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The Department of Justice on Wednesday charged 14 people for their alleged participation in a scheme that involved swapping counterfeit iPhones and iPads for legit devices at Apple Stores throughout the US and Canada.Apple estimates the operation cost it at least $6.1 million, according to a release from the DOJ."The manufacture of counterfeit goods -- and their use to defraud US companies -- seeks to fundamentally undermine the marketplace and harms innocent people whose identities were stolen in furtherance of these activities," said US Attorney Robert Brewer in a release.More than 10,000 counterfeit iPhones and iPads were imported from China as part of the scheme, according the indictment.The fake devices were intentionally damaged and then exchanged at Apple Stores for new genuine devices.To pull off the swap, the counterfeit devices falsely used IMEI and serial numbers -- unique numbers for identifying devices -- of actual iPhones and iPads owned by other people and covered by an Apple warranty.
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As if Italy's wild boar population wasn't enough of a problem for farmers while it's sober, some of the brutes have rooted out and destroyed a €20,000 stash of cocaine hidden in woodland of eastern Tuscany.At least this was the claim made by four suspected drug traffickers who'd been wiretapped by cops, The Local reports.The gang came on the police radar following the murder of a 21-year-old Albanian in the town of Sinalunga last year, which led to the discovery of a coke-pushing network between Siena and Arezzo, according to Toscana Media News.Italian newspaper Il Tirreno said the drugs hailed from Perugia and were buried in jars in woodland near Montepulciano to be picked up and distributed in surrounding nightclubs.The suspected dealers – three Albanians and an Italian – were reportedly able to sell 2kg of blow a month for €80 to €100 per gram between September 2018 and March 2019.However, the wiretap overheard a call in which one complained that a wild boar had sniffed out the stash and strewn the contents across the forest floor.
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After a 17-month rendezvous with an asteroid hurtling through space some 200 million miles from Earth, Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft is on its way home.In a tweet, Japan’s space agency (JAXA) described the spacecraft’s departure from the Ryugu asteroid on Wednesday as “an emotional moment.”But Hayabusa2 isn’t coming back empty-handed.Assuming its homecoming is as successful as the rest of its mission up to now, the spacecraft will bring with it rock samples collected directly from the 900-meter-wide space rock.It’s hoped the samples will give scientists new insight into the origins and evolution of the solar system and the building blocks of life, and also lead to the further development of deep-space exploration technologies.Hayabusa2 reached Ryugu in June 2018 after a journey of three-and-a-half years.
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Has it found an investor in £1.5bn venture to build 3 million FTTP connections?TalkTalk has today delayed its financial results due to "advanced negotiations with interested parties regarding its FibreNation business".The budget ISP is currently hoping to roll out full-fibre broadband to three million homes via sister company FibreNation and has been in the process of winning funding for the £1.5bn venture.Following its initial York Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) build with Sky and CityFibre back in 2015, TalkTalk had announced a joint venture infrastructure fund to fund further build-outs.But as Philip Carse, analyst at Megabuyte, noted, the deal was ripped up in November 2018 when TalkTalk instead announced a new FTTP business, FibreNation, and began its search for a funding partner in May/June 2019.FibreNation recently began its rollout to 61,000 premises in Dewsbury in August, with further plans to reach 100,000 premises in Harrogate, Knaresborough and Ripon.
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“Here we are at 12:30 in the morning confronted with this issue—on September 11, no less.Then they slipped a plastic cutting board through a crack in the door and manipulated its locking mechanism.(Pentesters frequently use makeshift or self-created tools in their craft to flip latches, trigger motion-detected mechanisms, and test other security systems.)Impersonating staff, contractors, or other individualsProviding false pretenses to gain physical access to facilitiesAccessing restricted areas of facilities
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PlayerUnknown’s Battleground has only just rolled out its latest update but future-focused dataminers may have already discovered what could be next in the PC version of the Battle Royale game: clans.The source of the information is well-known dataminer PlayerIGN (via The Loadout), who is active in the PUBG community and has been accurate with previous leaks.Based on information found in a number of files, PlayerIGN has reported on Twitter that it’ll be possible to have up to 20 players in a clan, with clan names running between 2 and 15 characters and shorter tags running between 2 and 4 characters.Clans won’t be free, though—there appears to be a fee of 5000 BP attached, which is likely to be a set up cost.The files also indicate some kind of “résumés” and “recruits” element to the system, which could mean players will have to submit their gameplay stats to an existing clan in order to prove themselves worthy to join, though precisely how this element will work isn’t entirely clear at the moment.New stuff on Clan System:- 5,000 BP COST- Title: 2-15 char., 6 num.- Tag: 2-4 char.- Slogan: 30 char.- Presentation: 180 char.- Members: 20- "recruits" & "'résumés"[Also 'No Clan' labels were found on the Leaderboard (removed)-- Clan could be linked with the new Ranked] pic.twitter.com/Yd2osfZ4cSNovember 7, 2019
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If you have ever visited China, you know not every outlet accepts cards.Some of them will only accept mobile payment methods such as AliPay or WeChat pay.Till now, these apps didn’t allow foreigners to link their credit or debit cards to the app to make mobile payments.To use Alipay in China, you’ll have to download the app and indicate you want to install the international version while signing up.The payment service will support Visa, MasterCard, Japan’s JCB, and Singapore’s Diners Club cards.Visitors to China are now able to PayWithAlipay.
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One of the most popular media streaming platforms, Netflix, is lifting support from a bunch of devices starting December 1.The affected devices include Samsung smart TVs and Roku media players.Netflix says that these devices will lose support for Netflix over "technical limitations."Simply put, your go-to entertainment app that holds an essential position in your lifestyle will not work after December 1, 2019.The only solution, according to Netflix, is that "you'll need to switch to a compatible device before that date."Samsung smart TVs & Roku media players losing Netflix support
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It’s no secret that many food companies have deliberately engineered their processed food products to be ‘hyper-palatable,’ meaning they light up the reward centers in the brain, fueling overconsumption and cravings.Many foods fall into this category, but it has remained unclear exactly how many, as well as the precise definition of a hyper-palatable product.Here with the solution — as well as some surprising discoveries — is a new study from the University of Kansas.Fast food, sugary snacks, potato chips — all things considered hyper-palatable foods in the American diet due to their high levels of sugar, fat, and salt.Newly published research offers criteria that can be used to evaluate whether any particular food item is a hyper-palatable product.The researchers studied the literature on the topic, used it to develop a definition for hyper-palatable foods, and then applied that definition to more than 7700 food items contained in the USDA’s FNDDS database.
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Connected TV ad spending is still a drop in the bucket compared with what marketers spend on traditional television, but the number is growing rapidly, increasing 38% to a projected $6.94 billion this year, according a new eMarketer forecast.That connected TV (CTV) ad spend will top $10 billion by 2021 and reach $14 billion by 2023, when it will account for 4.7% of total media ad spending.These numbers grow as more viewers use connected TV devices—including smart TVs, Roku and Apple TV—to stream content on YouTube, Hulu and Roku.(For its CTV tally, eMarketer includes digital advertising that appears on connected TV devices, including display ads on home screens, and ads that stream during programming on platforms like Hulu, Roku and YouTube.“Users of these platforms are likely either cord-cutters or cord-shavers.That means some TV ad buyers are willing to pay a premium to reach users who are difficult to reach via traditional TV ads.
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg attended the eighth-annual Breakthrough Prize Ceremony on Sunday night, where he rubbed elbows with musician Lenny Kravitz, actor LeVar Burton, and Google cofounder Sergey Brin.Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, both attended the event, which is referred to as the "Oscars of science."Zuckerberg presented awards and smiled for photographers amid increasing scrutiny over recent decisions by Facebook not to fact-check political ads.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has had a rough few weeks.He had a rocky day in late October testifying in front of Congress, where he spent hours getting lambasted by a bi-partisan committee of politicians.
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Amazon required third-party sellers on its platform to acquire approval before listing Nintendo products such as used consoles and games, then withdrew the restriction as it was supposedly an error.Several third-party sellers on Amazon reported receiving an e-mail on November 1 regarding the requirement, which supposedly went into effect on October 31.“As part of our ongoing efforts to provide the best possible customer experience, we are implementing approval requirements for Nintendo products,” the e-mail said.Listings without approval were to be removed immediately, which gave the sellers no time to react to the sudden change.The e-mail did not provide any further details, so it was unclear which Nintendo products were affected.Some sellers were not able to list Nintendo consoles and games under “used” or “collectible” condition, but they were able to do so as long as the items were in “new” condition.
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Man, Fiat Chrysler is having a big week.First, we get the news that it's planning on merging with the PSA Group and now we're finding out -- thanks to an announcement made on Friday -- that the company is going to open a new manufacturing facility on Detroit's east side.Here's the kicker, though: It's going to be the lowest-emission vehicle-producing factory in the US, according to FCA, anyway.The Italo-American conglomerate is planning on building a pair of new electrified SUVs there and it estimates that the factory will bring as many as 4,950 jobs to the area."Following numerous public and private discussions with residents, especially those nearest the facility, we're proud to share our environmental plans and the future of FCA manufacturing in Detroit," Mark Stewart, COO of FCA North America, said in a statement."We're honored the residents of the city support us, and know that every step of the way, we need to prove that we follow through on our commitments and will be good neighbors long into our collective future."
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Diablo IV is finally official.Blizzard announced the game at the opening ceremonies for Blizzcon 2019 in Anaheim, and it marks the first entry in the series since 2012’s Diablo III.The game was revealed with a lengthy cinematic, showing off a new, darker tone that harkens back to earlier games in the series.Here’s how Blizzard describes the basic premise:Diablo IV takes place many years after the events of Diablo III, after millions have been slaughtered by the actions of the High Heavens and Burning Hells alike.In the vacuum of power, a legendary name resurfaces.
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"the uk is concerned about this," says the first one registered at the institute, Mårten Dahl.It is 88 feet long, Cypernflaggade the cargo vessel, the Rix is also Great to have caused a stir in Sweden, a number of unusual events occurred in a relatively short period of time.In January, it was on the grounds outside of the city of Landskrona and how to use them in a couple of weeks ago, the two bridges over the Göta älv river nödöppnas, since the ship had problems with the machine controller.as They Great at the end, managed to nödstoppa, and anchor outside Gothenburg, sweden, wanted a Swedish officer on call to check the status of the master.on Thursday of last week, decided to transport the board on the nyttjandeförbud.the Shortcomings were, inter alia, emergency generators, life saving equipment, poor maintenance, and the accounts of the crew members.
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I mean, I review tech for a living for god’s sake.When I first heard about the technology, I assumed it’d be like that bit in the Ben Affleck Daredevil movie (yes, I made that reference) where he sleeps in a water coffin thing in order to escape the cacophony of the world.Instead of pure, unbridled silence, ANC headphones tend to muffle and dampen my environment.Yes, everything’s quieter, but you can still catch what people are saying.And, irritatingly, the human voice’s intelligibility range goes from about 500Hz to 4,000Hz — explaining why those tinny voices seem to echo around your expensive ANC headphones.Here’s the kicker though: most engine noise and vehicle sound occurs under 500Hz, something ANC headphones are adept at eliminating.
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When a fast food chain says it’s sold out of a product, you’d probably expect to see the item back on sale within 24 hours.Near the end of August, Popeyes announced that its new chicken sandwich—which had become a viral phenomenon fueled by Black Twitter and amplified by widespread news coverage—was out of stock.The chain had burned through two months’ worth of supply in just two weeks, and execs were notably silent about when it would return.Days turned into weeks, and weeks turned into months, creating a dangerous cooling-off period for the seemingly red-hot brand.Today the chain finally announced that the chicken sandwich will return to its menu permanently on Sunday, Nov. 3.And while the coming weeks will tell whether the sandwich still has its mass-hysteria mojo, for now the brand seems content to just go back to poking some fun at closed-on-Sunday competitor Chick-fil-A.
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Microsoft has put its foot in it (yet) again with a Windows 10 update, although this time the update wasn’t bugged – rather it was delivered to the wrong machines.The update in question is KB4523786 which was pushed out alongside an optional cumulative update for Windows 10 May 2019 Update, and implements “quality improvements to Windows Autopilot configured devices”.Now, Windows Autopilot is used to set up devices in a business environment, and as Microsoft observes in the patch notes: “Windows Autopilot update is not installed on Windows 10 Pro or a later version when the device is not registered or configured for Windows Autopilot deployment.Windows Autopilot update is never offered to Windows 10 Home.”Except in this case, the KB4523786 update was pushed to Windows 10 Home PCs, and indeed Windows 10 Pro machines which aren’t registered for Autopilot deployment.So as Windows Latest observes, if you do happen to see the ‘Cumulative update for Autopilot in Windows 10 version 1903: October 22, 2019’ displayed under Windows Update on your Windows 10 Home or Pro machine, don’t install it.
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Amazon's string of record profits appears to have collapsed, after the company's bold plan to speed up its shipping is saddling the company with surging expenses.Sales of $70 billion, up 24% from last year, beat Yahoo Finance estimates of $68.8 billion.Shipping costs, which were already moving higher in the second quarter, sky-rocketed 46% to $9.6 billion.Total operating costs jumped 20%.After posting a row of record profits, Amazon is again in heavy investment mode, this time as it shells out hundreds of millions of dollars to speed up its Prime shipping service across the world.Earlier this year, the online retailer forecast it would spend $800 million in the second quarter to help shift its two-day Prime shipping to one day in the US.
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TLDR: For $39, Design Wizard Pro offers templates, images and other elements to make all your marketing materials look professional grade.We’re all born with a finite set of skills.And if you’re already a talented entrepreneur, engaging seller and an effective communicator, then there’s a good chance your skills don’t necessarily extend all the way out to include gifted graphic designer as well.Thankfully, you can help mitigate some of those shortcomings and bolster your digital publishing game with the help of a lifetime subscription to Design Wizard Pro.You can pick it up now for only $39, over 90 percent off its retail price, from TNW Deals.Rather than dumping hours into trying to make sure all your business emails and social media posts are just right, Design Wizard Pro offers up tons of pre-prepared templates and other design elements that can shave your creation time down to minutes.
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Welcome to Replay, WIRED's weekly column devoted to everything gaming.First, Riot's got a League of Legends fighting game coming out, codenamed Project L. No word on a release date, but it's in progress.Then there's a management simulation game, à la, say, Football Manager or those modes in every Madden game, but you're managing a fictional esports League of Legends team.There's also a card game, because, of course.And we didn't even get into the TV show.Really, Riot is going hard out here.
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It's new model year time for the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek, and the new year brings price increases across the board for the popular compact crossover.Subaru revealed on Thursday that the starting price will inch upward $285 when accounting for a pricier destination charge.Those looking at a base Crosstrek with the six-speed manual transmission will find a $23,155 price tag, while opting for the CVT pushes the price to $24,505.Opting out of the three-pedal life shows a $635 price increase over the 2019 model.However, the big addition is Subaru's EyeSight driver assist system.It bundles a host of active safety features, and it's now standard on every Crosstrek with a CVT.
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the Company, Arlo, has introduced a new product in the name of the Video Doorbell.As the name might imply, it is a device that replaces your regular doorbell, and provide you with a usable video capabilities.on the other ringklockekameror in the market that supplies the Arlo Video Doorbell, a video stream with a 180-degree wide-angle lens for 1:1 format, rather than the 16:9 aspect ratio, which will show much more of what's going on in front of the door.the video footage from the camera located on the 1536x1536 pixels, and flådigheter as HDR, night vision, and 12x digital zoom, and motion detection with aktivitetszoner.in Addition to the 1:1 format, will the Arlo Video Doorbell, with a number of useful features such as streaming video to your mobile phone, so as soon as someone rings the door bell, and you'll have the ability to play back pre-recorded messages, or alternatively, the use of two-way communication.There is also a built in siren which is activated if somebody tries to pull off the unit from the wall.
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Atlas Obscura wants to take you to The Gates of Hell—specifically, a blazing inferno in the Karakum Desert, about a three-hour drive from Turkmenistan’s capital, Ashgabat.Even though the nine-day trek through Turkmenistan sets participants back $3,475, the intimate setting (and access to hidden gems that Atlas Obscura specializes in) has an audience.These are the types of trips that Atlas Obscura will invest more in after an injection of $20 million in funding, including a “significant” investment from vacation-rental website Airbnb.Such a partnership is a meaningful move to make in an increasingly challenging media environment that requires publishers to diversify revenue streams, especially as they compete for digital ad dollars.“We think of Atlas as an experiences company powered by media,” said David Plotz, Atlas Obscura’s outgoing CEO, who announced this week that he is stepping down after joining the company in 2014.“For the long-term future of the company, we think the experience piece is going to be the real driver and differentiator for us.”
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Volvo's brand-new, all-electric XC40 is technically called the XC40 Recharge.But as it turns out, Recharge isn't a designation being saved purely for this EV.Whether it's a plug-in hybrid or a full EV, Recharge is how Volvo will identify its electrified offerings within its portfolio."From early 2020, customers entering the Volvo Cars website will first be asked whether they want a Volvo Recharge car or not," the company said in a statement Wednesday."We have said this several times before: For Volvo Cars, the future is electric," company CEO Håkan Samuelsson added, and this will trickle down right to the dealer experience.Where things start to (potentially) get confusing is in the naming structure.
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A research team consisting of Professor Michiteru Kitazaki from the Toyohashi University of Technology, Associate Professor Tomohiro Amemiya from the University of Tokyo, and Professor Yasushi Ikei from Tokyo Metropolitan University have developed a virtual walking system.This system records a person walking, then re-plays it to another user through the oscillating optic flow and synchronous foot vibrations.Psychological experiments confirmed that the sensations of self-motion, walking, leg action, and telepresence provided by the oscillating visual flow combined with foot vibrations are stronger than with randomized-timing vibrations or without any vibrations.These results suggest that oscillating visual scenes and synchronous foot vibrations are effective for creating virtual walking sensations.It involves various sensations such as vision, touch, hearing, and proprioception, as well as performing motor commands and actions.Therefore, it would represent a challenge to develop a virtual reality system capable of reproducing the walking sensation.
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Syfy tapped fans to help scare its audience during the Halloween season by creating network promos that pay homage to classic horror moments.The four winning 10- to 15-second animated videos, selected as part of Syfy’s ongoing “For the Fans, By the Fans” partnership with content creation platform Tongal, will begin airing on Syfy today and will also appear on its digital channels and syfy.com.Each spot incorporates moments from famous horror films, including Annabelle, The Blair Witch Project and Halloween, before revealing the Syfy logo in an unexpected way.Tongal asked its creative community of more than 160,000 writers, directors and animators to pitch ideas for the animated spots.Creators were asked to submit text, treatment, links, storyboards and a pitch video.Tongal created a shortlist, then Syfy picked the winners, who received funding to create their spots.
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Daydream competed with the likes of HTC Vive and Sony PlayStation VR.This is a modal window.No compatible source was found for this media.Google's interest in VR was short-lived.After just two iterations of its Daydream 2 VR headset, it has decided to retire support for the technology and discontinue the VR headset."[There hasn't] been the broad consumer or developer adoption we had hoped, and we've seen decreasing usage over time of the Daydream View headset.
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Google Stadia is set to be released on November 19, Google has announced.The release date for Google's game-streaming service was confirmed during the Made by Google event where we expect to hear about the Pixel 4.This is a developing story...Stadia: everything you need to know about Google's game-streaming service
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Let us put it this way: One of your parental units is somewhat obese and has been rather amorous towards meMicrosoft is rolling out a new feature that, it hopes, will filter out rude words in messages sent from Xbox Live users in a bid to make the gaming platform “a place where everyone can have fun.”“We are introducing a new customizable feature that can automatically filter out offensive language to give you more control over what content you see while gaming on Xbox,” Larry Hyrb, aka Major Nelson, director of programming for Xbox Live, said in a YouTube video embedded below.Hyrb explained that there were four different levels of filtering: friendly, medium, mature, and unfiltered...Friendly is the strictest mode, and is the default setting for all child accounts, blocking out swear words and insults.It looks like the word “noobs” is still OK, though.
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