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The Canon EOS R5 could soon get a welcome firmware update to help boost its record time limits, according to rumors.
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TikTok has faced a lot of scrutiny for its data collection practices. It’s one of the many reasons why the app might get banned in the US. And a new privacy issue will not help its cause. The app’s older Android version collected MAC addresses of devices — a practice banned by Google. An investigation from the Wall Street Journal revealed that the company gathered users’ device MAC addresses without informing them, or even Google. The report notes that the short video app collected this data for 15 months, up until last November when an app update was released. TikTok also… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google
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The NASA Dawn spacecraft orbited very close to the dwarf planet Ceres located in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Dawn’s mission ended in October 2018, and near mission completion, the orbiter was circling Ceres at an altitude of less than 22 miles above the surface. The close orbits gave scientists extremely clear images. One of the mysteries the … Continue reading
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(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) A new animation of night-time imagery from NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite revealed how the Eastern Pacific Ocean's Elida transformed into a hurricane over a three-day period.
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An unintentional fail, but a fail nonetheless.
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The amount of travel and tourism sponsored content from influencers has rebounded by 34% since bottoming out in April, according to a recent report from Izea, an influencer-marketing tech company. Across the travel and tourism industry, sponsored content has been steadily increasing over the course of the past few months but has not returned to pre-pandemic levels. While travel content has begun to make a comeback, influencers are still at the center of several controversies when it comes to sharing travel-focused posts and content that features them not following social-distancing guidelines. Subscribe to Business Insider's influencer newsletter: Influencer Dashboard. Travel is still out of the picture for many Americans as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread and affect millions of people. But for some influencers, sponsored-content opportunities related to tourism and travel are rebounding after hitting rock bottom in April, according to a recent report from Izea, an influencer-marketing tech company. In the first few months of the pandemic, many travel-focused influencers saw their trips, sponsorships, and brand deals canceled or postponed. Their careers faced new unknowns, and some creators pivoted to at-home content categories, such as fitness, cooking, and lifestyle. "I focus on luxury travel, and that is definitely not what people were thinking about in mid-to-late March and in all of April," Christina Vidal, an influencer, told Business Insider in May.  But as the months have passed, travel has slowly picked back up (though it's still well below pre-pandemic rates) as some restrictions are eased. On August 6, the US State Department lifted its "do not travel" advisory, which had encouraged citizens to avoid international travel since March 19. As more cities navigate reopening this summer, travel and tourism brands are looking to influencers to ease customers back in through social-media marketing. That has meant an increase in sponsored content. According to the Izea report, the amount of travel and tourism sponsored content had increased 34% in July from its low in April (which was down 66% from March). The report looked at over 520 million pieces of social content from over 4.5 million influencers between August 2019 and July. Here is the full chart from Izea: Izea also said that within the travel and tourism sector, hotels were seeing "the largest increase in sponsored content volume since hitting bottom" in April and had seen an increase in engagement rates. Airline content, however, had lagged and seen a spike in "negative sentiment" around its shared posts. Influencers have been at the center of several controversies for promoting travel and not following social-distancing guidelines But the increase in travel content from influencers has also brought controversy. In June, Clubhouse BH (a TikTok influencer group based in California) launched a "travel house" named Clubhouse Explore with a three-part video series documenting a trip of 16 influencers to Tulum, Mexico. "Have y'all forgot about the pandemic?" one user commented on a Clubhouse Instagram post. "So are influencers like immune to coronavirus?" another commenter wrote on one of its YouTube vlogs. Clubhouse manager Chris Young said one fitness brand decided to not renew a contract with a Clubhouse influencer after the trip, though he said he didn't consider the trip a mistake. Other travel influencers, like Sarah Dandashy (@askaconcierge on Instagram), have also continued to travel and share content on their feeds. "Some people think it's too soon to travel; others question if it's ethical to act like all is normal when things are not normal," Dandashy told Business Insider earlier this month. "But generally, I find that people are really looking to those individuals who are traveling now to get a sense for what it's like." Besides traveling, some influencers have been criticized for throwing and attending parties in Los Angeles and not following social-distancing guidelines. For more about how the influencer marketing industry is evolving as a result of the pandemic, read these Business Insider stories: Travel Instagram influencers are finding new ways to earn money with the industry frozen and are moving into categories like food and fitness How the coronavirus is changing the influencer business, according to marketers and top Instagram and YouTube stars Houseplant sales are booming and so are 'plantfluencers,' the social-media creators sharing plant tips, products, and content Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: We tested a machine that brews beer at the push of a button
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Well, the movies do take place "a long, long time ago".
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Apple today made the first public beta of macOS Big Sur — version 11 of Apple’s desktop OS — a month after it did so for iOS and iPadOS 14. The update promises an all-new design that blends Apple’s clean modern aesthetic with its skeuomorphic tendencies of old. It also borrows several ideas from iOS, including a Control Center and redesigned Notification Center. Though the company already released preview versions of the OS for developers, its public betas don’t require special credentials and are generally considered more stable than the more iterative updates developers get to play with. Getting it… This story continues at The Next Web
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There’s a lot to like about these sweet little beans.
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The first months of the year saw workers and offices thrown into chaos trying to adjust to new work from home and remote work arrangements. Now it’s almost time for schools to experience that same transition, hopefully a little less jarring thanks to months of preparation and planning. Systems and products are now in place that can help bring order … Continue reading
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The Walmart Plus subscription price is supposed to be $98 a year, which sets it up to be a cheaper version of Amazon Prime.
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Brush up on your RESTful, gRPC, container development skills with us online Webcast  Building an application from the ground up for your business has never been quicker or easier. With REST for web services leading to the RESTful architectural style, and containers proving the perfect delivery model, the combination of DevOps, microservices, and automation means an organization can create almost anything, instantly.…
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The OPPO Watch has been officially revealed, though you’d be forgiven for having a sense of deja-vu at this Apple Watch-esque wearable. Looking a whole lot like the iPhone-only smartwatch, the OPPO Watch relies on Wear OS by Google – which means, of course, that it’ll work with both iPhone and Android devices – and offers both an integrated LTE … Continue reading
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The report comes after Amazon's boss attended a contentious antitrust hearing Wednesday, in which he tried to de-emphasize the company's influence.
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Microsoft has made a pledge to support the development of 3D creation suite, Blender. In an announcement from yesterday, Blender revealed the Windows-maker has joined the foundation’s Development Fund as a Corporate Gold member in order to help the company continue to provide its software for free. Unlike other popular alternatives like Cinema4D and Maya, Blender’s apps are entirely free and open-source. In all fairness, Microsoft‘s contribution — which will be in the ballpark of €30,000 according to Blender’s membership page — won’t be a huge boost to the company’s revenue, but the move could go a long way to lending more… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Microsoft
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NASA's Perseverance rover is set to launch for the red planet on Thursday
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Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge As antitrust pressure mounts against Apple’s App Store policies, The New York Times is reporting on how vacation rental company Airbnb and fitness class service ClassPass have run afoul of the policies in recent weeks. According to the report, both companies started offering virtual services as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, only for Apple to get in contact to request 30 percent of sales made through their iOS apps. The Times also reports that Airbnb met with lawmakers from the House Judiciary’s antitrust panel, who will be responsible for questioning Tim Cook about the iOS policies in an upcoming hearing. The report initially claimed ClassPass had also met with lawmakers, but has since been corrected after ClassPass denied the... Continue reading…
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Flipkart has launched a hyperlocal service in suburbs of Bangalore, four years after the Walmart-owned e-commerce group concluded its previous foray into this category. It plans to expand to 6 other cities.
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In an update late last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that it is working with the FDA and local health agencies to investigate an outbreak of Cyclospora linked to contaminated salad products. More than 600 people have become ill as a result of eating these salads, according to the agency, which notes that reports of illness … Continue reading
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AMD continues to wage war — and win — against Intel and Nvidia
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Qualcomm's Quick Charge 5 promises 100W+ charging speeds for your next smartphone. Here's what you need to know.
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Online grocery shopping and Zoom meetings will continue after the pandemic, but is that enough to stop climate change?
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Yes, it's going to cost a bob or two, but the option's there Marvell will today formally open the doors of its bespoke tailor shop, though rather than cutting and sewing cloth, it's crafting custom 5nm semiconductors.…
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Reflecting Apple’s growing enterprise status, enterprise management software company Jamf this week succesfully issued an IPO. I spoke with CEO Dean Hager to discuss digital transformation and the acceleration of Apple's place in the enterprise.To read this article in full, please click here
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(National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)) After spending more than three years examining new approaches to encryption and data protection that could defeat an assault from a quantum computer, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has winnowed the 69 submissions it initially received down to a final group of 15.
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The independent economists from Analysis Group found Apple's App Store commission rates are "similar" to others.
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(Washington State University) A backstabbing crime boss and thousands of people looking for free tutorials on hacking and identity theft were two of the more interesting findings of a study examining user activity on two online 'carding forums,' illegal sites that specialize in stolen credit card information.
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We’re here to guide you through the coronavirus pandemic. Sign up to the Life newsletter for daily tips, advice, how-tos and escapism.Face masks should be mandatory in workplaces where people can’t physically distance, health experts have said. With face coverings already compulsory on public transport and becoming mandatory in shops and supermarkets in England on July 24, experts say it seems reasonable that indoor workplaces should also follow suit.Dr Chaand Nagpaul, chair of the British Medical Association council, said requiring people to wear masks in shops, but not other situations where physical distancing isn’t possible – like work – is “illogical and adds to confusion” surrounding mask messaging.Related... 7 Things You Should Know About Face Masks Will masks be made mandatory at work?It’s unlikely mask-wearing will be made mandatory in all workplaces, as they can be very different. People can work indoors, outdoors, in large offices that are ventilated and spaced out, or in small offices with no windows. They can work on construction sites with plenty of fresh air, or studios with others close by.However, in indoor workplaces where physical distancing isn’t possible – if you can’t keep 2m away from others – it would make sense to wear a mask, health experts tell HuffPost UK. Dr David Strain, a clinician at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, believes masks should be worn wherever 2m physical distancing can’t be maintained, such as shops, workplaces, hairdressers and even takeaways. “We have a short window to get the prevalence down to ‘viral eradication’ before we start battling Covid-19 along with flu, and a second peak becomes inevitable,” he says.Mask-wearing at work should be legally mandated, he says, because if it’s left to companies to enforce the rules themselves, they’ll likely choose not to. “We know that as soon as something is mandated by law, people just do it.”We know that as soon as something is mandated by law, people just do it.Dr David Strain, a clinician at the Royal Devon and Exeter HospitalOthers disagree with legally mandating mask-wearing at work. Professor Trisha Greenhalgh, an expert in primary care at University of Oxford, believes there should be national guidelines for employers that can be flexibly interpreted. Employers should take into account how closely people work together throughout the day, and how long they’re in close contact for, she says. “Imagine 50 people in a big boardroom meeting, all just 1m apart, and one of them coughs,” she says. “It will be more risky than two people meeting in an office, also 1m apart”.Ventilation is important, too, she says. “Draughty is good, negative pressure ventilation is good, but we’ve all heard about the Chinese restaurant where the air con seemed to suck in germs from one table and recycle them to another,” she says. She refers to the study of an air-conditioned restaurant in Guangzhou, China, where Covid-19 spread to three separate families eating in the restaurant – all of them sitting in proximity of the air conditioning unit. Researchers suggested strong airflow could have propelled the droplets between tables.The last consideration for wearing a mask at work is the action you do while you’re working, says Prof Greenhalgh. “Speaking, shouting, singing are all bad,” she explains, indicating you’d want to wear a mask in environments where this happens. “If everyone’s quietly working at their desk, they have less need to wear a mask than if in a meeting.” What mask should I wear to work?Dr Strain recommends people wear a homemade mask made from three layers of tightly woven material, such as cotton. For people who are in high risk groups, he recommends water resistant surgical masks. He advises against wearing masks with valves “because they focus any droplets into one jet stream”, as well as face shields. These are not protective on their own and should be worn in addition to a face mask, rather than as a replacement, he says.Related... Here's Why You Shouldn't Wear A Mask With A Valve What are the benefits of mask-wearing at work?Firstly, there’s the health justification, says Dr Strain. If we all wear one, we’re helping to protect each other from the possible spread of coronavirus. “The health point of view is clear – it’s the best way to prevent this virus spreading,” he says.Dr Alison Pittard, head of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine, agrees. She told The Guardian: “People might think Covid is over [and ask]: why do I have to wear a face mask? But it isn’t over. We still have Covid patients in intensive care. If the public don’t physically distance and don’t wear face coverings we could very quickly get back to where we were earlier this year.”It also makes some economical sense to wear masks at work, suggests Dr Strain. From an employer’s point of view, if everyone is wearing a mask, the virus is less likely to spread and therefore they’d avoid “losing an entire office”. An alternative to masks in the workplace could be perspex screens, like you see in hair salons and at supermarkets. “If employers want to erect those perspex-type screens into cubicles, that would give the same impact – and then people would need to wear masks when they go to the breakout areas,” he adds.Related... This Face Cover Sock Hack Is So Simple – But Is It Effective? And the downsides?Comfort, or the lack of it, is often cited as one of the key reasons people don’t wear masks. While wearing a mask on public transport or during a food shop might be manageable, some might struggle to wear one for a full working day. That said, if nurses and doctors can do it – why can’t everyone else?There are concerns that using face masks might provide a false sense of security, too, meaning people won’t physically distance from others, wash their hands as often, or self-isolate if they do become ill. And there’s a risk that improper removal of face masks, handling of a contaminated face mask, or an increased tendency to touch the face while wearing a face mask might increase the risk of transmission.So, what happens now?Downing Street has said it will keep the guidance on face coverings in other settings, such as offices, under review for now, the BBC reported.If you’re worried about returning to work, speak to your employer about how they’ll ensure physical distancing and cleanliness in your workplace. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) says if workers choose to wear face coverings, employers should support them to do so.In the meantime, Dr Strain says he agrees with Sir Vallance that “there is no real reason for the majority of people to return to work in an office, and working from home is still the better strategy”.“We should follow the guidance of most European countries suggesting that if you cannot work from home, then you should be wearing a mask in any situation at all where the 2-metre rule can’t be followed,” he says. Related... Health Experts Want People To Know Face Covers Can Protect The Wearer Too Face Masks Won't Be Compulsory In Food Takeaway Shops Why Experts Aren't Happy With This Government Video On Face Masks
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Everyone is going through rough times this year and that includes businesses trying to project a strong image in the midst of global economic troubles. The mobile sector just keeps on churning out smartphones but even a major market like the US has seen a sharp drop in sales in the second quarter of the year. Unsurprisingly, Apple and Samsung … Continue reading
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NASA has been conducting a prolonged campaign of upgrading batteries on the outside of the International Space Station (ISS), and the upgrade process is nearly complete. Recently two astronauts changed out critical solar array batteries marking the near completion of a battery revitalization project that will keep the space station powered through 2024. The two astronauts, Chris Cassidy and Bob … Continue reading
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