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Today, ZTE released a new router.As the company said, ZTE’s second-generation 5G indoor router (MC801A) adopts the Qualcomm SDX55.It supports the global mainstream frequency band and can support both NSA and SA networks.The product will be available in February 2020.ZTE’s second-generation 5G indoor router MC801A supports Sub-6GHz and is compatible with 4G and 5G mainstream standards.A variety of antennas support the global mainstream frequency band, greatly improving signal strength.
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Tesla gained ground and moved up four spots in the latest Annual Auto Reliability Survey from Consumer Reports, thanks largely to improvements with the Model 3.Reliability has improved in the Model 3 and Model S enough that Consumer Reports can now recommend the two models.Consumer Reports announced Thursday the results of its Annual Auto Reliability Survey, which is based on data collected from the organization’s members about their experiences with more than 400,000 vehicles.The reversal is good news for Tesla.In February, Consumer Reports said it could no longer recommend the Model 3 because issues with the paint, trim and body hardware raised reliability questions.Lexus took the top spot, followed by Mazda, Toyota, Porsche and Genesis.
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There's plenty of reasons to be skeptical of Elon Musk's grand vision of making humans a "multi-planetary species" by first building a metropolis on Mars, but the SpaceX founder has a knack for selling that vision with a particular poignancy.In a new episode of Lex Fridman's Artificial Intelligence podcast, the MIT researcher asks Musk to read a famous passage from Carl Sagan's famous 1994 book Pale Blue Dot.The CEO obliges but bookends the reading with a few of his own observations to provide a 21st century, post-Musk spin.Sagan was referring to a photo taken of Earth at his own suggestion by Voyager 1 in 1990 from more than 4 billion miles (6 billion kilometers) away.In the image, our planet is indeed a tiny pale blue dot less than the size of a single pixel.On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives," Sagan begins the passage, referring to the pale blue dot called Earth.
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Or you could try Gitpod...Microsoft is offering cloud-hosted developer environments for those using Visual Studio Code or, in private preview, Visual Studio.At the remote end there is a Linux virtual machine (VM) with either four cores, 8GB RAM and a 64GB SSD, or for the premium option, eight cores, 16GB RAM and 64GB SSD.This option is now in public preview, as announced at the Ignite event last week.This capability is part of an upcoming release of Live Share, a service which enables remote developers to collaborate in your editor.The VS Code UI runs locally, but development services including some extensions run remotely.
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How cheap can a brand new color laser printer be?Turns out very much more affordbale than previously thought - and in some cases, almost competing in price with inkjet printers.The cheapest color laser printer we've seen available today is the Lexmark C3326DW with a price tag of £79 (around $101/AU$148), after an instant cashback that nearly halves its price.In comparison, the cheapest color laser printer in the US is the Lexmark C3224dw at $139 (around £108/AU$203), meaning that on paper (pun intended), Lexmark models seem to be the perfect color laser printers.These are the cheapest printer deals out thereHere is our collection of the best home printers on the market
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A lie has always been able to travel faster than the truth, and that goes double on Twitter, where a combination of bad human choices and bad-faith bots amplifies false messaging almost instantly around the world.So what should a social media platform do about it?Twitter is trying to come up with a policy for handling "synthetic and manipulated media," the company said in a blog post today, and it wants your input.Facebook, Reddit, and others need a deepfakes plan now, senators sayThat's Twitter's term for what most of us would call fakes, deep or otherwise."We propose defining synthetic and manipulated media as any photo, audio, or video that has been significantly altered or fabricated in a way that intends to mislead people or changes its original meaning," Twitter Trust and Safety VP Del Harvey wrote.
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As many IT departments struggle to keep up with yearly technology changes, company employees increasingly want to use their own devices to access corporate data.It's part of a growing trend dubbed Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), which encompasses similar Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT), Bring Your Own Phone (BYOP) and Bring Your Own PC (BYOPC) initiatives.All of them have evolved to empower workforces through the so-called 'consumerisation of IT'.As part of this consumerisation, BYOD encourages company employees to work on the device they choose - accessing corporate email, viewing text documents and much more.Increased productivity and reduced costs.But BYOD also has a darker side.
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Most small businesses start with humble origins, often in physical retail locations.But SMEs in developing countries can stagnate and fail through a lack of proper structure or access to capital.Often excluded from traditional financial institutions, there is a need to authenticate African SME sales histories to select individual institutions.Automating business records-keeping through solutions at the transaction level are more needed than ever.Keturah Ovio is the Founder & CEO of Limestart, a Founder Institute Lagos company providing affordable turnkey commerce solutions to digitize transaction records at point-of-sale for Nigerian SMEs.Transaction records consistency is critical for institutional recognition and access to capital for SMEs, so automated solutions are increasingly needed.
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It’s been a strange year for the August View video doorbell.It launched early on in the year, at the beginning of April, but then a few weeks later August decided to halt sales of the device and start issuing refunds.At the time, the company blamed “performance challenges” in some environments, saying that it would have the doorbell back on sale once it smoothed out the issues.After August View sales halted, we went through the entire summer and much of autumn with no word from August about when the doorbell would be returning to shelves.Fast forward to today and the August View has suddenly reappeared, with the issues that plagued its launch presumably fixed.August’s blog post announcing the View’s return doesn’t go into much detail regarding the issues users were having before the device was pulled, but the company does explain what it did to fix things.
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The US president said the Labour leader would take the UK "into such bad places".HuffPost is part of Verizon Media.Verizon Media and our partners need your consent to access your device and use your data (including location) to understand your interests, and provide and measure personalised ads.Verizon Media will also provide you with personalised ads on partner products.Select 'OK' to continue and allow Verizon Media and our partners to use your data, or select 'Manage options' to view your choices.
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Facebook has ended its appeal against the UK Information Commissioner's Office and will pay the outstanding £500,000 fine for breaches of data protection law relating to the Cambridge Analytica scandal.Prior to today's announcement, the social network had been appealing against the fine, alleging bias and requesting access to ICO documents related to the regulator's decision making.The issue for the watchdog was the misuse of UK citizens' Facebook profile information, specifically the harvesting and subsequent sale of data scraped from their profiles to Cambridge Analytica, the controversial British consulting firm used by US prez Donald Trump's election campaign.The app that collected the data was "thisisyourdigitallife", created by Cambridge developer Aleksandr Kogan.It hoovered up Facebook users' profiles, dates of birth, current city, photos in which those users were tagged, pages they had liked, posts on their timeline, friends' lists, email addresses and the content of Facebook messages.The data was then processed in order to create a personality profile of the user.
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- Chameleons, salamanders and many toads use stored elastic energy to launch their sticky tongues at unsuspecting insects located up to one-and-a-half body lengths away, catching them within a tenth of a second.Ramses Martinez, an assistant professor in Purdue's School of Industrial Engineering and in the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering in Purdue University's College of Engineering and other Purdue researchers at the FlexiLab have developed a new class of entirely soft robots and actuators capable of re-creating bioinspired high-powered and high-speed motions using stored elastic energy.These robots are fabricated using stretchable polymers similar to rubber bands, with internal pneumatic channels that expand upon pressurization.Similar to the chameleon's tongue strike, a pre-stressed pneumatic soft robot is capable of expanding five times its own length, catch a live fly beetle and retrieve it in just 120 milliseconds."We believed that if we could fabricate robots capable of performing such large-amplitude motions at high speed like chameleons, then many automated tasks could be completed more accurately and in a much faster way," Martinez said.Many birds, like the three-toed woodpecker, achieve zero-power perching using the elastic energy stored in the stressed tendons at the back of their legs, allowing them to not fall off a perch when asleep.
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on Monday, showed Nvidia up on its new Nvidia Shield to the TV device.Streamingapparaterna make use of the new processor, the Tegra X1 is+ the soc, which is about 25% faster than its predecessor, the Tegra X1, which was discovered in the Shield TV by the year 2017.of the Processor makes it possible for Nvidia's new AI, to up-scale the picture quality from the streams of 1080p, 720p and standard resolution.a New Nvidia Shield to the TV also has support for Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, and will be able to stream from Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+, Vudu, and Movies Anywhere.at One end of the tubular, the Nvidia Shield, the TV has an input for a power cable, and a gigabit ethernet port, while on the other hand, has an hdmi input, and the sync-up button, and a microsd card input.Nvidia is also releasing a much larger Phone SCREEN of the Pro version, as the lack of micro sd input, but instead it has two USB-A ports, and a 3 GB of RAM, unlike the standardversionens to 2 GB in size, which, according to Nvidia, support for the Needs of the Media and the ' advanced Android gaming.
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Your computer, your phone and your tablet all have default apps, the preloaded software that springs into action whenever a specific task needs doing.Follow a web link someone sends you, and your default web browser opens up.If you prefer other apps to the ones that Windows, Android, or Apple provides—maybe with better features, or faster load times, that just generally suit you better—you can swap in those instead.There are some restrictions, which we'll explain below, but getting your default apps in order means you get your preferred software up and running faster, and that can save you a substantial amount of time and sanity each day.To set your default apps on Windows, open up the Start menu and click the cog icon on the left to get to the main Windows Settings panel.You'll see the usual options, like email, maps, music player, photo viewer, and web browser.
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There is a lot of excitement going on in the mobile computing space, be it phones, tablets, or especially those that straddle both worlds.All but one of these new devices, however, are unsurprisingly powered by an ARM chip from Qualcomm, Samsung, Huawei, or even Apple.As it stands, Intel has all but completely lost space and lost face in this segment of the market but it seems to be trying anew with its Tremont low-power x86 microarchitecture that could, unfortunately, bring up ghosts from its past.Intel has never really backed out of the low-end computing but for the past two or three years that has been mostly dominated by its Celeron and Pentium-branded chips.In the not so distant past, it was its Atom line that tried to carve out space in budget tablets and even smartphones.Of course, that is all history now but one that Intel wants to revisit but not repeat.
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In a prepared statement to a House oversight committee, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said plans to launch a global payments system will remain on hold until U.S. regulators approve it.The comments end speculation Libra coin could go live in nations where there is no government pushback.In June, Financial Services Committee Chair Maxine Waters asked Facebook in a letter to pump the brakes on its Libra launch, "given the company's troubled past," until officials can examine issues associated with it more closely "and take action."Libra cryptocurrency and its Calibra online wallet had been scheduled to launch in 2020, but U.S. regulators argued too little was known about the digital money and its potential to enable money laundering, adhere to know-your-customer rules, and could threaten user privacy."While we debate these issues, the rest of the world isn't waiting.China is moving quickly to launch similar ideas in the coming months," Zuckerberg said in the prepared remarks.
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Any Reg readers have a solution?The web payment giant doesn't careA Register reader says that for months he has been dealing with unwanted emails and alerts because a domain he purchased is connected to someone else's PayPal account, and PayPal doesn't seem to care.Aaron Sadler says the trouble began last year when he repurchased a domain he had previously owned and allowed to expire.After that initial expiry, someone nabbed the dot-net address, but then also let the domain expire, allowing Sadler to reacquire it from its registrar.Unfortunately, there was a little something extra that came with the terrabithost.net domain: the previous owner had used it to register a PayPal account, and they were still using that account despite no longer having access to the email address.
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The government of a city in eastern Zhejiang Province on Wednesday said it has ended talks with Nio about an investment to build a factory in the city, the latest blow to the troubled Chinese electric vehicle (EV) maker.Why it matters: The statement followed rumors that Nio was in talks with a district government of Huzhou for a RMB 5 billion (around $700 million) investment deal including a factory with production capacity of 200,000 vehicles per year.Huzhou authorities had planned conducting due diligence on Nio to decide whether to invest, as the company’s smart vehicle project “presents both great potential and certain risks,” according to a document widely circulated in Chinese media reports.Detail: Based on the results of the due diligence assessment, the Wuxing District government in Huzhou has ended talks with Nio based on the high investment risk, the press office of the district government told TechNode on Wednesday.A government spokeswoman acknowledged the two sides previously had held talks on the matter, but “have not signed any letter of intent.”Nio founder and CEO Li Bin previously responded to Chinese media by saying that it has been in contact with a number of regional governments, but has no information to disclose.
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If you’ve performed a content audit for a website that is older than a decade (or even five years), you may have unearthed the remnants of a very different initial content marketing strategy.When you encounter low-performing content like this, it’s tempting to adopt a no-harm, no-foul policy and sweep it under the rug to focus on new content.But I strongly discourage this approach, and here’s an example that helps explain why:You’re looking at the number of sessions for a site after an eight-month spring cleaning.“Thin content” is a catch-all term that describes any useless content – pages with a sparse word count, duplicate content, doorway pages, ad-riddled pages, and blog posts or articles that lack readability and depth.Every followed page on your site pulls crawl bandwidth and link equity, both of which are finite resources.
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It's been nearly a month since UAW-GM workers walked off the job and took to the picket line across the US, and since then, it's been anything but a smooth ride for either side.Late Tuesday afternoon (East Coast time) there may be signs of a deal, however.Reuters reported that GM CEO Mary Barra and GM President Mark Reuss were present at the latest round of negotiations and both sides are supposedly very close to a final agreement.There has been no public sign of a new labor agreement announcement, but Reuters cited sources close to the matter that said both GM and the union have agreed to numerous terms.Wednesday, Oct. 16, will mark one month since the strike began, but both sides have remained quiet about the issues and proposals that continue to keep both sides from a tentative agreement that would send workers back to production plants.On Tuesday, the UAW acknowledged the strength of its members as negotiatins continued.
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The proposed kryptovaluta Libra has been an important katalysatorhändelse” of the reforms.That said, the Riksbank's chairman, Stefan Ingves, in a CNBC interview.”When the Libra showed up out of the blue, forcing us to think hard about what we are doing,” said mr Ingves.the Governor highlighted in his interview that his job is to provide services related to the Swedish krona, which is convenient for the English citizen, the.”If I'm good at it is in terms of the technical aspect, so I don't have any problems.However, if we start to give a 20-kg copper coin, which we did, in 1668, so we'll soon be out of business,” said mr Ingves.
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Want to know what's going to be on Disney Plus at launch?Well, you won't need to wait until November 12 to find out, as the official Disney Plus Twitter account is currently posting every Disney Plus TV show and film that will be on the service at launch – or, most of them at least.You can see a brief video in the post below, which shows off a number of titles at increasing speed, though if you head over to the Disney Plus Twitter you can see everything being posted by the profile.From Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to The Mandalorian, check out basically everything coming to DisneyPlus in the U.S. on November 12.Pre-order in the U.S. at https://t.co/wJig4STf4P today: https://t.co/tlWvp23gLF pic.twitter.com/0q3PTuaDWTOctober 14, 2019The account appears to be starting from the oldest content first, and is listing each title with its original TV / cinema release date.What shows and films get you excited will be down to your own tastes, of course, and whether you're keener on older content or the latest Disney blockbusters.
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Elon Musk, founder of private space-faring company SpaceX, recently unveiled his new Starship craft.Musk has declared a fascinatingly short time line to achieve orbit with this rocket.He wants to build four or five versions of the vehicle in the next six months.However, there is a risk that microbe-ridden humans walking on the red planet could contaminate it with bugs from Earth.These were initiated by the Outer Space Treaty in 1967 and must be followed by anyone in the space industry, governmental or non-governmental entities alike.So while it is possible that it has a rigorous planetary protection plan in place behind the scenes, its public-facing content seems to suggest that pushing the boundaries of human exploration is more important than the consequences of that exploration.
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The last time we saw Jesse Pinkman, he was screaming his heart out, speeding into the distance, and most of all, free.His final moments at the end of Breaking Bad were powerful, mythic, and... not enough, apparently.It provides some closure for one of the lead characters of the phenomenally popular AMC show, just as spin-off show Better Call Saul deepened the show's backstory.Breaking Bad began over 10 years ago in 2008, and ended 6 years ago in 2013.The finale closed the book on the story of Walter White, mild-mannered chemistry teacher turned drug kingpin.Fortunately, you don't particularly need to remember who they all are, and the characters and dialogue are again a joy to behold.
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Ericsson has announced it will be the sole RAN vendor for Telia Norway, with the pair driving towards completing a nationwide rollout by 2023.While the duo already had a relationship in place, Huawei might have hoped this was a market it would benefit in.At the end of September, the Norwegian Government indicated it was not going to pass a wide-spread ban on Huawei equipment, while the Chinese vendor has signed an MOU with the telcos parent company and does have a relationship to supply 4G network infrastructure equipment with the Norwegian subsidiary.Telia Norway might not be the biggest telco, nor does it have the largest network, though being announced as a sole supplier is an ego boost if nothing else.The fact that this is a Nordic deal win might have some extra significance in Ericsson’s rivalry with Nokia.Being Swedish you might expect Telia to favour compatriot Ericsson, but it has no problem working with Nokia in Finland.
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The BBC is about to screen two documentaries investigating grim YouTube "pick-up" channels, so isn't it an enormous coincidence that YouTube has just deleted two of the most notorious purveyors of this entirely wrong sort of advice?The two accounts – Addy A-Game and Street Attraction – have been binned for violating terms and conditions, although presumably they were violating terms and conditions well before BBC Scotland's Disclosure and the full-strand BBC Panorama both decided to screen their investigations into the online world of chat up technique sharing on TV tonight.The situation is even worse than it sounds, as the Addy A-Game channel is/was operated by Adnan Ahmed, who has been found guilty of five counts of harassing women for the benefit of the education of his subscribers and is currently in jail awaiting sentencing.And that's how far things have to escalate in order to get one of today's tech platforms to do the right thing.
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An international research collaboration has successfully assembled the complete genome sequence of the pathogen that causes the devastating disease Asian soybean rust.The research development marks a critical step in addressing the threat of the genetically-complex and highly-adaptive fungus Phakopsora pachyrhizi which has one of the largest genomes of all plant pathogens.Asian soybean rust has a devastating impact on soybean, an internationally important crop with 346 million tonnes produced globally.The largest producer of the soybean is Brazil, where the combined cost of losses and disease control measures is US $2 billion per season.The new dataset comprises the genome sequence of three isolates (K8108, MG2006 & PPUFV02) of which one has been assembled at chromosome level detail (PPUFV02).The three genomes will be repeat masked and annotated in the same way, to facilitate direct comparisons and inferences for the research community.
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Not arriving until late 2020I just touched the future.Code-named Centaurus, and officially known as the Surface Neo, it’s a new class of device, a dual screen, book-like gizmo that folds and unfolds, and converts, and in general does everything you’ve been waiting for your laptop to do.With nary a button or notch to speak of, simply a Windows logo, the dual screens felt solid and substantial.Why not go with a folding screen, like Huawei, and Samsung, and the rest of the tech industry?Aside from a video camera (the device supports Windows Hello, of course, to let you log on through facial recognition), there’s not much to the hardware.
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Madrid, Spain: Pregnant women exposed to higher levels of the commonly used chemical bisphenol A (BPA) are more likely to have children who suffer with wheezing and poorer lung function, according to research presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress.BPA is one of a group of chemicals called phenols that are used in the manufacture of food containers, cans, plastic bottles, toys and some types of paper.The new research examined pregnant women's exposure to various phenols and found that the majority of women in the study had detectable levels of BPA in their urine.The study was presented by Alicia Abellan, a predoctoral researcher at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), a centre supported by the "la Caixa" Foundation."Phenols are known to be 'endocrine disruptors', which means they can interfere with the hormone system and consequently alter many essential body functions, including the respiratory and immune systems.Levels of the mothers' exposure to BPA and other phenols were gauged from a urine sample taken during pregnancy.
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We’re down with less than a week to our flagship Tech in Asia Conference, happening October 8 & 9 at the Jakarta Convention Center.A signature segment across all our conferences is the startup exhibition where more than 300 curated startups across the region will showcase their products to over 6,000 keen investors, media, potential customers, and the wider tech community.Feast your eyes on 2 different sets of startups flaunting their wares across both days of the conference, with the most popular verticals being ecommerce, edtech, and fintech.Keep your eyes peeled for their novel solutions, and meet the brilliant minds behind these ideas!Here’s a quick infographic to sum up some key statistics of the exhibitors at Startup Factory:12 days left to join one of Asia’s largest gatherings
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