Is the empire finally striking back?In recent years, global fast food leader McDonald’s has been enduring nearly constant insults and mockery at the hands (and tweet-typing fingers) of smaller rivals like Burger King and Wendy’s.But McDonald’s has almost never fired a return volley, generally preferring to stay above the fray and enjoy its No.1 standing in the worldwide burger industry.But in Belgium, the brand seems to have decided it’s tired of always being Mr. Nice Gargantuan Burger Chain.When a Burger King recently opened in the center of Brussels, a neighboring McDonald’s put up a sign pointing out that it offered table service, unlike BK (or, admittedly, just about any fast food chain).
Gaming peripherals maker Corsair has acquired custom gaming PC leader Origin PC.For the past decade, Origin PC specialized in delivering hand-built, personalized PCs aimed at delivering the best gaming experience possible.Origin PC offers a wide range of high-performance configurable PCs, ranging from gaming PCs and powerful workstations to gaming laptops, building systems focused on customization, service, gaming, and technology to deliver a complete gaming experience.“With the gaming PC market continuing to expand as an increasing number of players make the jump from console to PC, we wanted to do more to reach customers in North America that prefer to buy, rather than build, their system,” said Andy Paul, CEO of Corsair, in a statement.“With Origin PC’s expertise in personalized custom gaming systems and Corsair’s strength in performance PC hardware and the iCue software ecosystem, we’re excited to combine our efforts to create new world-class gaming experiences for PC gamers.”The Miami-based company’s systems have won hundreds of media awards and industry accolades over the years.
Origin PC is no stranger to big PC builds, and in celebration of its 10th anniversary, the company has gone all out.Origin has put together what it calls the “Big O” – a machine that packs a high-end gaming PC, an Xbox One X, a PlayStation 4 Pro, and a Nintendo Switch into one massive case.This could very be the only machine out there that manages to do it all, but don’t pull out those wallets just yet.As you’d imagine, putting together the Big O was a huge undertaking for the team at Origin PC.Not only did they have to remove Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro components from their original housings and mount them in the PC case, but they also decided to liquid cool them too.Origin also gave each console a 2TB SSD, which is good because you can’t use physical Xbox One X and PS4 Pro games with the Big O, so that extra space is needed for digital games.
Uber is actively testing a monthly subscription pass that combines rides, Eats, bikes and scooters.In this pilot phase, Uber is testing a few different iterations in San Francisco and Chicago but each version includes a fixed discount on every ride, free Uber Eats delivery and free JUMP (bikes and scooters) rides.The pass costs $24.99 per month.“From meals to wheels and everything in between, we’re always looking for ways to make Uber the go-to option for your everyday needs,” an Uber spokesperson said in a statement to TechCrunch.This comes after TechCrunch first reported leaked screenshots from Uber’s Android app showing an Uber Eats pass in March, and imagined a scenario where Uber combined Eats with its Ride Pass product.Uber first launched Ride Pass last October as a way for people to consistently pay lower prices on individual rides for a monthly fee.
China’s central bank has approved the expansion of Ant Financial’s independent AlipayHK e-wallet throughout mainland China, allowing for visitors from Hong Kong to pay using their own currency.Why it matters: AlipayHK beat Tencent’s WeChat HK to the punch as the first Hong Kong dollar-denominated mobile payment app across China and Hong Kong.It will allow Hong Kong visitors to mainland China to pay without the need to exchange currency or create bank accounts on the mainland.The expansion could help AlipayHK to boost adoption in the Hong Kong payments market, dominated by the Octopus contactless card.WeChat Pay HK’s coverage in China’s mainland is limited to certain merchants like ride-sharing platform Didi, lifestyle super app Meituan, and Walmart.The service is available nationwide at these vendors.
The close of the fiscal year at the state university system where pilot fish works has been a nightmare, with one narrowly averted catastrophe after another.First, one of the buyers in Purchasing has trouble processing requisitions into purchase orders, and the busiest time of the year for his department coming with the start of the new fiscal year.It looks like an easy problem to solve — but it isn’t, and eventually nearly the entire IT staff is working on it, the software vendor is contacted, and no solution is in sight.The only good news is that the fiscal year will close on Friday this year, so they’ll have the entire weekend to work on this problem before those requisitions have to be processed on Monday.We’ll just move on to other things, says fish’s boss.“Actually, a whole shelf of shoes.”
At AA Picks, we love finding career-enhancing offers.Today’s pick, the Cybersecurity Certification Mega Bundle, is a perfect example.Hacking has become rife in recent years, and no one is safe.For instance, earlier this month, the biggest provider of forensic services in the U.K. was forced to pay a ransom to cybercriminals.In these dark times, cybersecurity is worth big bucks, which means the experts are paid handsomely.If you want to get in on this action then you’re going to have to get certified.
There was to be a strict two-month cancellation period for any .eu domain registered to a UK address, even if the owner was a European citizen, it ruled.The decision was almost certainly thanks to the UK government effectively throwing up its hands and telling .eu domain owners in the UK that they should go get their own legal advice about what to do next.Presumably that's exactly what they did and it didn't look good for the EC.It summarized: "At the time of the UK withdrawal, EU citizens residents in UK may still keep their .eu domain name(s) thanks to the changes of the .eu eligibility criteria that as of 19 October 2019 will see the citizenship criteria added to the residency criteria."The way that the EC has dealt with the question of .eu domains is indicative of the broader issues that led so many Brits to vote for Brexit in the first place: boldly stated bad decisions made without proper consultation and built on ignorance that are then subsequently changed by equally confident changes after flaws in the first decision are highlighted.See also the lies about bendy bananas and chilled kippers that helps fuel the Brexit mess.
In the constant struggle to stand out in a sea of other smartphones from a variety of different manufacturers, Oppo and Vivo are both looking to make your smartphone’s WiFi connection more reliable.Both companies (which are subsidiaries of BBK Electronics) have revealed that their flagship phones will both use Dual WiFi.Today, we got to see it in action thanks to a pair of videos those companies uploaded to Weibo.In the first video, we see the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom use its Dual Wifi feature to connect to 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies at the same time, with the idea being that having active connections to both networks will not only increase stability but also boost download speeds significantly.That much turns out to be true – at least according to Oppo’s video – as a side-by-side comparison between two phones shows us that download speeds are increased by a whopping 322% in the phone that’s leveraging Dual WiFi.Things get even clearer when we jump to Vivo’s video (both via GSMArena), which shows a number of tasks being carried out on a pair of iQOO phones.
Hurricanes with human names grab all the attention, but "sunny day" or "nuisance" flooding caused by high tides is wreaking havoc along the US coastline.This flooding could ramp up quickly: The recent Fourth National Climate Assessment projected that tidal flooding in Charleston, South Carolina—one of the eight most vulnerable cities in America—could occur as often as every other day by 2045.This increase in high-tide flood frequency is directly tied to sea-level rise stemming from factors like ice melting in Antarctica and changes in ocean circulation dynamics.Until now, though, it’s been hard to develop highly localized projections of how high-tide flooding will affect water systems on land—including the movement of water across marshes, or the capacity of water-storage ponds to do their jobs.This work will make it possible to create models that show the predicted fine-grained effects of sea-level rise on particular coastal communities.But the usefulness of this data goes far beyond police deployment: Cities that want to avoid the fate of Tangier Island, a sliver of land in Chesapeake Bay that has already lost about two-thirds of its surface area, must urgently adapt to the rapidly changing world.
XOXO, Gossip Girl fans—the series is coming back with a new story on a different network.WarnerMedia’s upcoming streaming service HBO Max is rebooting the beloved teen soap, the company announced Wednesday.The service, which just revealed its name last week and is slated to debut in spring 2020, has greenlit 10 episodes of what’s being described as an extension of the series.The original show followed a group of precocious private high school students in New York as their dramatic lives were documented by an anonymous blogger called Gossip Girl.It aired on The CW from 2007-2012 and was loosely based on the book series of the same name by Cecily von Ziegesar.“Eight years after the original website went dark, a new generation of New York private school teens are introduced to the social surveillance of Gossip Girl,” according to the logline for the upcoming program.
Toyota needs more than a secure and steady supply of batteries if it hopes to meet its ambitious global sales goal for electric vehicles.If it hopes to compete, the Japanese automaker will need better quality lithium-ion batteries that don’t squeeze profit margins.The automaker is turning to Chinese EV battery supplier CATL for the answer.The companies announced Wednesday a wide-ranging partnership that covers the gamut of the battery ecosystem from developing new technology and locking in supply to improving product quality and reusing and recycling batteries.Toyota said in June that it would partner with CATL, also known as Contemporary Amperex Technology Co Ltd and EV maker BYD for battery procurement.The companies said the partnership was borne out of a shared belief that a stable supply of batteries is critical and that battery technology must be further developed and advanced.
Chinese phone maker CUBOT makes some of the best price/performance ratio devices on the market.The company now adds a new unit to their portfolio with the CUBOT R19, an entry-level phone that features a modern design and a good set of hardware that should allow it to thrive in its intended price-range.The CUBOT R19 is a compact phone coming with a 5,71-inch screen sporting a 1520×720.This should bring a pretty good one-hand usability.The smartphone is then powered by a Mediatek MT6761 CPU along with the PowerVR GE8300 GPU.Meanwhile for memory we find 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.
A blender can be a real workhorse in the kitchen, so if you plan to put it through its paces -- smoothies, soups, sauces, desserts, nut butters, slushy drinks -- you'd better invest in a robust model.Vitamix may be the gold standard for this type of appliance but this nine-piece NutriBullet Pro 900 blender can handle anything you want to pulse, puree or emulsify.And it's a great deal at Walmart right now.Note that CNET may receive a share of revenue from any purchases made via the links on this page.Read more: The best kitchen and cookware deals at Walmart's Summer Savings | The best anti-Prime Day salesThe NutriBullet Pro 900 promises to pulverize "the toughest fruits, vegetables, seeds and superfoods" for ultracreamy smoothies that truly live up to their name, not to mention homemade nut butters and veggie purees.
To read the full article, simply click here to claim your deal and get access to all exclusive Business Insider PRIME content.US and European scooter startups met the British government on Monday to discuss making scooters legal in the UK.Scooters are becoming more widespread in the US and Europe, but remain illegal in the UK.YouTuber Emily Hartridge died after her electric scooter collided with a lorry.Multiple sources told Business Insider that scooter operators, including Bird, Bolt (formerly Taxify), Voi, and Wind, sat down with Michael Ellis, the UK's transport minister, for a closed roundtable on Monday morning.According to the source, Ellis told the firms that any change in UK law would be slow and would need to undergo a thorough review.
An airport hotel in Japan has built a full-size flight simulator into one of its guest rooms so aviation fans can try their hand at piloting a passenger plane the night before their departure.Nervous flyers may want to stay in a regular room.The operator of the Haneda Excel Hotel Tokyu created the so-called “Superior Cockpit Room” to celebrate its 15th anniversary, Travel Daily reported.Staying in the new room costs around 25,000 Japanese yen (about $230) per night, but firing up the controls of the Boeing 737-800 simulator will cost you extra, putting you at risk of blowing your travel budget even before you’ve reached your destination.It means that when the room becomes available from July 18, you’ll have to fork out an additional 30,000 yen (about $280) for a 90-minute lesson with a qualified flight instructor.Still, aircraft enthusiasts flying out of Tokyo’s Haneda Airport will doubtless believe it’s a price worth paying.
With the Galaxy Note 10 being leaked and shared all over the internet, we thought it’s best to look back at one of the most important devices in the series.I spent two weeks using the Galaxy Note 8 and I’d like to present my thoughts on the viability of the device in 2019 in this article.The Note 8 thankfully carried a lot more reliability and didn’t repeat on the previous year’s disaster.It gets unbelievably bright outdoors and is pin sharp, somewhat to its detriment, which we’ll talk about a bit later.For context, here are the specs of the Note 8’s display vs. the current flagship Galaxy S10+:Performance isn’t amazing with my Exynos model.
Concept cars like the Bentley EXP 100 GT are eye-catching – and extreme – showcases of blue sky thinking at car companies, but according to the British automaker the huge luxury grand tourer also represents a roadmap of sorts for future production vehicles.That’s all changing, starting from 2019, with the introduction of a comprehensive electrification plan from the automaker.Now, “electrification” has become something of a catch-all term in recent years, encompassing everything from 48V mild hybrids through to plug-in hybrids and battery-electric cars along the way.If it’s anything like the EXP 100 GT, that will mean a potent EV drivetrain: the concept car musters 0-60 mph in under 2.5 seconds, a top speed of 186 mph, and over 1,100 lb-ft of torque.Bentley also envisages it having around 435 miles of range on a single charge.The centenary concept has four electric motors, for example, one for each wheel.
IBM has touted the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in its tech services it offers to the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) and its annual Wimbledon tennis tournament.It should be noted that IBM has a long-term 30 year relationship with AELTC and it has previously touted the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in past years that has helped drive new spectator-focused technologies for fans to enjoy.An AI machine, IBM’s Project Debater, last year held its own in a public debate with human beings.The machine apparently spoke, listened and rebutted a human’s arguments in what was considered a groundbreaking display of artificial intelligence.IBM said that its AI expertise has helped “ensure The Championships runs safely and securely for its critical three-week period.”And new for this year is the news that IBM has used “enhanced AI-powered automated video highlights for Wimbledon fans.”
“Restrictive” readings by the EBA would lead to “significant market disruptions”EPSM, a European payment services industry group, has called for a minimum 18-month delay to the introduction of Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) rules under PSD2 – just eight weeks ahead of a looming deadline for implementation.“EPSM recommends that additional timeframes of 18 months for standard applications and up to 36 months for challenging applications, (e.g.SCA, to be introduced September 14, requires robust additional security authentications for a majority of online transactions over €30 (£26.95).Regulatory technical standards (RTS) for SCA were adopted by the European Parliament in March 2018.The aim is to increase the security of electronic payments over by introducing two-factor authentication (2FA) – for all transactions over €30 that fall under the scope of the rules.
With over-the-top (OTT) changing the way we consume entertainment across devices, most of the media attention is going to the big players trying to elbow their way into the streaming space with big new subscription services and original programming.Less discussed is the suite of technologies that pave the way for those services to connect to their audience and monetize the content.As always, entrepreneurs should look for cracks and gaps in the existing processes to find better solutions.Right now, the biggest systemic pains in the emerging OTT ecosystem are around the complexity of the fragmented user experience – having to sign in and out of multiple systems to get to the content we want to watch – and around adapting old mass-audience advertising models to the new era of multi-device, multi-platform, personalized viewing.Enabling the Evolving Advertising ModelCurrently the streaming market is divided between ad-supported services and premium-fee subscription models, but that hard division is unlikely to survive the next wave of market disruption.
Exposure to blue light at night may be sabotaging your weight loss and low carb dieting efforts, a new study has found.The research focused on rats that followed a diurnal schedule, meaning they were awake during the day and slept at night.When exposed to light from LEDs for an hour at night, the rats were found to have an increased sugar cravings and reduced glucose tolerance the next day.Artificial light produced by smartphones, tablets, television screens, and other gadgets includes high levels of blue light.Exposure to this blue light later in the day, and particularly at night, has been linked by past research to various health issues, including reduced sleep quality.New research recently presented at the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior (SSIB) in the Netherlands found that in rats with the same sleeping patterns as humans, a single hour of blue light exposure at night had significant effects on glucose tolerance and sugar cravings the next day.
The sculpture technique developed by this research can be applied not only to tungsten but also to other hard materials.In a fusion reactor study, "tungsten," which is one of the hardest metal materials, is the most likely candidate for the armour material of the device that receives the plasma heat/particle load.In order to observe a cross-section very near the top surface of the tungsten with TEM, we firstly extract a small piece of the tungsten sample from its surface and then fabricate an ultra-thin film by cutting the extracted sample.The thickness of the film must be below ~100 nm (nanometer) to obtain high resolution due to the high-transmission of the electron beam (IMAGE 1).Therefore, it has been almost impossible to obtain the ~100 nm thickness level by using conventional thin-film fabrication technique.The research team of Dr. Masayuki Tokitani and Daisuke Nagata et al.
Dropbox has announced a new desktop file-transfer service that makes it easy to send up to 100GB of files to anyone using a simple link.Dropbox Transfer, as the service is known, is available today in beta, though you will be added to a waiting list at first pending the company’s approval.With Dropbox Transfer, the company will allow users to drag-and-drop files from their machine, or add items that are already stored in their Dropbox account (which will be quicker given that they’re already in the cloud).Alternatively, the sender can generate an email automatically from inside the Transfer tool, which will send a link to all the intended recipients.It’s also worth noting here that the recipient receives copies of the files, rather than getting access to the original documents.There are, of course, other similar tools out there, including the likes of WeTransfer and Mozilla’s Firefox Send.
Swimming pools splashed over their rims.The 7.1-magnitude Ridgecrest earthquake shook California on July 5 and left a notable scar behind for satellites to witness.Planet Labs' Doves satellite system images all of Earth every day.Planet Labs CEO Will Marshall shared his company's view of the damage to Twitter on Sunday.The before-and-after images come from July 4 and July 6 and show a significant surface rupture near the epicenter.This kind of rupture occurs when the ground offsets during an earthquake.
with The party leaders, Annie Lööf, promises to be a new system, an employee will be on-site during the current period of mandaperioden.”We're going to get a more in-gynsam, and the improvement of the taxation,” she said.(Di, Digital/Visby) on Thursday announced it got a number of proposals, which the party hopes will lead to more and more rural communities may continue to live.Among other things, attracting Survivors to the voters with a tax for a number of municipalities in the Swedish north and the north-west.in Tree Research was started in the current economic talk about, to the point of entrepreneurs, small business owners and startups, which are important elements of the rural development.many of the startupbolag, particularly in rural areas, is the question of whether the incentive plan and the employee stock options is an important issue.
The folks at Canon have a new camera they want you to see, a camera that’ll go with you wherever you like, clipped to your belt loop.This camera is the Canon IVY REC, and upon first glance, it reminded us of one of the most strange cameras ever made: the HTC Re.The HTC Re looked for all the world like a fat pipe, the likes of which you’d use to capture video and photos anywhere you went with a tap of its giant physical backside button.The Canon IVY REC is similar.This camera is meant to be self-contained as a clip, able to be attached to your person without the aide of any additional accessories.This device is capable of capturing both photos and video, too, and is relatively waterproof.
In a rather unexpected and almost unprecedented move, Samsung’s chief executive put on the record the embarrassment that the Galaxy Fold fiasco caused the company.It isn’t turning a blind eye to the controversy but neither is it backing down from its vision of a foldable future.In fact, anonymous insiders claim that the company has just wrapped up two months of fixing the Galaxy Fold’s design flaws and it has added another precaution to the changes it was already reported to have implemented.News that Samsung has already settled on a fix for the Galaxy Fold isn’t exactly new.Last month, insiders talked about how it has decided to stretch the sensitive and critical protective film around the entire screen and tuck it under the bezels to make it impossible to peel off with just a fingernail.It also reportedly shrunk the opening at the hinges to block the ingress of particles.
After a slow start to the year, Tesla announced Tuesday that it made and delivered a record number of cars in the second quarter of 2019.The electric automaker produced 87,048 vehicles in the quarter, and delivered “approximately 95,200,” after having finished the first quarter of the year with some 10,000 cars listed as “in transit.”Those numbers were above the expectations of industry analysts, many of whom expected closer to 91,000 deliveries this past quarter.Tesla’s previous best quarter came at the end of 2018, amid the company’s mad push to meet its own sky-high goals.News of Tesla’s quarterly performance comes at a time where Tesla lost three high-ranking executives in the span of a week.Peter Hochholdinger, one of the company’s production VPs, was recently hired away by EV startup Lucid Motors.
A filing for an unreleased MacBook Pro was briefly accessible on the Federal Communication Commission’s website today before later being pulled.The FCC documentation refers to model number A2159, which lines up with MacBook-related filings Apple made with the Eurasian Economic Commission last month.Digging into the FCC filing offers a closer glimpse of the product it pertains to: we learn that it has a 13-inch screen and shares the same dimensions as the current 13-inch MacBook Pro.With that information factored in, the best guess is that we’ll soon see an update to the 13-inch MacBook Pro without the Touch Bar.The “MacBook Escape,” as it’s sometimes referred to, has gone ignored in Apple’s lineup since 2017, as MacRumors notes.If this were any kind of substantial MacBook redesign, you’d expect at least one of those measurements to be different than the current hardware.