The Best of Android: Mid-2020 awards pit the best smartphones on the market head-to-head to crown the definitive best phone.
Did you know that Microsoft has a rich collection of best-practice guidance and advice for intranet planning? Just this week, it released a new “intelligent intranet” site with videos, templates, customer interviews, and more to help users find inspiration and planning support for their intelligent intranet journey.There’s a lot of great content linked in the new site – and even more on two platforms: support.office.com and docs.microsoft.com. Though I’m not sure this is consistently the case, the content on support.office.com is largely focused on end users and forms the backbone of the training content delivered with Microsoft 365 Learning Pathways. The content on docs.microsoft.com tends to be aimed more at administrators and covers advanced topics. Both collections provide a wealth of helpful information, with articles written by a stellar team of technical writers who often reach out to practitioners to help add to the content.To read this article in full, please click here
Google may have Google Translate but, especially on mobile, it requires installing a separate app or navigating to the Translate website.In this Google-centric world, the go-to solution is for people to type in a query on their phones or browsers That’s fine when trying to find out how a word is pronounced but what if you wanted to try saying it yourself?Thanks to speech recognition and machine learning, you can now do that too right within Google Search.Google Search has long given users the ability to hear how a word, whether a foreign one or even a lesser-known word in the local tongue, by tapping on the speaker icon in the search result.If you’re simply curious or have confidence in your ability to quickly grasp the language, that may be enough.If, on the other hand, you wanted to practice saying the world properly, Google Search now has your back.
ZoneAlarm, the consumer brand of the security firm Check Point, has fallen victim to a data breach in which hackers were able to gain unauthorized access to one of it web forums.Once inside the web forum, the hackers were able to obtain the names, email addresses, hashed passwords and dates of birth of almost 4,500 of the company's customers.Although neither ZoneAlarm nor Checkpoint publicly announced the breach, ZoneAlarm did sent out emails to subscribers who had been affected and urged them to change their forum account passwords immediately, which read:"The website became inactive in order to fix the problem and will resume as soon as it is fixed.You will be requested to reset your password once joining the forum.ZoneAlarm is conducting a thorough investigation into the whereabouts of this incident and views this as a serious matter.”
The Hayabusa2 spacecraft has had a close relationship with asteroid Ryugu.It sent rovers and landers to its surface, fired a bullet at it and blasted a hole in the asteroid with a mini cannonball.But everything good must come to an end and Hayabusa2 is now on its way back home.JAXA, Japan's space agency, announced on Twitter Tuesday that the spacecraft is leaving its space buddy.The pair have been hanging out together since Hayabusa2's arrival in mid-2018.The spacecraft touched down on the asteroid and collected samples to bring back to Earth.
Rad Power Bikes makes some capable e-bikes, like the RadWagon Electric Cargo Bike that The Verge’s Andrew Hawkins calls “a legitimate car replacement” for his needs.This model and several other electric bicycles are up to $200 off ahead of Black Friday, and you can take advantage of these deals online and at Rad Power’s Seattle location.These bikes are rarely discounted, but starting today you can save $200 on the following models:Rad Power Bikes is offering a few other discounts, like $100 off its new RadRunner Electric Utility Bike, bringing it down to a more reasonable $1,199.If you plan to buy two e-bikes (hopefully one of them is for you), you can save $200 on your order.Lastly, all accessories are 25 percent off for returning customers.
In research that validates what many parents and educators suspect, students whose grades are below average could boost their results if they devoted less time to Facebook and other social networking sites.The study, led by Dr James Wakefield from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), looked at the amount of time first-year university students spent on Facebook, and the impact it had on their grades.The research showed that while high achieving students were not affected by the amount of time on Facebook, below average students had significantly lower grades with greater Facebook use."Our research shows time spent on social networking platforms puts lower academic achievers at higher risk of failing their course," Dr Wakefield says."Lower achieving students may already be grappling with self-regulation and focus, so it seems time spent on Facebook provides a further distraction from studies," Dr Wakefield says."We found that if they used Facebook for three hours a day - not substantially higher than the average of just under two hours - the difference was around six marks in a 60 mark exam or 10%."
Batteries are rapidly becoming less expensive and might soon offer a cheap short-term solution to store energy for daily energy needs.However, the long-term storage capabilities of batteries, for example, in a yearly cycle, will not be economically viable.Although pumped-hydro storage (PHS) technologies are an economically feasible choice for long-term energy storage with large capacities - higher than 50 megawatts (MW) - it becomes expensive for locations where the demand for energy storage is often smaller than 20 MW with monthly or seasonal requirements, such as small islands and remote locations.In a study published in the journal Energy, IIASA researcher Julian Hunt and his colleagues propose MGES to close the gap between existing short- and long-term storage technologies.A motor/generator moves storage vessels filled with sand from the bottom to the top, similar to a ski lift.During this process, potential energy is stored.
Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The VergeUber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has said in an interview with Axios that the murder of the journalist and US resident Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi Arabia was a “serious mistake,” before comparing the incident to the death caused by Uber’s self-driving car and adding that “people make mistakes, it doesn’t mean that they can never be forgiven.”Khosrowshahi later backtracked, telling Axios after the interview had ended that he had misspoken.“I said something in the moment that I do not believe,” said the CEO in a statement.“When it comes to Jamal Khashoggi, his murder was reprehensible and should not be forgotten or excused.”Khosrowshahi was being questioned over his company’s continuing relationship with the government of Saudi Arabia, which the CIA concluded last year ordered the killing of Khashoggi, who fled the country in 2017 after writing articles critical of the government.
The Mercedes-Benz G-Class may not be the first vehicle to come to mind when you think of green motoring, but the German automaker has confirmed plans to make an electric version of the boxy SUV.First launched in 1979, the G-Class – also known as the G-Wagon or G-Wagon – is one of the longest-produced vehicles in the company’s history, but rising emissions standards had left some to question its future.That’s because economy and environmental considerations haven’t been particularly high on the list of concerns for the G-Class, historically.Indeed, with things like three fully locking differentials, beefy engines, and a tall-off road stance, it’s generally more concerned with riding over the environment than minimizing emissions into it.Still sticking to the crisp, Bauhaus aesthetic that makes the G-Wagon so iconic, it uses a V8 turbo engine in the US that’s rated for up to 577 horsepower in G 63 AMG form.That, though, looks set to change.
If you've been unenthused about the emoji of recent years, you're not alone.When you think of emoji, you don't think of a laundry list of random objects.You think of iconic, sometimes weird, expressive faces, like the face with tears of joy, the thinking face, the angry devil, the smiling pile of poo, and the see-no-evil monkey, plus classic symbols like the thumbs up and the heart.But the latest batch includes just three new faces and one new hand shape, compared with 49 new objects, from a rollerskate to a rock to a plunger.The Unicode Consortium—the organization in charge of determining which symbols our devices are supposed to recognize—has more and more been measuring the wrong thing in the process of approving new emoji.No one intends to encode boring emoji, of course.
A DNA analysis has confirmed the identity of a mysterious one-legged skeleton discovered beneath a dance floor in Russia earlier this year.As suspected, the skeleton is French general Charles-Etienne Gudin de la Sablonniere, who was struck by a cannonball during Napoleon’s ill-fated invasion of Russia in 1812.Historian and former soldier Pierre Malinowski led French and Russian archaeologists in the search of the general’s remains, an effort that is reportedly supported by the Kremlin.MYSTERIOUS ONE-LEGGED SKELETON DISCOVERED IN RUSSIA MAY BE NAPOLEON’S FAVORITE GENERALMalinowski told France Bleu that DNA from the skeleton matches DNA taken from the remains of Gudin’s brother and mother.Gudin was critically injured during the Battle of Valutino near Smolensk on Aug. 19, 1812, according to AFP and France 24.
A group of engineers at The University of Texas at Austin may have found a new material for manufacturing even smaller computer chips that could replace silicon and help overcome one of the biggest challenges facing the tech industry in decades: the inevitable end of Moore's Law.In 1965, Gordon Moore, founder of Intel, predicted the number of transistors that could fit on a computer chip would double every two years, while the cost of computers would be cut in half.Almost a quarter century later and Moore's Law continues to be surprisingly accurate.Silicon has been used in most electronic devices because of its wide availability and ideal semiconductor properties.There simply isn't enough room on existing chips to keep doubling the number of transistors.Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering are searching for other materials with semiconducting properties that could form the basis for an alternative chip.
Coin flips may seem random, but the outcome is governed by predetermined forces like gravity and the strength of your finger flick.That's the term for the universe of subatomic particles that are constantly and randomly splitting.Our lives are filled with decisions: Order cheese or pepperoni pizza?That's because the mechanics that govern coin flips are predictable.Those factors include the angle at which the coin starts out on your thumb, the force your hand exerts on the coin, the pull of gravity, friction in the air, and more.Of course, likely nobody can control all of those factors precisely enough to predict the outcome in real time, so for day-to-day decisions, a coin flip gets the job done.
The rumors surfaced a few days ago, and it turns out they were true: Google is buying Fitbit for $2.1 billion in cash.Fitbit will be folded into Google, and that means it will be making a fresh generation of wearables that will run Wear OS and be branded as Made By Google devices.“Over the years, Google has made progress with partners in this space with Wear OS and Google Fit, but we see an opportunity to invest even more in Wear OS, as well as introduce Made by Google wearable devices into the market,” said Rick Osterloh, Google’s senior vice president of devices and services, in a blog post announcing the deal.“Fitbit has been a true pioneer in the industry and has created engaging products, experiences, and a vibrant community of users.When we first heard the search giant might be sizing up the fitness wearable brand, we wondered why would Google buy Fitbit?Concerns were immediately raised by some about the privacy of personal data and what might happen to Fitbit users’ data if the deal was to go ahead.
Los Angeles International Airport, or LAX, apologized after a new plan moving Uber and Lyft pickups to a lot far from the central terminal area resulted in delays.LAX-it launched Monday as an attempt to get people using ride-hailing apps out of the airport in 30 minutes, cutting the normal time in half.Passengers vented their frustrations at LAX on social media, with some saying it took them an hour to get an Uber or Lyft.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.A new pickup zone called LAX-it was introduced several hundred meters from Terminal 1 on Monday as a way to ease congestion.But passengers arriving in Los Angeles and drivers working for ride-hailing apps said the system, which had customers either walk or take a shuttle to the new pickup spot, was slow and confused and resulted in long delays and traffic jams.
the other Day we went to the Apple is back with a update for the Homepod, following reports that the new software has made that a lot of the smart, the speaker stopped working.Now, Apple has sent out an update and, hopefully, to version 13.2.1 does not cause the same fatal errors.for Instructions on how to install the update are available on Apple's support pages.Note that the devices do not work after the last update need to be submitted to an authorized Apple dealer for repair.It is not possible to install a version 13.2.1 of the damaged unit. - - Apple is pulling back to Homepod update after the trouble.
Launching a career in DevOps and deployment technologies can be an incredibly lucrative move, and now it’s easier than ever.You can grab the Complete DevOps and Deployment Technologies bundle right now for under $24 and start a future-focused career.Using the promo code 40LEARN40 at the checkout, which is valid only until Thursday, you can get the amazing price of just $23.40.In case you were wondering, DevOps engineers work hard to shorten the development time on projects and save companies money.They usually add huge value for companies, who in turn reward them with an average salary of over $115,000, according to glassdoor.com.The key to success in this field is a strong base of well-rounded skills.
“And don’t forget to download our app!” the lady on reception told my partner and I as we dropped our baby off at the nursery for the first time.Minutes later,both our phones pinged, informing us that we had been given access to parental accounts that would allow us to monitor our baby.We can, with just a couple of taps, check how many bowel movements our baby has had and at what time, find out how much of their lunch they have eaten, and when and for how long they have napped.The app in question, Famly, is the work of an eponymous Copenhagen-based startup, which has to date raised more than £322,000 in seed funding.By 2024, the global interactive baby monitor market is expected to top $2.5 billion (£1.93bn).From poops to leaps and breastfeeding to sleeps, it can all be logged, tracked, and analyzed.
There is little question that the upcoming PlayStation 5 system is going to be powerful — after all, it will be capable of 8K resolution with ray tracing support.A job posting for a Sony position took an even bolder stance, however, claiming it would be the world’s fastest console.Or at least it claimed to be before that line was removed from the posting.Spotted by the International Business Times, the job posting for a senior cloud engineering manager at PlayStation originally mentioned that it would involve working on the PS5, which it called the world’s fastest console.This line was later removed from the posting, however, as was direct mention of the new console.Instead, it now says that the applicant will be “managing distributed systems that are powering 100+ million PS4 consoles that deliver immersive gaming experiences.”
Into that fray arrives the Pixel 4, Google demonstrating that it can still innovate – and still shoot itself in the foot.It’s not the only jarring sensation.The frosting is, at least, IP68-rated and easy to grip; an outlier is the Just Black version, which has a gloss-finish rear panel, unlike the Clearly White and limited-edition Oh So Orange.As per the Pixel 3 – though not the Pixel 3a – this year’s flagships lack a headphone jack.Combined with the “skip lock screen” option, you’re looking at your homescreen pretty much as fast as you can lift the Pixel 4 up.The same clever technology is used for Live Caption, which essentially promises to generate closed-caption subtitles for any content that doesn’t already have them.
The first 1 Petabit per second switching demonstration using spatial division multiplexingPrototype optical network testbed using multicore optical fibers and largeProgress to the practical realization of ultra-high capacity petabit per second backbone networksThe Network System Research Institute at the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT, President: Hideyuki Tokuda, Ph.D.) has developed and demonstrated the first large-scale optical switching testbed capable of handling 1 Petabit per second optical signals.1 Petabit per second is equivalent to the capacity to send 8K video to 10 million people simultaneously.This demonstration made use of state-of-the-art large-scale and low-loss optical switches based on MEMS technology, three types of next-generation spatial-division multiplexing fibers, and included the routing of signals with capacities from 10 Terabit per second to 1 Petabit per second.
Hubble has been gazing at the stars for decades and has provided some of the best images we have of the cosmos.Recently Hubble was able to observe its very first confirmed interstellar comet in its service life.The comet is called 2I/Borisov.The speed and trajectory of the comet indicate that it originated from beyond our solar system.The image seen above was snapped on October 12th, 2019, and is the sharpest view of the comet so far.The image shows a central concentration of dust around the nucleus, but the nucleus of the comet is too small to be seen by Hubble.
What would happen if Earth's sun suddenly stopped being a sun and transformed into a black hole?According to Jeremy Schnittman, a research astrophysicist at NASA, all oceans would freeze within days, so we'd most likely have a rough time.But does that mean a planet orbiting a black hole is completely unsustainable when it comes to life?So complex, in fact, that Schnittman decided to write an entire paper on the topic.Inspired by Interstellar, the Christopher Nolan directed sci-fi flick where NASA sends a space crew on a secret mission to find a habitable planet outside our solar system, Schnittman wanted to explore the idea of a planet orbiting a black hole.In Interstellar, scientists discover three potential planets worth traveling to, all of which orbit a supermassive black hole.
Several month ago, Ulefone has launched a budget entry-level rugged phone – Ulefone Armor X3, which has perfect durability and good running performance, perfectly suitable for outdoor, extreme environments, some special industries or everyday environment, the only drawback is that it does not support 4G network.But today, Ulefone launched a new 4G upgraded version of Armor X3, with a higher configuration and new color variants, and it is named as Armor X5.Let’s look at the specs of this new model.Compared with Armor X3, Armor X5 upgrades the CPU from MT6580 quad-core SoC to MT6763 Octa-core SoC, this processor offers fast and fluent handling speed, powers premium experiences that are also light on battery use.And the RAM is upgraded from 2GB to 3GB, makes the processor run more smoothly, while the internal storage remains 32GB.The rear camera of Armor X5 is 13MP main camera and 2MP sub-camera, better than Armor X3, helps to capture wonderful images with more details.
Carbon Brief, a UK-based climate news and analysis site, published the striking new analysis.It shows that from July through September, UK renewables generated 29.5 terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity while fossil fuels generated 29.1 TWh.The crossover was driven by a few factors, including shrinking demand as the grid becomes more efficient as well as the growth of renewable capacity and falling costs.Coal has suffered the same fate here as it has in other developed countries, with high costs making it an unattractive option to utilities.In a metaphor that’s a bit too on-the-nose in light of the Carbon Brief report, the cooling towers of what was once Europe’s most powerful coal plant, Ferrybridge, came down in a controlled explosion over the weekend.The plant has been shuttered since 2016 because its operator no longer saw it as economically feasible in the face of cheap renewables and natural gas.
The attorney general of Massachusetts along with a congressional committee is looking into whether bots are responsible for a number of social media posts about e-cigarettes that may have misled customers about the health and safety risks of using those vaping devices, The Wall Street Journal reports.According to the Journal, the investigation asked for information from the five largest manufacturers of vaping products in August, including Juul Labs, Reynolds American Inc, Njoy LLC, Japan Tobacco International USA Inc., and Fontem Ventures.All of the companies claim to have not used bots in their marketing with the exception of Fontem Ventures, which didn’t respond to the paper’s request for comment.Social media bots can be used to generate content or to repost messages from others.They’re used heavily on the internet to help boost a user’s follower numbers or amplify their message.Policymakers are considering requiring bots to disclose that they are automated.
Survey results Storage is no longer snorage.That’s partly due to the increasing demands of users and services, but most certainly due to the percentage of budgets that storage can consume.Our recent survey of Register readers by Freeform Dynamics confirmed just how important a role storage plays.More importantly, it asked the question ‘Are the new storage protocols NVMe and NVMe-oF ready for widespread mainstream usage’.The results indicate that NVMe, despite its relatively recent arrival is already attracting considerable attention.In particular survey respondents say that they already have a pretty good idea of what the protocols are and at least have an impression of the benefits they deliver.
In a perfect world, every multiplayer game would offer online play.But if you’re an indie developer with limited resources, sometimes adding proper netcode support just isn’t feasible, which is what Steam’s upcoming “Remote Play Together” intends to address.Scheduled to go live as part of a beta test on 21st October, Steam’s new online multiplayer support is an extension of its current Remote Play feature that allows you to stream games from your home PC to other devices over the internet or a local wi-fi network.Today our team announced another great new platform feature that will be built into Steam: Remote Play Together.This will allow friends to play local co-op games together over the internet as though they were in the same room together.— Alden Kroll @ PAX Australia (@aldenkroll) October 10, 2019
In Germany alone there are around 400,000 patients who suffer from chronic inflammatory bowel diseases.For the first time, researchers at Universitätsklinikum Erlangen have discovered that dysfunctions in blood vessels play a significant role in the development of such diseases.In experimental model systems, the progression of the disease slowed down significantly by eliminating these dysfunctions.The researchers have now published their results in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.Diseases in humans are often caused by malfunctioning cells.While it is well known that inflammatory cells can only reach the relevant tissue via blood vessels, the role of blood vessels in chronic inflammatory bowel diseases has not been very well researched.