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Researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and the Carnegie Institution of Washington have announced that a new study they have performed has found a new structure of gold.The team has discovered a new structure for the precious metal when it is compressed very rapidly.According to the scientists, when gold is compressed over nanoseconds, the increase in pressure and temperature changes the crystalline structure to a new phase of gold.The well-known body-centered cubic (bcc) structure is changed into a more open crystalline structure than the fcc (face-centered cubic) structure.Gold prefers to be in an fcc structure according to the team.Lead study author Richard Briggs from the LLNL said that the team has discovered a new structure in gold that exists at extreme states.
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Waiting for AirPlay 2 to come to your new TV?Announced at CES in January, Apple's streaming system is now rolling out to compatible LG and Vizio TVs.Previously limited to the Apple TV streaming box, AIrPlay is similar to Google's Cast, allowing iOS and Mac users to stream content directly from their devices onto a compatible TV.The TVs also work with Apple's HomeKit, allowing for Siri to control the TVs from your Mac, iPhone or iPad.LG, which began the deployment of the new software last week, will be updating its latest 2019 OLED TVs, NanoCell TVs (except the SM8100 series) and UHD TVs that have the company's ThinQ AI capability.The OLED and NanoCell TVs will get the new software first, with the company's other 4K UHD TVs set to "receive this update later in 2019."
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Many women can relate to the feeling of relief that comes with taking off your bra at the end of a long day; it’s a small but significant act that marks the shift from day to night, a subtle nod to the fact that an evening of Netflix—and maybe a few glasses of wine—lie ahead.But Coors Light wants to be the alcoholic beverage of choice for moments like these, at least according to its latest campaign, the first out of the gate from its new creative agency Leo Burnett.Called “Made to Chill,” the effort showcases various scenarios in which people put down their phones for a bit and take a minute to relax by cracking open a Coors Light.The campaign, which targets millennials and Gen Z, is somewhat of a departure from traditional beer advertising, as it’s devoid of beach scenes, celebrity spokespeople and the like.Instead, it aims to give viewers a more realistic picture of how Coors Light is enjoyed on a day-to-day basis.For instance, one spot, which is aimed at Spanish-speaking audiences, shows two roommates waking up on a Saturday morning to cook some breakfast sandwiches and watch soccer.
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Thanks to modern machine learning techniques, text-to-speech engines have made massive strides over the last few years.It used to be incredibly easy to know that it was a computer that was reading a text and not a human being.Amazon’s AWS cloud computing arm today launched a number of new neural text-to-speech models, as well as a new newscaster style that is meant to mimic the way… you guessed it… newscasters sound.“Speech quality is certainly important, but more can be done to make a synthetic voice sound even more realistic and engaging,” the company notes in today’s announcement.For sure, human ears can tell the difference between a newscast, a sportscast, a university class and so on; indeed, most humans adopt the right style of speech for the right context, and this certainly helps in getting their message across.”The new newscaster style is now available in two U.S. voices (Joanna and Matthew) and Amazon is already working with USA Today and Canada’s The Globe and Mail, among a number of other companies, to help them voice their texts.
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“Something seemed so off.” Then, another call from her sister, who had searched her mom’s house with neighbors: They had found a receipt for a gun in the kitchen.They say it takes about four months, with suicide, for it to fully set in.”Within a few hours, Levy was on a plane to Michigan, where she and her family quickly planned the funeral.The suddenness of it all left them with an all-too-common problem: Tracking down the people whose lives her mother had touched, and giving them a chance to mourn with fellow loved ones.There were friends who couldn’t travel and family members who lived too far away to make it in time for the service, which, by Jewish tradition, had to happen as soon as possible.But their chapel had a solution: It livestreamed the funeral, and uploaded a recording of the service to its website shortly after, with a hyperlink prominently displayed in the obituary.
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Biomedical researchers and engineers have for years wanted to create the sort of prosthetic arm that Luke Skywalker used in the “Star Wars” film “The Empire Strikes Back.” The prosthetic arm in the film worked just like a human hand and looked like one as well.While that arm was science fiction, a team of researchers has created a prosthetic arm that is inspired by Star Wars and dubbed the “Luke Arm.”Researchers at the University of Utah created the Luke Arm and say that it can mimic the way a human hand feels objects by sending the appropriate signals to the brain.Researcher Jacob George says the team changed the way information is sent to the brain, so it matches the human body.The matching led to improved benefits for the prosthetic device.The researchers say that their system allows an amputee wearing the prosthetic arm to sense the touch of something soft or hard and understand how to pick it up and perform delicate tasks.
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Since acquiring Scripps last year, Discovery Inc. has been leveraging its entire expanded network portfolio to cross-promote its biggest programs, but the company is taking that strategy to the next level for Shark Week.To market this week’s annual shark-themed event, which company execs call its “Super Bowl,” Discovery Channel worked with sister networks HGTV, ID, Food Network and MotorTrend to create spots that initially seem to be promos for a series like Chopped or Homicide Hunter before revealing themselves to be a surprise Shark Week spot.“It’s a rug pull” and “reinventing that cross-channel spot,” said Josh Kovolenko, svp marketing strategy and operations, Discovery Channel and Science Channel.“It’s not just Discovery Channel that celebrates Shark Week every year.The entire organization rallies behind it,” said Kovolenko.“Now we have this expansive portfolio, and we can run our message in front of all these additional viewers that might not be spending time on Discovery.”
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We’ve seen several rumors related to a new Nvidia Shield TV, and now the refreshed machine has passed through the FCC website.The filing doesn’t say much about the device though, save for the P3430 model number and Bluetooth/Wi-Fi connectivity.Previous rumors note the existence of a tweaked Tegra X1 chipset, and this is a likely candidate for the new device.In fact, several websites report that the new FCC filing lists an updated processor, although we haven’t been able to find these references.A smaller chipset should result in less heat and better sustained performance in a new Nvidia Shield TV.Evidence for the tweaked chipset also comes via an updated Nintendo Switch FCC filing earlier this month.
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Virgin Media COO Jeff Dodds has voiced his enthusiasm for UK PM Boris Johnson’s pledge to speed up the rollout of gigabit broadband.Johnson, who took office on Wednesday, pledged on the steps of Downing Street in his first speech to make full-fibre broadband across the country.Johnson called the existing target “laughably unambitious” and promised to deliver gigabit broadband by 2025, eight years earlier.Perhaps unsurprisingly, given Johnson’s promise of increased funding to help meet the full-fibre goal, Dodds has welcomed the pledge.The current system, Mr Dodds says, is “quite cumbersome” and “not particularly flexible”.Gigabit broadband will open up new opportunities across the country and is expected to significantly boost the economy.
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HMD Global, the company that makes Nokia phones, on Wednesday launched Nokia 220 4G and the new Nokia 105.The entry-level phones provide 4G and 2G connectivity to users in global markets.Nokia 220 4G offers HD voice calls over 4G LTE, and allows users to go online via a web browser.Both phones come in durable, polycarbonate bodies."The fourth generation Nokia 105 builds on the winning formula of its predecessors offering great value for fans who are adopting mobility for the first time," said Juho Sarvikas, HMD Global chief product officer, in a release."As for Nokia 220 4G – this is our answer to for those who want readiness for HD 4G calls in a familiar Nokia feature phone package."
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Microsoft is once again tweaking its Xbox One dashboard design and removing the Cortana digital assistant.The software maker has started experimenting with what it describes as a more “streamlined user interface” for the home section of the Xbox One dashboard.This is the area you immediately see when you power on an Xbox One console.The new design includes quicker access to Xbox Game Pass titles, Microsoft’s Mixer service, Xbox Community feature, and the Microsoft Store.“We’ve heard your feedback and have continued to iterate on Home to get you into your gaming experiences faster and keeping more of your content front and center,” explains Bradley Rossetti, Microsoft’s Xbox Insider chief.“With this new experimental Home design, the first thing you’ll notice is we’ve removed the Twists from the top of Home in favor of separate buttons that launch your gaming experiences.”
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Starbucks is aiming to expand its delivery service nationwide by early 2020 by partnering exclusively with Uber Eats.The two companies first piloted the Starbucks Delivers program last fall in Miami, and have since expanded to 11 markets in the US.According to a press release, Starbucks and Uber Eats will also collaborate on “innovation and technology integration,” though it’s unclear exactly what that entails.Currently, Uber Eats charges a $2.49 booking fee for Starbucks delivery orders, and handles all the logistics of placing your order, picking it up, and bringing it to your door.Because orders must be made through the Uber Eats app, Starbucks customers can’t yet earn reward points.If they want reward points, they’ll have to order through Starbucks’ own app for pickup.
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Google's Pixel 3A and Motorola's Moto G7 prove you don't have to spend a fortune on a flagship device (or close to $1,000) to get a premium experience.The Pixel 3A sets a high bar for the Moto G7, since it has the same camera as the more expensive Pixel 3.The Pixel 3A has better dynamic range than the Moto G7 (especially with the HDR+ enhancement enabled), but the G7 has a slightly cooler color temperature, which looks great on landscapes.The results won't be as obvious when watching them on their respective phone screens, but once you take them off the camera, you'll notice video on the Pixel 3A looks a lot sharper and clearer.The Moto G7 oversaturates colors and increases contrast to compensate for the lack of detail, but can look unnatural as a result.And while we liked how the Moto G7 made skin tones look warmer, the Pixel 3A's camera is just sharper and retains more details.
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The biz quietly issued a maintenance update to close a security hole – a trivial string formatting vulnerability no less – that can be potentially exploited by miscreants to hijack installations of the code over the network or internet.According to Palo Alto Networks this week, here's the list of affected products: PAN-OS 7.1.18 and earlier, PAN-OS 8.0.11 and earlier, and PAN-OS 8.1.2 and earlier releases.See this Twitter thread for more information and details of a proof-of-concept exploit.It's understood a hacker gang calling itself 0v1ru$ compromised systems operated by FSB IT provider SyTech, and an archive of data siphoned from the biz was passed to journalists to pore over.Among the swiped files, we're told, were blueprints for a Tor deanonymizing effort dubbed Nautilus-S, as well as a project to map out Russia's internet links to the outside world.Blighty's plod web hack shock
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A pack of fans at San Diego Comic-Con were treated to the first trailer for Netflix's The Witcher series on Friday.We'd already seen shots of Henry Cavill as hero Geralt of Rivia and of his trusty steed, Roach, but this is our first footage from the adaptation of the Polish book that spawned a series of video games.The new trailer was shown to the audience attending The Witcher panel at SDCC on Friday.And the reactions hitting social media have been positive.The Witcher is based on Andrzej Sapkowski's book series, which kicked off with 1993's The Last Wish, and CD Projekt Red's three-game series, which started in 2007.Each follows traveling monster slayer Geralt as he rights some of the world's wrongs (as long as the price is right).
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I'd been using a purely functional $20 laptop case for two or three years before I started using one of Dagne Dover's new laptop sleeves— and I'm so annoyed with myself for being too practical.The Dagne Dover laptop sleeves are functional but sleeker, slimmer, and more stylish than my previous case.It's also water resistant and well padded, and comes with a detachable shoulder strap in case you want to carry it without a tote bag.Knowing I've used my previous case for so long and seeing how stylish something as simple as a laptop case can be, the $90 price tag is a worthwhile investment for something I know I'll use every day for the next few years.It's something that I need purely to protect my laptop, so I didn't want to waste my last two brain cells thinking about the style or color.I have the 13-inch Laptop Sleeve in Black, which doesn't come cheap at $89.95.
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Traditionally, venture capitalists frowned on startup founders selling any of their personal stakes in their companies before the firms went public or were acquired.WeWork CEO Adam Neumann, for example, has raised some $700 million over the last five years by selling off stakes in his company or using his stock to guarantee personal loans, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.As WeWork CEO Adam Neumann has demonstrated — to the tune of $700 million, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal on Thursday— that norm is changing.More founders are cashing in, but Neumann stands outZynga founder Marc Pincus, for example, sold $109 million worth of his company's stock in a pre-IPO transaction in 2011.Evan Spiegel and his cofounders of Snap each cashed in $10 million worth of their stakes in 2013, four years before the company's IPO.
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Following on from the announcement of the Amazfit Verge 2 back in June, the company has just introduced a new budget sports watch called the Amazfit GTR.The Amazfit GTR is suitable for a variety of training scenarios and its main unique feature is a battery that can last up to 74 days, according to manufacturer Huami.It's available in two size variants with either a 42mm or 47mm case.Best smartwatch offers you something differentThe watch offers built-in GPS for mapping whatever activities you're planning to undertake.It also comes with a 5ATM (5m) water resistant design that makes it suitable for tracking your time in a pool.
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Tiny, feisty worms that live off the coast of Japan fight by headbutting each other — and they aren't quiet about it.During these feuds, the worms emit one of the loudest sounds in the ocean, according to a new study.The source of the underwater hullabaloo is a nearly transparent segmented worm called the Leocratides kimuraorum, which lives inside sponges 279 to 554 feet (85 to 169 meters) deep off the coast of Japan.[The 12 Weirdest Animal Discoveries]These wigglies are just a tad more than an inch (29 millimeters) long and have lengthy tentacles and a big mouth (literally).These seemingly quiet creatures revealed their true nature under the spotlight in the lab.
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Depending on who you ask, AI is either going to put us all out of a job or create more jobs than ever before.Creator automated the food creation, but staffed the restaurant with friendly greeters to create what they call “an intimate, social, human-interaction-rich service experience.” Both are using automation to cut the cost of serving food, but only one of them has realized that we go out to eat – rather than ordering in – because we sometimes like to be with other people.When is see the delicate details of his fingers, I feel the fragility and tenderness of what it is to be human.When I see the folds of the robe or the fall of his beard, I don’t just marvel at the sharpness of Michelangelo’s chisel.We’re only just starting to understand what happens in the brain when we encounter a moving work of art.In the last decade, neuroscientists and psychologists have started using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) – a type of scan that reveals the brain at work – to see what happens when we see a painting, listen to music, or read a story.
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It’s going to be schlocky, and wild, and I’m so excited for it.As reported by Deadline, Deathcember, a holiday-themed horror anthology, has been acquired by Epic Pictures, who have released a teaser for the film.The anthology features 24 shorts, one for each day of December up through Christmas Eve, in classic Advent Calendar style.Only instead of, like, disappointing chocolates, you get screams, and blood, and murderous Santas.The anthology was created by Dominic Saxl, who produced the project alongside Ivo Scheloske and Frank Vogt.According to Deadline, it will represent genres across the horror spectrum, from slasher to Japanese ghost story to Italian Giallo mayhem.
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Efter flygplansolyckan utanför Umeå som krävde nio personers liv utreds händelsen av Statens haverikommission.Tillsammans med två andra personer ska han utreda hur olyckan kunde inträffa.Efter det åker vi ut och gör en olyckplatsundersökning, en teknisk undersökning där vi säkerställer att vi har alla delar, tittar lite närmre på dem och ser vad vraket kan säga oss helt enkelt, säger han till TT.Men det bildmaterial från olycksplatsen som Statens haverikommission tagit del av visar att båda huvudvingarna är kvar, enligt Peter Swaffer.Efter lunch kommer de troligtvis att kunna säga mer, tror han.– Men de spelar inte in vad piloten har gjort eller hur motorn har mått, sade Peter Swaffer till TT på söndagen.
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Today we have good news for all the fans of the emerging XIDU laptop brand, because this Shenzhen-based company is arming up to offer massive discount coupons for the Amazon Prime Day 2019 event.So if you are looking to get an affordable laptop model then you are at the right address.During the Amazon Prime Day 2019 celebrations (so from July 15th to July 16th) you will be able to snap up great deals on XIDU official store, Amazon US, Amazon UK or Amazon FR.So let’s take a look at what will be offered in the promo.First we have PhilBook Max 14,1-inch touchscreen 2-in-1 convertible model offering aluminum alloy body, 360 flexible hinge, FullHD resolution and ultra narrow screen borders with just 4,9mm, Intel Apollo Lake processor, 6 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD disk, 2x USB 3.0 ports, Mini HDMI and much more.Moving on to slightly smaller XIDU PhilBook offering 11,6-inch FullHD touchscreen, 360 flexible hinge, Intel Atom quad-core processor, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB of internal storage, just 2.42 pounds of weights, 1x USB 3.0 port, 1x USB 2.0 port, Mini HDMI and of course pre-installed Windows 10 system.
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Yonhap News Agency claims that the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 will be available in stores across South Korea on August 23.The new king of phablets release will happen on August 7 while pre-orders will likely start on August 9.Other rumors state that Samsung will sell the Note10 exclusively in its 5G version in South Korea.However, International users will get a 4G option as well.This move is due to the high 5G adoption rates in South-Korea where 3-4 million users are expected to get a 5G subscription before the end of this year.The Galaxy Note 10 will boast a 6.3-inch display while the Note 10+ sports a 6.7-inch display.
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In 2020 there will be small but substantial growth in smartphones active all over the world.According to Strategy Analytics, +5% compared to the previous year.Which will bring us to 4 billion devices used all over the world.smartphones will return to growth, but Android will lose sharesAs always, Android will maintain the primacy followed by iOS, but according to Strategy Analytics, Google’s operating system could be slowed down.in fact, the analysis company claims that Huawei will launch its own OS, Hongmeng, between the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020.
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Thanks to the launch of the AMD Ryzen 3000 line up of processors, AMD is beating Intel on performance, power and price for the first time in 20 years.While Intel has enjoyed an easy dominance in the processor market for a while now, AMD’s latest chips will surely give its rival cause for concern.AMD vs Nvidia: which should be your next graphics card?Thanks to the Ryzen 3000 series’ new seven nanometer design, AMD has been able to make processors that beat equivalent Intel processors when it comes to performance, while having lower power consumption.Not only that, by AMD’s processors beat Intel’s competitors when it comes to price as well.While AMD has always been highly competitive on price, this is the first time in two decades that the company has also managed to beat Intel on performance and power consumption as well.
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The Esports Awards, now into its fourth year of recognizing the best in the esports industry, will take place at the Esports Stadium Arlington, in Arlington, Texas on November 16.After three ceremonies in the heart of London and having presented 65 awards, the awards are now moving to a new chapter and location.With the move to Esports Stadium Arlington, for the first time, the Esports Awards will offer general admission to fans, creating a fresh experience for both consumers and the esports industry.The team behind the Esports Awards is excited to be making the move to the U.S. for 2019, as part of a move to make the awards into a global event.”We are extremely excited and honored to have the opportunity to partner with the Esports Awards for the next three years,” said Jonathon Oudthone, president of Esports Stadium Arlington, in a statement.We wouldn’t be the most prestigious esports venue without hosting the most prestigious esports awards show on the planet.”
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“We look forward to continuing to aggressively grow the company organically and through acquisition”DigiCert, one of the world’s largest Certificate Authorities (CAs) has changed hands in a management-backed deal, with CEO John Merrill and the current management team, investing alongside private equity firm Clearlake Capital Group, the new majority shareholder, and existing stakeholder TA Associates.Private equity firm Thoma Bravo exits the company.It had bought a majority share in the company in 2015, describing it “one of the largest technology investments ever made in a Utah-based business.” Terms were not disclosed.DigiCert provides SSL certificates as well as enterprise PKI and IoT security certificates.It also offers management platforms and customer support.
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Sony is rumoured to be working on foldable, rollable tablet, because if you can't fold it in half, roll it up, eat it, and crap it out when you need to make a phone call, no one's going to be interested.The rumour comes from a leaker on Twitter who usually spills the beans when it comes to Samsung-related news.Max J tweeted that Sony is cooking up a "competitor" to the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X that will have a Nautilus design, which means it rolls up like the Samsung display featured in the tweet.*Launch could take place in December/early 2020The handset will reportedly run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 with an X50 modem, a 3,230 mAh battery, and a camera with 10x zoom.The oddest thing about all of this is why Sony would be dabbling in this arena, given that its mobile division isn't doing that well.
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Since the first use of advanced software in asset-intensive industries such as utilities, airports, ports, road, rail and mining more than four decades ago, manufacturers have been on a journey to transform their businesses and create added value for stakeholders.To stay one step ahead of the pack, businesses not only need to understand the complexities of machine learning but also be prepared to act on it and take advantage.After all, the latest machine learning solutions can determine weeks in advance if and when assets are likely to degrade or fail, distinguishing between normal and abnormal equipment and process behavior by recognizing complex data patterns and uncovering the precise signatures of degradation and failure.“They can alert operators and even prescribe solutions to avoid the impending failure, or at least mitigate the consequences.Moreover, he said that it can be used to understand ‘normal’ operational behavior, based on signals from sensors on and around machines, and once the behavioral patterns are learned, analysis of new data can help detect deviations from the norm, called anomalies, highlighting mechanical issues and process changes that affect specific pieces of equipment.However, he said the downside is that anomaly detection based on unsupervised learning may be fraught with errors and always requires human intervention.
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