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Lyft is making 200 new long-range EVs available to rideshare drivers as part of its Express Drive program, the company revealed today.Express Drive is a program that Lyft offers to provide rental cars to drivers on its platform as an alternative to options like long-term leasing.Express Drive members get unlimited miles, as well as included insurance, maintenance and roadside service, with the ability to return the car after a rental period of as little as just a week.These 200 new EVs (all Kia vehicles for this particular deployment, Lyft tells me) will be available to Express Drive Lyft drivers in December, and the rideshare company says that this is “the largest single deployment of EVs in Colorado’s history,” and there’s good financial reasoning for the timing of Lyft’s introduction of the program — in May, Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed a bill into law that provides rental programs for rideshare operators with the same incentives that it provides consumers at the state level: as much as $5,000 per car purchased.EV deployments of this nature have benefits across all aspects of the rideshare economy: Lower operating costs for drivers are one immediate effect, for instance, and Lyft says that it has seen costs drop between $70 to $100 for drivers on average based on existing EV fleet deployments in both Seattle and Atlanta.For cities and residents, it’s obviously beneficial in terms of lowering net emissions resulting from cars on the road.
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Facebook is adding a touch of machine learning to help brands more accurately personalize dynamic ads.The social network’s new dynamic formats and ad creative solution delivers a personalized version of an ad to everyone who sees it, based on formats they have proven more likely to respond to, such as collection and carousel.Facebook said in a blog post that this solution can be leveraged within Facebook dynamic ads when they are created for the catalog sales, traffic and conversions objectives in Ads Manager or via the Marketing API (application-programming interface).The social network added that it recently conducted a test with 12 ecommerce and retail advertisers and found that dynamic formats and ad creative outperformed carousel-only ads in driving lift across content views, add-to-cart, purchases and sales, with a 34% improvement in incremental return on ad spend, a 10% boost in life and a 6% drop in cost per incremental purchase.When brands are creating single-media ads for traffic, application installs and conversions objectives, they can add multiple text optimization, enabling them to input multiple options for the primary text.Facebook said in its blog post, “This allows our ad system to optimize for delivery and performance using variations of the text options provided, based on individual preferences identified by our machine learning models.”
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Jeroen Schlosser, Managing Director of Equinix Middle East and North Africa, told TechRadar Middle East that Muscat is the gateway to jump off the global highway that runs past the Middle East.“The submarine fibre cables for internet runs from Asia along the Middle East to Egypt.“We have about 50 carriers in this data centre, 20 regional carriers and about 30 big Tier 1 carriers.We have around 35 small cloud providers from the Middle East and have four of the big cloud providers in our facility,” he said.“Cloud is still a new technology in this region.2020 will be the first time that enterprises and governments in this region can start building a true hybrid or multi-cloud strategy,” he said.
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Amid some technical glitches and weird additions to other corners of the galaxy far, far away ("Maclunkey!"), the new streaming service's first major draw was well worth the wait, even if UK audiences might not agree given the extra few months' delay.Created by filmmaker Jon Favreau (Iron Man, The Lion King) and developed by Favreau and animated Star Wars veteran Dave Filoni (The Clone Wars, Rebels), The Mandalorian is set in the years following the fall of the Galactic Empire in Return Of The Jedi.Pedro Pascal is a charismatic actor (as those who’ve watched Game Of Thrones or Narcos know) and it’s perhaps a surprise that he spends the entire premiere episode still wearing his helmet.Yet Pascal is still able to make him compelling, even working behind layers of metal.True Mandalorian or not, he’s clearly linked to the people who made the armour, and little touches such as his distrust of droids are played for both characterization and comic relief.
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The HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 are the company’s latest truly wireless earbuds and the world’s first open-fit active noise canceling Bluetooth earphones.The HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 have an open-fit form factor which means they can fit most ears without getting too snug or uncomfortable.They’re very compact as you can see and super lightweight at 4.5g making for a comfy fit.These are much better than the in-ear designs found in other earphones because you don’t have to worry about finicky fits and you can wear FreeBuds 3 for longer sessions without your ears feeling cramped.As mentioned earlier, they have active noise cancellation baked-in so you can tune out background noises and it works really well.To switch on noise cancellation you simply tap on the left earbud twice and you’ll instantly feel a remarkable reduction in ambient noise.
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This morning, users are reporting error messages when they try to stream content, along with other connection issues, crashes, bugs and more on the service’s first day out of the gate.According to web monitoring site DownDetector, the Disney+ problems began around 6:08 AM EST and there have been thousands of problems reported since.The majority (73%) of the problems being reported have to do with video streaming, while 26% are related to log-in issues.Unfortunately, calling for help isn’t going to solve the problem here — the service is facing too many connection attempts at the same time, which is a common launch-day problem for streamers.Thank you Disney+ for giving me a loading screen on my computer for selecting a short.And cell from just going to the home screen.
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Chinese manufacturing giant, Xiaomi, has been releasing its latest MIUI 11 update to its smartphones.A couple of devices are already getting this update in China.The likes of Redmi Note 7, Redmi K20 series and even the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S are already receiving this update.The global release of this update will be verified soon.However, for now, the beta version of MIUI 11 based on Android 10 is now available for Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition.Update: The stable version of this update is now rolling out.
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Following its launch on Android TV earlier this year, SiriusXM announced today that it’s picking up Google Assistant support as well.So, if you’ve got something like a Google Nest smart speaker or a smart display, you’ll soon be able to access SiriusXM content using voice commands.With SiriusXM already compatible with Alexa, this move to include Google Assistant was really only a matter of time.It sounds like SiriusXM’s Google Assistant implementation will work more or less like any other service does with the virtual assistant.All users need to do is ask Google Assistant to play specific radio stations – for instance, a request to play the Beatles would be “Hey Google, play The Beatles Channel on SiriusXM.”Google Assistant functionality will be rolling out in phases, with the initial release happening over the course of this week.
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Two years ago, Apple pushed the price of its mobile phones to a thousand bucks with the iPhone X.On Wednesday, Apple reports fiscal fourth-quarter earnings, the first since its new $699 iPhone 11, $999 iPhone 11 Pro and $1,099 iPhone 11 Pro Max went on sale on Sept. 20.It represents about 10% of global smartphone shipments, making Apple the third-largest phone manufacturer behind Korean rival Samsung and Chinese giant Huawei.Apple's upgrade program, which encourages people to buy new phones under a monthly payment plan, has helped it maintain an edge on rivals, leading analysts at IDC to say that Apple arguably still has a dominant position in the market.Still, there are reasons to be concerned that Apple's high-priced phones might be stalling.That might seem worrying, particularly because the entire market is shrinking as well.
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Shares for Suzhou-based Ascentage Pharma surged as high as 57% during trading on Monday following a $53 million initial public offering (IPO) on the Hong Kong stock exchange on Friday, ending with a 9.9% gain on its IPO share price by market close.Why it matters: The IPO breathes life back into HKEX’s biotech category, which hasn’t seen a listing since Shanghai Henlius’s $410 million debut in September —the fourth-largest biopharma IPO in 2019 globally.It also follows in step with the exchange’s recent uptick in IPOs, which have raised almost $10 billion over the past two months despite Hong Kong’s prolonged political unrest.Details: HKEX-listed conglomerate Sino Biopharm was a cornerstone investor with an order for $20 million-worth of shares, joined by YuanMing, Oriza Seed Venture Capital, Teng Yue Partners, ArrowMark Partners, HDY International Investment, CTS Capital, and CCB International in backing Ascentage.The firm’s retail portion of its offering was more than 750 times oversubscribed last week, the highest ratio among Hong Kong listings this year, according to a Bloomberg report.Ascentage’s IPO follows a $150 million Series C last year, which brought its total capital raised since launch to around $240 million.
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Variety menar att serien är en besvikelse och försöker ta sig an allt för många provokativa ämnen på samma gång.Rolling Stone var däremot inte helt pessimistiska utan gav ett blandat omdöme.Tidningen anser att serien ”lyfter men skiner inte”, samtidigt som man hyllar skådespeleriet från Billy Crudup, Reese Witherspoon och Jennifer Aniston.The Hollywood Reporter anser att det finns potential efter att serien kämpar under de två första episoderna för att hitta sin ”fokus, ton och inställning mot huvudkaraktärerna”.Avsnitt tre hintar om en ”mer tillfredsställande och självsäker”, serie framöver, tillades det.The Morning Show är fylld av välkända skådespelare och en dyr satsning för Apple givet att varje episod kostar 15 miljoner dollar.
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According to the authors, the ways the UV could affect the DNA structure, especially with the short-term irradiation, remain practically unstudied."In the article Label-free surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy with artificial neural network technique for recognition photoinduced DNA damage, we offer an alternative to well-known techniques.We used model samples such as oligonucleotides of various sequences.Some of them were irradiated with UV for different periods of time.Then, we used highly sensitive sensor systems developed by the research team based on plasmon-polariton gold gratings.He also noticed that the obtained spectra were used to train artificial neural networks.
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Defunct movie subscription service MoviePass has reportedly been charging customers more than a month after going down."A variety of mysterious charges" have appeared on former customers' credit cards, according to a Friday New York Post story.MoviePass shut down services on Sept. 14 when its efforts to recapitalize were unsuccessful.One customer told the NY Post she was charged twice for the amounts of $9.95 and $5.64 in September.Another, who cancelled her account way back in January, was charged twice in September, too, and filed a fraud claim with her bank according to the report.MoviePass parent company Helios and Matheson Analytics didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
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Twitter said it will restrict how users can interact with tweets from world leaders who break its rules.The social media giant said it will not allow users to like, reply, share or retweet the offending tweets, but instead will let users quote-tweet to allow ordinary users to express their opinions.The company said the move will help its users stay informed about global affairs, but while balancing the need to keep the site’s rules in check.We haven’t used this notice yet, but when we do, you will not be able to like, reply, share, or Retweet the Tweet in question.You will still be able to express your opinion with Retweet with Comment.— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) October 15, 2019
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Microsoft’s Surface Pro, whether it’s the new Pro 7, the 2018 Surface Pro 6, or one of the older versions, straddles the line between laptop and tablet by offering users a full-featured computing experience in a compact package.It’s a powerful device, but right out of the box it can seem a little barebones; without a keyboard or Surface Pen, it’s just a Windows-based tablet.The Surface Pen is such an essential part of the Surface Pro experience that previous versions just included it in the box.On its own, the Surface Pen is a versatile tool for note-taking or artistic endeavors, but it’s still not quite as tactile as a real pen or pencil.With the optional tip kit, however, it comes remarkably close to the real thing.These optional tips allow users to customize the friction and drag of their Surface Pens, based on use or just personal preference.
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Microsoft is sending out invites to users who sign up for the Project xCloud preview.After months of waiting, Microsoft‘s entry in the cloud gaming race is ready to show itself — albeit to a group of users in specific test regions.Those invited to partake of the preview will be able to play a few Microsoft games, such as Gears 5, Sea of Thieves, and Halo 5, on their mobile devices.As the moniker “cloud gaming” suggests, you don’t have to download the titles, but simply stream them from Microsoft‘s servers.Early reports from Reddit users claim the preview works fairly well, with some delay between input and action.Project xCloud is a go!
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An important step toward more long-term manned missions to the moon is locating a source of water.If water is available to future astronauts on the moon, they will be able to stay much longer than if they have to carry a large amount of heavy water with them on their trip from Earth.Recent research has suggested that there could be frozen water in craters near the moon’s poles, and there may even be minute amounts of liquid water which travel across the moon’s surface.But scientists aren’t sure whether this water originates, so it’s hard to predict where it could be found.Now, a new study has investigated the age and origin of lunar water and found it could have multiple different sources.Some of the ice deposits seem to be billions of years old, while others are more recent.
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Trots Intels svårigheter att möta efterfrågan på processorer och den pågående handelskonflikten mellan Kina och USA kunde pc-industrin höja försäljningen under tredje kvartalet jämfört med förra året, enligt en ny rapport från Gartner.Försäljningen ökade blygsamt med 1,1 procent men det bryter en trend med sjunkande försäljning som pågått i flera år.Enligt Gartner skeppades 68 miljoner datorer (dit firman inte räknar Chromebooks och Ipad), mot 67 miljoner i fjol.Lenovo hade som vanligt den största marknadsandelen med nästan en fjärdedel av försäljningen, följt av HP och Dell.Dessa tre ökade sin försäljning medan Apple och Asus minskade, enligt Gartners siffror.Enligt rapporten har lägre priser på minne och ssd:er tillsammans med Microsofts Windows 10-uppdateringar bidragit till den starka marknaden.
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A number of studies over the years have linked healthy diets with lowered odds of developing depression, but the relationship between what we eat and how we feel hasn’t been fully explored.Here to expand upon that work is a study recently published in PLOS, where researchers detailed their work on assessing whether improving a depressed person’s diet may decrease the severity of their depression.The study was led by Heather Francis of Macquarie University in Australia; it was relatively small, involving a total of 76 college students ages 17 through 35.All of the participants showed symptoms indicative of mild-to-severe depression at the start of the study.All of the participants also consumed poor diets at the time, meaning ones high in sugar, saturated fat, and processed food.As part of the work, the students were split into two groups, one that ate a ‘regular’ diet and another that ate a healthy diet.
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Jakarta-based mobile gaming company TouchTen has secured an undislosed amount of fresh funding from investment firm Prasetia Dwidharma to accelerate market growth for female gamers.Existing investor Cuebic, a digital marketing company from Japan, also participated in the round, along with Carsurin CEO Sheila Tiwan and King Foto Group founder Indra Leonardi.“Gaming has often been considered a male-centric pastime, but our world is changing.Today, half of all mobile gamers are female,” TouchTen CEO and co-founder Roki Soeharyo said.“The data shows that despite lacking content that appeals to them, more women are playing games than ever before.This is what truly excites our team.”
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Apple is getting into the holiday spirit, but the deal it made for a star-studded Christmas Carol musical to premiere on its streaming service, Apple TV+, could leave other streaming services saying, “Bah, humbug!”The tech company reportedly won an intense bidding war for a musical version of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic A Christmas Carol that will feature WillmFerrell and Ryan Reynolds as both stars and producers, topping the offers made by industry-leading streaming competitor Netflix, as well as traditional studios Warner Bros. Pictures and Paramount Pictures.While the numbers involved in the deal are massive by industry standards and hint at the financial advantage Apple has — and is willing to wield — over other streaming services, it’s not entirely unheard of for streaming content creators to earn big paydays.Most creators involved with films earn a significant portion of revenue based on the movie’s performance in theaters, so contracts for streaming projects need to account for those profits upfront.Still, the previously unheard-of numbers involved in the deal certainly up the ante when it comes to bringing premium projects to streaming services.The report — which has not been confirmed by Apple, Ferrell, or Reynolds at this point — indicates that the pair also wanted to retain the rights to the original music created for the film, and for the rights to the film to revert back to the filmmakers after a set number of years.
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A pair of new patents suggest future iPhones – perhaps even the iPhone 12 coming next year - could use multiple lenses stacked in front of an angled mirror, telescope-style, to make better optical telephoto lenses without a bigger camera bump.If that sounds familiar, it’s how the Huawei P30 Pro manages to achieve a 5x telephoto lens: by stacking lenses lengthwise within the phone’s body and using a mirror to angle the shot out of the phone’s back.For once, Apple is chasing Huawei.The US Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple two patents on Tuesday – the first for a "folded lens system with five refractive lenses" and the second for a lens with "three refractive lenses.” The former’s paperwork includes this diagram - note that the shorter end faces out through the back of the phone, assumedly where camera blocks are on modern phones.The five-part version offers the equivalent of 35mm focal length in the range of 50 to 85mm fit for a wide-angle camera, Apple Insider pointed out.Likewise, the three-part version offers 35mm-equivalent imaging for between 80-200mm, which would be useful for telephoto lenses.
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The idea that the Tories will fight the next election as the ‘no-deal’ party may be coming from the PM himself.HuffPost is part of Verizon Media.Verizon Media and our partners need your consent to access your device and use your data (including location) to understand your interests, and provide and measure personalised ads.Verizon Media will also provide you with personalised ads on partner products.Select 'OK' to continue and allow Verizon Media and our partners to use your data, or select 'Manage options' to view your choices.
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The Metropolitan Police has acknowledged sharing the images of seven people as part of a data-sharing agreement with a private firm in the King’s Cross area of London, but said it had no records of how the images were used.The privately managed King’s Cross estate first admitted in August that it had deployed face recognition systems in two cameras on pedestrian boulevards to “help ensure public safety”.The deployment of tracking technology was controversial because it was operated by a private firm and without the knowledge or consent of members of the public.In September the estate, which is managed by a consortium led by property developer Argent, said it had cancelled plans to use the technology in the future.The Met acknowledged having shared images of people with King’s Cross last month, after previously denying the arrangement.In its new report the police agency said only seven images had been shared under the agreement and that it did not believe other similar arrangements were in place with private organisations.
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You can change the language on your Samsung Galaxy S10 between about a dozen different languages, and even more regional variations.When you change the language on your Galaxy S10, the entire phone (including many third-party apps) will use that language.You can choose a language in the Settings app, in the "General Management" section.After you change your Galaxy S10's language, you can quickly switch languages later through the Language settings page.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.In addition to English, you can use it in Spanish, French, German, Korean, Chinese, and more.
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Shelfis är den hylla som bildas när glaciären trycks ut över kontinentalsockeln.Isen flyter då på ytan och kan vara allt mellan 100 meter och en kilometer tjock.Med sina 62 620 kvadratkilometer är Amerys shelfis Antarktis tredje största, men nu har den blivit något mindre.Amery har släppt ett så kallat taffelisberg, döpt till D28.Och med en yta på 1 636 kvadratmeter är flaket större än Öland.Isen skulle faktiskt kunna rymma hela Storlondon, som med alla 32 London boroughs har en yta på 1 569 kvadratkilometer.
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Playlists are the lifeblood of the Spotify service.Well, get ready for that number to grow considerably: Spotify has added the ability to create new playlists of podcasts, as well as the option of adding podcasts to existing music-only playlists.Given Spotify’s huge focus on podcasts, the move isn’t surprising.Getting its subscribers to listen to more podcasts is clearly a part of its strategy here, and Spotify has previously said that it wants to be about more than just music.“Over time, more than 20% of all Spotify listening will be non-music content.” But the company also says its customers have been asking for this feature.It’s not the first time Spotify has experimented with the idea of mixing podcasts with music.
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This story requires our BI Prime membership.To read the full article, simply click here to claim your deal and get access to all exclusive Business Insider PRIME content.- Telehealth Industry: Benefits, Services & Examples- Value-Based Care Model: Pay-for-Performance Healthcare- Senior Care & Assisted Living Market Trends- Smart Medical Devices: Wearable Tech in Healthcare
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Many people still play Pokémon Go today, although the app is no longer as in sight as it could have been in 2016.For a long time, we know that the Niantic team who develop the app are fighting against various forms of cheating.However, it was not known that having a Xiaomi smartphone could be considered a banned behavior.However, many Reddit users have complained that their account has been temporarily suspended while they say they have done nothing wrong with Pokémon Go.Later they realized that this phenomenon affected some Xiaomi smartphones.“I’ve got two Strikes this September one after the other for no particular reason.
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A serious flaw in Google Keystone, which controls Chrome updates, is capable of doing major damage to macOS file systems on some computers and has been linked to data corruption that struck Hollywood video editors and others on Monday evening, Variety reported.Initially, blame for the corrupted file systems was largely directed at Avid and its Media Composer software, which was identified as a common link by film and TV editors who said they could not reboot their Mac Pros after shutdown.But on Tuesday evening, Google told users via its support forums that it had “recently discovered that a Chrome update may have shipped with a bug that damages the file system on MacOS machines” and “paused the release while we finalise a new update that addresses the problem.”According to 9to5Google, what actually happened is that version 1.2.13.75 of the Keystone software shipped with an update that damages the macOS filesystem when System Integrity Protection (SIP)—a security measure that keeps unauthorised software from modifying protected data—had been disabled or is not installed (versions of OS X predating the 2015 El Capitan update).News of the real cause of the issue was first identified by the Mr. Macintosh blog.“If you have not taken steps to disable System Integrity Protection and your computer is on OS X 10.9 or later, this issue cannot affect you,” Google said in its support note.
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