifiers and sport activity recognizers, but that’s at the cornerstone of robot perception and navigation systems.Unfortunately, devising machine learning models that take advantage of videos’ spatiotemporal information isn’t easy, nor is identifying those that aren’t overly computation-intensive.That’s why researchers at Google conducted a series of studies into automatic searches for optimal computer vision algorithms, which they detailed in a blog post today.The team reports that the best-performing architectures identified with their three of their approaches — EvaNet, AssembleNet, and TinyVideoNet — demonstrated a 10 to 100 times improvement in runtime speed over existing hand-crafted systems on multiple public data sets.“To our knowledge, this is the very first work on neural architecture search for video understanding,” wrote contributing researchers Michael S. Ryoo and AJ Piergiovanni in the blog post.“The video architectures we generate with our new evolutionary algorithms outperform the best known hand-designed CNN [convolutional neural network] architectures on public datasets, by a significant margin.”
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