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Google has begun trialling a 'clear' button in search that will allow users to move onto a new query without having to manually delete their current text.According to 9ToGoogle, this experiment seems to be restricted to only some Google accounts.It's currently unclear if any Australian users are part of the UI trial.Anyone who does get a chance to use it will see a rectangle 'clear' button on the far right of the main search box.It doesn't appear to currently be working with most other result tabs such as 'news'.It's not a huge change, but if rolled out properly it would be a nifty little feature that will certainly help save some search time.
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Matleveransföretaget Doordash, which has Softbank as an investor, taking up nearly a billion dollars (100 million u.s. dollars).what makes that The startup is reaching a score of 126 billion dollars, according to sources familiar to Bloomberg News.the Investment comes after the company received eur 5.9 billion kroner ($600 million) in may, a investeringsrunda, which was led by the Darsana Capital Partners.this is The latest investment from T. Rowe Price Group, which is a new investor in the Doordash.Doordash, which launched in 2013, has raised close to two billion dollars over the past 18 months.the Company competes with, among other things, Grubhub, and Uber Eats.
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The Galaxy is ready for the taking when you wear a Garmin Legacy Series Darth Vader Special Edition smartwatch .The Sith-inspired watch has a 45mm case, a leather and black silicon band, a slate bezel, and red and black design elements that include Vader’s TIE fighter.While you work on your galaxy takeover strategy, the Darth Vader smartwatch will support you with fitness and wellness-tracking tools, smart notifications, music storage, and the Garmin Pay contactless payment system.The 1.3-inch diameter lens is Corning Gorilla Glass 3, so it should take a beating while you travel the galaxy in search of errant Jedi, princesses, rebels, and various miscreants.The 260 x 260-pixel touchscreen color display is sunlight-visible transflective MIP (memory-in-pixel), so you should be able to track your progress, read alerts, and see the time in any lighting conditions short of a leap to hyperspace.Weighing in at 50.5 grams (1.8 ounces), the watch is water-rated at five atmospheres.
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Earlier this week, SoftBank’s Masayoshi Son said that it was a mistake to have invested in WeWork, and shared a “simple” three step plan to turn around the company, which included dumping side businesses that aren’t profitable.Well, it seems like that might be happening soon, as WeWork has published a “90-day game plan” that divests itself of those non-core businesses and includes internal layoffs, as first reported by CNBC.Here are the businesses that WeWork says it is going to get rid of.One is a company that makes wave pools.Here’s the full game plan, if you want to read it yourself.It seems the company’s new focus will be its core business of selling shared office space — though apparently targeted more toward enterprises, which make up 43 percent of the company’s “total memberships” right now.
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I had already binged on Diagnosis and burned through The Medical Detectives.My favourite TV characters now have names like “leishmaniasis” and “raccoon roundworm.” My dreams?In just a few hundred words, headlines like “Why Did the Young Woman’s Heartburn Keep Getting Worse?” and “The Boy Was Feverish, With a Swollen Testicle.Watching Diagnosis is a bit like clicking on a successful GoFundMe for knee surgery.In The Medical Detectives, 11 “derelicts” in Manhattan turn the color of the sky, a herd of hogs become stumble-hoofed and blind, and – in a kind of Italian-American Greek tragedy – a New Jersey pizzeria owner named Rudy suddenly can’t bear the smell of his beloved tomatoes:“All I could do was stand in the woods all day.
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I guess land speed records need the help of the righteous!
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From previous press releases we already know that Ulefone Armor 7 is the world’s 1st 48MP triple camera with Helio 90 flagship rugged phone.Now, it finally launched on the market and many customers are curious about its performance.To give customers a first glance at the new device before they receive it, Ulefone released a hands-on video to show their versatile flagship phone.So let’s go ahead and check out the video below.Design-wise, the Ulefone Armor 7 adopts composite material back color with matte lustre, looks decent and upscale.Of course, it is backed by IP68/IP69K/MIL-STD-810G certifications and the video proves just that since it withstood sudden drops or water bath.
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En miljon laddpunkter till 2030.Tyska regeringen har satt ner foten.Som en del i ett enormt klimatpaket ska laddinfrastukturen i landet byggas ut ordentligt.Det var i ett uttalande under söndagen som förbundskansler Angela Merkel först yttrade regeringens ambitioner kring en utökad laddinfrastruktur.Totalt kommer det stora klimatpaketet vara på 54 miljarder euro, varav 3,5 av dessa är öronmärkta till att bygga laddinfrastruktur.I dagsläget finns det uppskattningsvis 20 000 laddpunkter – och en miljon innebär att det kommer att kräva en rask utbyggnad.
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< A defaulted miljardaffär, in the end, the jackpot for the utlandssvensken Oskar Hjertonsson, but riskkapitalprofilen Pär-Jörgen Pärson, leaving one of their portfolio companies as a form of protest following a failed sale for your Payment.in Addition, the Consumer protection agency, a massive raid on the Swedish card company.There are a few of the topics Di, Digital reporters, Jonas Leijonhufvud, John carlson and Björn Wallenberg to discuss in the last section of the Digitalpodden.this is Our Silicon Valley correspondent, Miriam Olsson Jeffery's arguments are also on Facebook and Twitter, pajkastning on purchased political ads, as a matter of course for the presidency in 2020.Listen in to this week's pod is here:Have you heard of the Digitalpodden?
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Realising that environmental issues are the big draw this general election season, Labour announces its pricey Warm Homes for All scheme.The plan will see almost all of the UK's 27 million homes overhauled to install double glazing, loft insulation, new heating systems, and other renewable tech features for the low, low price of £250bn, which is around £9,300 per residence.Speaking about the policy over the weekend, Jeremy Corbyn said the scheme will "create a sustainable energy network," adding that "we cannot go on standing by while climate warming increases."£60bn of the estimated cost will come from the government, while the rest of the cost covered through interest-free loans that would be repaid.Low-income households can apply for a grant, while wealthier homes would go down the interest-free loan route.The cost for the work would be recuperated via savings, while those same savings would go towards paying off the loans in the latter scenario.
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WhatsApp has announced that its app can now be locked with a fingerprint on Android, following the addition of biometric security to its iOS version earlier this year.Turning the feature on means you’ll need to use your fingerprint to unlock the app even after unlocking your phone.It’s an extra level of security similar to what you might find in a banking app.The update doesn’t appear to be available in all regions just yet, but once it arrives, WhatsApp says you’ll be able to toggle on the extra security from within the app’s Privacy settings menu.There are options to let the app remain unlocked for one or 30 minutes after you unlock it, and there’s also a toggle to prevent the contents of your messages from appearing in notifications.We’ve known that the feature was coming to Android since WABetaInfo reported that it had appeared in a beta version of the app back in August.
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Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.A former Juul executive is alleging in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that the San Francisco-based company sold tainted pods to customers and retailers and that he was retaliated against for bringing up his concerns.In the lawsuit filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California, first reported by BuzzFeed News and obtained by Business Insider, Siddharth Breja, a former senior vice president of global finance for Juul, claims that the company sent to market "approximately one million mint-flavored e-cigarette nicotine pods that it admits were contaminated."Breja describes several examples in which he says he attempted to speak out against poor practices in the company but was met with disregard from those higher up in the corporate chain.Roughly 250,000 refill kits, equivalent to 1 million pods, containing the tainted liquid were manufactured and sold to retailers and customers."The allegations concerning safety issues with Juul products are equally meritless, and we already investigated the underlying manufacturing issue and determined the product met all applicable specifications," Juul said.
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Chrome devs have had a little rant about "misinformation", repeating that DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) won't yet be introduced by default in upcoming builds of the browser.In a blog post published last night, Google's Chrome product manager insisted it was not going to "force users to change their DNS provider" despite building the technology into Chrome 78, released last week.The blurb comes as part of Google's effort to convince hostile police agencies and legislators around the world that DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) won't result in ordinary people's internet usage being shielded from the ability of state agencies and ISPs to monitor and police them.In contrast, Mozilla, maker of Firefox, has vowed to press on and redirect users' DNS queries to its preferred host, Cloudflare.If so, the query is routed to the ISP's DoH servers, and if not then their DNS queries continue over an unencrypted connection, just as they do today."We are optimistic about the opportunities DoH offers for improving user privacy and security, but we also understand the importance of DNS and that there could be implementation concerns we haven't foreseen," simpered the Chocolate Factory in its blog post.
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Google has finally released a feature Google Home owners have long been asking for.Users can now set up their original Google Home or Home Mini devices in pairs as a single stereo speaker output.Devices like the Home Max and the new Nest Mini already have this feature.Thanks to Android Police, we now see the featured is rolling out to Google’s older devices as well.Once you get the update, setting this up is only a few taps away in the Google Home app.All you have to do is tap one of the speakers you want to pair, tap the settings icon on the top right of your screen, and scroll down until you see “Speaker pair.” Selecting this option will walk you through the setup process.
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Den brittiska telekommyndigheten Ofcom planerar för en auktion av nya 5g-licenser till våren.Auktionerna kommer att gälla för licenser på två spektrum: 80 MHz av det så kallade 700 MHz-bandet och 120 MHz av 3,6–3,8 GHz-bandet.Det senare spektrat är primärt avsett för 5g-tjänster.De fyra stora mobiloperatörna i Storbritannien – EE, Vodafone, O2 och Three – har lanserat 5g i år och de nya våglängder som nu öppnas upp ökar utrymmet för att bygga kapacitet och kvalitet i deras mobiltjänster, enligt Ofcom.För landsbygden planerar de fyra operatörerna att bygga ett delat nätverk, med bidrag från statliga pengar, för att därigenom få bort vad som kallas ”not-spots” av brittiska mobilanvändare.Ofcom avser att ha ett tak på 37 procent av de spektrum en enskild mobiloperatör får ha efter 5g-auktionen.
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This morning, Google scientists confirmed in a blog post that their quantum computer had needed just 200 seconds to solve a problem that they claim would take the world’s fastest supercomputer 10,000 years to complete.The team first ran the algorithm last spring using a 54-qubit processor called “Sycamore.” While the achievement is called quantum supremacy, it doesn’t mean that quantum computers are suddenly more capable than classical computers, since Google’s quantum computer only beat the competition at a single, highly contrived problem.Quantum computers with day-to-day applications may still be decades away, but this is an important scientific milestone when comparing quantum computers to their classical counterpart.“For such large-scale endeavours it is good engineering practice to formulate decisive short-term goals that demonstrate whether the designs are going in the right direction,” Google’s John Martinis and Sergio Boxio, chief scientists of quantum hardware and quantum computing theory, wrote in the blog post.“So, we devised an experiment as an important milestone to help answer these questions.”Quantum computers are a new kind of computing device that could one day be capable of solving problems that classical computers can’t.
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The most poignant sign of this for me was seeing an infographic I created adorning the main music stage at Reading Festival 2019.The climate stripes illustrate the global average temperature for every year since 1850 in the form of a colored stripe.Shades of blue represent cooler years and red, warmer years.The overall effect is a striking trend towards hotter temperatures in recent decades, as a result of human-caused climate change.The climate stripes follow other visualizations of climate data that I’ve created in recent years, including an animation depicting global temperature rise data as an ever-expanding spiral.These graphics are simple and bright, but they’re based on solid science and carry a serious message.
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Hint: It rhymes with 'throwing' as lawmakers baulk at lobbing an unknown amount of cash into the 2024 lunar bonfireNASA brought a smile to faces of Boeing shareholders this week with the announcement that it would be ordering 10 Space Launch System (SLS) core stages from the US aviation giant for Artemis rocket launches to the Moon.In what doubtless brought a frisson of recollection to many, the 212 foot-long behemoth was lifted into a vertical position in the giant structure's transfer aisle, just like the external tank of the shuttle, back in the day.Boeing is under contract to build the SLS core stages for the first two Artemis missions, as well as the pathfinder currently swinging around in the VAB.The rocket purchase authorisation means Boeing can get cracking on the third core stage which will be used for the Artemis III mission and that all important 2024 crewed landing on the Moon.It is expected that the next batch of rocket core stages will not suffer the same hideous cost overruns and horrendously drawn-out birthing process of the first build, which might finally fly in 2021 after years of delay.
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One of the most frustrating things that can happen when you’re on a cloudops team is having end users go directly to your leadership to complain about some issue with the cloud-based systems.It could be performance, lack of some feature, availability, or a compatibility problem with a browser.You cannot fix or improve what you don’t know about.Most enterprises with a cloud operations team don’t have good communications between the end users and the cloud operations staff.Indeed, often they get feedback from leadership, as end users elevate all issues early and often, resulting in a political tap dance that leaves everyone frustrated.[ Discover InfoWorld’s 2019 Bossie Award winners: The best open source software for software development, cloud computing, data analytics, and machine learning. ]
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Since the arrival of Android 10, companies have got to work to provide the new version of Google’s operating system for their terminals.During this month, it was planned that the top of the range of the Huawei subsidiary, the Honor 20 and 20 Pro would receive the Android 10 beta.This has already occurred and users of both devices will begin receiving it shortly.A couple of months ago, Huawei announced which terminals would be updated to Android 10.In the coming months under the renewed EMUI 10 and Magic UI 3.0 layer.Although some Huawei devices have already begun to receive the public beta or the final version of EMUI 10.
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Will there be a Half-Life VR game?And will it stand in for the infinitely-postponed Half-Life 3 game that's haunted fans of the bestselling franchise for years?Speculation is mounting over a VR title planned for the Valve Index VR headset that launched earlier this year.Valve has said that it would release its first flagship VR titles releasing before the end of 2019, and evidence suggests that a game set in the Half-Life universe could be it.Half-Life 3: the sequel game that never wasYouTuber Tyler McVicker has released a video essay on the mounting clues for a Half-Life VR game, including multiple mentions of something called "HLVR" in the source code for existing Valve devices and software.
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2019 is the year of the 5G launch, and so far O2 has been the only major network not to reveal the plan for its own 5G rollout - barring a few teases here and there.O2's 5G goes live today, and what's more it won't be charging people extra for the privilege.The benefit of being with O2 so far is that it offers complete flexibility if you want it, and that lets you customise things like contract length, data allowance, upfront payments, and so on.A bit like Three, but with better coverage and flexibility.Sadly, though, 5G handsets tend to cost more, so if you get one of them on contract you're probably going to be paying a little bit extra as a result.O2's network isn't getting a huge rollout, but it will be available in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London, Leeds, and its hometown of Slough.
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After a pair of games in St. Louis this weekend that saw the Nationals take a 2-0 lead over the Cardinals in the National League Championship Series, the Cards try to claw their way back.The Cardinals' offense has also been anemic in the series so far, scoring just one run on four hits as Nationals starters Anibal Sachez and Max Scherzer each carried no-hit bids deep into the first two games.Tonight's Game 3 promises to be a pitcher's duel between St. Louis ace Jack Flaherty and Washington's Stephen Strasburg, who has been brilliant in three starts this postseason.The best-of-seven NLCS between the Nats and Cards will be broadcast on TBS.First pitch for Game 3 tonight is set for 7:38 p.m.Here's the remaining schedule for the best-of-seven NLCS on TBS (all times ET):
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OnePlus still had smartphones to announce before the end of the year, during the last presentation in India, many of us expected the complete terminals of the 7T series, but OnePlus only showed the OnePlus 7T.Terminals that arrive with the latest specifications and features that could make OnePlus stand out from its rivals.ONEPLUS 7T PRO MCLAREN EDITION6.67 inches with Quad HD + resolution (3,120 x 1,440 pixels), Fluid AMOLED technology, 90 Hz frequency and HDR10 support6.67 inches with Quad HD + resolution (3,120 x 1,440 pixels), Fluid AMOLED technology, 90 Hz frequency and HDR10 support48MP rear camera with Dual LED Flash, 7P lens, f/1.6 aperture, 1/2.25″ Sony IMX586 sensor, 0.8μm pixel size, OIS, EIS, 8MP Telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture, 1.0 μm pixel size, OIS, 3x zoom, 16MP 117 ultra-wide lens with f/2.2 aperture, 2.5cm macro
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Lexus says its future is electrified.That much, we already knew since Toyota plans to launch a total of 10 electric vehicles by the middle of next decade.On Thursday, we caught our first glimpse of the first, and it's a fully electric Lexus model.The announcement included a single teaser image that only shows a portion of the front headlight.However, rumors have insisted it will be a similar vehicle to the LF-SA concept shown back in 2015.The concept showed a small city car of sorts and this new concept could double down on the microcar proportions with a hatchback design.
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Nearly all admin warnings are false alarms, says Kaspersky, and that's not a bad thingThis according to security giant Kaspersky, who analyzed (PDF) customer data over the first six months of 2019 and concluded that, 99 per cent of the time, alarms are being raised as the result of something other than a hacker.The Kaspersky team analyzed more than 40,000 reports generated by its Managed Protection service and found that of those, just 515 were actually traced back to an attack on the customer's network.This isn't unusual, says the security house.In fact, somewhat astonishingly Kaspersky argues that if you're not up to your armpits in such reports, you're doing something very wrong."If you don’t see a large number of false-positive events in your network, that probably means that you are missing a lot of important security incidents,” explained Sergey Soldatov, head of the security operation center at Kaspersky.
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And though his latest movie, Joker, is set in an expansive comic book world, the idea of a second film always seemed unlikely.If he was willing to do it, and if people show up to this movie, and Warners came to us and said, ‘You know what?“Honestly, I can’t stop thinking about [the character],” Phoenix told Popcorn With Peter Travers in an interview posted last week.“I talked to Todd a lot about what else we might be able to do, in general, just to work together, but also specifically, if there’s something else we can do with Joker that might be interesting.So, it ended up being a dream role.It’s nothing that I really wanted to do prior to working on this movie.”
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The eminently controversial clown movie (what a thing to say) Joker, directed by Todd Phillips and starring Joaquin Phoenix, has made its theatrical debut in a month not known for big openings or high budget extravaganzas.With that said, its opening weekend did exceedingly well.As noted by the Hollywood Reporter, Joker has debuted with $93.5 million in domestic box office earnings, setting a new record for a theatrical opening in the month of October.This is despite both the film’s controversy and the increased security measures at many cinemas as a result of that controversy, which included concerns that the film’s realistic take on the Joker could spark real-life violence.The film also did exceptionally well overseas, earning $140.5 million abroad.It also marked the best opening for Warner Bros. in two years.
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Despite the rollout of the fifth generation of cellular technology (5G) in the UAE, Dubai-based telecom operator du is witnessing a slower shift of consumers from 4G to 5G compared to 3G to 4G.Saleem Al Blooshi, Chief Technology Officer at EITC, the parent company of du, told TechRadar Middle East that they are creating the supply [infrastructure] this year and the demand will start happening next year.“Right now, we are covering 8% of the populated area of the UAE with 5G and 15% by the end of the year.We expect to cover 100% of the UAE in the next three years.We expect 5G smartphones to overtake 4G by 2022,” he said.However, he said that there are some challenges in the rollout of 5G such as space availability in the towers and power consumption on 5G as it is very power-intensive at this stage.
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Vizio's 55-inch M-Series Quantum TV offers an excellent image quality and some smart features at an affordable price.For a limited time, the TV is on sale for $300 off its normal price, bringing the cost down to $500.Vizio has been building some of the best value-for-money TVs of the past few years.You can get the 55-inch model of the TV for $300 off at Best Buy for a limited time.That brings the total price down to $499.99, which is great for a TV of this size and quality.As you would expect, the TV offers a 4K resolution and support for HDR.
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