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Users will soon get a more comprehensive and “rich” experience in SMS text messaging in Android.This is thanks to Google’s push for RCS (Rich Communication Services) in SMS text messaging over the past few years, enabled here in the USA in late 2019.Google’s Messages app is a system-level app, and is not to be mistaken for other “chat apps” that Google’s attempted to release and popularize over the past several years.It’s also not like the chat apps released by other companies – like Facebook Messenger, or Telegram, or WhatsApp.RCS is good for Android because it enables a more rich system for chat right out the gate.If more people can easily send messages with images and videos and more, without downloading a 3rd-party app, more people will utilize said system.
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With many tech companies dipping their toes in the personal finance pool, it won’t be long before we see Google attempt to do the same.Google confirmed today that it will soon begin offering checking accounts to its user base.Internally, this new service is code-named Cache, and it seems the big G has plans to launch it at some point in 2020.Caesar Sengupta, who serves as Google’s VP and General Manager of payments and next billion users, confirmed the company’s financial ambitions to The Wall Street Journal today.Google will apparently team up with Citigroup and Stanford Federal Credit Union to offer these checking accounts.Sengupta pointed out that Google isn’t diving head first into finance like some other companies.
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Electric vehicles are lauded as an environmentally friendly alternative to gas-powered cars, thanks in part to producing no emissions on the road.Yet building electric cars creates more greenhouse-gas emissions than producing an equivalent gas-powered vehicle.Electric-vehicle batteries are bigger than those used in gas-powered cars and feature a different kind of chemistry.So, too, does the extraction and refinement of metals like lithium, nickel, and cobalt.The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) came to the same conclusion based on a review of 11 studies published between 2011 and 2017.The nonprofit organization said that the electricity used in the battery production was the single biggest factor in explaining the emissions gap, which means using cleaner sources of energy would be the most impactful way to reduce the emissions that come from the production process.
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OLX Group, the classifieds business of Naspers’ international internet assets division Prosus, is set to invest up to US$400 million into Berlin-based Frontier Car Group (FCG), which operates online car marketplaces in emerging markets.The investment include an injection of capital in FCG and the contribution of OLX’s joint-venture shares in India and Poland, as well as acquisition of shares held by other investors, founders, and management.The transaction, which is subject to a tender offer process, would see OLX as the largest shareholder in FCG, according to a statement.Founded in 2016, FCG develops, launches, and operates online and offline used-car marketplaces in more than 10 countries, including Pakistan and Indonesia.Through the company’s platforms, dealers gain access to a wider range of inventory, inspection reports, floor plan financing, and pricing guides, among others.The full integration of the two companies will allow for faster expansion and improvements, such as a dealership management system and enhanced resale capability, OLX said in a statement.
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He often says that AR glasses are unlikely to be a mainstream phenomenon for another 10 years — there are simply too many hardware limitations today.Part of it was that big steel bar running across my nose, which I felt gave me a vaguely bug-like affect.The black and mineral colors are sleek, but for the most part I missed the toy-like, but comfortable, plastic of the first two generations.There are four microphones built into Spectacles 3, and audio fidelity on the videos I recorded sounded good.The company says you can capture 70 videos or 200-plus photos on a single charge, which should be enough to get you through most day-long outdoor activities.To recharge Spectacles 3, you store them in an attractive fold-out leather-wallet.
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An investigation into Goldman Sachs Group's credit card practices has begun after a tech entrepreneur's tweet alleged gender discrimination in determining credit limits for Apple's new credit card.In a series of tweets Thursday, David Heinemeier Hansson criticized the Apple Card for giving him a credit limit 20 times higher than that of his wife, Bloomberg reported Saturday.The tweets immediately went viral, even attracting comment from Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, who said he had a similar experience."The same thing happened to us," Wozniak tweeted."I got 10x the credit limit.""The department will be conducting an investigation to determine whether New York law was violated and ensure all consumers are treated equally regardless of sex," Linda Lacewell, the superintendent of the New York Department of Financial Services, told Bloomberg.
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Ignite Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella came as close to a "developers developers developers" dance as he is ever likely to during this year's Ignite.To his credit, Nadella did veer off from his usual dry presentation style with a slightly toe-curling bit of comedy as Microsoft attempted to squeeze the last drops of credibility from its recent Stranger Things tie-in with a video that saw the CEO shooing off a monster from the Netflix series."Satya, you saved me," uttered the game.It might have been different had that monster been Google's Anthos as the keynote paused to allow a brief look at Azure Arc, Microsoft's crack at getting a very limited set of Azure services to places that are not its own cloud or custom Azure Stack hardware.While initially impressive, the application of a fingernail is enough to remove the glossy veneer and reveal that the company still has a bit to do if it truly intends to roll out its Azure tanks onto other people's clouds.Microsoft's cloud services were unsurprisingly a focus of both Nadella's keynote and Ignite itself, although a visitor wandering around the company's conference centre booths would have found plenty of attendees gathered around the Windows Insider area hidden at the back, rather than milling around the swish Microsoft 365 and Azure spaces set front and centre.
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Music makes the world go round and with the abundance of streaming services like Spotify or Pandora, all we need is the gadget that will deliver high-res audio to our ears.Headphones allow you to tune in but if you’re about sharing your love for music, portable Bluetooth speakers are the way to go.Its compact dimensions along with its weight of only 48 ounces allow you to stow it in your bag and take your music wherever you go.It certainly looks and feels well made in its aluminum casing with an IPX4 rating to boot.Although it’s not completely waterproof, it can survive the rain or a few splashes in the pool, and some drops here and there with bumpers to soften the blow.The “grab and go” design is complemented with Bluetooth technology and NFC for a seamless pairing with up to two devices as much as you can sync it with a second speaker to amplify your listening experience.
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Then there are the outliers, the ones who haunt forums like Head-Fi, who speak knowledgeably about balanced armature versus dynamic drivers, who test their equipment and produce frequency charts.Increasingly, those outliers — a subset of audiophile culture — are obsessed with a wide variety of no-name Chinese brands selling earbuds that often cost less than $25.Online, the phenomenon is known as “Chi-fi” — a mashup of “Chinese” and “high-fidelity.” It’s usually used to refer to portable audio gear — they’re almost always earbuds, which sit outside the ear canal like AirPods, or in-ear monitors (IEMs), which have squishy tips and actually go inside the ear canal — that come from essentially anonymous Chinese companies.As a reasonable consumer, you assume that nothing priced at six dollars can possibly be good.“Around 2010, they were only on Taobao, which is kind of an Amazon or eBay for China,” says Alfred Lee, a Hong Konger who runs a China-focused site called Accessible Audio with some friends.The term first shows up on Reddit in late 2015, but the concept had been around for a few years before that.
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Long before foam mattresses , flipping your innerspring bed was the norm.By flipping and rotating your mattress, you could extend the life of it and help it wear down evenly over time.That wisdom doesn't really work with today's foam mattresses that come rolled up in a box to your front door.Many of these new mattresses have strategically placed layers of foam on only one side, so that side must always remain up.I'll bet your first "big kid" bed used an innerspring mattress -- they have been the most popular choice of mattress for decades.Because they generally have identical padding and support on both sides of the mattress (with some exceptions), you are supposed to rotate and flip them a few times per year.
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So much has changed in the automotive world over the last three decades; however, this company's design philosophy is still guided by the same principles.Nissan's luxury division was introduced to the world on Jan. 11, 1989 when two brand-new cars were unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.The famed Q45 sedan was Infiniti's flagship product, taking a bow alongside the equally fresh-faced M30 coupe.What started in secret four years earlier had finally come to fruition.A top-secret committee called Horizon Task Force was formed in 1985 with the goal of determining whether it was feasible to introduce a new luxury automotive brand.Jeff Pope, group vice president of Infiniti Americas, explained at an event last week, this was done for better symmetry.
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Shares for electric vehicle (EV) maker Nio surged 12.5% after investors welcomed solid delivery figures for October, closing at $1.71 on Monday.Why it matters: Despite a modest increase in vehicle sales after bottoming in July, Nio has a long way to go to prove it is on the road to profitability following four years of losses.Nio did not disclose any progress in its most recent new funding deal after failing to lure the municipal government of eastern Huzhou city, nor a replacement for its former chief financial officer Louis T. Hsieh.Details: Nio on Monday reported a unit delivery increase of more than a quarter over September figures, totaling 2,526 vehicles in October including 2,220 of the company’s five-seater electric crossover model, the ES6.The company has seen a steady rise in deliveries for the three months from August to October, jumping 45.4% to 6,488 units compared with the same period a year earlier.Nio shares soared 12.5% to close at $1.71 on Monday, and climbed 4.1% in after-hours trading.
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After months of testing, Adobe is finally ready to send Photoshop for iPad live for all users.At its annual MAX conference today, the company announced version 1.0 of the app, officially releasing it on the App Store.It’s been a pretty long road to get to this point – the iPad version of Photoshop was first revealed in October 2018 and went into testing back in May 2019.It’s been in testing for the last half-year, so Adobe certainly put the app through its paces before launching it.The idea, of course, is to bring Photoshop to iPad while losing little in the jump between platforms, but it’s going to take a while to realize that goal.The company made it clear today that this is merely the beginning for Photoshop on iPad, noting that version 1.0 is “focused on compositing, basic retouching, and masking,” as these are tasks that most Photoshop users will need to carry out regardless of the projects they’re working on.
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Today we’re looking at a variety of changes made to Pokemon GO this morning – the most interesting of which was a tiny mistake in the moves code.Those players who had Pokemon with the move “Giga Impact” could’ve (and in some cases did seem to) take advantage of a listed power of 9001 instead of just 200.This level of power in a single Pokemon move in Pokemon GO would, essentially, devastate any Pokemon opponent.According to sources including Poke Miners, the Pokemon move “Giga Impact” had a lot more power than normal for a short period this morning.At approximately 16:53 hours on October 31 (last night), PokeMiners reported that changes had started to be made to the game’s code – including moves like Giga Impact and Locked On.Giga Impact, at that time, had its power changed to 150.
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Three mainstays of the gig economy—Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash—this week launched a $90 million campaign to overturn a California law they say doesn’t apply to them anyway.On Tuesday, a small crowd of workers for the companies joined in Sacramento to kick off the campaign, which, if it receives enough support to reach the statewide ballot, would be voted on by Californians in November 2020.The companies and their supporters are pitching the initiative as a “compromise” that would create a third employment classification requiring Uber, Lyft, and their ilk to give drivers more perks than the average independent contractor, but wouldn’t entitle workers to the full benefits of an employee.If it’s approved by state voters, the initiative would require the companies to pay their still-independent contractors a minimum wage and vehicle maintenance costs, cover their auto insurance costs, and grant them a healthcare stipend.It would also create mandatory safety training for any app-based drivers.The companies offered a similar “compromise” to labor leaders in September, as they tried to prevent the new law from passing the state legislature.
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The american manufacturer General Motors (GM) is recalling 638 000 of the SUVS-road vehicles, and pick-up vehicles in the united states, in order to fix a speed sensor that can cause a sudden and unwelcome stop.the Affected models are the Chevrolet Suburban, Chevrolet Tahoe, and the so-called " the Yukon model, and with modellåren 2015 to 2020.Also included are the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 with a modelåren 2014-2018.The sudden inbromsningarna caused by the sensorproblemet is only on the rear wheel on one side of the car, which means that there is a high speed, can be sudden braking of traction on one side, which increases the risk that the error will result in a crash.According to GM, there are no reports of casualties as a result of this problem, which, however, has been reported to the automaker by the 150 car users impose.
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The smart wearable industry is flooded with a seemingly endless sea of options, leaving consumers with a difficult decision about choosing which brand or type to get.These watches can be pricey, though, which is why it’s always worth it to wait for discounts before getting one.As the “sapphire” label indicates, this Garmin GPS watch features a sapphire lens which makes it far less vulnerable to breakage and scratches.There are the Training Status and Training Effect functions to let you see the benefits and effectiveness of your workouts, advanced running dynamics and physiological metrics to help improve your overall running performance, and special feature sets to track other activities like swimming, skiing, and golf.All-day tracking for heart rate, steps taken, and sleep quality is available as well.You can also connect it to Wi-Fi if you want to upload your activity stats to the Garmin Connect app.
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For a limited time, and while supplies last, ProElectronics Distributing via Rakuten has the Bose QuietComfort 35 Series II wireless headphones for $224.3 shipped when you apply promo code PRO38 at checkout.That's $5 the previous deal and a new all-time best deal on the QC35.If you don't already have a Rakuten account, you'll need one in order to take advantage of this deal.The discount can be applied to either the black or silver model.I'm not sure how much inventory is available for either color, nor do I know how long this seller will keep the code active.Spoiler alert: He loved them.
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The content streaming market just welcomed another competitor that hopes to attract new subscribers.With a massive library of movies and upcoming exclusive series, Disney+ appears to be the platform to beat.However, a recent report from developers confirms that the service might not be compatible with all devices.If the issue is not addressed soon, it can push users to switch to alternatives that can support their platforms.Among the items reportedly affected are Chromebooks, Linux PCs and some Android devices that fail to meet the DRM system's requirements.Lifehacker points out that credit for this discovery goes to Hansdegoede, a Linux developer who confirmed what causes the Disney+ compatibility matter.
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Last year, 360 Mobile was performing quite well.It released a few smartphones that not only came with useful and mainstream features but also were priced affordably.Today, it released the 360 Sweeping Robot X90.The original price is 2,499 yuan ($353).Also Read: 360 Secure Router 4 P4C With Smart Game Recognition Algorithm AnnouncedThe 360 Sweeping Robot X90 uses the LDS lidar navigation + SLAM algorithm to quickly construct a room map and intelligently plan the path.
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Apple’s AirPods Pro, a high-end version of its wildly popular wireless earbuds, could launch as soon as the end of October, new reports suggest.The new headphones are expected to stick with the in-ear design of the current AirPods, which were refreshed earlier this year, but adopt a different design with more advanced features to better isolate the wearer from the outside world.The big differentiator will be noise-cancelling, it’s expected.In contrast, AirPods Pro are believed to switch to a more elongated design, and provide a better fit into the ears for noise isolation.Leaks last month – which also indicated an AirPods 3 name – suggested the AirPods Pro charging case would be shallower but wider to accommodate the new design.One of the advantages of Apple’s H1 chipset – which powers both the current AirPods along with the recently announced Beats Solo Pro headphones which feature active noise-cancellation – is its low power consumption, which Apple could rely upon to keep reasonable runtimes despite what’s still a relatively small form-factor.
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From the DUP and Tory Brexit "Spartans" to Labour Leave backers and sacked Tory rebels, the prime minister has a lot of work to do.HuffPost is part of Verizon Media.Verizon Media 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.Verizon Media will also provide you with personalised ads on partner products.Select 'OK' to continue and allow Verizon Media and our partners to use your data, or select 'Manage options' to view your choices.
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An energetic crowd of hundreds of Amazon workers gathered around the Spheres, a 90-foot-tall glass building at the center of Amazon's Seattle headquarters, to hold up signs reading "No AWS for Oil and Gas" and practice chants like "Climate change is not a lie, do not let our planet die."Just before marching to City Hall, employees spoke on a podium in front of a large "Climate Leadership Now" banner, calling out their company for not doing enough on climate change.They were taking part in the Global Climate Strike, a worldwide walkout that took place Sept. 20.But that culture is changing across the industry, with far more tech workers now starting grassroots efforts to speak out about social issues.Over 20,000 Google employees last November joined a walkout to protest the company's handling of sexual harassment allegations, while Microsoft, Wayfair and Salesforce workers have spoken out on their companies' work with federal immigration authorities.At Amazon, at least half a dozen worker groups have cropped up across the US, with employees raising concerns about a wide variety of issues.
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Anne Sacoolas, who left the UK after the crash which killed teenager, was in the building as family met US President.HuffPost is part of Verizon Media.Verizon Media 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.Verizon Media will also provide you with personalised ads on partner products.Select 'OK' to continue and allow Verizon Media and our partners to use your data, or select 'Manage options' to view your choices.
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Gemini Man's big selling point is that the film features Will Smith as both an aging assassin and the younger clone sent to kill him.It's genuinely impressive when Smith as we know him goes face to face -- and even hand to hand -- with the digitally de-aged mid-twenties model.Combine that with Oscar-winning director Ang Lee's choice to use 3D and a higher-than-usual frame rate, and you get a movie that shows off lots of interesting moviemaking technology.Unfortunately, it ends up as an unengaging tech demo, because the characters and storyline seem to have been given barely a fraction of the thought that's gone into the effects.Henry's the best, except for the mysterious -- and strangely familiar -- assassin hot on his tail.Enter Will Smith version 2, a digitally de-aged twentysomething clone with the face of the Fresh Prince and the dynamism of Smith circa the first Bad Boys.
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Di Digital har besökt Irland för att undersöka vad som händer med de svenska annonsmiljarderna på Google och Facebook.Har techjättarna påverkat Dublin på samma sätt som Silicon Valley – med stigande hyror och ökade levnadskostnader?Dessutom fyller de svenska startupbolagen Dreams och Matsmart på sina kassor för att lansera i Tyskland.Kommer deras europeiska expansionsplaner att slå väl ut?Jonas Leijonhufvud och Johannes Karlsson diskuterar även konkurrensen mellan Apple och Spotify inom tv-segmentet.Är det bara en tidsfråga innan den svenska streamingjätten ger sig in på marknaden – kanske i ett samarbete med Netflix?
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The Instagram mobile app is going through some changes, as soon the “Following” tab from the Heart menu will disappear.Instagram confirmed the news today, saying that it’s removing the following tab for a number of reasons.Chief among them is that is seems most users didn’t know it even existed.As it is, users access the Following tab by tapping on the Heart icon in the app.This is how you check the recent likes and comments your posts have received along with any new followers you’ve netted for yourself, but at the top of that page, tapping on the “Following” tab will show you an entirely different feed of activity from the people you’re following – the posts they’ve been liking and who they’ve started following themselves.The problem with people being unaware that the Following tab existed in the first place is twofold: the first part, obviously, is that a feature that goes unutilized by the majority of users probably isn’t worth keeping around.
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’Tis the season for every major social and tech platform to make their lists and check them twice to ensure major new shopping features are available before the holidays begin.A few weeks ago, Pinterest rolled out “shop the look ads,” in which brands can add multiple products into a single ad and new shopping and video tabs to business profiles.Now, Google’s fully rolling out Google Shopping, which it originally announced in May, along with new features such as a “buy with Google” option, price tracking, local inventory results and other capabilities with Google Lens and search.With an expected increase in sales of 4.5-5% compared with 3.1% in 2018, according to research from Deloitte, it’s now or never to compete for those dollars.Google, which added shoppable ads to Google Images and let retailers tag several products in ads, is now adding more, such as seeing if a product is in stock across retailers on search pages.Consumers can use Google Lens, the company’s machine-learning, AI-driven visual search tool, on their mobile phones or the Google app to identify shoppable objects or pick out items and see similar results across the web.
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