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The rumour mill is churning at maximum speed as Vodafone Spain is reportedly considering a sale of its fixed network for €1.2 billion.It would appear to be an unusual move.With many national business units shifting towards a convergence business model, divesting its fixed networks assets would take the Spanish unit the other direction.According to Spanish news site Expansion, the business is currently undergoing a restructure, owing to difficult market conditions, and the sale of the fixed network could certainly add some much-needed cash into operations.“Currently there is no project that is working on the complete sale of the network proactively, although possibilities are always being analysed and studied to find efficiencies and improve the profitability provided by assets, such as the possible partial sale,” a spokesperson said.The Spanish market is a tricky one to master currently.
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Samsung previously said its long-delayed Galaxy Fold device is launching in September, and we might just have a firm release date after all.According to South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency (h/t: Android Central), Samsung and three mobile operators are discussing a September 6 launch date in the country.This date also coincides with the opening day of the IFA trade show in Berlin, and the outlet says Samsung will likely use the event to show off the revised model.It’s believed that the phone was originally set to launch late in September, but it seems like Samsung is confident enough that it has brought the release window forward.Yonhap reports that the initial shipment for South Korea numbers between 20,000 and 30,000 units, and that it will be available for 2.3 million won (~$1902).The foldable phone is then expected to launch in the U.S. and China later in September.
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The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) will reportedly issue its self-developed digital currency dubbed “DC/EP” (Digital Currency/Electronic Payments) to seven financial institutions in the coming months.Chinese payment giants Alibaba, Tencent, and UnionPay are said to be among the seven institutions to receive DC/EP and will be responsible for dispersing it to citizens and others who do business with the Chinese currency, according Forbes citing Paul Schulte, China Construction Bank’s former global head of financial strategy.Why it matters: The Chinese government has been vocal about plans for DC/EP over the past two months as the global race to launch digital fiat currency ramps up.The central bank sees DC/EP as a way to consolidate its national currency sovereignty and curb China’s demand for cryptocurrencies.The digital currency would be the first of its kind to be adopted on a massive scale.The central bank’s recent efforts to accelerate digital currency development were prompted by Facebook’s announcement of Libra, which is scheduled to launch next year.
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NASA Chief Jim Bridenstine – a politician who’s probably seen one or two episodes of “Cosmos” – has officially declared Pluto a planet again.His reasoning: that’s the way he learned it in high school.My favorite soundbyte of the day that probably won't make it to TV.It came from NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine.— Cory Reppenhagen (@CReppWx) August 23, 2019Bridenstine’s not just the head of NASA, mind you, he’s also a good friend of President Donald Trump’s.
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More airlines have banned a number of Apple MacBook models from checked baggage, adding to the list of carriers that have restricted the device.Virgin Australia, Singapore Airlines, and Thai Airways have all now issued partial or complete bans on their flights.This follows a voluntary recall issued by Apple in June 2019.The recall affects all 15-inch MacBook Pro models sold between September 2015 and February 2017, and was issued in response to the built-in battery forming a potential fire hazard.In August 2019, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) banned the affected models from all flights, while the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EUASA) released a warning to European airlines regarding the affected MacBook Pro devices.They can, however, be taken on-board as carry-on baggage.
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Redmi has officially teased its first 64MP camera smartphone to launch on August 29th in China.But a leaked spec-sheet, as well as a price chart that have appeared today, may not leave much for the Chinese smartphone maker to reveal in a couple of days.Here are the leaked prices of the Redmi Note 8 Pro.Since we already know a lot about the specifications, let’s get to the leaked pricing first.The Note 8 Pro is tipped to start at RMB 1,799 ($252) for the 6GB + 64GB model and the 8GB + 128GB version is said to cost 2099 yuan ($294).The Redmi Note 8, which will offer quad-cameras could be priced at 1199 yuan ($168)
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At the Smart China Expo in Chongqing on Monday, Jack Ma, chairman of e-commerce behemoth Alibaba, defended the internet finance industry against recent criticism brought about by the troubled P2P lending sector.During his speech (in Chinese) at the Expo’s Big Data and Smart Technology Summit, Ma said the term “internet finance,” a term he coined several years ago, should not be lumped together with the troubled peer-to-peer (P2P) lending industry.Why it matters: Ma, the founder of internet finance giant Ant Financial’s parent company, seeks to differentiate the startup from the P2P lending sector, which has been in regulator crosshairs.He had previously expressed concern that problems in the sector will impede the development of internet finance.Ant Financial operates a host of internet finance platforms including money market fund Yu’e Bao and consumer lending units Jiebei and Huabei.“P2P lending was not internet finance from the start.
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“Our teams will continue to identify bad actors, terminate their accounts”Google has disabled 210 YouTube accounts claiming that they were being used by China to manipulation opinions with regards to ongoing demonstrations in the city of Honk Kong.Shane Huntley Threat Analysis Group, Google Security stated in a blog post that: “As part of our ongoing efforts to combat coordinated influence operations, we disabled 210 channels on YouTube when we discovered channels in this network behaved in a coordinated manner while uploading videos related to the ongoing protests in Hong Kong.This discovery was consistent with recent observations and actions related to China announced by Facebook and Twitter.”Google say they found evidence of VPNs being used to mask the origin of the accounts and that this is consistent with how other coordinated influence operations are undertaken.The firm states that each month its threat analysis group has to send out more than 4,000 warnings to users on its services that they may be subject to government-backed attempts to gain access to their accounts.
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It might be difficult to believe right now, but there was a point — not too long ago, in fact — when Keanu Reeves wasn’t everywhere you looked.The recent news that Reeves would return to lead yet another installment of The Matrix franchise seemingly puts an exclamation point on the 54-year-old actor’s professional resurgence after nearly a decade out of the spotlight.It’s also a fascinating look at how one big hit — in this case, his starring role in John Wick — can shake things up and remind audiences why we liked an actor so much in the first place.After rising to fame in the ’80s and ’90s with comedy hits like Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure and its sequel (as well as 1989’s Parenthood), Reeves moved into action-hero territory with ’90s classics Point Break and Speed, along with a high-profile horror role in Bram Stoker’s Dracula.Like most prominent actors, his career during that era had its share of mild highs and lows, with his 1995 romance film A Walk in the Clouds and 1997 supernatural thriller The Devil’s Advocate both earning critical acclaim, while sci-fi adventures Johnny Mnemonic and Chain Reaction were widely panned.Reeves’ portrayal of a mild-mannered computer programmer who becomes the cyberpunk savior of humanity in a war against sentient machines turned him from a reliable (if not particularly exciting) male lead to the coolest action hero in Hollywood.
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Intel has been talking up its processors at Gamescom 2019, hosting an event where it admits that AMD, its chief rival, has “done a great job closing the gap, but we still have the highest performing CPUs.”If that sounds a little defensive to you, we agree.We were at the event in Cologne, Germany, and there was a bit of a feeling that Intel wanted to remind everyone that while AMD has been getting a lot of positive news lately thanks to its new Ryzen 3000 series of processors, when it comes to gaming, Intel still has the best processors.AMD vs Intel: which chipmaker does processors better?At the event, Intel’s Troy Severson said that “when we introduced the i9 9900K… it was dubbed the fastest gaming CPU in the world.It’s still the fastest gaming CPU in the world.”
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$360 billion global bulk shipping industry rife with losses from low productivity, human error and lost opportunitiesVoyager modernizes industry for improved maritime communications and operational efficiencies along shipping value chain, freeing from email, fax, phone and textManagement team holds more than 40 years experience in maritime, technology and bulk commoditiesRound by ATX Venture Partners, Blue Bear Capital, GreenHawk Capital, and Phaze VenturesVoyager, the company enabling the bulk commodity shipping market to operate in a unified and digital environment to coordinate critical and complex maritime operations for high value raw materials, announced today completing a $1.5 million seed funding round co-led by ATX Venture Partners, Blue Bear Capital, GreenHawk Capital, and Phaze Ventures.“Shipping bulk commodities like crude oil, gas and petrochemicals is still a highly manual and complex process, with $360 billion in ocean freight managed globally by email, phone, fax and text in a high-volume, fast-paced environment.
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You can only see the full list of your YouTube subscribers on the desktop version of YouTube, which you can access through a web browser on a computer or mobile device (but not the mobile app).With over 500 hours of video uploaded to YouTube every minute, it's no surprise that many publishers grow massive followings, with subscriber numbers reaching the millions — and revenue from advertising and product placements reaching just as high.Not only does knowing how many you have help, seeing the types of people who follow you can also help you generate ideas, and figure out the kinds of videos your subscribers would like to see.You can see who's subscribed to your YouTube channel through the desktop version of YouTube, or check your subscriber count through the iPhone and Android apps.Check out the products mentioned in this article:iPhone Xs (From $999.99 at Best Buy)
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An Israeli spacecraft called Beresheet almost made it to the moon in April.Now it’s been revealed that the mission was carrying a cargo of dehydrated microscopic lifeforms known as tardigrades.The project is designed to act as Noah’s Ark Mark II, providing a repository from which plants and animals could be regenerated to repopulate the Earth should a catastrophe akin to a flood of biblical proportions overtake the planet.Whether the project is far-sighted or foolish, what has roused interest is the fact that, as a result of the crash, the tardigrades may now be scattered across the lunar surface.Measuring up to about half a millimeter long, they have four pairs of stubby legs and a front-end that even the fondest parent couldn’t describe as beautiful.Striking, or distinctive, are my adjectives of choice.
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Amazon announced that it’s introducing a new set of developer tools called Custom Interfaces that have a wide variety of applications but seem to be aimed directly at making smart toys for kids, as well as games and dynamic gadgets.Amazon’s examples are … interesting.You can tell Alexa, “Tell Basketball Hoop to start a game,” and light up the scoreboard.Other examples include using a mini keyboard to turn Alexa into a piano teacher, lighting up keys that correspond to an assigned song and providing feedback on whether you have pressed the right sequence of keys.Amazon also says you can use the new features to tell Alexa to print out Sudoku puzzles, count and track how many times your dog plays fetch, and use the command, “Tell my drone to fly in a figure 8,” triggering Alexa to play a designated song or tune upon landing.Yes, it all sounds a little silly but with more than 100 million Alexa-enabled devices out on the market, the functionality enabled by these new Custom Interfaces could be a real boon to developers.
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The boss that went rogue and cocked a snook at the corporate policy he wroteOn Call With the gateway to the weekend upon us, it is time to crack open the On Call files once again to enjoy a tale from one of those brave engineers at the front line of the tech world.Sven's tale begins innocuously enough: "I was working for a contractor that was developing van-tracking software for a well-known cash delivery company."Naturally, a miscreant could get up to all manner of mischief with such a device and, since this all took place around 30 years ago, security was not quite what it is now."Everybody had an expensive £300 lock fitted to their office door that required a five-digit code to open."We were all told to input a code for our office and not to write it down or tell anybody."
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Peugeot's little electric car, the iOn, was an early adopter of the electric car market, but ran up against a brick wall pretty fast.but today, there can be no doubt that the competitors are running on and to the past: it is only 66 points, in the Europaindex and end up near the bottom of the list for electric vehicles.this Model was one of the first mass-produced modern electric cars, and foremost, is a real alternative for the true environmentalists or people who wanted to live on the edge.“Are you someone who is in a sleeping bag in front of the Apple store in order to get the most recent phone (there is, there are people who do it!)or miljöhippie who can't afford a car, the Peugeot iOn is the one for you.”this is Why iOn wasn't attractive in the crowd are going pretty fast most of the biljournalisternas, tests and opinions.
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Volkswagen knep med sin Passat GTE en stabil andraplats på topplistan för plug-in-hybrider.Och det var ganska väntat om vi ser till försäljningssiffrorna.Men vid närmare analys av experternas omdömen är det svårt att hitta substans i det rosa skimret av räckvidds- och förbrukningssiffror.Men vad döljer sig egentligen bakom det rosa skimret av räckvidds- och förbrukningssiffror?Med tanke på miljönyttan och det låga förmånsvärdet är vi övertygade om att Passat GTE blir en stark utmanare, inte minst bland tjänstebilarna,” sa Sten Forsberg, chef Volkswagen Sverige, i ett uttalande.Vad Europas experter , till skillnad från gemene köpare, tycker om Passat GTE är dock mindre solklart.
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All pet owners wonder what their furry little babies get up to while the humans are gone.Like the originals, they still come with night vision, 1080p camera resolution, and two-way audio.The Bites 2 is larger at 5.7 by 3 by 10 inches, but a little top-heavy due to the treat dispenser sitting up top.There were a few issues with lag when connecting via my phone’s data, and the connection occasionally dropped out.Basically, you can set the cameras to only record during certain hours so uh, you don’t accidentally get footage of yourself walking around naked after a shower or other embarrassing activities.It’s fine if you want to post a video, but I found the photos to be unworthy of my Instagram feed.
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Following reports that millions of unwanted and unsold third-party products were being destroyed by Amazon, the Internet retailer has launched a new program that lets these sellers donate their products instead.The new program is called Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) Donations and it’ll go live in the US and UK starting next month.FBA Donations joins the company’s existing charity-based work.The FBA Donations program will allow eligible products, including returned items and excess unwanted items, to be donated directly to charities rather than resold to liquidators or other buyers, shipped back to the suppliers, or destroyed.Amazon announced the program on Wednesday, saying it will ‘streamline the donation process’ for third-party sellers.The announcement follows reports from earlier this year that claimed millions of unsold products were being trashed at Amazon warehouses in France, among other locations, including brand-new items that were allegedly sent to dumps.
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Australian researchers are among the first in the world to have access to a new approach to understand intricate changes that control how proteins function in our cells in health and disease.The new proteomics technique called 'ubiquitin clipping' allows researchers to create high-definition maps of how proteins are modified by a process called ubiquitination.The technique provides a new level of detail for understanding the role of ubiquitination in cells, and could uncover subtle changes that contribute to a range of diseases including cancer, inflammatory conditions and neurodegenerative disorders.The research, which was published today in Nature, was led by Walter and Eliza Hall Institute researcher Professor David Komander, who undertook the work at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, UK.A new proteomics technique has been developed to study protein ubiquitination, modifications of proteins in cells that can impact their function.Ubiquitin clipping is now established at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, enabling Australian scientists to investigate new aspects of ubiquitin signalling, including its links to a range of diseases.
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Misfit has announced its latest smartwatch in the form of the Misfit Vapor X, the newest device in the Vapor line after the Vapor 2, and it's arguably Misfit's most premium wearable to date.The reason we say that is because it runs on the Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset, making it one of only a handful of smartwatches to benefit from the enhancements the new processor bring.The main benefit of Wear 3100 is greatly reduced power consumption, so your device should last longer on each charge, but it also brings more accurate fitness tracking and advanced ambient modes.In short, it should be good news for the Misfit Vapor X.Check out our thoughts on the original Misfit VaporAnother change the Vapor X has is in design, as it's metal instead of plastic like on previous Vapor wearables.
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De molekylära mekanismer som gör vissa bakterier resistenta kan också bidra till framtidens gröna plast.
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Redmi’s 2019 flagship, the K20 Pro, and a top contender to the Oneplus 7 Pro as well as the ASUS Zenfone 6 will be hitting the European market soon.The Redmi K20 sibling has since been launched in the market as the Xiaomi Mi 9T, and the Redmi K20 Pro is expected to follow suit.The device will officially launch in Europe on August 20th as the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro, though it has since been available on pre-order for a couple of days now in the Netherlands.As per the announcement made by Xiaomi Netherland, the device will be announced for the Benelux markets including – Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg.However, it wouldn’t be long before Xiaomi expands its reach to other markets within the EU.The brand has yet to reveal the Mi 9T Pro official pricing.
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But Mattel is coming out with three Star Wars-themed Barbie dolls that are about as similar to our beloved Kenner figures as Kate Middleton is to Jabba the Hutt.Forget Tatooine, these dolls are from the planet Vogue.Probably the most impressive (and threatening) is the Darth Vader doll, which looks like Vogue Editor in Chief Anna Wintour might if she attended a Star Wars-themed Met Gala.Dynamic Darth is wearing a shiny black peplum top, paneled pencil skirt and knee-high boots, but the cape is the coolest.Back in the old days, some of us used to pair Barbie up with GI Joe instead of bland Ken, and this Barbie could take out Joe.R2-D2 Barbie is a little too removed from the real droid for my taste, but her blue hair is cool.
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Simply forcing an iPad to power down and then turning it back on is the most reliable way to unfreeze it, but this approach will also mean losing any progress you have made and haven't saved.When it comes to computers and tablets, one way to deal with a frozen device is to put it down, walk away, and give it a few minutes to work.Like a watched pot that doesn't boil, a frozen iPad seems never to come back, but with a bit of time, it just might.Here are various things you can try to fix a frozen iPad.Check out the products mentioned in this article:iPad Pro (From $799.99 at Best Buy)
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The Roku Channel continues to expand beyond ad-supported movies and premium subscriptions, with today’s announcement of the addition of several more live TV channels available to anyone with a Roku streaming device or Roku TV.The company says today it’s adding five free live TV channels to this offering, including most notably, fubo’s Sports Network.The fubo Sports Network is streaming service fuboTV’s first-ever TV channel designed for distribution outside its own platform.Soft-launched this June, fubo produces content for the channel, including original programming, event coverage, behind-the-scenes, and other exclusives.The network is already available to a few streaming platforms, including XUMO, Samsung TV Plus, and LG Channels (powered by XUMO.)However, distribution to Roku’s popular entertainment hub is a big win for the new channel, given that Roku is now the top streaming device platform in the U.S., with a 39% share of streaming boxes and sticks and a 33% share of smart TV operating systems.
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According to Edison Research, the total audience of podcast listeners was 9% of the U.S. population per month.Yet, despite the looming global recession, 2008 was also the year I realized my freelance business should become a content marketing and PR agency – and one of my first client projects was producing The Scoop, a weekly technology podcast for MIS Magazine, part of the Fairfax Media stable.My early podcasting lessons brought this dilemma into sharp focus.If you don’t have a genuine passion to connect with your audience, delivering an ROI on your podcast will be tough.Regardless, it leads to a leap of logic: “We’re a really big, successful brand.Find the host with the most
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Shocking pictures showed a woman trapped in between two cars.Police say the incident could leave her with life-changing injuries.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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Archaeologists working in the Bale Mountains of Ethiopia have uncovered the earliest evidence to date of human habitation in a high-altitude environment.New research published last week in Science describes the oldest known human occupancy of a high-altitude environment.Between 47,000 and 31,000 years ago, Stone Age foragers occupied a rock shelter in the Bale Mountains of Ethiopia, which is 11,381 feet (3,469 meters) above sea level.Indeed, it seems incredible that anyone, least of which foragers from the Middle Paleolithic period, would want to make this seemingly inhospitable place their home.Resources, such as food, also tend to be scarce in high-altitude regions.Other examples in the archaeological literature include occupations of the Tibetan Plateau (around 3,600 years ago based on archaeological evidence) and the Andean Highlands of Peru (between 6,800 and 1,400 years ago), but the occupation at the Fincha Habera rock shelter in southern Ethiopia is now considered the oldest example of high-altitude living (importantly, this involves habitation of some sort, and not just ventures up to the mountains to collect resources).
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Trots att vetenskap har varit ifrågasatt i debatten i USA de senaste åren har en majoritet ett tämligen stort förtroende för att forskningen tjänar allmänhetens bästa.De flesta tror dock att forskare mörkar sina intressekonflikter – och att riskerna för att de straffas är små.Olika vetenskapliga rapporter med motstridiga slutsater kan onekligen undergräva allmänhetens förtroende för forskarvärlden.Och de senaste åren har det varit en polariserad debatt i USA om vetenskap och forskning, vilket manifesterades i March for Science våren 2017.Men enligt Pew Research Center i Washington DC har vetenskapens män och kvinnor fortfarande en ganska hög trovärdighet i USA.Deras undersökning visar att 86 procent av amerikanerna har en tämligen hög tilltro till att forskarnas arbete är för allmänhetens bästa.
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