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A November ballot initiative will let California voters decide Uber's fate.
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Xiaomi has beaten Apple to the punch by unveiling its own take on AirPower.
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NASA used synthetic aperture radar data from space to map where the worst damage occurred.
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Get the latest on coronavirus. Sign up to the Daily Brief for news, explainers, how-tos, opinion and more.A major incident has been declared in Greater Manchester due to increases in coronavirus infection rates across “multiple localities”, just days after the government announced new lockdown restrictions for parts of north-west England.The decision means the readiness of emergency and public services to respond to the escalating Covid-19 transmission rate in the region has been upped so they can “respond as effectively as possible”.It does not mean there are any further changes to lockdown rules, a spokesman for Greater Manchester Combined Authority said.Health secretary Matt Hancock announced late on Thursday that as of Friday, people from different households in Greater Manchester, parts of east Lancashire and West Yorkshire would be banned from meeting each other inside their homes or in gardens following a spike in virus cases.The new rules also banned members of two different households from mixing in pubs, restaurants and other hospitality venues, but those businesses are permitted to remain open for those visiting individually or from the same household.Assistant chief constable Nick Bailey, chairman of the Local Resilience Forum in Greater Manchester, said the Strategic Coordination Group met this weekend to discuss regulations in response to last week’s announcement.He said: “Recognising that there are multiple localities across Greater Manchester seeing rises in infection rates, the group reviewed learning from other recent areas, including Leicester, and its own learning from across the partnership and have taken the decision to declare this a major incident in order to respond as effectively as possible.“This will enable us to maximise the capability of agencies across Greater Manchester, including additional resources if required, to instigate a prompt and positive change in direction.“It is part of our desire to protect the population of Greater Manchester and provide them with the highest levels of assurance that agencies are doing all they can to reduce infection rates and bring Greater Manchester back to as near a state of normality as current times allow.” It comes on the same day it was reported Boris Johnson is mulling lockdown-like conditions for London and asking the elderly to shield once again as part of plans for avoiding a second national lockdown.The PM has ordered preparations to be made should there be a significant rise in the number of new coronavirus infections, The Sunday Telegraph and The Sunday Times said.But Downing Street sources distanced themselves from the detail in the reports, calling them “speculative”.And on Sunday morning, housing secretary Robert Jenrick when asked about whether new age-related measures were likely, told Times Radio: “This is just speculation.“You would expect the government to be considering all of the range of options that might be available.“That’s not something that is being actively considered.”Related... PM 'Considering London Lockdown' In Event Of Second Wave Of Coronavirus Infections
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Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge In a blog post Sunday, Microsoft said it was “prepared to continue discussions to explore a purchase of TikTok in the United States,” following a conversation between its CEO Satya Nadella and President Trump. It’s the first time the company has confirmed reports it was in talks to acquire the video sharing platform. “Microsoft fully appreciates the importance of addressing the President’s concerns. It is committed to acquiring TikTok subject to a complete security review and providing proper economic benefits to the United States, including the United States Treasury,” the blog post reads. It adds that the company expects to move “quickly to pursue discussions with TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, in a matter of weeks, and in any... Continue reading…
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Nintendo's bizarre Animal Crossing restrictions lead to family fights over tropical real estate.
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“I did not fuck my dog,” I can hear in a recording I’m currently listening to. “I did not cum on my dog,” the recording continues. “I did not put my dick anywhere near my dog. I’ve never done anything weird with my dogs.” The voice sounds oddly familiar, like I’ve heard it a thousand times before — and I have. Indeed, it sounds just like Sir David Attenborough. But it’s not him. It’s not a person at all. It’s simply a piece of AI software called Vocodes. The tool, which I can best describe as a deepfake generator, can… This story continues at The Next Web
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To date, this is the first real attempt TikTok’s made to directly fund the creators.
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Back in the last week, OnePlus finally unveiled its first mid-range smartphone in years – The OnePlus Nord. The new device is cheaper than the ... The post The OnePlus Nord fails and cracks during bend test appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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Hyundai’s been busy updating its latest offerings with the N Line or N Performance package. The latest to receive the N treatment is the 2021 Santa Fe midsize SUV. Following some teaser renderings of the Hyundai Elantra N Line arriving near the end of this year, the new Santa Fe N Performance is as real as it gets. However, there’s … Continue reading
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In recent times, Taiwanese chip maker, MediaTek, seem to be doing quite well for its self. The Taiwanese manufacturer has been in the shadows of ... The post MediaTek sales soar – 4G mobile phone chips are out of stock appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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eCommerce platforms in India are under the purview of the consumer affairs department but in the past the government only issued advisories on do's and don'ts.
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Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Amazon is working on a new feature for its Alexa voice assistant that will let the software launch Android and iOS apps using voice commands, a first for Amazon’s assistant and a bold expansion of its strategy to position Alexa as a platform-agnostic alternative to Apple’s Siri and Google Assistant. Called Alexa for Apps, the new feature is launching today in preview form, meaning Amazon is working with select developers on how they’d like to make use of it. For instance, Amazon imagines users on either an iPhone or an Android device asking Alexa to open Twitter and search for a hashtag, and the app would then let the companion Alexa skill do the work of launching the app and inputting the search term. The results would then show up on... Continue reading…
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Slack has filed a complaint with the European Commission that accuses Microsoft of unfairly bundling its Teams collaboration app with its Office 365 suite. That move, Slack argues, allows Microsoft to abuse its market dominance to “extinguish competition in breach of European Union competition law.“Microsoft has illegally tied its Teams product into its market-dominant Office productivity suite, force installing it for millions, blocking its removal, and hiding the true cost to enterprise customers,” Slack said.[ Related: Slack vs. Teams: Which is best for your business? ] Microsoft launched Teams three years ago, making the group collaboration application available to Office 365 subscribers. Teams has 75 million daily active users, Microsoft said this week, an increase of 31 million in the past month.To read this article in full, please click here
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Carta disregarded its vice president of marketing's objections to a slide referencing "slavery" and startup equity ownership, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday. Emily Kramer was subject to gender discrimination and retaliation during her two year stint as the only female executive at Carta, according to the complaint. She was excluded from decision-making and reprimanded when she objected to including the slide on the grounds that it was "offensive," the complaint says. Carta spokeswoman Lauren O'Mahony declined to comment on the lawsuit. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. When Carta was fundraising in 2019 for what would become a $300 million funding round led by Andreessen Horowitz, the company included a depiction of feudal fieldworkers that rubbed some people the wrong way. That slide, and how the company handled it, is a key detail in a new lawsuit filed Tuesday by Carta's former vice president of marketing, Emily Kramer, who claimed she was excluded from the pitchdeck process and reprimanded when she tried to stop the company from displaying the slide at a big tech conference. A screenshot of the slide, obtained by Business Insider, shows a short timeline of labor, beginning with "slavery" and ending with "ownership". "Ownership" is a reference to Carta's main product, an equity management software which helps startups track who owns shares in the company. Kramer said she was concerned that having the word "slavery" in a pitchdeck would be triggering for its viewers, but that she was reprimanded when she suggested it be removed. She told both Ward and human resources that she found the slide "offensive" but it stayed in the pitchdeck, according to the complaint.  "It's just an insensitive slide and a message that could be told in a much more thoughtful and mindful matter," Kramer told Business Insider. The pitchdeck is just one example in the lawsuit, which alleges that Kramer was subject to gender discrimination and retaliation during her two year stint as the only female executive at the company. Kramer stepped down in November 2019, after Carta CEO Henry Ward called her an "asshole" and told her she had been given "passes" because she is a woman, according to the suit. Carta spokeswoman Lauren O'Mahony declined to comment on the lawsuit.SEE ALSO: A female exec is suing $3 billion Carta, alleging that the CEO likened her to an alcoholic who needed to recover from her 'a--hole' problem Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: The rise and fall of Donald Trump's $365 million airline
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Current Steam owners unaffected; new players must use Epic Games Store (or consoles).
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NASA has detailed how the public can see comet NEOWISE themselves over the next week, assuming they live somewhere in the Northern Hemisphere. Unlike many interesting night sky phenomena, the NEOWISE comet will be available to see over several days, meaning if it’s too cloudy tonight, you can try again tomorrow and yet again all the way through July 23. … Continue reading
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Image: LG LG’s latest true wireless earbuds, whose case has a UV light to kill bacteria on the headphones, are now available in the US for $149.99. The Tone Free HBS-FN6 earbuds’ case has a UV light that kills 99.9 percent of the bacteria on the earbuds’ speaker mesh, LG says. The company debuted the technology with last year’s Tone Plus Free earbuds, which were released in South Korea. Outside of their self-cleaning case, you can expect a more typical range of features out of LG’s Tone Free true wireless earbuds. Battery life is rated at up to six hours from the earbuds themselves, and you’ll get an additional 12 hours of charge from the case for a total of 18 hours. There’s no active noise cancellation, but the earbuds’ dual microphones should... Continue reading…
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Both districts say they'll return to in-person learning when public health conditions allow.
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As you might have figured, Samsung is improving its monthly security update game. Earlier this month, we saw the latest security patch hitting the Galaxy ... The post Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus now starts to receive July 2020 security patch appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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Apple’s new AirPods Pro are a smash hit, and by virtually all accounts, these are an incredibly well-designed pair of fully wireless earbuds.They address many of the major shortcomings of the previous AirPods — such as a loose fit, poor sound, and lack of waterproofing — while adding desirable new features like a new transparency mode and impressive noise canceling.And of course, like all of Apple’s wireless buds, they come part and parcel with simple pairing, solid connection, and the kind of breezy, intuitive controls that helped cement the AirPods as the trendiest wireless earbuds on the planet.At around 4.5 hours of listening time per charge, the AirPods Pro’s battery isn’t just mediocre for top-tier wireless earbuds in 2019, it’s bottom-of-the-barrel.It’s easy to blame the drain of the AirPods Pro’s battery on their noise-canceling, but even with cancellation off, they only jump up to the previous AirPods with 5 hours of listening time.Apple’s latest pearly white Pods have wisely addressed this complaint before it’s been registered, offering Apple’s signature 24 hours of total listening time via a sleek charging case and, just as importantly, a fast-charge feature which loads the buds with a full hour of listening time in 5 minutes.
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C++ creator Bjarne Stroustrup doesn’t like that Bitcoin BTC was written in his programming language, at all.In a recent podcast interview, Stroustrup took a moment to explain how he felt about programmers using C++ for such wide variety of applications.Mostly, it was pretty reasonable.He likened releasing C++ to building a tool, in that he can’t control how it’s going to be used.“You try to improve the tool by looking at how it’s being used, and when people cut their fingers off, and try and stop that from happening.But really, you have no control over how something is used,” said Stroustrup.
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The royal family led the traditional ceremony in London as services took place across the nation.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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Smart speakers and, more recently, smart displays have become a go-to gift for many over the past few years, but in 2019 they may not be quite so warmly received.Amazon and Google have been quick to satisfy that growing demand for affordable hardware.It’s almost impossible not to run into a deal which cuts that down significantly, however, or even makes the smart speaker free.As barriers to entry go, it’s never been easier to set yourself up with a virtual assistant, while at the same time the integrations between Amazon and Google’s platforms and third-party hardware and services are increasingly plentiful.It’s no surprise that they’re among some of the most gifted gadgets, particularly when promotions like those around Black Friday hit.This year, though, I’m not going to take the bait.
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Although Sony was a no-show this year at E3 and keeping a low-profile in the past few months, sources speculated something big was happening.In 2018, the company also confirmed that it was cancelling the annual PlayStation Experience event.Sony executive Jim Ryan finally broke the silence during his most recent interview and it all boils down to the upcoming launch of the PS5.Talking with GamesIndustry, Jim Ryan is shedding some light as to the approach the company is taking with PR.The Japanese consumer electronics manufacturer originally divided its PlayStation segment into three groups for each major region.These include the US, Japan and Europe.
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When we reviewed the Elephone Soldier earlier this year, we gave it a very solid 4.5/5, marking it out as one of the best rugged phones around today.That was back when it had a price tag of $189.99, but now online retailer Gearbest has marked the device as 33% off, meaning it can now be yours for just $129.99.Asides from just a low price, this means that the Elephone Solider is now the cheapest smartphone with 128GB memory onboard.These are the best rugged smartphones in the worldCheck out our list of the best rugged tablets out thereWe rounded up the best rugged laptops on the planet
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With ambitions to bring ride-hailing, bike and scooter rental, food delivery and eventually groceries under one roof, it certainly hopes so."We really want to be the operating system for everyday life," said the company's chief product officer, Manik Gupta, speaking at Web Summit in Lisbon on Tuesday."What that really means is being the one-stop shop for transportation and daily commerce needs."Since launching its black-car service 10 years ago, Uber has expanded to provide ride-hailing services across multiple categories and launched Uber Eats, a takeout service that delivers food from restaurants to your home.More recently the company began to experiment with micromobility, introducing its Jump bikes and scooters first in the US and now across Europe (Gupta said 200 Jump scooters would be available in Lisbon for the first time on Tuesday).In October, Uber introduced a boat service in the Nigerian capital, Lagos, and acquired on-demand grocery delivery service Cornershop.
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While Yahoo Groups hasn’t been a viable forum destination for years, it was at one time a popular place for people to meet and converse online.Yahoo parent company Verizon Media is finally going to completely shut Groups down later this year — as of October 28th, no new content can be uploaded, and as of December 14th, all existing content will be wiped.But it’s still possible to do it, if you know where to look.Find and retrieve your Yahoo Group dataGo to your Privacy Dashboard.Under “Your Products,” click on “Groups.”
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China and the US government are gradually approaching a solution, which will in principle also benefit Huawei and Google.In the last few weeks, there were clear indications that Huawei will get new licenses.This means that Huawei can now resume trade transactions with American companies.Now, a new statement from US Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, suggests good progress in the trade talks.Licenses for the sale of components to Huawei Technologies Co. will be available to US companies “soon”.Over 200 license applications for exemptions were received.
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When Microsoft revealed last May that millions of Windows devices had a serious hackable flaw known as BlueKeep—one that could enable an automated worm to spread malware from computer to computer—it seemed only a matter of time before someone unleashed a global attack.Security researchers have spotted evidence that their so-called honeypots—bait machines designed to help detect and analyze malware outbreaks—are being compromised en masse using the BlueKeep vulnerability.The bug in Microsoft's Remote Desktop Protocol allows a hacker to gain full remote code execution on unpatched machines; while it had previously only been exploited in proofs of concept, it has potentially devastating consequences.Another worm that targeted Windows machines in 2017, the NotPetya ransomware attack, caused more than 10 billion dollars in damage worldwide.But so far, the widespread BlueKeep hacking merely installs a cryptocurrency miner, leeching a victim's processing power to generate cryptocurrency.But this is the first instance where I’ve seen it being used on a mass scale," says Marcus Hutchins, a malware researcher for security firm Kryptos Logic who was one of the first to build a working proof-of-concept for the BlueKeep vulnerability.
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