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You don't have to opt for Crunchyroll to get your anime fix. Here, we've rounded up the best anime on Hulu.
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Today the World Health Organization spoke on humanity’s current handling of global pandemic with COVID-19 here in August of 2020. Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, Technical Lead, COVID-19, WHO Health Emergencies Program spoke in response to a question of numbers – how it may appear that we’ve flattened the curve, and how some countries appear to be doing quite well with … Continue reading
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It's a promise many established Android manufacturers fail to make.
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(Texas A&M University) Since the early 1930s, electron microscopy has provided unprecedented access to the alien world of the extraordinarily small, revealing intricate details that are otherwise impossible to discern with conventional light microscopy. But to achieve high resolution over a large specimen area, the energy of the electron beams needs to be cranked up, which is costly and detrimental to the specimen under observation.
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You can block a website on a Windows 10 computer using the Microsoft Edge browser. To block sites through Microsoft Edge, head to Microsoft's Family Safety site and log in with your adult Microsoft account. Adult Microsoft accounts can't block websites, so you'll need to create a child's account. Using the Family Safety app, you can block websites on Windows 10, Xbox One, and Android devices, all at once. Visit Business Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. Windows 10 has built-in parental controls that you can use to block undesirable websites through the Microsoft Edge web browser. This can help keep your kids safe when they're using your computer unsupervised.  But in order to block websites, your child will need to have their own Windows user account and sign in on their own — they can't simply use your account, because you can't block websites on adult accounts. Here's how to set up a Windows account for your kids, and use it to block websites on Windows 10. Note that you can set this up using any internet browser, but once you do, the sites will only be blocked in Microsoft Edge — any other browser will be unaffected. Check out the products mentioned in this article: Windows 10 (From $139.99 at Best Buy) Acer Chromebook 15 (From $179.99 at Walmart) Samsung Galaxy S10 (From $699.99 at Walmart) Xbox One S (from $389.95 at Amazon) How to block websites on Windows 10 Set up a Windows account for kids If your kid can already log into your Windows 10 with their own account, skip down to the next section. If not, you'll need to start by adding a child account to your PC, so that Windows knows when they're logged in. 1. Create an outlook.com email address for your child. After the account has been created and your child knows how to log in to check his or her email, add your child's account to your Windows 10 PC. Start by clicking the Start button and choosing the gear-shaped Settings icon.   2. Click "Accounts" and then click "Family & other users." 3. Click "Add a family member" and follow the directions to "add a member" and enter your child's email address. 4. After you've added your child's account, click it on the Family & other users page and click "Can log in."  Block websites through Microsoft's website 1. In a web browser, go to family.microsoft.com and sign in with your adult Microsoft account.  2. Find your child's account on the "Your family" page. Under their name, click "More options" and then click "Content restrictions." 3. In the section labeled "Web browsing," turn on "Block inappropriate websites" by sliding the switch to the right. You should now see controls for blocking and allowing specific websites. 4. To block a website, click "Add a website you want to block" and then type or paste in the URL. You should see it appear in a list under the text box. If you prefer, you can choose to block all sites except for a few that you specifically approve. To do that, click "Only allow these websites" and enter the sites you want to allow, one at a time, in the text box labeled "Add a website you want to allow." How to block websites across Windows 10, Xbox One, and Android devices Microsoft offers a way to block undesirable websites no matter where your child is — as long as they're using a Windows 10, Xbox One, or an Android phone.  Microsoft's Family Safety app is an Android app you can use to filter the content your kids can access on their devices.  1. To get started, install Family Safety on your Android phone and log in with your adult Microsoft account. 2. On the home screen, tap your child's name and then tap "Content filters." 3. Tap "Web and search." 4. To block a site, type or paste a URL in the "Add a website" field in the "Never allowed" section. It'll appear in the list in the "Never allowed" section.  5. Tap "Save" at the top right of the screen.  You can also choose to block all sites except for a few that you specifically approve. To do that, turn on  "Only let them use allowed websites" by swiping the button to the right and then and entering the sites you want to allow, one at a time, in the "Add a website" field.  Now, these websites will be blocked or allowed on every device that's logged into your child's Microsoft account. Related coverage from Tech Reference: 7 easy ways to speed up your Windows 10 computer, from disabling unneeded effects to upgrading your hardware How to take a screenshot on Windows 10 computers in several different ways How to change the size of your desktop icons on a Windows 10 computer How to create a guest account on your Windows 10 computer in 6 steps 5 ways to save battery on any Windows laptop and keep your computer running longer SEE ALSO: The best all-in-one PCs you can buy Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Here's what it's like to travel during the coronavirus outbreak
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(University of Helsinki) A research team from University of Helsinki introduces a new optimised and integrated interaction proteomics protocol that combines two state-of-the art methods to allow rapid identification of protein-protein interactions and more.
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A number of Reddit pages were taken over with pro-Trump content Friday afternoon. The compromised subreddits that display banners promoting Trump at the time of writing include r/Avengers and r/bannedfromclubpenguin. A Reddit spokesperson told Business Insider that it is investigating an incident "related to a series of vandalized communities. It appears the source of the attacks were compromised moderator accounts. We are working to lock down those accounts and restore impacted communities." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. A number of Reddit accounts were compromised Friday afternoon, which led to a number of subreddits being overtaken by pro-Trump signage. A Reddit spokesperson told Business Insider in an email that "an investigation is underway related to a series of vandalized communities. It appears the source of the attacks were compromised moderator accounts. We are working to lock down those accounts and restore impacted communities." A Reddit post lists the subreddits that are affected, which include r/Avengers and r/bannedfromclubpenguin, which both display pro-Trump content at the time of writing. However, not all of the subreddits have the Trump banners displayed on their pages. For example, r/49ers and r/nfl are among the subreddits listed to have been compromised, but the headers on their pages do not display the pro-Trump icons. A post r/Black Mirror shows that the subreddit was at one point compromised and showing the pro-Trump icon, though its header now displays the TV show title. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why you don't see brilliantly blue fireworks
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This year’s Startup Games event, from Germany’s Digital Hub Initiative and hosted by TNW, welcomed ten of Germany’s most innovative startups from the network of Digital Hubs to the virtual stage. But only one went home (well, stayed at home) with the title and the coveted golden gnome.  As part of an initiative to showcase the best of the best from Germany’s startup ecosystem, the competition was fierce including up and comers: Evertracker, Cliniserve, Idee, Breeze Technologies, Bdeo, Emmora, ChargeX, mentalis, Virtonomy.io, and Sensry. Meanwhile, the jury consisted of five top investors from around the globe looking to find the… This story continues at The Next Web
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TikTok has threatened to sue the Trump administration over Thursday's executive order that bans US citizens and companies from doing business with its Chinese parent company ByteDance. TikTok responded to the order on Friday, saying it was issued "without any due process." The executive order prohibits US individuals and companies from making "any transactions" with TikTok's parent company ByteDance. Another order on Thursday targets Tencent-owned WeChat. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. TikTok has threatened to sue the Trump administration over the president's executive order banning US companies and individuals from doing business with its parent company ByteDance. Trump signed the executive order Thursday, claiming the Chinese firm poses a national security risk. "We are shocked by the recent Executive Order, which was issued without any due process," TikTok said in a statement published Friday. "For nearly a year, we have sought to engage with the US government in good faith to provide a constructive solution to the concerns that have been expressed. What we encountered instead was that the Administration paid no attention to facts, dictated terms of an agreement without going through standard legal processes, and tried to insert itself into negotiations between private businesses," it added. TikTok suggested that the executive order was illegal and that it may challenge the diktat in court. The company said: "We will pursue all remedies available to us in order to ensure that the rule of law is not discarded and that our company and our users are treated fairly – if not by the Administration, then by the US courts." This week reports emerged that the Trump administration was forcing TikTok to sell off its US business or face a ban. Microsoft has publicly announced its pursuing acquisition talks for TikTok's US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand business. TikTok accused the Trump administration of flouting the law by ignoring due process. "This Executive Order risks undermining global businesses' trust in the United States' commitment to the rule of law, which has served as a magnet for investment and spurred decades of American economic growth," it says. Here's TikTok's response to the order: "TikTok is a community full of creativity and passion, a home that brings joy to families and meaningful careers to creators. And we are building this platform for the long term. TikTok will be here for many years to come. "We are shocked by the recent Executive Order, which was issued without any due process. For nearly a year, we have sought to engage with the US government in good faith to provide a constructive solution to the concerns that have been expressed. What we encountered instead was that the Administration paid no attention to facts, dictated terms of an agreement without going through standard legal processes, and tried to insert itself into negotiations between private businesses. "We made clear our intentions to work with the appropriate officials to devise a solution to benefit our users, creators, partners, employees, and the broader community in the United States. There has been, and continues to be, no due process or adherence to the law. The text of the decision makes it plain that there has been a reliance on unnamed "reports" with no citations, fears that the app "may be" used for misinformation campaigns with no substantiation of such fears, and concerns about the collection of data that is industry standard for thousands of mobile apps around the world. We have made clear that TikTok has never shared user data with the Chinese government, nor censored content at its request. In fact, we make our moderation guidelines and algorithm source code available in our Transparency Center, which is a level of accountability no peer company has committed to. We even expressed our willingness to pursue a full sale of the US business to an American company. "This Executive Order risks undermining global businesses' trust in the United States' commitment to the rule of law, which has served as a magnet for investment and spurred decades of American economic growth. And it sets a dangerous precedent for the concept of free expression and open markets. We will pursue all remedies available to us in order to ensure that the rule of law is not discarded and that our company and our users are treated fairly – if not by the Administration, then by the US courts. "We want the 100 million Americans who love our platform because it is your home for expression, entertainment, and connection to know: TikTok has never, and will never, waver in our commitment to you. We prioritize your safety, security, and the trust of our community – always. As TikTok users, creators, partners, and family, you have the right to express your opinions to your elected representatives, including the White House. You have the right to be heard."Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: July 15 is Tax Day — here's what it's like to do your own taxes for the very first time
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"A direct response to customers" The post SAP Agrees To Allow HANA Enterprise Cloud On-Premises — But You’ll Need to Use HPE appeared first on Computer Business Review.
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Amazon is hosting its big ad conference, called AdCon 2020, on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, according to the event's website. This is the second time Amazon is hosting AdCon. The move shows Amazon is likely planning to make AdCon an annual event as its ad business has grown in size and influence in recent years. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Amazon's big ad conference that debuted last year is coming back for the second time. AdCon 2020, which is the name of this year's confab, will be held for two days on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, according to the official website of the event. On the website, Amazon said this year's conference will be held virtually because of COVID-19. The invite-only event will feature top Amazon ad executives and "thousands of advertisers and partners," according to the website. "Join thousands of advertisers and partners to hear inspiring keynotes, attend educational breakout sessions, and engage with experts," the website said. "Gain exclusive advertiser insights, trends analysis, product deep dives, and networking opportunities to help you grow your business." The move shows Amazon is likely planning to make AdCon an annual event as its advertising business has grown big enough to warrant its own conference. Amazon's cloud unit, Amazon Web Services, started re:Invent in 2012 and now attracts over 40,000 attendees every year. Amazon's representative didn't respond to a request for comment. Amazon ad business, which makes money by charging sellers and brands to promote their products on its site, recorded $4.2 billion in sales in its most recent quarter, up 41% from the year-ago period. According to eMarketer, Amazon is expected to own 9.5% of the US digital market this year, behind only Google and Facebook, which control a combined 53% of the market.  Last year's inaugural event was small in scale, with only a few hundred brands and agencies in attendance. It was invite-only as well, but didn't have a website of its own. The event included case studies from brands like the mattress company Tuft & Needle, and a keynote speech by Paul Kotas, SVP of Amazon Advertising. The website for this year's event comes very little details. The deadline for signing up is Sept. 28, but the agenda has not been uploaded. Still, it encourages people to register as "something new" will be shared, according to the FAQ page. "Whether you are new to Amazon Advertising or an experienced user, you will learn something new at AdCon," it said.SEE ALSO: This chart shows Amazon's one-day shipping has significantly rebounded, but many sellers still face long delays getting their own shipments to warehouses Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: How 'white savior' films like 'The Help' and 'Green Book' hurt Hollywood
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It seems it’s a big month for Xbox Game Pass. Microsoft has revealed the games landing on the service this month, and there are a grand total of seven on the way. As always, there are some that are exclusive to the console version of game, but the majority of games for August will be available on both console and … Continue reading
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Technology and legislation allowed Walter Marsh to work and to explore despite a debilitating heart condition
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A few months ago, we talked about an upcoming option from Google, which in functionality would repeat Apple’s AirDrop. Well, it seems that Google plans ... The post Android received a file-sharing technology similar to Apple AirDrop appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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We have already heard that Samsung has had problems on its way to mastering the 5nm process technology. A sufficiently high defect rate can lead ... The post TSMC will manufacture the Snapdragon 875 SoC alongside Samsung appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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Heading into the next-generation of game consoles, one of the big question marks is price – not just the prices of the consoles themselves, which Sony and Microsoft have both conveniently avoided talking about thus far, but also the prices of the games made for these machines. Several weeks ago, we got an indication that game prices might be on … Continue reading
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Dealmaster also has deals on the gaming headsets, Thunderbolt 3 docks, and more.
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(Nanyang Technological University) Scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) have showed that applying "temporal pressure" to the skin of mice can create a new way to deliver drugs.
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Garmin may have recovered from a days-long ransomware attack simply by paying the ransom — albeit through indirect means.
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TalkTalk's looking like a strong choice this weekend with an affordable fibre plan complete with a big Amazon voucher.
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On Wednesday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai will testify before Congress alongside the CEOs of Apple, Amazon, and Facebook in a grilling on antitrust. In his opening remarks, Pichai will argue that Google operates in a "highly competitive market" and make the point that users have access to search tools outside of Google's own. He'll also argue that competition in ads from the likes of Twitter has driven down costs that benefit consumers. He'll also say that free Google services like Search, Gmail, Maps, and Photos "provide thousands of dollars a year in value to the average American." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. CEO Sundar Pichai will tell an antitrust committee on Wednesday that Google operates in a highly competetive market, and make the case that the company is a benefit both as an investor to America and a provider of free services to users. Pichai, who will be grilled by the Congressional committee over whether Google has acted anticompetetively, will argue that Google functions "in highly competitive and dynamic global markets, in which prices are free or falling, and products are constantly improving." He'll even name-check some competitors, according to an early version of the testimony seen by Business Insider, in order to make a point that users have access to search in other ways outside of Google. "You can ask Alexa a question from your kitchen; read your news on Twitter; ask friends for information via WhatsApp; and get recommendations on Snapchat or Pinterest," Pichai will say. "When searching for products online, you may be visiting Amazon, eBay, Walmart, or any one of a number of e-commerce providers, where most online shopping queries happen." As for ads, Pichai will say competition from the likes of Twitter and Facebook-owned Instagram "has helped lower online advertising costs by 40% over the last 10 years, with these savings passed down to consumers through lower prices." Pichai will also make the case that Google was the "largest capital investor" in America in 2018 by one estimate. And interestingly, he'll state the case that free Google services like Search, Gmail, Maps, and Photos "provide thousands of dollars a year in value to the average American," based on a study. Here are his prepared remarks in full: Chairman Cicilline, Ranking Member Sensenbrenner, and distinguished members of the Subcommittee, thank you for this opportunity to appear before you today. At its heart, a discussion about competition is a discussion about opportunity. This has never been more important, as the global pandemic poses dual challenges to our health and our economy. Expanding access to opportunity through technology is deeply personal to me. I didn't have much access to a computer growing up in India. So you can imagine my amazement when I arrived in the U.S. for graduate school and saw an entire lab of computers I could use whenever I wanted. Accessing the internet for the first time in that computer lab set me on a path to bring technology to as many people as possible. It's what inspired me to join Google 16 years ago. And it's what led me to help create Google's first browser, Chrome . . . not because I thought the world needed another browser, but because a better browser could open up the web to more people. I couldn't have imagined then that, eleven years later, so many people would experience the web through Chrome, for free. At Google, we take pride in the number of people who choose our products and services; we're even prouder of what they do with them — whether it's the 140 million students and educators using G Suite for Education to stay connected during the pandemic . . . the 5 million Americans gaining digital skills through Grow with Google, part of our $1 billion initiative to expand economic opportunity . . . or the millions of small business owners connecting with customers through Google products such as Maps and Search. Our work would not be possible without the long tradition of American innovation, and we're proud to contribute to its future. Founded in Silicon Valley, we now employ more than 120,000 Googlers around the world — more than 75,000 here in the U.S., across offices and data centers in 26 states. PPI estimated that in 2018 alone we invested more than $20 billion across the U.S., citing us as the largest capital investor in America that year. It's also ranked us in the top ve U.S. investors for the last three years. An important way we contribute is by building products that are helpful to American users in moments big and small, whether they are looking for a faster route home, learning how to cook a new dish on YouTube, or growing a small business. Survey research found that free services like Search, Gmail, Maps, and Photos provide thousands of dollars a year in value to the average American. Many are small business owners who have used our digital tools to grow. For example, Fat Witch Bakery is a New York City-based bakery that for decades has been known for its delicious brownies. For over 17 years, Fat Witch and its founder Patricia Helding have been Google Ads customers. The Fat Witch team uses free tools like Google My Business to interact with their customers and to keep them informed, with over 200 reviews on their profile and counting. They also use free tools like Google Analytics to track the effectiveness of their marketing spend. Online has been a lifeline for so many businesses, especially during the global pandemic. For example, by the time COVID-19 forced Texas to shelter in place, Kelebell Kings, an Austin-based fitness company, had already been investing in Google Ads and Analytics for nearly a decade. When the lockdown orders led to a surge in sales for home fitness equipment, Kelebell was prepared to adjust its digital offerings to capture the market, and its YouTube Channel grew 20%, helping them to grow their digital revenue and sales, which are up 3000% since COVID hit. Nearly one-third of small business owners say that without digital tools they would have had to close all or part of their business during COVID. I am deeply proud that because of our tools, businesses on Main Street can compete in a way that wasn't possible 20 years ago, including globally. For example, Berry Digital Solutions is a digital marketing firm in Urbana, Ohio, that supports local small businesses. They use Google tools to work remotely during the pandemic, coordinating meetings through Google Calendar and collaborating on content in Google Docs. They help their clients use Google Ads, and they appreciate that you only pay when someone clicks on your ad. The Berry Digital team also uses Google Analytics to learn more about the customers of their clients and how they can beer serve them. Another way we contribute is by making deep technology investments in America's future. Every year, we are among the world's biggest investors in research and development. At the end of 2019, our R&D spend had increased almost 10 times over 10 years, from $2.8 billion to $26 billion. We've invested over $90 billion over the last 5 years. Through these investments, our teams of engineers are helping America solidify its position as the global leader in emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, self-driving cars, and quantum computing. For example, last fall, our team of researchers based here in the U.S. was the first to reach a quantum computing milestone, a discovery that could eventually lead to new breakthroughs in medicine and more efficient batteries. Just as American leadership in these areas is not inevitable, we know Google's continued success is not guaranteed. Google operates in highly competitive and dynamic global markets, in which prices are free or falling, and products are constantly improving. Today's competitive landscape looks nothing like it did 5 years ago, let alone 21 years ago, when Google launched its rst product, Google Search. For example, people have more ways to search for information than ever before — and increasingly this is happening outside the context of only a search engine. Often the answer is just a click or an app away: You can ask Alexa a question from your kitchen; read your news on Twitter; ask friends for information via WhatsApp; and get recommendations on Snapchat or Pinterest. When searching for products online, you may be visiting Amazon, eBay, Walmart, or any one of a number of e-commerce providers, where most online shopping queries happen. Similarly, in areas like travel and real estate, Google faces strong competition for search queries from many businesses that are experts in these areas. A competitive digital ad marketplace gives publishers and advertisers, and therefore consumers, an enormous amount of choice. For example, competition in ads — from Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Comcast and others — has helped lower online advertising costs by 40% over the last 10 years, with these savings passed down to consumers through lower prices. We also deliberately build platforms that support the innovation of others. Using Android — a product I worked on for many years — thousands of device makers and mobile operators build and sell devices without any licensing fees to us or any requirement to integrate our products. This greatly reduces device prices, and today billions of consumers around the globe are now able to afford cuing-edge smartphones, some for less than $50. And in doing so they are able to access new opportunities — whether it's sharing a video with friends and family around the world, gaining an education for themselves or their children, or staring a business. Competition also sets higher standards for privacy and security. I've always believed that privacy is a universal right and should be available to everyone, and Google is committed to keeping your information safe, treating it responsibly, and putting you in control of what you choose to share. We also never sell user information to third parties. But more must be done to protect users across industries, which is why we've long supported the creation of comprehensive federal privacy laws. To this day, I haven't forgotten how access to innovation and technology altered the course of my life. Google aims to build products that increase access to opportunity for everyone — no matter where you live, what you believe, or how much money you earn. We are committed to partnering with lawmakers, including the members of this Committee, to protect consumers, maintain America's competitive technological edge in the world, and ensure that every American has access to the incredible opportunities that technology creates. Thank you.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Pathologists debunk 13 coronavirus myths
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The smartphone world was pretty crazy in 2014 when Chinese companies were still giving its first steps to become mainstream. On that year, we saw ... The post OnePlus One will get Android 10 update six years after its launch appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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This story was delivered to Insider Intelligence Connectivity & Tech Briefing subscribers earlier this morning. Insider Intelligence publishes hundreds of insights, charts, and forecasts on the Connectivity & Tech industry with the Connectivity & Tech Briefing. You can learn more about subscribing here. Although Intel posted a healthy 20% year-over-year revenue gain in its Q2 2020 earnings released last week, the company also delivered a significant bit of bad news: Production of 7-nanometer (7nm) CPUs is now running 12 months behind internal targets. Intel CEO Bob Swan said in the earnings call that this meant the initial production of Intel-based 7nm CPUs would likely ship in late 2022 or early 2023. While it lacks 7nm production capabilities, Intel risks ceding CPU market share to AMD. The 7nm measurement refers to manufacturing precision, and moving from the 10nm standard to the 7nm standard unlocks considerable computing power across product segments. Intel's primary competitor in the CPU segment, AMD, is already selling chips based on 7nm architecture, which have outperformed Intel's equivalent offerings made on the 10nm standard, per The Verge. Over the last five years, AMD more than doubled its market share of personal computer CPUs to reach 17% in Q1 2020, while Intel accounted for virtually the entire remaining market, per Mercury Research estimates cited by The Wall Street Journal. CPUs are also a critical component in cloud infrastructure — this is where AMD can capitalize even further on its 7nm advantage over Intel, since cloud infrastructure spending has boomed since the onset of the pandemic.  In an attempt to remedy the 7nm production delay, Intel said it would rely further on third-party foundries, which presents an opportunity for TSMC and Samsung. Though Intel has historically relied on its own manufacturing capabilities, the company indicated it would turn to third-party foundries amid the 7nm delay. This suggests Intel will be looking for foundry partners with more advanced manufacturing capabilities, and that narrows the list of potential partners down quite a bit: Samsung and TSMC are two of the most advanced foundries, both having already developed 5nm manufacturing capabilities. Samsung held an estimated 17% of the global foundry market by revenue in Q1 2020, second only to TSMC, which held 56%, according to TrendForce. Intel's increased reliance on outside partners presents Samsung and TSMC with an opportunity to expand market share, further monetizing their multibillion investments in advanced manufacturing facilities. Want to read more stories like this one? Here's how you can gain access: Join other Insider Intelligence clients who receive this Briefing, along with other Connectivity & Tech forecasts, briefings, charts, and research reports to their inboxes each day. >> Become a Client Explore related topics more in depth. >> Browse Our Coverage Are you a current Insider Intelligence client? Log in here.Join the conversation about this story »
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From Lucifer season 5 to the new movie Project Power, here's what you can add to your watch list on Netflix in August 2020.
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There are great LGBTQ-themed movies on Netflix, including dramas, comedies, heartfelt documentaries, and more.
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This year, VC-backed startups could see the lowest number of exits since 2011, according to Pitchbook. As the number of IPOs and acquisitions decline, startups might start pursuing alternative exits, such as acquisitions by blank-check companies.   The VC ecosystem depends on company exits to reward investors and provide liquidity for employees with stock options. With fewer companies filing to go public or successfully seeking out acquisitions, the pool of capital could start to dry up.  With less capital to go around, unprofitable, growth-driven startups will continue to make tough decisions about slashing costs in order to extend their runways. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. It's safe to say that 2020 has been a mixed bag for startups.  The year has seen a handful of high profile acquisitions: Lululemon bought home-exercise startup Mirror for $500 million, while Uber acquired food-delivery startup Postmates for $2.6 billion. But data from Pitchbook about venture capital activity in 2020 Q2 tells a rather gloomy story.  In the first half of 2020, VC-backed startup exits have reaped a total value of 45.3 billion, which is less than one fifth of the $261.6 billion that venture-backed companies racked up from their exits for all of 2019. If exits continue at the same pace this year, they will fall far below the 2019 total.  Just 147 startups pulled off an exit in 2020 Q2, at a total value of $21.2 billion, according to Pitchbook.   This total pales in comparison to 2019's Q2, which was the best quarter ever for VC-backed startup exits: 383 startups exited for a record total value of $138.3 billion, per Pitchbook. It's hard to compare 2019, which saw a number of high profile startups like Uber, Pinterest, Slack, and Zoom go public at sky-high valuations, to 2020, which so far has seen VC-backed startups lay off thousands of employees, and hot startups like Airbnb slow down their IPO plans.  If exits don't start to pick up soon, Pitchbook projects that 2020 will be the year with the fewest VC-backed startup exits since 2011, when 742 startups exited at a total value of $67.3 billion. However, 2020 doesn't seem headed for the same low points touched in 2008 to 2010, in the aftermath of the financial crisis, according to Pitchbook. And the firm said an uptick in IPO filings at the end of the first half of 2020 might be a positive sign.  With fewer exits on the books, some VC firms might find themselves strapped for cash. However, fundraising has remained robust for larger funds, per Pitchbook.  The economic situation in the United States remains precarious in 2020. As coronavirus cases and deaths continue to surge across the United States, there is a good chance that many schools will remain closed, which could seriously hinder startup workers and founders with children. Without open schools, many other US workers will have to stay home, with ripple effects on employers and the economy. And if a second wave of coronavirus strikes the US, stocks could plunge 20-30%, as Business Insider's Ben Wink has previously reported. Startups are responding to the unprecedented economic conditions in a number of different ways.  Some companies have taken advantage of the brewing coronavirus recession by buying up smaller startups at rock-bottom prices. Financial technology startup Brex, for example, acquired three startups in March 2020, just before raising $150 million at a $3 billion valuation and laying off 17% of its staff in May.  The coronavirus pandemic could also accelerate a movement of startups seeking to exit by selling to shell companies known as SPACs, which are sometimes called blank-check companies. Hims, the hair loss treatment startup that has received funding from Peter Thiel's Founder Fund as well as from Redpoint Ventures and SV Angel, is reportedly negotiating a deal with a SPAC, per Reuters.   SPACs, which usually perform better during market downturns, make it possible for startups to bypass the administrative headache of going public while also getting liquidity in the hands of the startup's early investors and early employees.  The VC ecosystem depends on exits to achieve liquidity, and with fewer companies filing to go public or successfully seeking out acquisitions, the pool of available capital could start to dry up if the economic decline becomes extended. Venture capital firms need to demonstrate that they can provide a good rate of return for their limited partners, who are the investors in VC funds.  Some VCs have encouraged their portfolio companies to extend their runway, which is how much cash a startup has in the bank to fund its operations, for up to 3 years. It seems likely that startups will continue to do this by slashing headcount, slowing down growth, and reducing other overhead costs, like sky-high rents. If the gloomy forecast for 2020 startup exits comes true, then VCs, who have poured billions into unprofitable startups like Uber and Airbnb in their pursuit of growth, may have to switch gears and focus on profitability.  And if unprofitable startups start to run out of runway and fail to raise additional funds, they might become some of the first causalities of the worst recession in the US since the 1930s Great Depression, which lasted a decade. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: How 'white savior' films like 'The Help' and 'Green Book' hurt Hollywood
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There are complicated reasons why a specific illness is or isn’t seasonal.
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