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After a couple of weeks from the previous ones, new rumors arrive.Further confirming the design of the Huawei Nova 5i Pro.The protagonist of a substantial leak with lots of unofficial press renderings and hardware specifications.Huawei has announced the nova 5 series last month with the nova 5, the 5i, and a 5 Pro models.Alongside these, the company was also expected to unveil the 5i Pro, but that didn’t happen.The smartphone will have a hole for the front camera in the 6.26″ FHD + display.
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Need a new phone fast and don't like the look of the budget options out there but really don't want to spend $1000 on the latest flagship?That's what we've got for you today with this Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus deal.The summer Walmart sale has been extended with site-wide discounts on tech, appliances, home items, and more.One of the best deals we've seen is the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus phone that's on sale for just $237.99.That's a massive $600 price cut for the refurbished Samsung smartphone in 'excellent condition'.The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus features a beautiful 6.2-inch end-to-end display that flows seamlessly into the aluminum shell.
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Business travel SaaS startup, TravelPerk, has announced it’s more than doubled the $44M Series C round we wrote about just nine months ago — taking in a further $60M from its existing investors, which brings the round to $104M, and the business’ total raised to date to $134M.Investors increasing the size of their Series C commitment are Kinnevik, partners of DST Global, Target Global, Felix Capital, Sunstone, and LocalGlobe.A mere three years ago the 2015-founded, Barcelona-based startup had bagged a $7M Series A — with a pitch to take the pain out of business travel booking.Co-founder and CEO Avi Meir says this momentum is behind the Series C expansion.“We always knew that expanding this round was an option depending on performance, and as we exceeded even our most optimistic targets, we had the choice to stay on our same path or become even more aggressive.”“The team has grown 250% since January and bookings on the platform have increased by 300%,” he adds.
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If you're trying to make a new chemical process for, say, pharmaceutical or materials research, you need to find the best of each of these variables.In a new publication in Nature, University of Utah chemists Jolene Reid and Matthew Sigman show how analyzing previously published chemical reaction data can predict how hypothetical reactions may proceed, narrowing the range of conditions chemists need to explore.Their algorithmic prediction process, which includes aspects of machine learning, can save valuable time and resources in chemical research."Once we have that we can adjust features of any reaction and actually predict how that adjustment will affect it.""So then you systematically change the conditions."But with several variables in each reaction--Sigman estimates around seven to 10 in a typical pharmaceutical reaction--the number of possible combinations of conditions becomes overwhelming.
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Netflix has altered a controversial suicide scene in 13 Reasons Why more than two years after the teen series was released."We've heard from many young people that 13 Reasons Why encouraged them to start conversations about difficult issues like depression and suicide and get help -- often for the first time," Netflix said in a statement Tuesday."As we prepare to launch season three later this summer, we've been mindful about the ongoing debate around the show.So on the advice of medical experts, including Dr. Christine Moutier, chief medical officer at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, we've decided with creator Brian Yorkey and the producers to edit the scene in which Hannah takes her own life from season one."13 Reasons Why is based on a 2007 novel by Jay Asher and follows a character named Clay as he listens to cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker that detail the reasons for her recent suicide and pin the blame for her decision on others, including friends and classmates.All 13 episodes of the first season were released March 2017.
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KLM said "not all passengers feel comfortable with breastfeeding" in a statement.HuffPost 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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Elon Musk's neurotechnology company Neuralink pulled the veil back on its ambitions to implant chips in people's brains during a live presentation on Tuesday.During a Q, Musk surprised his Neuralink colleagues by announcing that the firm had tested its technology on monkeys with some success.Neuralink President Max Hodak said he wished the company didn't have to experiment on animals but it's a necessary "step in the process."Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Elon Musk took his colleagues by surprise with an unplanned announcement at a presentation by his secretive neurotechnology company Neuralink on Tuesday.Musk cofounded Neuralink in 2016 and its goal is to create a chip which could enable a "brain-computer interface."
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Summer’s finally here, and with it come blistering temperatures baking much of the U.S. As you swelter in a blistering home or office, you’ll inevitably do the mental math: do you grab a fan, grit your teeth and suffer through it — or do you crank up the air conditioner, resigned to the monster utility bill to follow?Split the difference by creating a comfortable micro-climate around you that doesn’t involve cooling an entire building.The EvaChill EV-500 Personal Air Conditioner accomplishes just that — and right now, you can save $20 on this eco-safe and wallet-friendly summer reliever for just $79.It may not look like a game-changer, but once you crank up this 2019 Red Dot Design Award-winner, you’ll feel its cooling powers in full effect within 10 minutes, dropping the air temperature up to 59 degrees.All you do is fill the water tank in this ultra-portable, leak-proof unit, plug it in, set it on your desk, table or countertop, then let the cartridge start absorbing water.That water spreads through the cooling pads, then gets dispersed with air jets, evaporating the water and lowering the surrounding air temperature.
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Welcome to PRIME CHEAP, our series about things that are good, cheap, and part of Amazon’s Prime Day sales.Hey, we gotta eat too.Some of us hoard photos, while others keep large collections of high-quality music.Cloud services are all great, but if you have terabytes of stuff lying around, you can spend too much on cloud storage.So, SanDisk’s 1TB Extreme Portable External SSD for just $135.99 will serve you well.And because it’s Amazon’s Prime Day sale, it’s down from its original price of $349.99.
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The National Office Against Pornographic and Illegal Publications (NOAPIP) on Tuesday requested regulators, including the Cyber Administration of China (CAC), to suspend the service of three reading platforms for up to three months.Why it matters: A new wave of cleanups targeting online reading platforms comes just two months after the last.The increasingly frequent inspections and punishments highlight NOAPIP’s determination to rein in the online reading industry.The three suspended apps are Midu Novel, Beijing-based Jinjiang Wenxue Cheng, and Bytedance’s Tomato Novel.Besides top-ranked Midu Novel, Jingjiang Wenxue Cheng is ranked 14th and Tomato Novel is far lower, 97th on Apple’s China App Store free reading app download rankings as of Tuesday afternoon, according to online data providers Qimai.Details: In the notice dated Tuesday, the NOAPIP censured the three platforms for allowing lowbrow and sexually suggestive content, which “damaged readers’ interests” as well as “corrupted the industry’s culture.”
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Hailed as a pioneer by Photonics Media for his previous discoveries of supercontinuum and Cr tunable lasers, City College of New York Distinguished Professor of Science and Engineering Robert R. Alfano and his research team are claiming another breakthrough with a new super class of photons dubbed "Majorana photons."They could lead to enhanced information on quantum-level transition and imaging of the brain and its working.Alfano's group based its research on the fact that photons, while possessing salient properties of polarization, wavelength, coherence and spatial modes, take on several forms."Photons are amazing and are all not the same," Alfano states.Their focus "was to use a 'special super form' of photons, which process the entanglement twists of both polarizations and the wavefront to probe and would propagate deeper in brain tissues, microtubules and neuron cells, giving more fundamental information of the brain than the conventional photon forms."These unique photons can travel with different wavefronts.
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Ajit Pai is continuing his multi-year battle against local broadband regulation with a plan that would stop cities and towns from using their authority over cable TV networks to regulate Internet access.If approved, Pai's proposal would "Prohibit LFAs [local franchising authorities] from using their video franchising authority to regulate most non-cable services, including broadband Internet service, offered over cable systems by incumbent cable operators."These efforts appear to have followed the decision by the Supreme Court of Oregon in City of Eugene v. Comcast, which upheld a local franchising authority's imposition of an additional 7% "telecommunications" license fee on the provision of broadband services over a franchised cable system with mixed-use facilities.To address this problem, we now expressly preempt any state or local requirement, whether or not imposed by a franchising authority, that would impose obligations on franchised cable operators beyond what Title VI allows.Despite the Oregon Supreme Court ruling against Comcast, Pai's plan says "the majority of courts... have interpreted section 622(b) to prohibit states and localities from charging fees that exceed those expressly permitted by Title VI."Pai's proposal also declares that "in-kind" contributions required by local franchising authorities must count toward that 5 percent cap, "with limited exceptions, including an exemption for certain capital costs related to public, educational, and governmental access (PEG) channels."
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A new paper details how small samples of ubiquitous building materials, such as tile or brick, can be used to test whether a facility has ever stored high enriched uranium (HEU), which can be used to create nuclear weapons.The technique could serve as a valuable forensic tool for national or international efforts related to nuclear nonproliferation and security."We can now use the housing structure itself as part of any nonproliferation monitoring efforts," says Robert Hayes, an associate professor of nuclear engineering at North Carolina State University and author of the paper."This work details the theory to test building material samples to differentiate between the forms of uranium used in nuclear power and the HEU that's used to develop nuclear weapons."The technique builds on previous work done by Hayes and his research team.The method requires testing a relatively small core sample of the relevant building material, about the size of your pinkie finger.
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To read the full article, simply click here to claim your deal and get access to all exclusive Business Insider PRIME content.The firm is one of a handful of marketing tech startups that provides software to help marketers manage customer data.The startups are trying to fend off marketing clouds like Adobe and Salesforce that are rolling out similar technology for marketers.Amperity CEO Kabir Shahani said that competition from marketing clouds actually helps startups by helping grow their awareness.Seattle-based Amperity has raised $50 million in Series C funding to grow its staff and products that help marketers group email, web, e-commerce and loyalty program data.The company uses machine learning to help brands with things like sending loyalty program members special emails or creating lookalike models for targeting ads.
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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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