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If you're looking for an advent calendar that's filled with edibles (not that kind), Selfridges' festive mince pies might be just the ticket.Stuffed with 24 mini mince pies, there's an array of fillings waiting to be snaffled up as you chow your way through December, including classic, citrus, almond, and chocolate.Behind the 25th door is a Christmas cake from artisan bakery, Meg Rivers.Is a mince pie still a mince pie if it isn't the classic mincemeat?I don't know, but I'm prepared to eat two dozen of them to find out, all for the low, low price of £39.99.Selfridges Festive Mini Mince Pie Advent Calendar is a great - if somewhat pricey - alternative to chocolate advent calendars, but there are lots of other options out there - some with nothing in to eat inside them at all.
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We've looked at electric scooters for every budget, but price isn't the only factor to consider when you're planning a purchase.It's also important to think about the range you'll need (how far the scooter can travel between charges), its top speed, its weight (particularly if you're planning to take it on public transport).A wide footplate (ideally with a non-slip grip) can make the scooter more stable, and electrically-assisted brakes can give you more stopping power.Here we've focused on lightweight folding scooters for commuting rather than performance models that boast much higher top speeds, but are prohibitively expensive for everyday riding.It's worth noting that some electric scooters are more easily available in certain countries (for example, it's much easier to get hold of a Xiaomi scooter in the UK than the US) so we've also aimed to cover the best scooters from a range of brands so there's something for everyone.It very much depends on where you live.
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When high school student Shan Wenran signed up to join video and animation-sharing site Bilibili six years ago, she was surprised to find that membership entailed passing a lengthy examination.Shanghai-based Bilibili, founded in 2009, has become the biggest video, comics, and gaming entertainment platform for China’s fast-growing Generation Z, made up of consumers born between 1990 and 2009.“This is because we have developed more ways to maintain our community’s environment and enhance our users’ experience.With such capabilities, we don’t have to rely as much on the exam.” Those included community behavior protocols, user whistleblowing functions, more accurate content recommendations, and a larger inventory of high-quality content.Plans to overhaul Bilibili’s exam process come as the company sharpens its focus on user growth, helping it develop into a major industry contender behind Chinese video-streaming giants iQiyi, Youku, and Tencent Video, which are backed by internet titans Baidu, Alibaba Group Holding, and Tencent Holdings, respectively.Baidu’s iQiyi leads this market with about 588 million monthly unique device users, followed by Tencent Video with 549 million and Youku with 398 million, according to iResearch estimates in September.
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In one famous study, she reliably chose the correct item to complete a sequence of actions.This led the study’s researchers to conclude that Sarah had a “theory of mind,” complete with the concepts intention, belief, and knowledge.As it turns out, the problem of assigning meanings to words was the guiding obsession of philosophy in the 20th century.Ultimately, Quine concluded that there would always be multiple equally good translations.Quine imagined a foreign language completely unrelated to any human language, but here, I’ll use German for illustration.Suppose a speaker of the foreign language utters the sentence: “Schnee ist weiss.” Her friends smile and nod, accepting the sentence as true.
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Filming for the Disney Plus series WandaVision is now under way, making it the second live-action Marvel Cinematic Universe series on the streaming service to reach that point.We already knew that filming was in progress for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, the first Marvel Disney Plus series that'll land in late 2020, but this is the first official confirmation that WandaVision is shooting.A production start date of November 4 was previously rumoured last month, and eagle-eyed photographers have snapped photos of the set being built going back to August."Falcon and Winter Soldier is currently shooting, and I just yesterday got back from the set of WandaVision, which is shooting," Feige says around the 37:50 mark in the interview.If you want all of the MCU shows to come, Disney Plus's price is pretty goodHe then elaborated further on the relationship between the Disney Plus shows and MCU movies:
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Londoners better get ready, because Extinction Rebellion is back in business, baby.The High Court of Justice ruled today that a ban the Metropolitan Police Service implemented in London last month was illegal.That means the climate activist group can sue them for trying to restrict their right to protest nonviolently.The drama reached its peak last month when Extinction Rebellion protestors shut down the London City Airport and blocked roadways in the city.The group then went ahead and shut down the London Tube after the police banned protests.While most of the group’s actions have been fairly badass, this one was kind of annoying.
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Be it relativity theory, systems theory, or game theory: to this day, great theories are the figureheads of science.This is the topic of the conference celebrating 50 years of Bielefeld University on 14 and 15 November.Its title: 'The Theoretical University in the Data Age.To mark its anniversary, Bielefeld University is holding an interdisciplinary conference on the future of theories in November.Today's technology makes it possible to store huge amounts of data and analyse them rapidly.For years, various disciplines have been working increasingly with big data.
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Google has added virtual desktops to its Chrome OS, used in Chromebooks, enabling users to create multiple workspaces and switch between them.The virtual desktop feature is the biggest of several updates.Once the update is installed, a New Desk icon appears in the top right corner of the desktop.You can display virtual desktops full screen or side by side, and drag windows between desktops.These operations can be done with touch, mouse, trackpad or using keyboard shortcuts.Another new feature is the ability to right-click a phone number in Chrome and send it to an Android phone.
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Vivo has announced today a new mid-range contender for the domestic market of China.The device in question carries the Vivo Y5s moniker, but you have been following the Chinese company in the Global scene you will be very familiar with it.Actually, the Y5s is a rebranded Vivo Y19, a device that was launched in Thailand and Vietnam during the last week.Knowing this fact, there aren’t any differences.The Vivo Y5s bears the same 6.53″ FHD+ display with a teardrop notch atop housing the 16MP selfie snapper.Moving around to the back, we can easily spot a triple-camera setup.
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International insurance giant AXA has sent the majority of its global media account to WPP, while Publicis Groupe retained the global creative account as well as adding strategy and media responsibilities in four markets.The assignments follow a 10-month review process that also included incumbent Havas, as well as Dentsu Aegis Network.WPP will be responsible for AXA’s media account in nearly 30 markets across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Asia and Latin America, with Wavemaker handling the account in all markets except France, where it will be handled by GroupM.In a statement, WPP CEO Mark Read called AXA a “great brand” and said the holding company was “very proud to have been given such an extensive brief to support its development through the media, technology and data expertise of Wavemaker and GroupM.”“To have won their business and be their chosen partner as they transform into a services company says everything about the breadth and depth of Wavemaker’s ability to deliver transformative solutions,” said Toby Jenner, who succeeded Tim Castree as global CEO of Wavemaker in July after Castree stepped into a North America CEO role for GroupM (a role in which he Castree lasted less than a year).In addition to defending the creative account, Publicis Groupe picked up strategy and media responsibilities in the U.K., Italy, Germany and Hong Kong.
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The latest member of Canon’s quickly growing EOS R mirrorless family is here, and it’s designed for stargazers.The Canon EOS Ra pairs the new RF mount with a sensor that’s designed specifically for astrophotography.The EOS Ra is Canon’s first full-frame mirrorless camera designed specifically for astrophotography — though as the company’s third full-frame mirrorless camera, that’s not too surprising.The Canon EOS Ra houses a CMOS sensor with the same 30.3-megapixel resolution, but adds a special filter to enhance that sensor’s performance when capturing the night sky.The camera uses an infrared cutoff filter, which enhances the transmission of Hα rays.With four times greater transmission of that 656.3nm wavelength, the camera can better capture the vivid color of nebulae, Canon says.
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The partnership allows any user to screen mirror via AirPlay, Google Cast and Miracast.NEW YORK & COPENHAGEN, Denmark–(BUSINESS WIRE)–November 6, 2019–Airtame (www.airtame.com), the leading wireless screen sharing and collaboration platform, announced today it has entered into an exclusive product partnership with AirServer (www.airserver.com), the market-leading screen mirroring vendor.As a robust addition to Airtame’s leading desktop app for Windows, macOS, Chromebook and Linux, this partnership provides users with complete flexibility, at no extra cost.The partnership provides customers with maximum flexibility when deciding which Airtame-equipped screens should have AirServer enabled.It’s possible to enable one, two, or three screen mirroring options, and limit access to specific screens, depending on the use case, location and/or network configuration.
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For the first few years that cell phones were around, custom ringtones were all the rage.Nowadays, I never hear custom ringtones out in public.My colleague Nick wrote a wonderful piece on custom ringtones, which I’d advise you to check out.Seriously, it’ll give you a blast from the past.Do you use custom ringtones on your phone?Cast your vote in the poll, and tell us in the comments which ringtone you’re using.
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Disney CEO Bob Iger has already told us to expect a "slowdown" when it comes to Star Wars movies in the future but now, in a recent radio interview promoting his new book, Iger admitted that Disney went too hard too soon with the Star Wars release schedule."I have said publicly that I think we made and released too many Star Wars films over a short period of time," he said, as reported by Gizmodo."I have not said that they were disappointing in any way.I've not said that I'm disappointed in their performance.I just think that there's something so special about a film, and less is more."Bob Iger has discussed this issue before, saying he was to blame for the initial schedule and the volume of Star Wars content scheduled.
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On Wednesday, Chile announced it would no longer host an international climate conference despite it being a little more than a month out.Honestly, there’s no more suitable encapsulation of this moment in climate politics and the intertwined crises gripping the world.Negotiators were all set to head to Santiago in early December to begin final preparation for the Paris Agreement, which officially goes into force in 2020.That’s the world’s main climate agreement, which is wholly inadequate and which the US – the world’s largest historical emitter of carbon dioxide – is slated to pull out of next year thanks to Donald Trump.Now there are lots of criticisms you can levy at international climate talks.Emissions have risen dramatically around the world despite increasingly dire warnings.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Vampire bats could be said to be sort of like people - not because of their blood-sucking ways, but because they help their neighbors in need even if it's of no obvious benefit to them.In a new study, scientists documented vampire bats developing social bonds during captivity that they maintained once they returned to the wild - a sign that the relationships weren't borne only of convenience while they lived together in a cage.The research, enabled by pioneering customized technology, offers a rare peek at wild vampire bats' friendship-like behaviors and new insights into how social structures form.Vampire bat cooperation is rare in that individuals pay a cost to help others: They regurgitate food, their ingested blood meals, to feed non-relatives.If you have a cooperative trait that helps other individuals and costs you, natural selection should wipe that trait out unless the cooperative individual benefits somehow," he said.They returned the bats to their natural outdoor home roost, a hollow tree, equipped with sensors that recorded their proximity to each other every two seconds, and placed those same sensors on a control group of wild bats.
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Sony sold 2.8 million PlayStation 4 consoles in its fiscal quarter that ended Sept. 30, according to its earnings report released Wednesday.That brings total sales to 102.8 million since PS4's release in 2013, making the PS4 the second best-selling console of all time by pushing past the original PlayStation's 102.5 million and the Nintendo Wii's 101.6 million.However, the PS2 still holds the top-selling crown with a towering 155 million consoles sold -- likely because it was also one of the first affordable DVD players on the market and because of its backward compatibility with its predecessor.Sony's latest fiscal-quarter sales figures added to the 100 million PS4 console sales milestone announced in July.The PS3 never hit such dizzying heights.It sold 87.4 million units.
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Birds use odor to identify other birds, and researchers at Michigan State University have shown that if the bacteria that produce the odor is altered, it could negatively impact a bird's ability to communicate with other birds or find a mate.It warns of danger, aids in finding food, and even helps communicate and find a mate.The researchers discovered that scents emitted by songbirds are produced by certain bacteria in preen glands.The results have been published in a new paper in the Journal of Experimental Biology.We each have bacteria on our bodies that create smells like armpit odor that is unique to each person," said Danielle Whittaker, lead author and managing director of the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action.Alter that bacteria and the bird could be less attractive to potential mates."
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Advanced Micro Devices CEO Lisa Su said in an analyst call that her company’s good third-quarter results and other progress shows “We are right where we want to be on our long-term strategic plan.”AMD reported earnings for the most recent quarter (which ended September 30) that roughly matched Wall Street’s expectations.“We delivered our highest quarterly revenue since 2005, our highest quarterly gross margin since 2012, and increased net income significantly … all driven by our first full quarter of 7 nanometer Ryzen, Radeon, and Epyc processor sales,” Su said.She added that demand for Ryzen desktop and notebook processors drove a significant increase in unit shipments and average selling prices (ASP), resulting in the highest client processor quarterly revenue since 2011.She also said the company gained client processor unit share for the eighth straight quarter against rival Intel, thanks to the architectural advantage AMD has with the Zen and Zen 2 chip designs.AMD has made gains with Ryzen in the consumer sector, and it is also expanding its presence with commercial, financial, retail, education, and healthcare customers.
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”Från början var syftet att kommunicera forskningsresultat mellan olika universitet”, säger Måns Jonasson, digital strateg på Internetstiftelsen.Det första meddelandet som någonsin skickats mellan två datorer ägde rum år 1969, då universitet UCLA sammankopplades till Stanford universitetet.Det första meddelandet som skickades var LOGIN, men redan efter de två första bokstäverna kraschade datorerna.Två år senare skickades det första e-postmeddelandet.I Sverige började internet användas för omkring 40 år sedan då svenska universitet började kopplade upp sig.Syftet var att forskare på ett enklare sätt skulle kunna kommunicera forskningsresultat och att arbeta i från olika platser, något som redan var i full rull på andra sidan Atlanten.
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At this year's IoT Solutions Word Congress, Microsoft announced that its Azure Sphere microcontroller (MCU) and cloud security service will be generally available in February 2020.Over the last few years, the software giant has been working to help secure low-cost IoT devices.Microsoft Research's “Project Sopris”, which was dedicated to creating a highly secure microcontroller, became Azure Sphere which the company first announced in April of 2018.According to the company, its customers across a variety of industries have already adopted the MT3620 and are using the chip to produce consumer appliances as well as retail and manufacturing equipment.Additionally these Azure Sphere chips are also being used to power a series of guardian modules which help securely connect and protect mission-critical equipment.IoT devices could be the asbestos of the future
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Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap.It’s my honest opinion that almost anyone could benefit from a second computer.While I think it’s always worth having something powerful and modern for your main machine, there are a lot of times where a second device — and especially a laptop — can be incredibly useful.Whether it’s to do some internet browsing on holiday, check emails on the go, write your diary, or watch videos on something bigger than your phone, there are really no limits to the benefits a secondary computer can bring.Now we’ve all agreed that having two (or more) computing devices is the only way forward, the next tough part is finding the right machine.So, first things first: this machine is refurbished, but has been done so by an approved vendor.
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NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) has seen more evidence of a planetary graveyard in the BD +20 307 binary star system.Experts believe the dusty debris disk around the stars they have spotted is the result of two rocky exoplanets colliding and smashing into tiny particles.The BD +20 307 system is located 300 light-years away and consists of two stars similar to our Sun orbiting around a common center of mass.With the stars clocking in at at least one billion years old, the system is considered to be a mature stellar system, so astronomers were surprised to observe warm dust around the stars because this is usually associated with younger stellar systems.The unexpected warm dust in the system was first observed in 2005, but recent observations using SOFIA showed that the infrared brightness of the debris increased by more than one-tenth, indicating an increase in the level of warm dust.This supports the astronomers’ supposition that the system was the site of a catastrophic collision between two exoplanets which happened relatively recently.
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the Battle for the market has become tougher in recent times, not only to the companies themselves.if the proposal is the reality of the danger to pounce on the companies ' business models.At the beginning of August, it was put to the british nätläkaren of Babylon, the Health records when they came out over five million dollars in a round led by Saudi arabia, the state investment fund, PIF.However, despite the fact that money is getting to the trumfade of English Tee, what comes to the downloads of your app.This is the techsajten Sifted as a all the european nätläkarbolag, which attracts more than a million euros in venture capital to date.a Total of 15 companies qualify for the list, of which three are in English – the aforementioned Tee, and My Doctor, and the Doctor.to see.
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Black Friday is still six weeks away, but Walmart slashed prices on an inviting selection of Apple products.There are deals on iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches, and headphones by Dr. Dre.This sale doesn’t pop up when you go to Walmart’s site.I found out about these deals via an email I received as a Walmart shopper – another good reason to share your email address with merchants you shop regularly.Whether you’re getting a head start on holiday gift shopping or upgrading your tech, these nine deals can help you save up to $300.Walmart’s exclusive savings offer on Apple’s new iPhone 11 or 11 Pro can save you $100 of the cash price if you finance the phone with AT or Verizon only.
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Electricity is something we rarely think about -- we expect it to be there, flowing hundreds of feet over our heads, powering every facet of our daily lives.But what if we didn't have giant towering power lines above us and instead the electricity flowed under our feet?John Hu, Statler chair professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, alongside Debangsu Bhattacharyya, professor of chemical engineering, have created a liquid form of electricity that can be transported from coast to coast using existing infrastructure.By taking advantage of the un-utilized, "stranded" electricity from solar and wind farms, the researchers successfully converted electricity into ammonia, a liquid energy carrier."Once you turn electricity into liquid ammonia you can basically either sell it as fertilizer or generate electricity again.Electricity generated from solar and wind farms are only as reliable as the amount of sun shining or wind blowing in the area at a given time.
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Research, regulations and consumer sentiments move more quickly today than they did in the 1930s.Nearly 100 years ago, Congress passed a law banning the sale and import of alcohol in the U.S. People who had been drinking all their lives didn't simply quit, as those pushing for the law had hoped.That led to a spike in organized crime, speakeasies and homemade liquor.Federal legal reform could occur within the next few years, which means companies looking to get ahead of the cannabis craze need to know what to expect.The post-Prohibition 1930s showed that markets take time to adjust.Create a stable customer base by emphasizing education, even for non-psychoactive products.
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Therefore, to prevent "a 9/11-like cyber-attack on our cars," the report calls for physical "kill switches" to be built into new cars to allow them to be completely disconnected from the Internet.If carmakers don't agree to the report's recommendations by year's end, then "legislators and regulators should mandate these protections," it says.I'm pretty sure every battery-electric vehicle has a smartphone app that lets you control charging and climate settings.All of this is enabled by wireless connection to the outside world, and it involves some pretty deep hooks into the innards of a car—stuff like the brakes, for instance.Researchers discover security problems under the hood of automobile appsUnfortunately, much of the basic internal network that connects the different bits of a car—called a CANbus—was set in stone in the mid-1990s.
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The Samsung Galaxy S10 series was released earlier this year and it comes with an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor.While this fingerprint reader is top-notch, it does not work well with a tempered glass screen protectors.Many users can not use a smartphone without a screen protector, so what’s the solution?Accessory makers use a liquid adhesive to create a stronger seal between the protector and display.This seems to do the magic until a British user, Lisa Neilson, discovered that any fingerprint can unlock her phone after using a $3 screen protector.This implies that the Galaxy S10 is not safe and all you need to unlock the phone is a cheap $30 screen protector.
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Ant and Dec are returning to stand next to each other in the correct name order for the BBC, by co-producing a car-based programme they're calling Street Car Showdown.It's a blend of car worship and a showcase of mechanical skills, presenting teams with the challenge of turning some old wreck into a capable race car.Wahey, the lads will then go.The teams will be given an artificial arbitrary TV time deadline of 10 days to pimp their rides, and then there's a race.The idea for the programme came from the duo themselves, and is apparently the fruit of a long-standing but never really that well publicly articulated interest they both take in the car-modding community.Ant certainly did a good job of modifying a couple of cars when he smashed into them while drink driving last year, so does have some experience.
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