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If you live stateside and hadn’t heard of Amphion Loudspeakers, I wouldn’t blame you. The small Finnish audio company has been around for over two decades, offering a neatly curated line of speakers for home and professional use alike, but doesn’t have a huge presence in the US. Needless to say, I was curious when the company reached out to let me try the Argon1, a high-end compact bookshelf speaker coming in at roughly $1,600. Clean design Truth be told, part of my interest in Ampion was its design approach; I’m a sucker for speakers with clean lines, and the Amphions… This story continues at The Next Web
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President Trump issued two executive orders on Thursday to prohibit all transactions with TikTok and WeChat in 45 days’ time.
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Handy service for India and Nigeria, or feature creep that constricts competition? Google has added a secure file locker to the “Files” app that it offers as a clean-up service for Android owners, and suggested it as ideal for users who share a smartphone.…
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Facebook has completed a lease to take all of the office space in the Farley building on Manhattan's West Side. The deal signifies a major vote of confidence in New York City's office market at a moment when its future has been thrust into question by the coronavirus pandemic.  Last year, the company signed on for roughly 1.5 million square feet in three buildings nearby in the Hudson Yards. In a statement, a Facebook spokeswoman said the new location will be used to grow the company's engineering operations in the city. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Facebook has completed a lease to take all of the office space in the Farley Building on Manhattan's West Side in a deal that signifies a major vote of confidence in New York City's office market at a moment when its future has been thrust into question by the coronavirus pandemic. Facebook signed on for 730,000 square feet of newly-built office, according to a news release from Vornado Realty Trust and a statement from the tech giant. The space is being readied inside the shell of the over-century old Farley Building, which had for decades served as a distribution facility for the U.S. Post Office. The deal is the latest in a major expansion of Facebook's footprint in the city over the past year. Last year, the company signed on for roughly 1.5 million square feet in three buildings nearby in the Hudson Yards. In a statement, a Facebook spokeswoman said the new location will be used to grow the $720 billion company's engineering operations in the city, which, until now, have been based out of another large office location Facebook has occupied for several years at 770 Broadway. "The Farley Building will further anchor our New York footprint and create a dedicated hub for our tech and engineering teams," the spokeswoman stated. "This significant investment in space will support Facebook's efforts to scale our tech and engineering teams." Read more: 20% of WeWork's New York space is sitting empty. Here's a look at key vacancies the city's biggest office tenant is trying to fill. Manhattan's office market has been battered by the pandemic The lease is welcome news for a commercial real-estate industry that has been battered by the Covid crisis. A total of about 8.3 million square feet of office space was leased in the Manhattan in the first half of 2020, 44% below the amount leased during the same period last year, according to the real-estate services firm CBRE. Over 70% of that space was taken during the first quarter as deal activity plummeted during the second quarter when the pandemic prompted lockdowns that shuttered commerce and daily life. The lethargic pace of leasing has raised an uneasy question for landlords and real-estate executives whether tenants will ever return to the office workplace in the same way, or if they could choose instead to slim down their footprint by embracing working-from-home as a permanent strategy. Facebook itself appeared to add credence to this approach earlier in the virus crisis when the company's chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said in a public presentation that it would allow half of its workforce in the coming decade to work remotely, and would pursue a more diffuse network of smaller spaces in secondary and tertiary cities to cater to that approach. That disclosure had suggested the social-media giant might shift away from its strategy in recent years of leasing major spaces in huge job centers such as New York City that have been hotspots for talent. The lease at the Farley Building shows that while Facebook may utilize a work-from-home strategy for a portion of its employee base, it is not likely to abandon its focus on major metropolitan campuses. "It reaffirms the intellectual capital that New York City possesses," said Brian Waterman, an executive vice chairman at the commercial leasing and real estate services firm Newmark Knight Frank. "This is just another commitment from the tech segment that shows the city is where they want to be." Other major technology firms have committed to office space during the pandemic. The video sharing service TikTok recently signed on for over 200,000 square feet at 151 West 42nd Street in Times Square. IBM, meanwhile, is actively shopping for as much as 500,000 square feet of space. The Farley Building is a sprawling block-long property across the street from Penn Station, the nation's busiest transit hub, that is being converted by a development team led by Vornado Realty Trust for dual uses. Its eastern annex will become a new train station for Long Island Railroad and Amtrak, while its western half is being converted into offices. The building's ground level will also include 120,000 square feet of retail space. Facebook will take the entirety of the building's office space, which will be spread across four levels at the property. The building has some of the city's largest floors, spanning almost 200,000 square feet apiece, big enough to hold over three football fields each. The company said those voluminous floors would allow it to "collaborate and innovate." The deal could give a boost to Vornado, which, like several of its peers in the office REIT sector, saw its shares drop sharply during the virus crisis. The company's stock was trading at $34.02 at the close of trading Monday, about 50% off its 52-week high. Vornado has been Facebook's landlord for years at 770 Broadway, which is owned by the REIT. "Facebook's commitment to Farley expands our long-standing relationship," Steven Roth, Vornado's chairman and CEO said in a statement. Roth added that the "commitment is a further testament to New York City's extraordinary talent and reinforces New York's position as the nation's second tech hub." Have a tip? Contact Daniel Geiger at [email protected] or via encrypted messaging app Signal at +1 (646) 352-2884, or Twitter DM at @dangeiger79. You can also contact Business Insider securely via SecureDrop. SEE ALSO: Facebook is eyeing offices in cities like Dallas, Atlanta, and Denver to act as 'hubs' to support 50% of its workers staying remote — and it's a move that could upend Silicon Valley and NYC real estate SEE ALSO: A quarter of NYC office leases went to tech firms in 2019. Now, the fate of a blockbuster Facebook deal is make-or-break for the city — and a case study for the future of commercial real estate. SEE ALSO: IBM is on the hunt for a massive Manhattan space, showing that worries about the death of the big-city office may be overblown Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: We tested a machine that brews beer at the push of a button
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What’s been happening in the energy industry this week? Here’s our energy news round-up
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Even though this is clearly something people want.
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Get 'em while they're hot Job Alert  As the month draws to a close and with the pandemic still biting, we're back again with our free list of job opportunities in the big and beautiful world of tech.…
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COVID-19 ravages former state monopoly as nearly all divisions shrink While the cloud businesses at Google and AWS are shovelling cash under their mattress and Apple is making bank, back in Britain BT has been left to count the cost of the COVID-19 pandemic.…
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New colors. Design changes. And all the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra's cameras, battery and more.
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Looks like the Galaxy Fold successor will be called the Galaxy Z Fold 2 after all. Could it be waterproof and get rid of the first model's biggest screen eyesore? Rumors say yes.
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If Microsoft decides to release just one Windows 10 feature upgrade annually, some customers – notably consumers and small businesses running unmanaged Windows 10 Pro PCs – will be forced into more work than they'd banked on.To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)
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Analogue announced that its highly anticipated upcoming handheld console, the Analogue Pocket, will ship on May 2021.
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Radiation shields made from living organisms could help us head deeper into the cosmos.
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(Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science) Selective laser sintering is one of the most widely used processes in additive manufacturing, but it is limited to printing with a single material at a time. Columbia engineers have used their expertise in robotics to develop a new approach to overcome this limitation: By inverting the laser so that it points upwards, they've invented a way to enable SLS to use--at the same time--multiple materials.
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The Samsung Galaxy M51 is coming soon. A few months ago, the mysterious device emerged through some CAD-based renders and since then it has been ... The post Samsung Galaxy M51 camera gets detailed appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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If November 2020 remains a solid release date, it’s possible that we could see the new console by Black Friday.
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'What bugs me the most right now is that our cars are not affordable enough.'
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Too many browsers also means too many options. We break them down so you can make the best browsing choice.
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Image by Alex Castro / The Verge Microsoft posted fiscal fourth quarter earnings on Wednesday, beating Wall Street expectations on both sales and profit for the past three months amid the economic downturn caused by COVID-19. In fact, it appears many of Microsoft’s various divisions are benefiting from the effects of the pandemic, with the shift to remote work and shelter-in-place orders around the world pushing people toward gaming, video conferencing, and other virtual pastimes. “The last five months have made it clear that tech intensity is the key to business resilience. Organizations that build their own digital capability will recover faster and emerge from this crisis stronger,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in a statement. He goes on to say Microsoft is in... Continue reading…
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(Ohio State University) Just a few negative online restaurant reviews can determine early on how many reviews a restaurant receives long-term, a new study has found. The study, published online earlier this month in the journal Papers in Applied Geography, also found that a neighborhood's median household income affected whether restaurants were rated at all.
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Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University have been able to teach robots to pick up transparent or reflective objects. This has been a challenge for robots in the past, and the way researchers have addressed the issue is to teach the robots to infer shapes from color images. Picking up transparent and reflective objects has long stymied robots, but the new … Continue reading
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The meltdown appears to be part of a bitcoin scam and not something more nefarious, but security experts are troubled that it happened at all.
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Save $200 on this 4K TV and enjoy smart features and great picture quality no matter what you're watching
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As stargazers try to catch a glimpse of NEOWISE as it soars across the nighttime sky, careful viewers may notice the comet has not one but two tails trailing behind it.
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This pilot fish is working with a guy from the data center, moving several servers.“As we were removing one from the rack, he gave it a good, strong pull,” says fish. “The server flew out of the rack and dropped several feet, bouncing off my legs and feet as it crashed to the floor.While fish is wondering if he’s still whole — not to mention the server — the data center guy says matter-of-factly, “I thought it was longer.” To read this article in full, please click here
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The Alienware Aurora R8 is one of the most powerful and affordable gamings towers out there — all for $700.
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There’s almost a sense of irony that just as OnePlus announced its truly wireless earbuds coming next week, Google makes an announcement that steals a bit of that thunder. Of course, we know nothing about OnePlus’ surprise TWS earbuds, both its features and especially its price, but that’s precisely the point. The 2nd-gen Google Pixel Buds are already here and … Continue reading
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Microsoft isn’t going to repeat its mistakes from the Xbox One with its next-generation Xbox console.“I would say a learning from the Xbox One generation is we will not be out of position on power or price,” says Phil Spencer, Microsoft’s Xbox and gaming chief, in an interview with The Verge.“If you remember the beginning of this generation we were a hundred dollars more expensive and yes, we were less powerful.And we started Project Scarlett with this leadership team in place with a goal of having market success.”That market success will be key for Xbox, after years of falling behind PlayStation sales and questions over its games lineup.“We had the discussion years ago ‘do we want to go do another generation?’ Yes, and do we think there will be multiple generations ahead of us?
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