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Impossible Foods, the company behind the Impossible Burger, is using its food technology to create a new fish product.The project involves heme protein, the same used for the company’s existing ‘meat’ product, and it aims to introduce a meatless alternative to existing fish products on the market.Questions remain over whether consumers are interested in vegetarian fish alternatives, however.The company’s project was recently detailed by the New York Times, which reports that Impossible’s team successfully created a plant-based broth flavored like anchovies.The company is working toward the development of a complete fish protein product, however, one that doesn’t actually contain fish.Impossible Foods garnered vast public attention due to its development of a plant-based hamburger that ‘bleeds’ like real beef.
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New Orleans residents are preparing for Tropical Storm Barry, which could develop into a hurricane, to make landfall on Saturday.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Scientists can't definitely say whether Barry was directly caused by climate change, but they agree that warming overall makes storms and hurricanes more devastating than they would otherwise be.That's because higher water temperatures lead to sea-level rise, which causes flooding during high tides and in the event of storms surges.Climate scientist Michael Mann previously wrote on Facebook that Hurricane Harvey — which flooded Houston, killed more than 100 people, and caused $125 billion in damages — "was almost certainly more intense than it would have been in the absence of human-caused warming, which means stronger winds, more wind damage, and a larger storm surge."Hurricanes are vast, low-pressure tropical cyclones with wind speeds over 74 mph.
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Steam bounced back from a rather confusing game sale by starting its own mad science space to play with AI and machine learning — and some of the things its coming up with are kind of fascinating.For context, Steam recently held its annual summer sale, and, as always, simply offering most of its considerable inventory at a discount wasn’t enough for Valve.There’s always a gimmick to a Steam sale these days, some extra incentive to buy game or otherwise spend time on the platforms.This time it was an asinine “race” that was confusing as heck in implementation and paid out relatively subpar rewards (unless you were one of the few who got the free games).So to avoid something this overcomplicated again, Steam has launched something called Steam Labs (not to be confused with streaming stalwart Streamlabs) where it can try strange, experimental things like the sales gimmicks in a special space.Out of the three features it currently offers, the strangest by far is the “interactive recommender,” which purports to use “the magic of machine learning to recommend games you might like.” It sounds terribly impressive, but Steam kind of already does this via the daily store queue, which recommends games to you based on the ubiquitous Steam tags.
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With over 551 million real world passwords exposed in data breaches and the growing ease with which they can be brute-forced, dumping the password makes a lot of sense…Microsoft says enterprises can now roll out the use of security keys at scale, as it launches a public preview of FIDO2 security key support in Azure Active Directory (AD).The move is a major step towards a passwordless enterprise environment.(Azure AD is Microsoft’s identity and access management platform).Security keys are available in a range of form factors, but commonly come as small USB key fob that creates a public and private key when registered.The private key can only be unlocked using a local gesture such as a biometric or PIN.
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As the entity with the biggest influence on what we discover on the Internet, Google is seen both as custodian and also censor of the Wide Wild Web.The latter is an especially thorny subject when it comes to political topics, with the search giant accused of favoring either left or right wing agendas.One of the latest controversies involves images of former US President Bill Clinton and Jeffrey Epstein that certain parties claim have been removed by Google from its search results.The truth, however, might be too simple to be believed.Last weekend, known finacier and registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein was arrested on charges of sex trafficking of minors.The crime itself was already controversial but netizens may have diverted attention away from the crime and the victims towards political scandal and conspiracy.
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Tinder has already publicized its plans to expand around the world, specifically in Asia, but today, it’s taking the next logical step in that journey and introducing a smaller version of its Android app — called Tinder Lite.The app is 25 times smaller than the main app, and while it maintains the core functionality, like swiping, it nixes more data-heavy ones, like the Feed.The idea is that Tinder Lite is faster, requires less battery life, and reduces data usage.For now, Tinder Lite users can’t upgrade to a Tinder Plus or Gold subscription within the app, but the company says it plans to do so over time.(A critical feature for making money off users, of course.)The app will be available through Google Play in Vietnam in the “coming weeks” and will subsequently come to other areas in Southeast Asia and South America.
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Here's one such premium product and one such hefty discount: For a limited time, Cheapskate readers can get the Denon Envaya Pocket DSB-50BT portable Bluetooth speaker for $69 shipped.It's normally $99; Denon has it on sale for $79, and exclusive promo code CNETDENON lops another $10 off.Available in black or gray (I think the former is definitely the sharper of the two), the Envaya Pocket is a compact but substantial brick: It measures about 6.5 inches across and weighs about 14 ounces.It can survive a full-on dunk without damage.The Envaya supports Bluetooth 4.1 and incorporates AptX technology, which promises not only better sound, but also low latency (important if you're using the speaker as a sound bar for watching videos).Again, I'm no audiophile, but I thought it sounded fantastic -- markedly better than some of the cheaper speakers I've championed over the years.
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Your computer's webcam has always been a gateway for potential security intrusion, which is why people like Mark Zuckerberg and ex-FBI head James Comey put tape over theirs.On Monday, security researcher Jonathan Leitschuh gave Mac users another reason to fret over their webcams -- there's a security flaw in the Zoom video-conferencing app.Zoom is most notable for its click-to-join feature, where clicking on a browser link takes you directly to a video meeting in Zoom's app.But Leitschuh in a Medium post explained that he months ago discovered Zoom achieves this in insecure ways, allowing websites to join you to a call as well as activating your webcam without your permission.He adds that this would allow any webpage to denial-of-service a Mac by repeatedly joining you to an invalid call.Uninstalling the Zoom app from your Mac isn't enough to fix the problem, either.
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The ICO has penalized British Airways with a record fine of £183 million for a data breach that occurred last year.The incident came to light last September, when British Airways revealed that a sophisticated hack had led to 380,000 customer accounts being compromised, although that initial figure turned out to be an underestimation, with some 500,000 people actually affected, the ICO reckons.Those folks had the likes of names, addresses, emails, credit card numbers and expiry dates – as well as the security codes on the rear of cards – stolen over a two-week period beginning on August 21, we were told at the time.Although the ICO claims that the thefts began occurring as early as June 2018.The hackers diverted victims to a fraudulent site where all these details were successfully harvested.Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham commented: “People’s personal data is just that – personal.
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Following the appearance of portals in its Mega Mall destination, Fortnite‘s tie-in with Netflix’s original series Stranger Things has expanded to include skins and wraps based on content from the series.The new content arrives in time to join the launch of Stranger Things season 3, underscoring Netflix’s marketing effort for the wildly popular streaming TV show.The first Fortnite x Stranger Things tie-in was the surprise appearance of portals leading to the Upside Down in the game’s Mega Mall destination.Players weren’t expecting the addition, making it a fun, confusing surprise that players can still find in the destination.The portals don’t do much — if you step inside of one, you’ll pop out in a different part of Mega Mall and briefly enjoy a look at the other, darker dimension.The portals haven’t disappeared in any other part of the battle royale island as of July 6.
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The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) penned a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Sunday commending the antitrust probes from the FTC and the Department of Justice.The RILA includes retailers like Walmart, Target and Best Buy, and in the letter, the group shared their concerns about big tech companies like Amazon and Google.“We believe the Commission must focus on ensuring that competition among retailers actually benefits consumers, rather than seeing those benefits stifled by dominant players and persistent oligopolies in other parts of the retail ecosystem like digital marketplaces, technology platforms, payment networks, or telecommunications platforms,” the letter states.The letter also says that the RILA is also concerned about how tech companies are allowed to use data that influences consumers, specifically when it comes to pricing.“It should thus be quite concerning to the Commission that Amazon and Google control the majority of all of Internet product search, and can very easily affect whether and how price and product information actually reaches consumers,” the RILA wrote.The letter comes only weeks since the FTC and the Department of Justice announced split efforts to scrutinize Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google on antitrust grounds.
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Paradox Interactive (Cities: Skylines, Surviving Mars) seems to be getting fed up with the "standard" 30% fee on sales charged by Steam and many other game platforms.Speaking at a Gamelab panel hosted by GamesIndustry.biz last week, Paradox Chairman of the Board and former CEO Fredrik Wester called that state of affairs "outrageous," adding, "I think the platform holders are taking too much money.The 30% fee baseline, Wester argues, can trace its origins back to the economics of the home video market in the 1970s, when studios like Warner Bros. negotiated similar fees with retailers selling early VHS tapes.It cost a lot of money," he said.Saying that it "doesn't cost anything" for stores like Steam to distribute and service a game is going a bit far.Beyond the simple costs associated with processing payments and providing download bandwidth, platforms often provide everything from multiplayer APIs to achievement and leaderboard systems to anti-cheat services and a whole host of other useful features.
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According to Samsung, the Galaxy Fold was supposed to be revolutionary.The futuristic $2,000 phone was positioned as the first foldable smartphone from a major manufacturer, allowing Samsung to leverage its display leadership into a hybrid phone/tablet device that no one else could produce.The Galaxy Fold's early media-review period was a disaster, though, with social media quickly filling with photos of dead and dying Galaxy Folds.After several phones died in the hands of reviewers, Samsung was forced to cancel the launch, and many pre-orders were refunded.Now it's July, and there's still no sign of the Galaxy Fold actually making it to market.Speaking to The Independent, Samsung Electronics CEO DJ Koh gave the press an update on the device, though there is still no firm re-launch date.
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With the release of Jessica Jones’ third and final season, a TV experiment four years in the making is over.Whether laid low by Disney’s own streaming plans or because simply it began to be more trouble than it was worth to Netflix, its legacy is now etched in stone: chasing a comic book weirdness that it had once proudly eschewed.Daredevil’s commitment to a dark, grounded tone as Charlie Cox’s Matt Murdock limped and punched his way through the Kingpin’s thugs in that bloodied, slick first season represented the boldest statement a Marvel show could make at the time.While Krysten Ritter’s less graceful protagonist couldn’t quite land a hit as slickly as Daredevil could, Jessica Jones offered a more emotively cerebral examination of comic book weirdness.In taking a supervillain like the Purple Man and turning him not into a simple opposing force to punch into submission (that’s something that even now, the Marvel movies still kind of struggle to do effectively), but a haunting spectre that chased Jessica and her own struggles with trauma over the first season, Jessica Jones offered a fascinatingly timely, foreboding take on what a world with superpowers could realistically look like.The Defenders characters and stories quickly established themselves as a street-level manna from that still-occasionally embarrassing goofiness we felt sitting down at the movies for the latest Spandex-clad bit of spectacle.
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San Francisco-based Forerunner Ventures is best known for its long string of bets on successful and fast-growing consumer companies.Now, its newest partner, Brian O’Malley, who has a knack for finding startups that straddle both the consumer and enterprise worlds, has written his first check on behalf of the firm, and it’s largely in that same vein.The company: Homeroom, a two-year-old, 12-person, San Francisco-based marketplace business focused around after-school enrichment programs.It makes money from the growing number of class vendors that want to extend their reach into new school districts and which provide Homeroom with a cut every time a parent signs up his or her child for one of their after-school programs.Program organizers are often parent-volunteers who are trying to keep tabs on after-school programs through email and Excel spreadsheets.Sometimes these organizers’ view into what’s what is so specific to them that they get stuck in the role — even after their own children have moved on to other schools.
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Facebook has launched Lab Innovation Indonesia (Linov), a facility where developers and startups can gather and collaborate, Telset reported.Linov is the social media giant’s second community center in Indonesia, following the launch of its Ruang Komunal community hub last year.Located at CoHive Plaza Asia in South Jakarta, Linov will cater to startups and developers in the information and communications technology space.The hub will have regular training, workshops, as well as mentorship opportunities with Facebook and industry experts.
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George Osborne's plan to eradicate the North-South divide and unite our great northern cities was, and is, exciting – but there's still unacceptable inequalities, Prof Dame Nancy Rothwell writesHuffPost is part of Oath.Oath and our partners need your consent to access your device and use your data (including location) to understand your interests, and provide and measure personalised ads.Oath will also provide you with personalised ads on partner products.Select 'OK' to continue and allow Oath and our partners to use your data, or select 'Manage options' to view your choices.
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ZFS on Linux 0.8 (ZoL) brought tons of new features and performance improvements when it was released on May 23.We'll go over some of the most exciting May features (like ZFS native encryption) here today.(Note that ZoL 0.8.1 was released last week, but since ZFS on Linux follows semantic versioning, it's a bugfix release only.)We can hope that Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (which has yet to be named) will incorporate the 0.8.x branch, but there's no official word so far; if you're running Ubuntu 18.04 (or later) and absolutely cannot wait, the widely-used Jonathon F PPA has 0.8.1 available.Debian has 0.8.0 in its experimental repo, Arch Linux has 0.8.1 in its zfs-dkms AUR package, and Gentoo has 0.8.1 in testing at sys-fs/zfs.FreeBSD did so by rebasing its own OpenZFS codebase on ZFS on Linux rather than Illumos.
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Dating apps like Tinder, Match, and Bumble will see their user base numbers in the US increase in 2019, but grow slower than in recent years, eMarketer research analysts predict.According to the new report, eMarketer estimates 25.1 million users will use a dating app at least monthly, a 5.3% increase from the amount of users in 2018.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Although more than 25 million people are expected to regularly turn to dating apps this year, analysts are predicting a slow-down in growth for many popular dating apps.In a new forecast on app usage, research analytics firm eMarketer predicts that user growth for dating apps like Tinder, Hinge, Match, and OKCupid, will "slow significantly" in the US in 2019.Dating apps are anticipated to see their collective user base grow by 5.3% this year, compared with a 6.5% increase in 2018.
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It was wild-looking but graceful, with densely petalled, fragrant blossoms that opened just once each summer.But then—in the late 18th and early 19th centuries—some fancier roses from China arrived.They boasted more vivid colors like yellow and crimson, refined greenery and the ability to repeat-flower.Soon the old rosebush and her ilk began disappearing from English gardens, eclipsed by younger, showier hybrids that bloomed all summer long.So in the 1950s, a Shropshire potato farmer named David Austin took it upon himself to create a more perfect rose—by cross-pollinating the modern ones with the old, forgotten kind.Over the years, he and his staff reared hundreds of thousands of seedlings, creating beauts like the pink-rosetted Maid Marion, the ruffly Dame Judi Dench, and the peachy Roald Dahl.
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YouTube is reportedly considering making major changes to how it recommends and classifies children’s content on the platform amid a flurry of concerns about the platform’s safety, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.The possible changes, according to the Journal, could include moving all of the children’s content on the platform to a separate standalone app for children, called YouTube Kids, or turning off an automatic content recommendation system that queues up new content algorithmically after another video has completed a play-through.Both moves stand to impact how users, especially young ones, navigate the platform, which could have resulting effects on the advertisers that pour billions into the platform every year to reach those viewers.Those possible changes come as YouTube faces continued scrutiny for its handling of safety on the platform and as it braces for additional regulatory scrutiny.The Federal Trade Commission is in late stages of investigating the company for how it has handled children’s videos, according to The Washington Post.“Others, we develop and launch, like our restrictions to minors live streaming or updated hate speech policy.”
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A self-driving car is only as good as its maps.Automakers around the world have put in efforts to create high-definition maps of as many roads as possible as they ramp up AV development, so that their cars can have the best idea possible of the surrounding world.But while most groups don't seem too keen on the idea of giving them away, Ford's Argo AI is taking a different approach.Argo AI announced on Wednesday that it has created a public repository for its self-driving-car development data, including high-definition maps.Argoverse, as it's called, contains datasets and maps collected as part of Argo AI's own research into autonomy, and it's being released for free under a non-commercial Creative Commons license.The hope is that researchers will be able to use these HD maps to further advance AV technology.
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Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap.Oh daaaamn, you best move quickly: Best Buy is running a limited time flash sale on MacBooks.At the time of writing, the deal has under 14 hours left, so if you’ve been on the hunt for a new Apple laptop, this is your chance.Yep, you can save up to $250 on a range of MacBooks, the benefits of which we probably don’t need to go into too much detail about, right?Almost everyone is familiar with the company’s famous computers.an Intel Core i5 processor
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The good news is that modern gaming phones and even mid-range devices are more than capable of delivering a solid gaming experience.For the record, we are talking about full-featured or nearly full-featured ports, not the watered down versions that tend to flood the Google Play Store.It turns the voxel-art world into an isometric dungeon crawler, like a my-first-Diablo for all ages.The graphics are far from demanding, and the simplified gameplay would work well with on-screen touch controls.Of all the games on this list, this is by far the best candidate for an upcoming Android release.Dragon Quest Builders 2 is another title that has a lot in common with Minecraft, but it takes place in Akira Toriyama’s colorful Dragon Quest universe.
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With 5G now poised for release across the UK, the use cases for the next-generation networks are beginning to be realised in full flow.Qualcomm has been heavily involved in 5G for many years, with its role as probably the world’s leading chipmaker putting it in pole position to take advantage of the technology within the mobile industry as a whole.But with all the hyperbole surrounding the benefits 5G can have, what does a company with this unique viewpoint see as the immediate effects of the new networks?Your next smart speaker will listen better and last longer thanks to Qualcomm5G and smart cities: everything you need to know“What is striking from our point of view right now (is that) you see a full set of commercial, or very near, commercial smartphones all running on 5G,” says Ben Timmons, Qualcomm's European director of business development.
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Telegram announced on Wednesday it was experiencing connection problems as the result of a huge cyber attack on its servers.The DDoS attack overloaded the servers with phoney requests, disrupting connection to the internet.Telegram founder Pavel Durov tweeted that most of the attacking IPs were based in China.He said "state actor-sized" attacks coincide with protests in Hong Kong.Hong Kong is currently the site of mass demonstrations over the introduction of a new extradition bill which would allow citizens to be brought to mainland China for trial.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
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Earlier this year, it was revealed that Samsung’s monstrous 'The Wall' MicroLED TV would be made available in 75-inch and 219-inch models, but now the South Korean electronics giant is taking things even further, announcing an upgraded version in The Wall Luxury.Starting at 73 inches for a 2K model, The Wall Luxury will be available in a variety of sizes, ratios and customizable configurations, culminating with a staggering 292-inch behemoth that will offer 8K resolution.Despite being absolutely enormous, Samsung's The Wall Luxury has a depth of only 30mm and sports a totally bezel-free design.According to Samsung, The Wall Luxury will be equipped with an AI picture quality engine, known as Quantum Processor Flex, which will use AI upscaling and machine learning to optimize picture quality on a scene-by-scene basis.On top of this, The Wall Luxury is said to offer Quantum HDR technology for a peak brightness of 2,000 nits, as well as a 120Hz video refresh rate, making it ideal for watching sports or playing video games.Given the customizable nature of The Wall Luxury, it's perhaps no surprise that Samsung has yet to announce pricing for its next generation of MicroLED TVs, though we imagine the larger 8K models will be prohibitively expensive for most of us when they go on sale globally next month.
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NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter looks down on the Red Planet and sees all sorts of fantastical formations that resemble everything from Beaker the Muppet to Pac-Man.A new MRO view will inspire you to whip out your Vulcan salute.The MRO HiRise camera team at the University of Arizona on Wednesday highlighted a Martian sand dune formation that could be a doppelganger for the classic swooping Starfleet logo."Enterprising viewers will make the discovery that these features look conspicuously like a famous logo," the team quipped.The intriguing Mars formation has a long geologic history.It started as a crescent-shaped dune that became an island in a sea of lava, but the sand eventually blew away in the wind.
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Facebook is already under fire over privacy issues and said users shouldn't have an expectation of privacy on social media.A new report says emails found as part of a government investigation might show that the company's CEO was aware of certain questionable practices.Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg reportedly did know of the company's questionable privacy practices according to The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday.Sources familiar with the company say emails obtained as part of a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigation show the link and would be harmful to the company's reputation.The social media platform denies the existence of the emails."We have fully cooperated with the FTC's investigation to date and provided tens of thousands of documents, emails and files," a Facebook spokesperson said in an emailed statement.
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Watch out Amazon: Uber's plans for flight expand well beyond flying cars for transporting people.It also wants to deliver Uber Eats orders via drone.Announced at its Uber Elevate conference, Uber played a video where it took an Uber Eats order from McDonald's, placed the Big Mac and fries into specially designed packaging and then flew the food from the restaurant to a designated location where an Uber currier picked up the order to deliver it to the customer.Unlike other drone delivery services, Uber isn't planning to initially deliver the orders directly to customers' homes.Instead, it hopes to land the drones on cars using QR codes and then having the cars and traditional drivers complete the delivery.The company is working with the Federal Aviation Administration on the project.
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