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WatchOS 7, due to arrive this fall, brings new metrics that can reveal a lot about your overall health and can monitor fitness levels as you age.
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On the couch or on the other side of the world, it doesn't matter. These games are best played with friends.
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Thousands of devices work with Alexa, but which ones are worth your money? Here are the best of the best Alexa-enabled or compatible gadgets to use with your Amazon Echo.
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Drill-down visualizations can be a good way to present a lot of data in a digestible format. In this example, we’ll create a graph of median home values by U.S. state using R and the highcharter package. Sharon Machlis, IDG Initial graph of median home values by state (highest and lowest 10 states). Data from Zillow.To read this article in full, please click here
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(Institut national de la recherche scientifique - INRS) The Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS) is proud to announce that Ph.D. candidate Piotr Roztocki was selected as a 2020 Paul Baran Young Scholar by the Marconi Society, which honors the world's most innovative young engineers in Information and Communications Technology (ICT).
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Murder hornet. Dead. | Washington State Department of Agriculture Hello it is I, your intrepid murder hornet correspondent. What’s a murder hornet, you ask? I wish I did not know. But as I wrote back in May, the Asian giant hornet (its official name) can grow up to two inches long, rips the heads off of honeybees, and has a stinger that can jam right through standard beekeeping suits. Oh and they can fly up to 20 miles per hour and their stings can kill you. Nature is the best. Guess what, though: the heroes at the Washington State Department of Agriculture say they’ve trapped a murder hornet in the state for the first time (as opposed to finding one in the wild). The hornet was discovered in a trap near Birch Bay in Whatcom County (about 35 miles south of the Canadian border) on July 14th and... Continue reading…
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Galaxy unpacked 2020 is just around the corner and the main attractions at Samsung’s yearly event are going to be the Galaxy Note 20 and the Galaxy Z Fold 2. Even the invitation page and the teaser trailer for the event have the liquid splash in copper color which apparently is one of the hues of Note series device and … Continue reading
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Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri has boasted of improvements to the radio portfolio, as the team bumps up full-year guidance.
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They may look like tablets but they are definitely not as versatile as tablets. Smart displays, that breed of devices that slap a screen on a smart speaker, are mostly designed for giving visual feedback to otherwise spoken responses from a digital assistant, though some can indeed play videos or even be used for video calls. There’s definitely a lot … Continue reading
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(The North American Menopause Society (NAMS)) For menopausal women who have difficulty sleeping, it might be because of chemicals in the environment. A new study based on data from the Midlife Women's Health Study suggests that exposure to various chemicals, such as phthalates, found in hundreds of products used daily, is associated with sleep disruptions in midlife women. Study results are published online today in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS).
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Can the OnePlus Nord provide enthusiasts with a high-performing experience on a budget? Remarkably, yes.
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Rivian is an electric vehicle company that has yet to produce a production version of its electric pickup or SUV. The company has assembled some prototype versions of the vehicles, but nothing that could be considered normal production has been made. Many have wondered when the highly anticipated electric pickup and SUV the company has been teasing for years will … Continue reading
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Commentary: The new TBS show seamlessly works into the enduring franchise.
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You can check if an image has alt text by turning on a screen-reader and selecting the picture to hear how it's described. You can also inspect the HTML of the image in any browser by right-clicking and choosing "Inspect" or "Inspect Element. It's a best practice for all images on the web to have alt text to make it easier for people with accessibility needs to understand the content of the web page. Visit Business Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. Alt texts are short descriptions that help describe an image, usually on web pages. Alt text read aloud by accessibility tools called screen readers, and also used by search engines to better understand and rank the website the image is on.  Alt text is never a part of the image file itself – you won't find it embedded in the JPG file, for example. Instead, it's paired with the image manually by whoever uploads it. There are two easy ways to see if an image on a website has alt text. You can turn on your own screen reader, or "Inspect" the page's HTML code to see what alt text has been assigned to the image.  Check out the products mentioned in this article: Apple Macbook Pro (From $1,299.00 at Apple) Acer Chromebook 15 (From $179.99 at Walmart) How to check if an image has alt text on a web page using a built-in app or Chrome extension  Windows users can check for alt text in an image by using the built-in screen reader called Narrator, which can be accessed via the Start Menu's search function. Mac users can also try VoiceOver Utility, Apple's built-in screen reader found in the Finder's Applications menu.  Those who use Chrome as their browser can install the ChromeVox extension. Once installed, activate the extension if necessary and click on an image to hear the alt text.  How to check if an image has alt text on a web page by inspecting it 1. On a webpage, right-click the photo you want to see the alt text for.  2. In the menu that appears, choose to inspect the HTML. In Chrome or Firefox, select "Inspect." For Edge, choose "Inspect Element." 3. A pane displaying HTML should appear. Look for the HTML tag that says "alt=." What follows will be the alt text description. Related coverage from Tech Reference: What is alt text? How to use the page element for images to improve your website's accessibility and search ranking How to use Voice Typing in Google Docs, and write just by speaking How to send a voice message on your iPhone to anyone with an iPhone, iPad, or Mac How to add alt text to an image in Microsoft PowerPoint and make your photos accessible to visually impaired users How to add alt text to images on your website using Wix, to help users and boost your Google rankings Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why thoroughbred horse semen is the world's most expensive liquid
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This week Garmin services and production were reportedly the victim of a ransomware attack. As a result, Garmin experienced an outage that affected Garmin.com and Garmin Connect, as well as Garmin call centers. This attack’s various hits meant that at the same time Garmin was experiencing what was likely the most comprehensive loss of service in its history, the company … Continue reading
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Do people still use trains? Anyway, wireless antennas on overhead line equipment looks like the solution Staying connected on a train in the UK is almost impossible thanks to excruciatingly slow speeds and frequent blackspots. The government hopes to make these gripes a thing of the past by committing £200,000 to research on new track-side antenna technology.…
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Reports claim that Microsoft has discontinued the Xbox One X in preparation for the Xbox Series X launch later this year.
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Scammers hacked dozens of prominent Twitter accounts, including former President Barack Obama and billionaires such as Bill Gates and Elon Musk, and fooled many into thinking rich and powerful Americans were donating Bitcoin to some kind of coronavirus relief effort. The social media company disabled many verified accounts, but not before the scammers racked up an apparent $120,000. The attack tapped into a deeply held American belief: That wealth is tied to virtue, and the rich can solve things the government can't. This belief stems back to the very founding of the US and is connected to the philosophy of "laissez-faire," or free-market, economics, where the government steps back and allows wealth to accumulate. America is still crying out for an authority figure to solve the coronavirus crisis, and if it's not the government, and it's not the wealthy, it has to be all of us. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. "That's cool of him. Imma donate," read a text message on my phone. Above it, a screenshot of a tweet from Barack Obama's Twitter account, pledging to donate $2,000 in Bitcoin toward some kind of vague coronavirus-related relief for every $1,000 sent to a URL.  Of course, the former president didn't really make that pledge. It was a scam perpetrated on dozens of prominent Twitter users including Bill Gates, Kanye West, and Elon Musk, causing Twitter to disable many verified accounts. And of course, that was my most sarcastic friend, trolling me as he has most days in quarantine.  For that millisecond before I realized I was being trolled, part of me wanted to believe it was true, that a prominent American was coming to some kind of rescue during the US's bleak, unending coronavirus crisis. All in all, it was a day on Twitter unlike any other. A lot of people actually did believe it, though, as Business Insider reported that the scammers may have racked up as much as $120,000. The scam was inartful, but it tapped into one of the deepest American convictions: That the rich are virtuous and hold the solution to all our greatest problems.  The myth of the benevolent billionaire is powerful, and it's grounded in truth. Many of society's richest people really do give a large chunk of their fortunes over to philanthropy, as Business Insider has extensively documented. They have since the days of Andrew Carnegie in the Gilded Age of the early 1900s. That kind of philanthropy can be great, but it also isn't a sufficient substitute for a coherent governmental response to a disaster like the coronavirus pandemic, a fact made painfully clear by the late June and early July surge in reported infections, largely in states whose governments made half-hearted or nonexistent attempts to socially distance and flatten the curve. Noted billionaire critic Anand Giridharadas told Business Insider's Rich Feloni in 2019 that philanthropy can actually be harmful to governmental initiatives.  Years earlier, Giridharadas gave a speech at the Aspen Institute's Action Forum where he likened much of modern philanthropy to medieval "indulgences": the Catholic Church's practice of accepting donations in exchange for sin forgiveness. The abuse of indulgences was the subject of Martin Luther's "Ninety-Five Theses," which kicked off the Protestant Reformation, hundreds of years of religious warfare, and a reshaping of modern life. So why do some Americans love billionaires so much that they'd be willing to fork over hundreds of thousands of dollars in Bitcoin into such an obvious scam? And more largely, and more directly: Why do we want billionaires to rescue us? Laissez-faire capitalism and the myth of the benevolent billionaire About a century-and-a-half after Luther published his theses, legend has it that the French finance minister was having a discussion with a merchant about how the government could improve the economy. "Laissez-nous faire," the businessman said, or "let us do it." In other words, if the government let merchants steer economic matters, rich people would benefit, but so would society as a whole. So-called laissez-faire economic theory persisted and formed a major pillar of Scottish philosopher Adam Smith's groundbreaking 1776 work "Wealth of Nations." The book, which advocated for the "invisible hand of the free market," was especially influential on a country that declared its independence the same year.   The founding fathers referred often to Smith's work, and many of its arguments formed the bedrock of American economic policy. Many of them were also really rich themselves, establishing from the start a tension that Rich Feloni reported in 2018 still defines American life: capitalism versus democracy.  The capitalists were a clear winner in the "Gilded Age" that ended in the early 1900s with the Progressive Era, along with the rise of modern labor unions. It also gave rise to the kind of plutocrat philanthropy continued by today's billionaires, most famously by Carnegie's program of funding public libraries.  The joint British and American economic philosophy of laissez-faire capitalism and encouraging wealth accumulation has formed the basis of the "special relationship" between the UK and the US. It was perhaps never so strong as the 1980s, when Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan teamed up across the Atlantic to defeat Communism, as another popular legend has it.  Evidence is mounting that we are in a second Gilded Age now. For instance, as Business Insider's Katie Warren reported, the richest American in Reagan's day wouldn't even make today's Forbes list.  Now, the US and UK stand out among all developed nations for their inadequate responses to the coronavirus pandemic. As Edward Luce wrote in the Financial Times earlier this month, "a microbe has exposed the underside to Anglo-American hubris" in just a few short months — the microbe being the coronavirus and the hubris being the US and UK's longstanding commitment to a hands-off, laissez-faire approach, even when a centrally directed governmental response is needed. It's also exposed how badly we want billionaires to come to the rescue, how they haven't done it yet, and how they aren't going to. The psychoanalytically inclined among us might say that the wish for a billionaire savior is an expression of a yearning for positive, soothing authority figures in a time of crisis. And with so much instability coming from the executive branch of the government, the public is seeking solace in the steady hand of fair-minded, high-achieving executives. But the billionaires aren't coming: Per a Washington Post headline from last month, billionaires are giving a tenth of a percent of their wealth to coronavirus pandemic relief. We are going to have to do the saving ourselves, and we'll have to do it through the government that we elect to represent us.  To quote a recent victim of yesterday's Twitter hack: We are the ones we've been waiting for. SEE ALSO: The winners and losers of corporate America's response to the George Floyd protests SEE ALSO: The pandemic has disrupted how the wealthiest Americans allocate the $7 trillion they spend in a quarter. Their hobby choices are already shaking the economy. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why Pikes Peak is the most dangerous racetrack in America
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With growing attention on the need to achieve proportional representation and equal treatment of minorities in the business world, Computerworld decided to provide a snapshot of where a few major Western countries stand in terms of their ethnic diversity in IT.As expected, several minority groups remain significantly underrepresented, despite decades of efforts by governments, industry associations, and tech industry themselves to achieve more equal representation.But the patterns differ across countries.[ Lessons on diversity in IT: Being Black in IT: 3 tech leaders share their stories • 10 professional organizations focused on diversity in tech • Gender gapped: The state of gender diversity in IT • Māori participation in IT: diversity insights for CIOs everywhere ] (Note: The definition of “Black” here includes native-born people of African ancestry as well as immigrants from Africa and the Caribbean. The definition of “Hispanic/Latinx” reflects people of any race whose ancestry is from Latin America, which typically offers a mix of indigenous and European groups. The definition of “white” refers to people of European ancestry, excluding Caucasians from outside Europe, such as in the Levant and central Asia.)To read this article in full, please click here
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Blockchain fantasy soccer startup Sorare just netted $4 million in a funding round backed by Seedcamp and German striker Andre Schurrle. Schurrle told Business Insider he was "immediately impressed" by founders Nicolas Julia and Adrien Montfort, and that he will be "helping them along the journey" to build their card-based game. In 2019, the global fantasy sport market was valued at around $18 billion, according to analysts at Market Watch – and is expected to almost double to $43 billion by 2026.  We got an exclusive look at the pitch deck Sorare used to bring on Schurrle, Seedcamp, and others on board.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Fantasy soccer startup Sorare just raised $4 million in a funding round backed by Seedcamp and German striker Andre Schurrle.  Founded in 2018, Paris-based Sorare lets players collect and trade limited-edition cards of their favorite players, and compete with other users. It has officially licensed cards for almost 2,000 professional soccers players from Europe, the US, and Asia. The global fantasy sport market was valued at around $18 billion in 2019, according to analysts at Market Watch, and is expected to almost double in size to $43 billion by 2026.  Check out our exclusive copy of Sorare's pitch deck below:
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Stay-at-home orders triggered a boom in the use of consumer technology; that trend will likely bring continued good news for the industry
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The preview version of the latest iPad OS has arrived. It makes Pencil better, but it's not a fix for everything.
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Not sure they spent that much on 'high risk' kit from ZTE and Huawei, coughs analyst Analysis  The caution couldn't be more stark. In a meeting with the Commons Science and Technology Select Committee yesterday, execs from BT and Vodafone warned UK lawmakers that a deadline of 2023 to remove Huawei-made equipment from their networks will result in multi-day mobile signal losses for some customers.…
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Getting to be a real PAN in the OS Palo Alto Networks has emitted its second software update in as many weeks to address a potentially serious security vulnerability in its products.…
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Today we’re looking a the latest batch of rumors on the Samsung Galaxy S11, the Galaxy S11 Plus, and the Galaxy S11e.There’ll quite likely be a 4G version and a 5G version of the Galaxy S11e and Galaxy S11.The Galaxy S11+ (or Galaxy S11 Plus, if you prefer) is currently rumored to appear in one configuration, with 5G.It’ll still be able to access 4G LTE, but there’ll be no 4G LTE ONLY version.There’ll still likely be more than one Galaxy S11 Plus iteration with different sizes of internal storage.Previous analysis in our big Galaxy S11 round-up showed potential prices for the Galaxy S11 Plus as: $999 (128 GB), $1249 (512 GB), $1599 (1 TB).
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Earlier this year Lego announced it was moving into the AR business with Hidden Side, a ghost-hunting theme that lets people interact play with both sets and a smartphone app.It's quite a clever concept, as we've discussed previously, and it looks like there's more to come in 2020.Everything was uncovered in Lego's German newsroom by Promobricks, and give us a detailed look at what we can expect from Hidden Side next year.Sadly the prices are all in Euros, but that still gives us an idea of how much we should expect to pay.As you can see there have been a lot of changes.Main characters Jack and Parker have had a few upgrades, and it seems as though El Fuego is a skeleton now.
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Freshworks, a company that makes a variety of business software tools, from CRM to help-desk software, announced a $150 million Series H investment today from Sequoia Capital, CapitalG (formerly Google Capital) and Accel on a hefty $3.5 billion valuation.The late-stage startup has raised almost $400 million, according to Crunchbase data.The company has been building an enterprise SaaS platform to give customers a set of integrated business tools, but CEO and co-founder Girish Mathrubootham says they will be investing part of this money in R to keep building out the platform.To that end, the company also announced today a new unified data platform called the “Customer-for-Life Cloud” that runs across all of its tools.“We are actually investing in really bringing all of this together to create the “Customer-for-Life Cloud,” which is how you take marketing, sales, support and customer success — all of the aspects of a customer across the entire life cycle journey and bring them to a common data model where a business that is using Freshworks can see the entire life cycle of the customer,” Mathrubootham explained.While Mathrubootham was not ready to commit to an IPO, he said they are in the process of hiring a CFO and are looking ahead to one day becoming a public company.
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Convoy, the digital freight network that connects truckers with shippers, has raised $400 million in a Series D funding round as it aims to scale its business amid an increasingly competitive market.The funding round brings Convoy’s post-money valuation to $2.75 billion.The round was co-led by Generation Investment Management and previous Convoy investor T. Rowe Price Associates.Asset management firm Baillie Gifford, which has fondness for pre-IPO tech companies, Fidelity and Durable Capital Partners as well as Series C investors CapitalG and Lone Pine Capital also participated in the round.Convoy has managed to attract a slew of high-profile investors— and their capital — such as Jeff Bezos, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and even U2’s Bono and the Edge.In the four years since its founding, Convoy has raised a total of more than $668 million.
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