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“IT support is just the start”Conversational AI specialist Moveworks has raised $75 million in a Series B financing round, bringing the company’s total amount raised to $105 million, putting a chunky feather in the cap after a blistering 2019 during which it came out of stealth mode.The company, whose CTO and co-founder Vaibhav Nivargi spoke with Computer Business Review last month, provides a cloud-based AI platform designed for large enterprises that uses AI to resolve employees’ IT support issues.Moveworks Funding: Microsoft Chairman Dips In…New investors ICONIQ Capital, Kleiner Perkins and Sapphire Ventures led the round with participation from existing investors Lightspeed Venture Partners, Bain Capital Ventures, and Comerica Bank.The round included a personal investment from John W. Thompson, Partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners and Chairman of Microsoft.
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You'll pay a $10 premium for the model with the clock function, although keep your eyes peeled for deals from Amazon during Black Friday, as the Echo Dot is often discounted or bundled with other smart home gadgets at a compelling price.Where Amazon took a very upfront approach to the upgrade behind its new entry-level smart speaker, the improvements to Google's 2019 update are less obvious.Those who are especially concerned with privacy, or who live with spotty internet, might also appreciate the onboard machine learning chip that will gradually recognize the spoken commands you give to Google Assistant, and then process them locally, rather than sending them out over Google's servers.The difference in this case is the hardware is the same.Some people might consider that a plus.The Nest Hub can display images from your Google Photos library and by automatically adjusting the brightness with the ambient light levels, those family selfies and vacation photos always look good on the screen.
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Mercury had a rare celestial occurrence Monday, as stargazers saw the planet -- in the form of a small black dot -- pass between the sun and Earth.The event, known as the Mercury Transit, began about 7:35 a.m. and lasted more than five hours.The solar system's smallest planet is also the closest to the sun.The East Coast, Canada, South and Central America got to see the whole show, weather permitting.MOON AND MERCURY MAY HAVE THICK DEPOSITS OF ICE, STUDY SUGGESTS"The planet currently looks like a tiny, traveling blemish on the sun's face as it passes in front of the sun," Space.com reported.
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”Stämningen på marknaden är en annan nu”, säger Pär-Jörgen Pärson, partner på Northzone.Som partner på Northzone sitter Pär-Jörgen Pärson på första parkett.Hans riskkapitalbolag är bland annat känt för att ha backat två av de senaste årens mest framgångsrika svenska techbolag, Spotify och Izettle, fram till en börsnotering respektive försäljning i fjol.Jag tror att vi är på toppen nu, och att det till och med redan kan ha vänt.Och i år toppar Klarna, där Northzone är storägare, listan över de svenska bolag som tagit in mest pengar i år med 5,5 miljarder kronor.Stämningen på marknaden är en annan nu, och kraven har dragits åt ganska mycket.”
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NASA has released satellite photos showing the world's thickest glacier, once thought to be impervious to global warming, has retreated.The images, released by NASA Earth Observatory, show the Taku Glacier in Alaska, one of the largest in the world, had slowly started to retreat.Up until now, it was one of the only glaciers in the world that had resisted the effects of climate change maintaining its size.Satellite shots taken between August 20 2014 and August 9 2019 show subtle changes around the boundaries where the glacier and river meet.Mauri Pelto, a researcher at Massachusetts's Nichols College, has been observing the glaciers for nearly 40 years, according to Earth Observatory's post, and once believed Taku Glacier might be one of only glaciers in Alaska to resist the effects of climate change."We thought the mass balance at Taku was so positive that it was going to be able to advance for the rest of the century," Pelto said.
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Samsung Galaxy M-series is alongside the Galaxy A-series the South-Korean way of reinventing its midrange smartphone division.Back in 2018, the company has seen massive losses due to the lack of interest in their midranges.With the Galaxy M and A-series, Samsung is bringing some features that were only present in their past flagships.The Galaxy M-series is available in some emerging markets, but it’s mainly focused in the Indian stronghold.The Galaxy M devices are available on Flipkart, Amazon and on Samsung’s own website, as well as the Samsung Experience Stores across the country.However, there’s one big field missing – the third party offline market.
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“Science at its core is systematically racist and sexist,” said computational biologist Laura Boykin at the WIRED 25 conference in San Francisco on Friday.Boykin works for the Cassava Virus Action Project, which uses DNA sequencing technology to help farmers in Africa find pathogens in the staple crop in real time.Referencing a study published in Nature last week suggesting that modern human life may have originated in Botswana, Boykin said, “Nature should never have published the study.Local communities had no access to the data.Malkia Devich-Cyril, her fellow panelist, had an equally grim assessment of how US technology companies handle the data of communities of color.“They know everything about us, and we know nothing about them,” said Devich-Cyril, cofounder of the media and technology rights and representation organization MediaJustice.
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After much research, CNET has determined which products will top the toy list this season.Surprise toys, interactive animals, super heroes, action figures and slime are still in demand, and L.O.L.Requests for fun new tech toy picks like Lumies, Osmo, and Snapstar are also bound to show up in Santa's mail.And if it's action they're after, we have the latest scooter and some retro roller skates to pick from.Check out our list of the best and hottest Christmas toys to buy and let us help you find the perfect gift for any kiddo on your holiday toy shopping list.The Amazing Surprise is a huge box that includes 14 exclusive dolls and over 70 unboxing surprises.
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The first two electrically-powered models are to be used for the transport of goods and for the refuse collection in a city environment.the Series is expected to launch in the early 2020's.In February, delivered a Volvogruppen its first electric-powered trucks to the pilot customers in Gothenburg, sweden.Now switch on the fordonsjätten up, and open the order book.the Case is supposed to start on a small scale in march 2020.The first of the models, the program is a two-axle Volvo FL, Electric system with a maximum weight of up to 16.7 tons and a maximum range of up to 300 kilometers away.
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You want an alarm clock to reliably wake you up on time, but that doesn't make it any less aggravating when a repeated buzzing sound rouses you from a restful sleep and prompts you to get ready for work.Given that they all mainly serve a single purpose, sorting through the crowd can feel like splitting hairs.I checked the recommended products on other sites, and looked at top sellers and top-rated models on Amazon, Best Buy, Bed Bath & Beyond, Target and Walmart.Extras and customizability were nice, especially at higher prices, but I generally preferred those that got the basics right for an affordable price.It's $16, which is a little more than other competent models I tested, but still easily affordable for something you'll use every day.The big red numbers dominate the LED display, and the snooze button is easy to find and smack when you want to shut up the alarm in the morning.
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The ubiquity of APIs and cloud solutions have opened up a world of interesting ways for businesses to create a service without having to build every part of it themselves.Now, a startup that has built a way to help safeguard against that threat — using homomorphic encryption — is announcing funding, a sign of market demand and the opportunity it presents for cybersecurity.Duality, which builds solutions based on homomorphic encryption — a technique that encrypts an organization’s data in a way that lets it stay encrypted even as the company collaborates with third parties that also process the data — is today announcing that it has raised $16 million in funding.Intel’s are used in a wide range of use cases that include cloud services and massive hardware companies, you could see where the two might work together more in the future.One customer it did name was the CDA, the Cyber Defense Alliance, in the UK, a cross-bank security alliance.Another is may well be Heart, the other investor named in this round.
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Samsung revealed two new laptop lines today, bringing QLED display panels to laptops for the first time ever.In addition to the Samsung Galaxy Book Flex (which we’ve spoken of in a separate article), Samsung revealed the Samsung Galaxy Book Ion.The Ion is nearly as striking to see as its Flex brethren, with sharp corners and an “Aura Silver” color – with a hint of some deep, wild cool tones (blues, greens) for accent tones.Samsung suggested in release materials that the Galaxy Book Ion is an “advanced, agile ultra-lightweight PC.” This device is made with “ultralight magnesium” where the other Galaxy notebook revealed today is made with aluminum.Magnesium is in place here because it’s significantly lighter than aluminum without sacrificing a massive amount of structural strength.The thickness of the two models of Samsung Galaxy Book Ion is 12.9/14.9mm thin, and in its smallest edition it weighs less than 1kg.
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Ett fulladdat batteri ska ge Fords crossover en räckvidd på 48 mil.Den 17 november avtäcks elbilen, och det ryktas att prislappen kommer att landa på drygt 480 000 kronor.Ford har en väldigt ambitiös elektrifieringsstrategi.Elbilen som ska öppna upp marknaden blir en Mustang-inspirerad crossover.Ford har regelbundet släppt små "teasers" för det kommande flaggskeppet.Nu har Ford gått ut med att elbilen kommer att avtäckas den 17 november.
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the Japanese Softbank, which is essentially a telecommunications company, with a finanskändisen Masayoshi Son, is in the vanguard, has had a less successful time in the market.in its own shares, and several of the most high-profile investments in Visionsfonden has been raging for the past six months.Investments of the Visionsfonden have more and more been criticized for the blow-up of a techbubbla.the Failure of Weworks noteringsförsök have skrattats out, and the Wall Street tyckare to point the finger, to call Masayoshi Son, of a naked emperor, and the investeringsupplägget of a castle in the air.having been the capital of kungahusen in the Gulf countries and to the global engineering industry has been to have Softbank had the intention of funneling money from the oil and the profits for investments in the Silicon Valley-company through a Visionsfonden.the Money has been amongst the fallen, in large blocks of shares in Uber, Lift it up, Over, and Wework.
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With a strategic one-two punch, Apple has released the $329 Apple 10.2-inch iPad (2019), and simultaneously debuted iPadOS, creating an iPad system that is designed for the rest of us.The new hardware features an A10 Fusion chip, Retina display with nearly 3.5 million pixels, day-long battery life, and Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard support.But you’re going to want to protect that glass and aluminum baby from harm as you tote it back and forth from work, or from the living room to the kitchen, and the best 10.2-inch iPad cases and keyboard cases will help you do just that.The magnetic smart cover supports the usual auto wake/sleep functionality.Infiland Case for 10.2-inch iPad 2019Exclusively designed for the 10.2-inch seventh-generation iPad, the Infiland features an extra back pocket that lets you store small items like business cards or a USB charging cable and also supports the auto wake/sleep feature.
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Condé Nast, which has long taken magazines established in the U.S. and introduced them into new international markets, is experimenting with doing just the opposite.La Cucina Italiana, a food and wine magazine from Condé Nast Italia, is the publisher’s first international title to be introduced into the U.S. market.The publication arrives after the company consolidated its infrastructure under Condé Nast International, helmed by a newly formed position in global CEO Roger Lynch.Condé Nast is no stranger to taking U.S. brands global.Take Vogue, for example, which now has more than 15 international editions, including in Australia, Korea and Ukraine.Condé Nast has already grown La Cucina Italiana’s presence after acquiring the title in 2013.
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Earlier this week I told you Facebook‘s ‘cryptocurrency‘ saga had turned into a soap opera and that it was going to be a long season, and it seems I wasn’t wrong.The technology giant is facing a new challenge after the G7 said on Thursday that such stablecoins shouldn’t be allowed to launch until international risk was assessed.Ultimately, regulators and governors are scared about Libra‘s potential impact on the world’s monetary system and financial stability — a concern echoed by the G7 working group report.There are also concerns about the digital currency being used for money laundering and financing terrorism.The report also highlighted issues about cybersecurity, taxation, and privacy.“The G7 believes that no global stablecoin project should begin operation until the legal, regulatory and oversight challenges and risks” are addressed, the task force, chaired by European Central Bank board member Benoit Coeure, said.
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Don't let someone get a hold of your Google Pixel 4.It has been confirmed that the Face Unlock feature for the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL will still work even if your eyes are closed, the BBC reports.TechRadar can confirm that even Google knows this might be an issue: in Security settings, a disclaimer warns users that their phone can be unlocked if someone holds the phone up to their face - even if their eyes are closed.The issues with that are obvious.If Google's Face Unlock will grant access to your phone even when your eyes are closed, then all someone has to do is hold your Pixel 4 up to your face while you're asleep.This is a serious security concern, as forcing you to unlock your phone would be very easy this way.
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NASA has inked a rocket deal with Boeing that will see the company supply up to ten of the huge SLS rockets the American space agency will use for its Artemis missions.The deal space exploration rocket is earmarked for use initially for Moon missions, but if all goes to plan will be used for manned missions to Mars and beyond.Indeed, NASA has only just completed assembling the first SLS rocket, when it added the engine section to the rest of the structure back in mid-September.The Space Launch System (SLS) is a mild name for what is in reality a vast space craft.212 feet tall when fully assembled, the SLS Core Stage is described by NASA as “the backbone of the rocket.” It consists of five main parts, with the engine section at one end and the forward skirt at the other, and a liquid hydrogen tank, interbank, and liquid oxygen tank sandwiched in-between.Four RS-25 engines are in the engine section, for a total of two million ponds of thrust.
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Alongside all of Google’s new hardware and software announcements yesterday, there was another development that a lot of people might have missed: Google’s Daydream VR headset appears to be going away.The death of Daydream VR has been a long time coming.After Google launched its smartphone-based VR headset in 2016, the platform didn’t get much in the way of support in the three years since its release.Then, when specs for the Pixel 4 failed to mention compatibility for Daydream VR, VentureBeat got confirmation from Google that the device is being discontinued (though the app and store will continue to work for now).But more importantly, when you combine Daydream’s end-of-life status with the lack of support for Samsung’s Gear VR headset on the Galaxy Note 10, we’re essentially looking at the death of smartphone-based VR headsets as a whole.While this might sound like a bad thing for the future of VR – which still struggles to garner mainstream appeal – it’s actually a positive sign of things to come.
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At its Made by Google event this morning, Google announced that the Stadia streaming gaming service will roll out to preorder customers on November 19.That specific date further clarifies a vaguer "November" launch window that was announced back in June.In a blog post accompanying the on-stage announcement, Google further clarified that the service would go live at 9am PST (12pm EST, 5pm BST) on that day.Google Stadia requires $130 upfront, $10 per month at November launchAs previously discussed, the only players who will be able to access Stadia on that launch day are those who spend $129 to pre-purchase the Stadia Founder's Edition package (or the substantially similar Premiere Edition that was announced later).Those packages come with a Wi-Fi Stadia Controller, a Chromecast Ultra for TV streaming, three months of Stadia Pro, and a streamable copy of Destiny 2.
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If that floats your boatSoftwareONE, one of the world's largest Microsoft resellers, has started pre-booking its shares ahead of an initial public offering on the Swiss stock exchange later this month.Aside from Microsoft, the firm also flings licensing and services of some 7,500 other software providers, employing 5,300 people around the world to look after 65,000 businesses.It claims to have shifted 10 million people to cloud services and provides a full range of cloud and software licensing services along with training, managed services and asset management.It also boasts to have increased adjusted margins from 17 per cent in 2016 to 33 per cent in 2018 thanks to automation and standardisation.The price range has been set at CHF 16.50 (£13.20) to CHF 21.00 (£16.80) per share, giving an offer size of approximately CHF 636.1m (£509.02m) to CHF 809.5m (£647.77m), which gives SoftwareONE a total market capitalisation of approximately CHF 2.5bn (£2bn) to CHF 3.2bn (£2.56bn).
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Fortnite has proven itself as one of the most popular games of all time, which of course means plenty of merchandising opportunities.We’ve already seen a lot of merchandise hit the shelves over the past couple of years, but now one of the strangest Fortnite-themed products has arrived: Fortnite Jenga.Hasbro launched Fortnite Jenga today at both Target and Amazon, and while one of the goals is still to avoid being the person to topple the tower, this doesn’t seem like it’ll play exactly like traditional Jenga.For starters, the Jenga blocks are colored like the wood, brick, and metal resources from Fortnite, and the goal is actually to move your chosen character up the tower of blocks while forcing other players to move down.Movement is accomplished by way of a spinner, which not only determines how many levels players climb, but also how many blocks are stacked on top of the tower each turn.Players are represented by four different pegs that fit into the sides of the blocks, with each one showing a different Fortnite skin.
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The first 15 minutes or so of Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen are some of the most agonising moments of television this year.They squarely focus on the brutalisation of multiple black Americans during the infamous Tulsa race riots in the US state of Oklahoma – a day when mobs of crazed white people descended upon, attacked, and murdered black Oklahomans because they felt empowered to do so.In this universe, the Watchmen were very much a thing, but the legacies they’ve all built have played out in ways you wouldn’t immediately imagine.Rorschach might have been a misunderstood antihero originally, but here his name and iconography have been co-opted by terror cells of white supremacists known as the Seventh Cavalry, who are coordinating a mysterious attack that’s meant to change the world as the series begins.The pejoratively-referred to “Redford-ations” have made it so that the victims and descendants of racially-driven subjugation no longer have to pay taxes.Unsurprisingly, there are more than a few enraged white people – like the Seventh Cavalry – who hate that aspect of their society.
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Årets Nobelpris i kemi tilldelas John B Goodenough, M Stanley Whittingham och Akira Yoshino för utvecklingen av litiumjonbatterier.Pristagarna tillkännagavs av Göran K Hansson, ständig sekreterare för Kungliga vetenskapsakademien, under en presskonferens i Stockholm.– Jag tänkte väl att ni skulle gilla det, sade Hansson till de samlade journalisterna.Kemipriset har genom åren mottagits av 181 personer, varav 5 kvinnor.Den yngsta pristagaren var 35 år och den äldsta 85.Förra året delade tre pristagare på kemipriset för forskning som kretsar kring så kallad riktad evolution.
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The Atlanta-based MapHabit team, led by Stuart Zola, Ph.D., will receive the $250,000 first prize for their mobile device application that helps people with dementia follow simple commands to perform daily tasks, such as taking pills and brushing teeth, and also provides feedback to caregivers.The Eureka competition is designated for biomedical science that could realize significant advancements and/or improve health outcomes in diseases and conditions that have a disproportionately small research investment relative to expenses for prevention and treatment, represent a serious and significant disease burden, or for which there is potential for significant return on investment.Because the care of people with these diseases is complex and can involve multiple care settings, care providers, and interventions, new technologies offer the potential for aiding people in the care spectrum, including people with dementia, professional and family caregivers, health care providers, and health care service organizations.Applicants could either develop new technology applications or make improvements to existing apps.Applications were submitted by both individuals and teams, including researchers from the field of aging and other individuals, start-up companies, and biotechnology firms.The judging was based on five criteria: creativity and innovation, rationale and potential impact, value to relevant stakeholders, usability, and functionality and feasibility.
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Deep Fusion will only work with iOS devices running an A13 Bionic processor, which is currently only the newest iPhones.When the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro were first announced in September, Apple showed off the new ultrawide-angle camera, Night Mode and an improved selfie camera, all of which represented a significant step forward for iPhone photography and videos.And now that they're in the wild, we've tested the new iPhone cameras and can confirm their improvements as well as the absolute enjoyment we feel using that ultrawide-angle camera.But there's one camera feature that Apple teased at its fall iPhone event that no one has gotten to try: Deep Fusion.While it sounds like the name of an acid jazz band, Apple claims the brand-new photo processing technique will make your pictures pop with detail while keeping the amount of image noise relatively low.Right now, anytime you take a photo on an iPhone 11, 11 Pro or 11 Pro Max, the default mode is Smart HDR, which takes a series of images before and after your shot and blends them together to improve the dynamic range and detail.
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Tropical Storm Mitag was dropping heavy rainfall along coastal areas of South Korea and lighter rainfall over the entire country.The Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM satellite provided a look at the rainfall occurring from the system.The GPM's core satellite passed over Tropical Storm Mitag on Oct. 2 at 8:46 a.m. EDT (1246 UTC).GPM found heaviest rain falling in scattered areas over the eastern and southern coasts of South Korea and over the Sea of Japan.GPM found light rain falling over the rest of South Korea at around 0.2 inches (5 millimeters) per hour.On Oct. 2 at 11 a.m. EDT (1500 UTC), Mitag was located near latitude 34.4 degrees north and longitude 126.3 degrees west.
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Google announced new privacy updates on Wednesday that include the ability to delete Google Assistant history and the addition of incognito mode in Google Maps.In a blog post, Eric Miraglia, director of Product Management, Privacy and Data Protection Office at Google, wrote about the updates that expand current privacy features to more apps and tools.One of them is being able to delete your Assistant history.By saying things like “Hey Google, delete the last thing I said to you” or “Hey Google, delete everything I said to you last week,” the Assistant will delete your voice command history.The new update will roll out next week for English and next month for all other languages.You can now use incognito mode on Google Maps, which means the places you search for won’t be saved onto your account.
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If you thought Microsoft would never release an Android-based device, well, get ready to eat your words.The company just launched the Microsoft Surface Duo, a somewhat-pocket-sized foldable device that is based on Android.Microsoft made it clear at the launch that it doesn’t want to refer to the Surface Duo as a “phone,” although it does do everything you would expect an Android smartphone to do.That includes making calls, sending text messages, and installing any of the millions of apps from the Google Play Store.However, the device looks more like a cute little clamshell laptop than it does something like the Samsung Galaxy Fold.In fact, even in its folded state, the Microsoft Surface Duo looks to be too big to even fit in your pocket.
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