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macOS 11 Big Sur's public beta is here, bringing some radical design changes inspired by iOS and iPadOS. And, it reminds me of Microsoft and how it messed up Windows 8 back in the day.
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Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge In a move that may forever change what it means to be ratio’d, Twitter is testing some new language on tweet metrics, making quotes (also known as retweets with comments) visible on each tweet, the company confirmed Saturday. “A few months ago, we’ve made Retweets with Comments more visible when you tap to see Retweets on a Tweet,” a Twitter spokesperson wrote in an email to The Verge. “This is available to everyone. Now, we’re testing making Retweets with Comments accessible directly on the Tweet and new language (Quotes) to see if this makes them easier to access and more understandable.” A Verge reader tipped us to the feature’s new name, which lists the number of times a tweet is quoted alongside likes and retweets: In... Continue reading…
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Chance favors the prepared when it comes to capturing this year's Perseid meteor shower. Here's what to know.
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In late June, Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös wrote an open letter discussing the next-generation Ghost and its ‘post opulence’ design language. And now, the British carmaker released a new video about the new Ghost in anticipation of the car’s arrival this autumn. This is the second video of a four-part animated installment that offers some insight on the newest Ghost. … Continue reading
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(DOE/Sandia National Laboratories) A media comprised of a sandwich of materials, tested by Sandia National Laboratories, is being manufactured into N95-like respirators that could be used in local medical facilities. The project originated from the urgent need for personal protective equipment when the COVID-19 outbreak began.
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The upgrades are dramatic if you're looking for more power, but if you're holding out for Face ID or a fresh look, keep waiting.
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Twitter is under investigation by the FTC and could face a fine of anywhere between $150 million to $250 million, the company disclosed in a regulatory filing Monday. Twitter said the FTC notified it of allegations that it improperly targeted ads at users based on information they had provided for "safety and security purposes," in violation a 2011 agreement. Twitter admitted last year that it had "inadvertently" targeted users with ads based on information they had provided to better secure their accounts. The company's privacy and security practices have come under renewed scrutiny following a major hack last month that resulted in dozens of high-profile accounts being compromised. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Twitter disclosed in a regulatory filing Monday that it is under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission related to allegations that it violated a 2011 consent agreement  — and that it's expecting a "probable loss" of somewhere between $150 million and $250 million. "Following the announcement of our Q2 financial results, we received a draft complaint from the FTC alleging violations of our 2011 consent order. Following standard accounting rules we included an estimated range for settlement in our 10Q filed on August 3," a Twitter spokesperson told Business Insider. A spokesperson for the FTC declined to comment. The FTC's complaint specifically centers on Twitter's alleged use of "phone number and/or email address data provided for safety and security purposes for targeted advertising during periods between 2013 and 2019," according to the filing. Twitter said in the filing that it had set aside $150 million to cover a potential fine from the FTC, noting that "the matter remains unresolved, and there can be no assurance as to the timing or the terms of any final outcome." Last October, Twitter admitted that it had used phone numbers and emails — which users had uploaded with the intention of securing their accounts with two-factor authentication — in order to target them with ads. Twitter said the data had been used "inadvertently" and that it didn't know how many people had been affected. In the complaint, the FTC alleges that incident put Twitter in violation of a agreement it reached with the agency in 2011, which was part of a settlement of charges that the company "deceived consumers and put their privacy at risk by failing to safeguard their personal information." As part of that settlement, the FTC barred Twitter "from misleading consumers about the extent to which it protects the security, privacy, and confidentiality" of their private information, and it also required Twitter to implement a "comprehensive information security program" subject to independent audit every other year. Twitter is facing renewed scrutiny surrounding its security measures following a major hack last month where employees were tricked into giving hackers access to internal tools that allowed them to hijack dozens of high-profile accounts including those of Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Elon Musk, Kanye West, Apple, and Uber. The hackers then used the accounts to orchestrate a cryptocurrency scam that netted them at least $120,000. Three individuals have been arrested in connection with the incident.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: A cleaning expert reveals her 3-step method for cleaning your entire home quickly
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(Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules (ITbM), Nagoya University) A Nagoya University team has developed a new method of synthesis for three-dimensional nanocarbons, utilizing a catalytic reaction to connect benzene rings and create an eight-membered ring structure. This represents a breakthrough in the synthesis of these nanocarbons, which are expected to be valuable next-generation functional materials.
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State-backed hackers reportedly infiltrated Vatican systems ahead of landmark negotiations.
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The Marvel universe provides inspiration for some freshly named insect species.
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Samsung has dominated the Indian smartphone market for many years. But Xiaomi has outpaced the South Korean manufacturer for the past few quarters. Moreover, according ... The post Samsung returns to the second place during Q2 2020 in India appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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The battle royale genre is already saturated with great games, but that doesn't seem to have deterred Ubisoft.
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AMC has given a peek at what we can expect when Maggie finally comes back.
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You can edit a PowerPoint template by adjusting its theme settings. Your options for editing templates look fairly similar whether you make them on the desktop or web version of PowerPoint, though the latter is more limited. While the preset options PowerPoint offers you are helpful, you may want to edit the default font, colors, and more. Visit Business Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. Microsoft PowerPoint offers many templates to kickstart your projects — and you can adjust these presets with a few easy clicks. Whether you need to match your latest presentation to your work's logo colors or have a different preference for a photo slideshow, you can make those changes in several locations. You can also edit fonts, color schemes, accents, backgrounds, and more. Adjustments can be made in the toolbar at the top or in the pop-up editing tabs.  The process of making changes is similar whether you're using the PowerPoint app on your computer or in your web browser. However, the web version offers limited options compared to the Mac or PC desktop version. Check out the products mentioned in this article: Microsoft Office (From $149.99 at Best Buy) Apple Macbook Pro (From $1,299.00 at Apple) Acer Chromebook 15 (From $179.99 at Walmart) How to edit a PowerPoint template 1. Open PowerPoint on your Mac or PC. Create a new presentation from a template to start, or opt for a blank one instead. 2. If you choose a blank presentation, you can apply a template afterwards. Head to the "Design" tab and select one at the top. 3. Once you've chosen a template, you can change it to one of the premade variants available. You'll find these to the right of the templates. The four variants are different colors depending on which template you choose.  4. If you hover over the variants, a small arrow will appear to open a dropdown menu where you can edit individual elements: colors, fonts, and background styles. Hover over a category to view its respective options. "Fonts" offers a variety of text options to choose from. 5. Hover over "Background Styles"  to alter the slide's main color or pattern. You can choose to fill the slides with solid, gradient, textured, or patterned options. Or, you can fill the background by inserting a picture, which you can make transparent or opaque.  6. For any changes you make, you can choose to apply them to all of your slides by clicking the button at the bottom of the format pane. You can also click the "Format Background" icon in the upper right hand corner to make these changes as well. 7. "Colors" provides different color schemes. Selecting a new one will automatically adjust the appropriate text, borders, and backgrounds to fit the new scheme. 8. You can also take this one step further by customizing a color scheme if you don't find one you like. Select "Customize Colors…" from the bottom of the list. 9. Here you'll find options to select a color for each of the theme elements. Click the box next to an item (such as "Accent 1") and then pick a color. A preview will appear on the right. You'll also have the chance to name your new theme before clicking the "Save" button in the bottom right hand corner. These options are available in a limited format if you choose to use the online version of PowerPoint instead. Click "Design" and choose from one of the four available variants. Unfortunately, you won't find the subcategories for making specific font, background, and color changes. However, you can change the fonts manually in the "Home" tab as you normally would. In the "Design" tab, you can also find the "Background" option, as well as the "Designer" tab which offers some additional premade options depending on your account. You can explore this option in the desktop version as well.  Related coverage from Tech Reference: How to change the size of slides in Microsoft PowerPoint to match your customized presentation style or screen size How to highlight text in any version of PowerPoint, even if you don't have the option in your toolbar How to save a PowerPoint presentation as a PDF to lock in formatting and allow anyone to view it How to copy or duplicate a PowerPoint slide and put it anywhere in your slideshow How to download and access Microsoft PowerPoint on your Mac computer SEE ALSO: The best laptops you can buy Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Leslie Odom, Jr.'s $500,000 gamble that led to a starring role in 'Hamilton'
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CEO confirmed that he speaks with Trump 'from time to time'
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  The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Headset and GameDAC come together beautifully to provide premium wired audio and chat support on the PS4 and PC.     The included GameDAC even offers hi-res music playback on PC with support for 24-bit FLAC files from music services like Tidal.      DTS Headphone:X surround sound technology is featured as well, enabling an immersive soundstage.      Though not officially supported, the GameDAC can also work with an Xbox One via an extra 3.5mm cable running from the controller. The use of a proprietary cable to connect the headset and GameDAC is not ideal, but for a wired gaming headset and DAC in this price range, the $249.99 Arctis Pro Headset + GameDAC delivers on all fronts. Table of ContentsGetting the best online gaming experience through the PlayStation 4 or a PC requires the use of one very important peripheral: a headset. With the PS4 there are many different headset models available, and on PC the headset options can feel endless.  Ultimately, what buyers should look for in a headset boils down to a few key attributes: audio performance, chat performance, comfort, durability, and ease of use. You also need to decide whether you want to go with a wired or wireless model. As convenient as wireless headsets have become in recent years, wired headset models, like the SteelSeries Arctis Pro + GameDAC, are still better options for buyers who prioritize sound quality. The Arctis Pro + GameDAC package takes things even further by including a dedicated digital-to-analog converter (DAC) for superior audio processing and control. This model also adds some audio elements that are often elusive on the PS4, including the ability to control both the game audio and the chat audio, and a surround sound feature via DTS Headphone:X. But, while the Arctis Pro + GameDAC can appear as a very straightforward package, it's the opposite of no-frills. Both the headset and GameDAC are teeming with features and customization options. The GameDAC is officially compatible with the PS4 and PC (and unofficially with the Xbox One), and indeed those products are the focus. But thanks to an included 3.5mm adapter for the headset and a 3.5mm mobile jack, phones, tablets, and even the Nintendo Switch are not beyond compatibility. As someone with a background in game development, I'm a big fan of sound design and I know how critical headset performance can be during gameplay. Having now spent some serious time with the SteelSeries Arctis Pro + GameDAC, I've come away very impressed. The headset and GameDAC are great on their own, but put together, they form an outstanding audio, chat, and surround sound solution. Design The SteelSeries Arctis Pro + GameDAC is available in two colors, black and white, and the black unit I used for this review bears all of the company's best signature design elements. Black and dark gray steel and aluminum flow well together with black fabric, rubber, and plastic elements on other areas of the headset, giving the device a defined look. It's a stylish design that is very professional looking without being too gamer or audiophile focused. What's more, the headset's earcups are ringed with an RGB light which, along with the mute light on the mic, can be customized via the SteelSeries Engine app on PC. The earcups feature removable speaker tags and even the unique ski band suspension that wraps around the head can be completely changed. But beyond the headset itself, the very first thing that struck me about the Arctis Pro + GameDAC package was the OLED screen on the compact GameDAC unit. The OLED display is key to the device's functionality, making it pleasing to read, use, and navigate the GameDAC's settings. The rubberized texture on the control wheel is pleasant, and the GameDAC's minor heft is handled well by the rubberized ring that circles the bottom.  The GameDAC (also available separately for $129.99) is powered by an ESS Sabre 9018 DAC contained within the unit. This enables superior audio processing compared to the integrated DACs found on many controllers and sound cards. The look, feel, and size of the GameDAC all present a sense of striking design wrapped in a smart package. Specifications Headset color options: black or white Headset drivers: 40mm neodymium drivers Headset frequency response: 10–40,000 Hz Microphone type: retractable boom Microphone polar pattern: bidirectional noise-cancelling GameDAC frequency response: 5–40,000 Hz GameDAC audio formats: up to 96 kHz, 24-bit Setup and interface The packaging for the Arctis Pro + GameDAC is pretty standard for SteelSeries. It's nice and effective, but not overly elaborate. Before using the headset, I recommend connecting the GameDAC to a PC via Micro USB and then running the SteelSeries Engine app. This way, you can update the firmware, and tweak several of the GameDAC settings and even the Arctis Pro's RGB ring.  The Arctis Pro headset connects to the GameDAC via a proprietary cable, and this connection is one of my least favorite aspects of the package (more on that below). The cable does, however, do a great job of working and staying connected. On the PC, the GameDAC just needs a Micro USB connection, but on the PS4 or PS4 Pro, both a Micro USB and an optical cable need to be connected. The included documentation does a nice job of specifying which sound settings to change on the PS4 and how to change the GameDAC to one of its three input modes: PS4 mode, PC mode, and Hi-Res mode. The GameDAC's menu is very simple to navigate, and between the control wheel and the two buttons, it's easy to set the chat balance, adjust volume, apply basic RGB, set mic volume, and toggle the surround sound option on or off.  There is also a powerful custom equalizer (EQ) with presets for more soundstage adjustments, but I wish that the GameDAC also allowed you to further adjust the surround sound feature beyond just on or off. In the PC app, the surround sound playback can be further adjusted between different presets, like Studio, Game, and Cinema. Another aspect missing from the GameDAC is a microphone mute option. To mute the mic, one must use the button on the headset itself. To get a comfortable fit on the Arctis Pro headset, you'll need to adjust the ski-goggle suspension headband. The ski-goggle band wraps around the unit's metal headband and connects to itself with one Velcro connection. I changed it a few times during my testing as I had others try it on and such, and it's actually much easier to adjust than it first appears. I just let the connection out a little bit and, happily, it then stays right where I want it. Thankfully, the mic on the Arctis Pro is retractable, and it's easy to have it safe and out of the way during an offline cinematic playthrough. There is an included windscreen as well, which I favor using. When playing online I take the mic out and leave it in place. The mic stays put well, and there is a nice thumb-sized microphone mute button behind the left earcup.  The button pops out when the mic is muted and lays flat when the mic is live. This, along with the mic mute RGB option, helps keep me from ever accidentally having a live mic on or forgetting to unmute. The headset has its own volume wheel, but since I use it mostly with the GameDAC or connected directly to my phone, I generally keep the volume wheel on the headset all the way up and use these other devices to adjust output levels. Performance and features As someone who regularly tests gaming products, I'm often asked about surround sound and headsets. Is the feature worth it? Will you use it? And honestly, over the past generation of gaming, my answer has routinely become "no". While wonderful in a home theater, surround sound in headsets can often be a muddy mess. Whether it's a software solution on PC or Xbox One, or a headset specific feature on PS4, the execution often reflects a bad gimmick. So, it is with no small significance that I declare the surround sound on the Arctis Pro + GameDAC to actually be worth using.  I first tried the DTS Headphone:X surround sound feature by watching "Extraction" on Netflix through my PC while fiddling with the settings in the app, and the results are immediately impressive. Sitting down, fully immersed in a movie or 3D game via an effective soundstage is my happy place, and most headsets that promise surround sound can't get there at all. My point here is not to overly praise the surround sound, but to make clear that both the GameDAC and the Arctis Pro headset can supply a soundstage that is significantly nuanced and clear.  I played a lot of "Nioh 2" with the Arctis Pro + GameDAC, and when playing this title, I'm less concerned with the surround sound, and more concerned with being able to communicate with my co-op friends. Anyone who has ever had to play serious co-op while also having to hear a teammate's ceiling fan will appreciate how good the Arctis Pro + GameDAC are at delivering clear communication without having to quash the game's audio. When playing offline, however, the GameDAC does expose some of the game's less than stellar audio cues. But in "The Last of Us Part II," the quality of the production and the painstaking detail of every game environment comes through to stunning effect. It makes for a heightened experience, and I never feel headset fatigue. Using the the GameDAC and Arctis Pro with the in-game home theater setting is my preferred way of hearing the game. Clickers, snow, dripping water, chatter — it's all so satisfying to hear and so enveloping. It's hard to believe that for such a small footprint compared with what a 5.1 home theater takes, the Arctis Pro + GameDAC deliver such a sublime playing and listening experience. There is so much to like about the GameDAC and its audio performance, it can be easy to overlook the Arctis Pro headset itself. While I don't love the proprietary cable, the headset fits well, feels balanced in weight and materials, and strikes a similarly good balance in terms of allowing some air and sound to leak while staying put and keeping me comfortable. My ears and head never hurt after hours of use.  From quiet lurking gameplay to bombastic action and even phone calls, the Arctis Pro headset keeps the audio clear, allowing for details to flourish. Using with the Xbox One The Arctis Pro headset can be plugged directly into an Xbox One controller, including launch era models with a chat adapter, but the GameDAC accessory does not officially support the Xbox One. With that in mind, I was keen to see if I could get the GameDAC to work with the console.  Connecting optical and Micro USB is good enough to get game audio, but as is often the case, not sufficient to enable chat. Fortunately, I found a workaround that I like. The GameDAC has a mobile-in port which, like its name suggests, can be used to connect a smartphone via a 3.5mm cable. I used this connection for pumping music, podcasts, and audiobooks from my phone into the GameDAC while playing games. It also works for calls.  So, with the Xbox One, I just connect the mobile-in port of the GameDAC to the Xbox One controller using a 3.5mm 4 pole cable. On the GameDAC, I set the mode to PS4, and on the Xbox One, I set the optical to bitstream Dolby Digital out and I set the chat mix on the controller all the way to chat.  Hi-Res mode The GameDAC supports Hi-Res audio mode on PC, and the Arctis Pro headset is certified as well. Hi-Res mode enables full 96kHz/24-bit audio support for the best quality playback of hi-res music files. For me, this means being able to play my FLAC albums from Tidal and other places in 24-bit quality.  Since the GameDAC actually has a speaker/stream out port, I can see someone picking up this set and connecting a pair of powered speakers to that port and being very happy with it. For me, however, I think of Hi-Res mode as more of a bonus feature. It's not supported on the PS4 or anything but PC. Hi-Res mode naturally doesn't support surround sound, so when I want to watch a show or play a game, I need to change back to PC mode on the GameDAC in order to use surround sound. Problems with SteelSeries Arctis Pro The main issues I have with the SteelSeries Arctis Pro are related to its cables. The proprietary cable used to connect the headset to the GameDAC is not easy to plug in on either side, and it's not something to try fiddling with in the dark while jumping into a team lobby. It necessitates two extra adapters — a mobile adapter which is included and allows the headset to be plugged straight into a 3.5mm connection, and a 3.5mm GameDAC adapter which lets you use the GameDAC with other headsets. The 3.5mm GameDAC adapter is not included, but is sold directly by SteelSeries for $7.99. The proprietary headset cable is five feet long, which I find to be the right distance between me and the GameDAC. Unfortunately, both the 5-foot Micro USB cable and the 6-foot optical cable are far too short to use with the PS4 or PS4 Pro in any kind of couch situation. My office setup has a dedicated mini USB cable and optical cable for use with PS4, but in my living room I used the SteelSeries cables and had to extend both of them. Optical cable couplers are easy enough to obtain if not as ubiquitous as USB extension cables, but I think SteelSeries could do better with its included cables. Accessories In addition to the 3.5mm GameDAC adapter, there are some nice style accessories available for the Arctis Pro headset. There is a whole line of Arctis Pro Booster Packs that are themed around the upcoming game "Cyberpunk 2077." These packs are sold separately and include two speaker plates and a ski-goggle headband.  It takes about a minute to take the included black speaker plates and black headband off and put on the Booster Pack accessories. The pack that I have for the review is designed by an artist in Chicago, and the transformative effect it has on the Arctis Pro headset is impressive to say the least.  The bottom line There is very little to complain about with the Arctis Pro + GameDAC as the performance, control, fit, and finish are all stellar. It's an amazing bundle that does all the heavy lifting for wired audio and chat needs on the PS4 and PC, and with a little help it can even be used on the Xbox One. With these features in mind, it's easy to see why the Arctis Pro + GameDAC is our current pick for the best wired gaming headset in our full gaming headset guide.  On the downside, some of the included cables are too short to be really useful, and the proprietary cable that runs between the headset and GameDAC can be irksome. Nevertheless, both the Arctis Pro headset and the GameDAC perform exceptionally well on their own and together. Which model should you get?  In addition to the bundle reviewed here, the Arctis Pro headset is available by itself without the GameDAC for $179.99, and the GameDAC can also be purchased separately for use with another headset for $129.99. I think the two devices work so well together that I recommend sticking with the bundle, though both are worthy products on their own. Buying the $249.99 bundle saves you about $60 compared to buying both products separately.  If, however, you happen to already have a quality headset that you like, such as a Sennheiser Game One or a Beyerdynamic MMX 300, then buying the GameDAC on its own could provide a very worthwhile upgrade. What are your alternatives?  When it comes to headsets with included DACs, the main alternative to the Arctis Pro + GameDAC is the Astro A40 TR MixAamp Pro TR, though Turtle Beach has its own take in the Elite Pro 2 Headset + SuperAmp.  Though the two models feature a similar design, I think Arctis Pro + GameDAC is superior to the Astro MixAmp and A40 headset. The GameDAC's usability and feature set are top-notch. I liked the first generation Turtle Beach Elite Pro TAC, but in contrast, the SuperAmp is very Bluetooth dependent in terms of functionality. As for the Elite Pro headset, it puts a premium on noise isolation (likely for tournament settings) that I don't find comfortable. Ultimately, for wired performance on the PS4, the combination of the Arctis Pro + GameDAC is hard to beat. For more gaming headset recommendations suitable for a variety of needs and budgets, be sure to check out our guide to the best gaming headsets. Pros: All-in-one wired solution for excellent chat and audio on PS4, controls on headset and GameDAC, PC support, Hi-Res mode, comfortable, customization options, GameDAC mobile in and line out connections, unofficially works on Xbox One Cons: Included optical cable and Micro USB cable are short, headset cable uses a proprietary connection, GameDAC 3.5mm adapter not included, PC app required for adjusting some settings, no mobile cable included Join the conversation about this story »
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(Newcastle University) Using smaller and less expensive versions of the same specialist equipment found in state-of-the-art microbiology laboratories, a new 'lab in a suitcase' developed by academics at Newcastle University,UK, and believed to be a world first, enables screening of millions of bacteria in a single water sample. The kit has already been used to analyse samples from the Akaki rive, Ethiopia, where pathogens were found that can cause diarrhoea - still a leading cause of death among children under the age of five.
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Choosing the Best HP Tablet with Windows is Good Business! Hewlett-Packard HP) are one of the oldest, if not the oldest, IT giants. From their humble beginnings in a small garage in Palo Alto, California, in 1939, they have grown into a multinational company and a household name when it comes down to both hardware […] The post Choosing the Best HP Tablet with Windows is Good Business! appeared first on Tech Reviews Weekly [Europe].
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Google this week said it may identify slow-loading websites in Chrome, shaming their developers to up their game."In the future, Chrome may identify sites that typically load fast or slow for users with clear badging," wrote a trio of Chrome developers - Addy Osmani, Ben Greenstein and Bryan McQuade - in a post to the Chromium blog."This may take a number of forms and we plan to experiment with different options, to determine which provides the most value to our users."Fast sites could be tagged with a color-coded progress bar - Google suggested green - to "reward sites delivering fast experiences."[ Become a Microsoft Office 365 administrator in record time with this quick start course from PluralSight. ]The three engineers said that the move to highlight slow and fast sites would be conducted in "gradual steps" and the definitions of each would be "based on increasingly stringent criteria."
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Star Wars fans who tuned in to Monday Night Football's matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers scored a bonus.As promised earlier in a tweet, Disney delivered a short sneak peek of the upcoming Disney Plus series The Mandalorian on ESPN during the game.The Mandalorian stars Pedro Pascal of Game of Thrones fame playing a lone Mandalorian gunfighter operating in the outer reaches of the galaxy.Other cast members include Ming-Na Wen, Nick Nolte, Giancarlo Esposito, Carl Weathers, Taika Waititi, Werner Herzog and more.Jon Favreau is the writer and executive producer for the series.He's said the show will be set seven years after Return of the Jedi and will focus on all new characters.
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If Pixel phones are supposed to represent Google’s vision for the perfect Android phone, the Pixel 4 is doing a rather poor job at it.In addition to some concerns about face recognition security, the wasted potential of Soli radar, and the newly-revealed durability problem, the Pixel 4’s screen is also generating some disappointment among owners.Fortunately, most of these problems can be fixed through software.The Pixel 4 screen’s headlining feature is its 90 Hz Smooth Display that is set to activate and deactivate under certain conditions.That was sadly discovered to be rather inconsistent, especially when the screen’s brightness is concerned.That has seemingly been fixed in the first monthly update for the Pixel 4 but another brightness-related issue needs more work to be fixed.
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Med MIT:s teknik kan leveransrobotar hitta rätt dörr i områden som inte har kartlagts för ändamålet.Konsumenterna gör i allt högre grad sina inköp på nätet – och de vill slippa lämna bostaden för att lösa ut paket eller hämta sin snabbmat.Därför har lösningar för slutleverans till dörren, så kallad ”last-mile delivery”, blivit ett hett teknikområde.MIT:s teknik gör det möjligt för roboten att istället planera sin rutt till slutmålet med utgångspunkt från ledtrådar i omgivningen.– Vi skulle inte vilja vara tvungna att skapa en karta över varje byggnad som vi behöver besöka.Med den här tekniken hoppas vi kunna släppa en robot framför vilken uppfart som helst, och att den hittar dörren, säger Michael Everett vid MIT:s avdelning för maskinteknik i ett uttalande.
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The space agency said it opened rock sample 73002 on Nov. 5, in conjunction with its Apollo Next-Generation Sample Analysis (ANGSA) initiative, designed to use new technologies that were not around at the time the samples were collected.“We are able to make measurements today that were just not possible during the years of the Apollo program,” said ANGSA program scientist Sarah Noble, Ph.D., in a statement.“The analysis of these samples will maximize the science return from Apollo, as well as enable a new generation of scientists and curators to refine their techniques and help prepare future explorers for lunar missions anticipated in the 2020s and beyond.”Sample 73002 was one of two rock samples brought back from the Apollo 17 mission by astronauts Gene Cernan and Harrison "Jack" Schmitt.It will be split up into parts for study, which NASA said "may allow scientists to gain insight into the origin of the lunar polar ice deposits, as well as other potential resources for future exploration."“The findings from these samples will provide NASA new insights into the Moon, including the history of impacts on the lunar surface, how landslides occur on the lunar surface, and how the Moon’s crust has evolved over time,” Charles Shearer, science co-lead for ANGSA, added in the statement.
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PITTSBURGH--Trained AI agents can adopt human design strategies to solve problems, according to findings published in the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design.Big design problems require creative and exploratory decision making, a skill in which humans excel.When engineers use artificial intelligence (AI), they have traditionally applied it to a problem within a defined set of rules rather than having it generally follow human strategies to create something new.This novel research considers an AI framework that learns human design strategies through observation of human data to generate new designs without explicit goal information, bias, or guidance.The study was co-authored by Jonathan Cagan, professor of mechanical engineering and interim dean of Carnegie Mellon University's College of Engineering, Ayush Raina, a Ph.D. candidate in mechanical engineering at Carnegie Mellon, and Chris McComb, an assistant professor of engineering design at the Pennsylvania State University."The AI is not just mimicking or regurgitating solutions that already exist," said Cagan.
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Knowing how to password protect a folder in Windows 10 allows you a degree of protection from the people you share your computer with — or from someone stealing your hard drive.If you have sensitive information stored on a Windows computer that you share with others, or on a laptop that you're worried could be stolen, you'll need to keep your data safe.This is when password protecting a folder can offer you peace of mind, in exchange for a little inconvenience.You can password protect folders in Windows 10 so that you'll need to enter a code whenever you open it.Make sure you remember your password — password-protected folders don't come with any sort of recovery method if you forget.It might be useful to write down a hint for yourself.
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Trust on the non-professional side of the social network spectrum has been a hot topic in recent months, so LinkedIn, the network for professionals, sought to clarify the principles that guide its efforts to protect its members and maintain their trust.Senior vice president and general counsel Blake Lawit wrote in a blog post, “As our impact on the world of work has grown, we recognize that our responsibility has grown, as well.We understand that in the critical areas of privacy, security, safety and fairness, we need to continue to deliver for our members and the world beyond.So, in addition to this foundational value of members first, we use a set of guiding principles to ensure our employees make the best possible decisions to protect our members and maintain their trust.”The four principles outlined by Lawit follow:Clarity, consistency and control over user data: Lawit said LinkedIn tells its members what it intends to do with their data and does not use that data for other purposes, adding that the professional network’s easy-to-use settings give them complete control.
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Tokyo, Japan - A research team at The University of Tokyo has reproducibly synthesized staircase-like supramolecules of a single handedness, or chirality, using standard laboratory equipment.By gradually removing the solvent from a rotating solution containing non-chiral precursors, they were able to produce helixes that twist preferentially in a particular direction.This research may lead to new and cheaper drug production methods, as well as finally addressing one of the lingering quandaries about how life began.One of the most striking features of the molecules most important to life--including DNA, proteins, and sugars--is that they have a "handedness," referred to as chirality.It becomes even more puzzling when you consider that chiral pairs behave identically chemically.One hypothesis is that some early imbalance broke the symmetry between left- and right-handed molecules, and this change was "locked in" over evolutionary time.
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They're pretty shit costumes mind you, but if you're pushed for time because you weren't more organised, you can forget knocking out a cosplay-level ensemble.Of course, part of the charm of last-minute costumes is the haste with which they're thrown together, so just focus on your hair and makeup, and let us do the hard work of rounding up ideas for you.You're going to be out partying all night and possibly crashing at someone's house afterwards, so why make do with a cold, bare, sofa, when you can bring your bed with you?This is a legit costume suggested by our editor Tom, who donned a sleeping bag for one of his own spooky shenanigans.If you already have a sleeping bag on hand, this one takes absolutely no effort whatsoever save for fastening it around your midriff with a belt, string, or a load of tape.Cardboard box disguises are a staple of the Metal Gear Solid series - as much as big red exclamation points - so if you're after a quick and dirty video game-themed costume, you'll be hard pushed to find anything as fuss-free as this.
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Amazon is rolling out new features for Alexa, ones that involve connected lighting systems with support for its personal assistant.The two big new features are Sleep Lighting Time and Wake-up Lights, both intended to improve the sleeping experience by automating lighting both at night and in the morning.Joining these two features are a couple of new Routines, as well.The new Sleep Lighting Timer for Alexa is exactly what it sounds like — a timer that will slowly dim connected smart lights until they eventually turn off at bedtime.Users can enable this feature by telling Alexa to set a sleep timer for whatever duration they have left until it’s time for bed.Assuming the Echo device is playing music, Alexa will automatically stop the audio when the lights turn off.
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