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Capital One said on Monday that information from over 100 million people, including Social Security and bank-account numbers, had been compromised.Capital One said that while it is still investigating, "it is unlikely that the information was used for fraud or disseminated by" the hacker.If you're a Capital One customer, there's currently no way to check if you've been impacted by the data breach.The company said on Thursday that it will alert customers if they're affected through the mail, and those notifications are expected to begin in the coming week.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.It said the breach included the personal information of over 100 million people, ranging from Social Security numbers to bank-account numbers and names.
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Manhole covers, drainpipes and gas line covers were gilded in protest by a pair of street artists, Erick Schmitt and Nick Bushman, and quickly became an obvious metaphor that “the San Francisco Bay Area has become an enclave unattainable to all but the most privileged.”In his 1990 book, City of Quartz, Mike Davis envisioned another enclave of exclusion and elitism: Fortress LA.With San Francisco gold-plated, who’s to say Los Angeles is far behind?The most important differentiation for tech companies to make is that gentrification doesn’t necessarily mean revitalization.The difference is evident in some of LA’s quickly changing neighborhoods and has invoked fierce reactions.They’ve picketed businesses like Weird Wave Coffee.
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“Burnout is a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed,” the organization said.Supporting this finding, a recent study from U.S. analytics and advisory company Gallup found that 23% of full-time workers in the U.S. reported feeling burnout “very often or always,” while 44% felt burnout sometimes.A separate Harvard study from a few years back found that workplace stress contributed up to $190 billion dollars a year to U.S. health care costs, or 8% of total national spending.It’s against this backdrop that Asana, the team and task management platform cofounded by Facebook cocreator Dustin Moskovitz, is setting out to help teams manage their human resources more effectively and avoid employee burnout.By way of a quick recap, Asana operates a freemium “software-as-a-service” (SaaS) model spanning Basic (free), Premium, Business, and Enterprise plans.At its core, Asana is designed to help individuals and teams manage and collaborate on projects — including detailing deadlines, sharing feedback, viewing milestone and task visualizations, and assigning work across teams.
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Researchers reveal previously undiscovered hot spots on the surface of bacteria's critical enzyme, which could guide novel approaches to antibiotic design.Researchers have identified key sections of a bacterial enzyme that could be targeted with new drugs to inhibit the spread of some bacterial infections.A team of scientists from Hokkaido University in Japan, Duke University in the U.S. and The Catholic University of Korea recently published their findings in the journal Nature Communications."Drug-resistant bacterial infections have claimed the lives of millions of people worldwide," said Satoshi Ichikawa of Hokkaido University's Center for Research and Education on Drug Discovery, a member of the research team."Because of the emergence of global antibiotic resistance, scientists are constantly searching for new antibacterial compounds."One attractive yet unexplored target for new antibiotics is an enzyme called MraY that aids the formation of the bacterial cell wall -- an essential component for all bacteria.
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A trio of Samsung AI researchers recently developed a neural network capable of rendering photorealistic graphical scenes with a novel viewpoint from a video.It was created by turning a video input into a bunch of points representing the geometry of the scene.The points, which form a cloud, are then fed to a neural network that renders them as computer graphics.TNW reached out to Dmitry Ulyanov, a researcher at Samsung and one of the authors on the team’s paper, to find out more about the project.In the videos we show the rendering of the scene from a novel view (we take the trajectory of the camera from the train video and shift it by a certain margin … that’s how we generate the new trajectory).Ulyanov worked with fellow researchers Kara-Ali Aliev and Victor Lempitsky to develop the network.
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A newly discovered glitch in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild allows players to ride the memorable Prince Sidon anywhere in the game’s open world.In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a launch title for the Nintendo Switch in 2017, players meet Prince Sidon while exploring Zora’s Domain.The only time Link is supposed to ride Sidon is in the battle against Divine Beast Vah Ruta, with Link shooting arrows while Sidon zips across the water.More than two years after The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was released, Twitter user Foo_Sing was credited for discovering a glitch that makes Prince Sidon Link’s humble steed.Since then, several videos of Link on Prince Sidon’s back across the game’s various locales have been uploaded, such as the ones below.— オカメいんこさん (@Bot__W) July 26, 2019
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During CES 2019, LG introduced its new 4K Ultra Short Throw 4K projector, the HU85L.This model is a second-generation version of the HU80K projector introduced by the company during CES 2018, offering consumers a slim, minimalist update that blends in with one’s home entertainment system.The company hadn’t provided any information about pricing or availability when the HU85L projector was unveiled, but now those details are finally available.The HU85L started shipping in South Korea in late June, indicating that its US launch was imminent.The projector’s listing on LG’s US website finally reveals the product’s price tag: $5,999.99 USD.The model can be pre-ordered from B Photo and Value Electronics starting today, the latter of which indicates that orders will start shipping to buyers tomorrow, July 25.
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Google’s Chromecast is a great way to conveniently watch movies from various devices on your big screen TV.But storing video files on multiple devices in a pain — using Google Drive as an online personal movie library is great workaround.Here are a few step-by-step methods to try so you can watch Google Drive movies on your Chromecast.If you’re using Google Drive, there’s a good chance you’re using Google Photos too.Hit the three-dotted “more options” icon and select “open with.” Wait for the file download and click open with Photos.This way they’ll show up in your Photos app alongside your other pictures for easy casting.
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Det fastslog den amerikanska federala handelskommissionen på onsdagen, skriver nyhetsbyrån Reuters.”Trots upprepade löften till sina miljarder användare världen över att de kunde kontrollera hur personlig information delas så underminerade Facebook användarnas valmöjligheter”, säger kommissionens ordförande Joe Simons i ett uttalande.Skandalen runt analysfirman Cambridge Analytica rullades upp i mars förra året.
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The mercury is rising, expected to hit a sizzling 32 C (89.6 F) this afternoon at Vulture Central, and The Register's elite unit of pasty basement-dwellers, otherwise known as editorial, have scurried into the office to make the most of its semi-functioning air conditioning.Yes, Heatwave Clive is here.Or it would be, if the London School of Economics has anything to say about it.The Times – opting for the marginally more exciting "Alan" – reports that the university's Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment has urged the Met Office to start naming particularly hot spells, just like the national weather watchers do when it's a bit windy out.Pointing to a government report from last year suggesting the UK wasn't equipped to deal with the health risks posed by the exact sort of weather Brits go on holiday for, the institute thundered: "The Met Office must do more to warn people about the dangers of heatwaves and should give names to heatwaves the way it does for winter storms."Currently on the list for storms are Ali, Bronagh, Callum, Deirdre, Erik, Freya, Gareth, Hannah, Idris, Jane, Kevin, Lily, Max, Niamh, Oliver, Peggy, Ross, Saoirse, Tristan, Violet and Wyn.
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Nvidia Turing has been around for nearly a year now, revealed back at Gamescom 2018.However, once Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang unveiled the pricing for the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti at $799 (£749, AU$1,199) and $1,199 (£1,099, AU$1,899), respectively, it felt like the price of entry was higher than ever before – because, well, it was.And, once we got the graphics cards in our hands, while they were certainly powerful, with the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti finally capable of powering the 4K 60 frames per second (fps) dream we've had for years, the high price tags meant they were hard to recommend.So, now that the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super has finally arrived and the Nvidia Turing lineup is finally complete (for now), we thought it was about time to take a step back to see if Nvidia Turing is worth it for most people.Is it time you lived the rest of your life ray traced?Or, is the high price still worth holding out for something better?
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Bird is raising a Series D round led by Sequoia Capital at a $2.5 billion valuation, TechCrunch has learned.Sources, however, did not indicate the size of the round.This round follows reports from The Information that Bird was looking to raise $200 million to $300 million by the end of this summer, at a post-money valuation of more than $2.3 billion.Bird declined to comment on the funding round, saying it does not comment on rumors or speculation.Sequoia Capital previously led Bird’s $300 million Series C round back in June, with Roelof Botha joining Bird’s board at the time.Sequoia declined to comment on the round, but Botha did say the Bird team “exemplifies grit.”
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(Reuters) — Huawei, the Chinese company put on a U.S. black list because of national security concerns, secretly helped North Korea build and maintain its commercial wireless network, the Washington Post reported on Monday, citing sources and internal documents.The Chinese telecommunications giant partnered with a state-owned Chinese firm, Panda International Information Technology, on a number of projects in North Korea over at least eight years, the Post reported.Such a move would raise questions of whether Huawei, which has used U.S. technology in its components, violated American export controls to furnish North Korea with equipment, according to the Post.The United States put Huawei on a blacklist in May, citing national security concerns.The move banned U.S. companies from selling most U.S. parts and components to Huawei without special licenses but President Donald Trump said last month American firms could resume sales in a bid to restart trade talks with Beijing.Huawei did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but said in a statement to the Washington Post it had “no business presence” in North Korea.
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It could be described as fate, luck or good timing when a woman found a small turtle crossing the street in Stone Harbor, New Jersey, and brought it to the nearby Wetlands Institute to keep it safe from the busy streets.The female turtle had been rescued by that very same institute as an egg, and the woman happened to return it on July 12, almost 19 years to the day from when the group had released the animal back into the wild, officials said.The group initially released the terrapin in 2000 and hadn't seen the animal since, according to a post by the Wetlands Institute Facebook page this past Monday.The animal was a "head-starter," which the institute described as a turtle usually hatched from eggs recovered from a mother struck by a vehicle on its way to lay eggs.In the 19 years after its initial release, the terrapin had more than doubled in size and showed the scars of past injuries that may have been caused by boat propellers.One member of the institute said he was still perplexed by how it ended up on the road.
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Preserving your home movies, entombed in rapidly-decaying VHS tapes, by converting them into digital files is a thoughtful (and often tear-jerking) way to do that.It’s one of those gifts that’s appropriate at any time in the year, whether you’re celebrating Father’s or Mother’s Day, a birthday, or any other occasion.If you don’t have time to do it yourself, or if you need a specialist who can handle brittle, decades-old reel-to-reel tapes, the easiest way is to send your precious tapes to a service that can do it for you.If you do have the time, converting home movies can be a simple, fairly inexpensive process.What you need to digitally convert home moviesOnce you dig out your home movies from wherever it is that they’ve been hiding, you’ll need a few tools to get things kicked off:
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Star Trek fans, Jean-Luc Picard is back and ready to engage.At San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday morning, CBS unveiled the first full trailer for Star Trek: Picard, and revealed that the show's set to arrive in early 2020.Picard will air on CBS All Access, like its sister show Star Trek: Discovery.(Disclosure: CBS is the parent company of CNET.)"I tried to belong here," he says, "but it never truly felt like home."Isa Briones' character Daj appears on screen, pleading for Picard's help and shelter.
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It's one of the most eagerly anticipated fights of the year, and you can watch it all with our guide to getting a Pacquiao vs Thurman live stream.Meanwhile the speed and power of Thurman makes him arguably the most naturally talented boxer in a hugely competitive division.The undercard to the Manny Pacquiao vs Keith Thurman fight is set to start on Saturday, July 20 at 9pm ET, 6pm PT - so that's 1am GMT on Sunday morning.We're expecting the headliners to head to the ring no earlier than around 12am midnight ET, 9pm PT, 4am GMT.Thurman's (29-0, 22 KOs) last appearance in the ring also came in January with a majority decision over Josesito Lopez.It was an understandably rusty display for Thurman, as it marked the end of a near-two-year layoff for the American thanks to injuries.
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Barry, now a tropical depression, continues moving slowly north through Arkansas and rainfall and flooding remains a concern.NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed over the south central United States yesterday, July 14 and captured a visible image of then Tropical Storm Barry.Tropical Storm Barry tracked through northwestern Louisiana on July 14, and weakened to a tropical depression.Barry's rainfall created flooding along the Mississippi River.The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument aboard Suomi NPP provided a visible image of the storm on July 14 after it moved inland over Louisiana.The VIIRS image showed an elongated storm over Louisiana stretching over the Mississippi River Valley and into Arkansas, Mississippi, western Alabama and southwestern Tennessee.
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In an unusually coherent series of tweets, President Donald Trump came out against cryptocurrency, generally, and bitcoin and Facebook’s nascent Libra cryptocurrency project, specifically.The structural thing is maybe not obvious but: the president of the United States is, ultimately, the person in charge of the dollar; the power of the dollar is an extension of the power of the state.Cryptocurrency now has a serious following among Silicon Valley VCs.No one trusts Facebook, a company that repeatedly disregards privacy concerns, issues meaningless apologies for doing so, then violates them again.Significantly, though, much of the cryptocurrency community hated Libra.While Facebook has provided some answers about how they are thinking about regulation, there has been nothing so far on how the Libra Association will be regulated, says Jerry Brito, the executive director of Coin Center, an organization devoted to bitcoin policy.
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There’s a new MacBook Pro in town, and the first teardown has some not-so-great news for those looking to repair or update hardware on their own.The MacBook Pro 13-inch 2019 model (with two Thunderbolt Ports) didn’t get a particularly great score from iFixit, but there is at least a silver lining to this raincloud.Where previous MacBooks didn’t allow easy access to their touchpads (for removal and repair), this unit keeps it a little more real.The touchpad – or trackpad, if you prefer – can be removed without having to handle the device’s battery.That’s good news – any device that allows itself to be dissembled without needing to handle the battery is a good device, in the eyes of a repair-happy user, like those that frequent the origin of this teardown, iFixit.Unfortunate for that same user, the rest of this MacBook Pro isn’t quite so easy to work with.
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Three papers in this issue demonstrate new fiber-based designs within the world of artificial muscles, showing how these twisted and coiled designs can be controlled via heat, electricity and chemistry.The resulting artificial muscle material could find uses in miniaturized medical devices, microrobots, and "smart" textiles that respond to environmental changes, among other applications.Mehmet Kanik and colleagues developed a two-faced polymer fiber that can be created through a scalable iterative drawing technique, producing artificial muscles that are activated by heat and that can lift more than 650 times their own weight and withstand strains of more than 1,000%, while remaining resilient over thousands of use cycles.Jiuke Mu and colleagues describe a fiber type where power is provided by an electrothermally sensitive sheath surrounding tightly coiled inexpensive materials including commercial nylon and bamboo yarns.The contractile power of muscles built from these fibers is 40 times that of human muscle and nine times that of the highest power alternative electrochemical muscle.Jinkai Yuan and colleagues' contribution is a high-energy microengine composed of shape memory nanocomposite fibers that are twisted to store energy that can be released on demand after a small temperature change.
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Apple disabled the Walkie Talkie app for the Apple Watch after reports that a vulnerability could allow users to tap into another person’s iPhone and eavesdrop on conversations without their consent.The company told TechCrunch on Thursday that it had temporarily taken the app offline until it could adequately fix the issue.The Walkie Talkie app will remain installed on users devices, but it will not work for the time being.Apple’s vulnerability portal was alerted about the bug, but there is no current evidence that anyone exploited it to listen in on users.Digital Trends reached out to Apple for comment, and Apple referred us back to their statement to TechCrunch:“We were just made aware of a vulnerability related to the Walkie-Talkie app on the Apple Watch and have disabled the function as we quickly fix the issue.
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The line between smartwatches and fitness trackers has grown increasingly blurry over the last few years as active techies are ditching the glorified Bluetooth pedometers and demanding more from their wearables.Today, Fitbit’s best and most popular models are its full-featured designs like the Versa and Ionic, while “regular” smartwatches like the Apple Watch are coming loaded with all sorts of activity monitoring functions that allow these devices to do double duty as both fitness wearables and everyday smartwatches.One could also argue that the great design and massive popularity of the Apple Watch have forced companies like Fitbit to up their game in order to compete, and this sort of competition is always good news for tech lovers.If you’re in the market for a smartwatch for both daily wear and fitness, then the other good news is that Amazon has two of our favorites – the Fitbit Versa and Apple Watch Series 3 – on sale right now at great prices before Prime Day 2019.Fitbit has come a long way from the days of simple activity-tracking wrist bands, and this company now offers a number of fully fleshed-out smartwatches with features like color touchscreens and music playback.The Fitbit Versa is one of the more affordable among these, packing a lot of great design touches into a budget-friendly smartwatch: Along with tracking a full set of health metrics like heart rate and calories burned, the Fitbit Versa offers 24/7 activity monitoring, can automatically track more than 15 workouts and sports including swimming (it’s water-resistant at up to 50 meters), and can sync with your smartphone to send you notifications and more.
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In a surprising turn of events, Donna Speciale, president of ad sales for WarnerMedia, will be leaving the company, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.UPDATE: WarnerMedia chief revenue officer Gerhard Zeiler, who was named in March to oversee Speciale and her team as part of the WarnerMedia Affiliates and Advertising Sales Group, confirmed Speciale’s departure in a staff memo, and said that he will lead ad sales as interim president.Two other ad sales execs will be leaving with Speciale: Dan Riess (evp of Ignite, who had also launched the Courageous branded content studio) and Frank Sgrizzi (evp of portfolio sales and client partnerships).During the past few months in his new role, “In all of the conversations I had, formal or informal, it was obvious that everyone understands how much the industry is transforming and that we need to change to enable us to stay at the top and lead the industry,” Zeiler wrote.“After a thoughtful review, I concluded that we also need to change the leadership structure to support the transition of our ad sales business.”He added, “I know that change can be challenging.
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Prime Day isn't supposed to officially start until next Monday, when we can expect all sorts of deals from all sorts of brands - including Amazon itself.But it looks like at least one of those deals has arrived a little bit early, with the retailer knocking half the price off the third generation Echo Dot.Normally one of these would cost you £50, but with this deal you're able to get yourself one for just £25.That's lower than I can ever remember seeing the 2nd Gen Dot for, so in other words this is a very good deal.Assuming, of course, that you actually want an Echo device in your house.They're not for everyone, after all.
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Although AMD and Nvidia’s graphics cards have differing architectures where not every specification is directly comparable, some elements are and all help create a picture of the performance potential of both cards.Notable takeaways from this specifications table include the identical memory configuration and the much higher clock speed of the RX 5700 XT.The “boost” clock is now the highest possible clock that can be expected during an intensive workload and may last only a fraction of a second.In reality, the 5700 XT hovers around 1,750 MHz during gaming.But specifications don’t tell even half the story that real-world benchmark results do.In the synthetic 3DMark benchmark we see that the 5700 XT is a worthy competitor for the RTX 2060 Super at the same price.
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For example, Best Buy's July 4 sale runs through Saturday, with some solid discounts on the Apple HomePod (save $50), HP 14 laptop (save $100) and WD EasyStore 4TB portable hard drive (save $70).There are still of mattress deals to be had; check out this roundup of the best 4th of July mattress sales.In the meantime, 40% was definitely the magic number this year, as evidenced by the following:Now let's take a look at some specific deals you won't want to miss -- all of them still available as of today.Google Home Mini: $25 (save $24)This is actually one of a variety of Google Home and Google Nest products on sale at Walmart.
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Alphabet-backed UnitedMasters, the music label distribution startup and record label alternative that offers artists 100 percent ownership of everything they create, launched its iPhone app today.The iPhone app works like the service they used to offer only via the web, giving artists the chance to upload their own tracks (from iCloud, Dropbox or directly from text messages), then distribute them to a full range of streaming music platforms, including Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal and more.In exchange for this distribution, as well as analytics on how your music is performing, UnitedMasters takes a 10% share on revenue generated by tracks it distributes, but artists retain full ownership of the content they create.UnitedMasters also works with brand partners, including Bose, the NBA and AT, to place tracks in marketing use across the brand’s properties and distributed content.Music creators are paid out via PayPal once they connect their accounts, and they can also tie-in their social accounts for connecting their overall online presence with their music.Using the app, artists can create entire releases by uploading not only music tracks but also high-quality cover art, and by entering information like whether any producers participated in the music creation, and whether the tracks contain any explicit lyrics.
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As threatened a couple of weeks ago, the House Financial Services Committee has called for Facebook to halt its cryptocurrency plans.The demand came in the form of a letter signed by the Chairwoman of the Committee Maxine Walters and a few other members of the House of Representatives that share her concerns.The letter was addressed to CEO Mark Zuckerberg, COO Sheryl Sandberg and CEO of Calibra, the company Facebook created to exploit the Libra opportunity, David Marcus.“We write to request that Facebook and its partners immediately agree to a moratorium on any movement forward on Libra—its proposed cryptocurrency and Calibra—its proposed digital wallet,” opened the letter.“It appears that these products may lend themselves to an entirely new global financial system that is based out of Switzerland and intended to rival U.S. monetary policy and the dollar.This raises serious privacy, trading, national security, and monetary policy concerns for not only Facebook’s over 2 billion users, but also for investors, consumers, and the broader global economy.”
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