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Los Angeles-based Immortals Gaming Club said it has sold its Houston Outlaws Overwatch League franchise team to the multi-platform media company Beasley Media Group.But the value of the League has gone up, and Activision Blizzard is now selling the franchises for more money.Esports is generally considered a hot category, with hundreds of millions of fans now viewing esports regularly.They could buy about two or three Overwatch teams for that money.“As ongoing owners in the Overwatch League through our Los Angeles Valiant franchise, we are thrilled to welcome Beasley Media Group, Caroline Beasley, Chris Roumayeh, and the entire Beasley/Team Renegades group to the Overwatch League,” said Ari Segal, CEO of Immortal Gaming Club, in a statement.“They have exciting plans to deepen the already strong connection between the Outlaws and the local Houston market and represent the ideal strategic owner for this asset.
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Cisco is the latest tech biz to warn of a looming slowdown in spending as the network giant on Wednesday gave worse-than-expected guidance for the coming financial quarter.For the first quarter of fiscal 2020 [PDF], ended October 26, Switchzilla performed as follows:Revenues of $13.2bn were up one per cent on the year-ago quarter.If you ignore the year-ago contribution from Service Provider Video Software Solutions (SPVSS), the commercial TV business that Cisco spun off during last year's fiscal Q1, the comparison jumps to two per cent.Analyst estimates were around $13.09bn in revenue for the quarter.Infrastructure Platforms revenue was $7.5bn, down one per cent from last year.
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Xiaomi’s portfolio of unusual products has just received a new member – Xiaomi Fish Tank.Yeah, you heard it right, the popular giant of China has just released a fish tank that can fit perfectly at homes and offices.This way users don’t need to change the water frequently as nitrates and other wastes are removed.Interestingly enough, there’s a compartment at the top where you can raise flowers.Besides this, you don’t need to open the entire upper lid in order to feed the fish.There is an adjustment knob in the side for feeding.
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The fabled 16-inch MacBook Pro model will launch in the very near future, according to a new leak, which largely reiterates the features we’ve previously heard about the model.Consumers can, various sources have claimed, expect a new and improved keyboard with the 16-inch MacBook Pro, which the new report claims will replace the existing 15-inch version of the laptop.In a new report today, Bloomberg claimed that the anticipated future 16-inch MacBook Pro model may launch for sale sometime this week, meaning we may only be days away from its official unveiling.The same report claims that Apple plans to replace its current 15-inch model with the new 16-inch version.Assuming the new and other recent leaks are correct, buyers can expect the new MacBook Pro model to include an improved keyboard that is more reliable than the current version.As well, the report cites sources who claim the new model will probably be most appealing to gamers, developers, and graphics professionals.
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You can watch live TV on Hulu by paying extra for a Hulu + Live TV subscription, which starts at $44.99 per month and also includes the original service's extensive library of movies and shows.The subscription offers access to more than 60 live TV channels ranging categories like sports, news, kids, and movies, and you can record programming to watch later.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Hulu has an amazing range of shows and movies, but sometimes even the best content library just can't match the magic of live TV.Whether you want to watch a sporting event or live newscast in real time, Hulu can be your platform of choice.Check out the products mentioned in this article:
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Veritas Genetics, a DNA-testing startup, has become the latest company to fall victim to a security incident that exposed customer information.While it did not contain genetic data or health records, the details are very scarce at the moment.It hasn’t disclosed the exact nature of the breach, the kind of information that was accessed, when it became aware of the incident, and for how long the portal lay exposed.Veritas Genetics stated only “a handful of customers” were potentially affected by the breach and that it launched a forensic investigation upon learning of the unauthorized access to its customer-facing system.So far, Veritas Genetics has not issued a public statement on the breach.Co-founded in 2014 by George Church — who worked on the Human Genome Project that successfully mapped the DNA sequence of the entire human genome in 2003 — the Massachusetts-based firm offers a $599 DNA test kit called myGenome.
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Microsoft’s annual Ignite conference has usually catered to IT professionals, with a focus on servers, applications, and management tooling.Microsoft’s transition to cloud behemoth is almost complete, and the modern hybrid cloud needs code that can take advantage of Azure’s hyper-scale platform.What were the biggest announcements for developers at Microsoft Ignite 2019?Microsoft has finessed its Azure Stack range of on-premises cloud servers, rebranding its Data Box Edge devices as Azure Stack Edge, with more of a focus on its containerized IoT Hub services and on-board machine learning systems that can be addressed by local code.Policy driven management makes sure that all instances of an application have the same security model, enforcing policies across your entire estate of servers and services.WinUI 3.0: Modern controls for Win32 and .NET Core
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Artificial intelligence (AI) startup Clobotics is looking to cash in on China’s massive wind energy boom, using its technology to automate turbine inspections that typically take up to six hours when done manually.The backstory: Founded in 2016, Clobotics provides computer vision and data analytics solutions for the wind power and retail industries.With headquarters in Shanghai and Seattle, Clobotics has partnered with companies including Shanghai Electric, LM Wind Power, Coca Cola, Concord New Energy, and GEV Wind Power.The company was founded by executives from Chinese drone maker Ehang, including its former COO George Yan and Claire Chen, previously general manager of the company’s North American business.Unique selling point: Clobotics claims to be able to complete inspections of wind turbines in 25 minutes, with the help of autonomous drones and its computer vision platform, a process that typically takes six hours when done manually.After an inspection is completed, images are uploaded to the cloud where the company’s analytics platform examines the imagery and identifies issues with the blades.
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Going out is rubbish, especially at this time of year when it never stops raining and you have to wear gloves that stop you fiddling on your phone all the time.Sadly this is also the time of year when bonfire night happens, and people expect you to go out and celebrate the thwarting of a terrorist plot from 414 years ago.The grass is all wet, and those running shoes you wear all the time are definitely not waterproof.There is no private patch above your garden where only you get to see the fireworks, so why bother with the hassle of buying and setting up fireworks for yourself when you can see everyone else's?Make a Mini Effigy and Burn itObviously you have to be careful with this, because creating any kind of fire inside is basically asking for trouble.
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Cortana is about to get a lot more chatty, with Microsoft launching a new Play My Emails feature for its assistant at Ignite 2019 today.The new Outlook mobile feature is joined by a new voice for Cortana, adding a masculine option to the existing feminine voice the assistant first debuted with.Both the masculine and feminine voices now use the Neural Text to Speech capabilities, so that they can mimic the intonation and stress patterns humans generally include in their spoken language.Play My Emails effectively does just what the name suggests, Cortana reading out new messages as they arrive in your inbox.The assistant can also share any changes to the day, as well as allow you to respond to emails without having to touch your phone.It’s all part of what Microsoft calls its “voice-forward” approach to functionality.
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Walmart has knocked an astounding $150 off the 55-inch Samsung NU6900, one of the most well-rounded 4K TVs on the shelves, which sees the price reduced from $530 down to just $380.Fear not — the retailer is offering customers in need of a helping hand the choice to split the cost over 12 months at a more manageable $37 per month.There’s a crisp, clear 4K Ultra HD screen on the front, a UHD Engine under the hood for transforming both HD and Full HD content into a higher 4K Ultra HD resolution, and the company’s Tizen OS smart software for one-click access to all the leading streaming services.Take all these ingredients and mix them HDR10+, which can be called upon to squeeze extra detail from supported content, and the result is the most feature-rich, big-brand 4K TV on the market for less than $550 — and that’s when it isn’t on sale.With $150 off, it’s without a shadow of a doubt the best value for money, trumping cheaper rivals in the picture quality department.Here’s what one customer had to say:
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And that fact is especially startling when you consider that the video-sharing site provides a vast, far-reaching platform for so much more than just music videos.The music video for Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” debuted on YouTube in November of 2014 and it’s still going strong as it’s garnered over 13 million likes and over 3 billion views.Not bad for a song that’s only about five years old.The music video has only been out for a little over four months and it’s already number nine on this list.The video’s meteoric rise in popularity probably had something to do with its steamy dance sequences and palpable chemistry between its two romantic and musical leads.Plus, it probably didn’t hurt that the song kicked off rumors (that were later confirmed) that those two leads were dating.
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It's that time of year again to go trick or treating... with Google.And this year the search site has a haunting creature-feature Doodle that hides some of the animals that freak us out the most.Google Doodles have been around for as long as Google has, altering the company's logo to highlight notable people, events, holidays and anniversaries.Google has also traditionally dressed up its Doodle to celebrate Halloween, including games that feature an adorable black cat with magic powers and a Great Ghoul Duel that lets teams of players collect wandering spirit flames.With creepy carousel music heightening your suspense, this year's interactive Halloween neighborhood presents a series of doors, behind which lurk fearsome beasts.To see them, you need only knock... err, click on the door.
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After seeing its IPO dreams slashed earlier this year, Bitmain Technologies has reportedly re-submitted its US application in secret.According to a Tencent News report, the cryptocurrency miner manufacturing giant filed its application with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), with Deutsche Bank as its sponsor.It’s not known how much Bitmain is looking to raise with its IPO, but previous reports suggested that it was seeking to raise approximately $300 million–$500 million with its US offering.The latest figure is a lot lower than the $3 billion it intended on raising when it filed an IPO application in September 2018 to be listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEX); it eventually lapsed in March.The company made headlines earlier this week after one of its founders returned from exile to oust the other.According to an internal email sent to staff, Jihan Wu, Bitmain‘s other co-founder and now chairman of the board, sent an email all employees on Tuesday, saying:
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Technology hubs have become central to fostering innovation and development within businesses, providing essential facilities and access to expertise under the same roof for everything from cloud services to internet security.As technology continues to evolve at an ever-quickening pace, hubs have become the engines driving implementation and ensuring that products and services with genuine impact continue roll out to market.Businesses have clearly recognised their merits.From Silicon Valley to Qatar’s Technology and Science Park (QSTP), hubs in existence continue to attract attention from major international companies and start-ups alike.This ecosystem facilitates the transformation of research into technologies, in a way that companies alone typically cannot provide.Today’s modern business parks offer state-of-the-art office facilities specifically designed for forward-thinking innovative companies who may lack capital or seed money to invest in equipment and space they need, as well as access to facilities not readily available.
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When Tracey Bitten found out she was pregnant with four babies last year she “nearly fell off the bed”.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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The future of telecommunications operations and business support systems (OSS/BSS) is automated.To meet this challenge, communications service providers (CSPs) are modernizing their OSS/BSS architecture and transforming into digital service providers (DSPs).ACG Research identifies the steps for implementation and recommends an agile, cloud native, microservices-based environment powered by managed open source software with advanced tools for automation and integration.In this paper, you will discover the drivers for modernization, along with:A vision for the evolution of OSS/BSS systemsA road map for achieving modernization
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This week, three models of Huawei’s new machine received the network access certificate of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.Among them, WLZ-AN00 and WLZ-AL10 are expected to correspond to Huawei’s Nova 6 series, of which the former supports 5G dual-mode full-network (NSA+SA).However, the latter is a 4G mobile phone.The third mobile phone model is OXF-AN00, which also supports 5G dual-mode full-network (NSA+SA).The guess is that this is the Honor V30.Regrettably, the “certificate screenshot” does not reveal any information about the upcoming smartphone.
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The low calorie line of Ben and Jerry's is getting a new flavour and you can get tub floaty for free to celebrate.Moo-phoria tubs are a lighter way for you to enjoy your Ben and Jerry's, and the lineup just got the classic Cherry Garcia flavour added to its ranks.To mark the occasion and drive home the messaging of the brand, the ice cream company is giving away tub floaties so that your ice cream can join you in the bath.If there's one thing to highlight healthy living and consuming things in moderation, it's an inflatable ring for your ice cream tub so that you never have to be separated from it - not even while you're scrubbing your bum.If you want to get one for your own bath time, just fill in the form on the website for a chance to win one.Alternatively, if you're in London, get yourself down to the Soho Scoop Shop, where you'll get a floaty free with your order of a scoop of Moo-phoria.
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Rapporten för tredje kvartalet är jättebra, och lovar en stark utveckling framöver, enligt analytiker.Bra tryck i efterfrågan på 5G, och smarta tekniska val som gör Ericssons tekniska lösningar attraktiva.Analytikerna är mycket nöjda med Ericssons resultat för tredje kvartalet.Det verkar som om det är bättre fart i efterfrågan, säger Daniel Djurberg, analytiker på Handelsbanken.Helt i linje med de spekulationer som började komma inför rapporten, om höjda försäljningsmål, säger han.Visst, det fanns ett hopp om att även försäljningsmarginalerna skulle öka, men riktigt så blev det inte nu, konstaterar Jonas Olavi.
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That still gives us plenty of time left to enjoy our PlayStation 4 and its selection of games, but it got us thinking about the types of titles we want to play on the PS5.All images outside of the “PS4 remasters” category are taken from previous entries in their respective seriesThe Last of Us: Part 2In 2013, Naughty Dog released The Last of Us just months before the PlayStation 4’s launch, and the game was subsequently ported to the system the following year.2017 saw the release of tremendous games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey, but Square Enix, PlatinumGames, and director Yoko Taro still managed to attract attention with Nier: Automata, a surprising game that told an emotional existential story amidst plenty of robot-killing action.Perhaps the greatest game that developer From Software has ever made, Bloodborne took the Dark Souls framework and tossed it into a terrifying, Lovecraft-inspired gothic nightmare filled with dangerous creatures.
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Want something extra special from your music streaming services?Well Sony's 360 Reality Audio technology, which recreates the experience of live music by enhancing tracks for a surround sound feel, is set to come your way very soon.Sony 360 Reality Audio will be coming to a host of music streaming services later this year, with a launch window (given to Engadget) suggesting it won't arrive any later than November.There'll reportedly be 1,000 tracks available in the format, marking a somewhat hesitant launch giving the massive libraries of the services they'll be coming to.Amazon Music HD, Tidal, and Deezer will all be getting tracks featuring the technology, though Spotify won't be supporting it at launch.A lesser-known streaming service called nugs.net, though, apparently will.
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Chemists from Trinity College Dublin have created a new material that self-assembles into 2D networks in a predictable and reproducible manner.Importantly, the research provides a very rare example of "bottom-up" material creation; it is extremely challenging to exert control over a self-assembling material such that chemists can reliably predict and reproduce its structure dependent on the environment it is in - but the Trinity team has done just that.Additionally, scientists have long been interested in developing anion-templated self-assemblies as they possess great potential to remove hazardous and polluting molecules from the environment.However, working with anions (ions with a negative charge) rather than cations (ions with a positive charge) is molecularly challenging for a number of reasons.Senior author of the research, Thorfinnur Gunnlaugsson, Professor of Chemistry at Trinity, said: "Anions are widespread in our world, with many of them carrying out specific roles in nature - for both living and inanimate matter.But, because these processes are often mediated by specificity, when any changes occur in these interactions the results can be of harm to life and the environment.
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The Made by Google event is set for later today, and alongside the Pixel 4, Google's new smart speaker has just had its own substantial leak.Poor old Google is going to be hard pushed to surprise anyone today, especially after the star of the show - the upcoming Pixel 4 series - has had so many details leaked ahead of its launch that it's chilling at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean next to the bones of the Titanic.Today's titbit sees the Nest Hub Mini well on its way to joining it, with leaked images and a few morsels about the smart speaker surfacing about the refreshed Home Mini.The images come courtesy of WinFuture, and show off four colourways; Anthracite, Rock Candy, Coral and Sky Blue.Anthracite and Rock Candy are reportedly codenames for Charcoal and Chalk - the two colours that the current Home Mini is available in.Unlike the Home Mini, the new Nest Hub will see the underbelly of the device colour matched to the rest of the body, rather than sporting the random splash of Coral.
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This article is co-written by Coco Feng.Chinese AI startup Megvii, which was recently blacklisted by the US, along with seven other Chinese tech firms over alleged human rights violations, said on Monday that the ban was a “challenge” and there would be an impact on its supply of servers and a planned initial public offering in Hong Kong.“The specific impact is that we can’t directly buy products subject to US export regulations, such as x86 servers and GPUs [graphics processing units] made in the country,” said Yin Qi, company co-founder and chief executive, in an internal letter to staff on Monday, a copy of which was obtained by the SCMP.Nevertheless, Yin said Megvii is “well-equipped for the fight.”Beijing-based Megvii was among the 28 Chinese public security bureaus and companies put on a US trade blacklist last week over what Washington said was Beijing’s treatment of Uygur Muslims and other predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities.The companies, which also include fellow facial recognition startups SenseTime and Yitu, along with video surveillance specialist Hikvision and voice recognition giant iFlyTek, all roundly denounced the move last week.
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The third generation of the Surface Laptop 3 is preparing to launch on Oct. 22, and brings a couple of impressive new features with it.Standing in the way of the 13-inch Surface Laptop 3’s way is the newest Dell XPS 13, which maintains its class-leading form factor and updates to Intel’s latest 10th-gen CPUs.Which of these two premium laptops is worth your hard-earned cash?For example, the red color from the previous model is no longer available and there are four color options including black, gold, silver, and blue.The black and gold models skip the Alcantara fabric that was the laptop’s trademark and instead have aluminum keyboard decks.Now, service centers (not users) can remove the keyboard tray and access the components inside, including the solid-state drive (SSD).
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Facebook has long had an obsessive focus with keeping the site up no matter what strain its servers were under, out of sheer competitive fear that users who couldn’t access the site would turn elsewhere and never return.As Facebook increasingly positions itself as a core part of the world’s communications infrastructure, a day-long outage can have serious consequences — especially if one were to take place during a catastrophe.Is our reliability becoming a problem?It’s not that it’s currently in a very bad place, but it’s certainly trending worse than it should be.We were running a load test on … one of our biggest data centers.And we just pushed it over the edge, in our store which is where we store our photos, our videos, our Messenger attachments, your stickers, things of that nature.
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Spying on what your friends do on Instagram is about to get a bit tougher.Beginning Monday, October 7, Instagram is removing the following Tab that serves as a detailed list of the likes and comments friends make on photos that aren’t your own.Parent company Facebook said that the Following tab is getting the ax as one of the features that “may be no longer useful for our community.” Just how useful the tab was is debatable, however.The following tab is the second section in the Instagram notifications, along with the “You” tab that details the new likes, comments, and follows on your own account.The “Following” tab instead shares what the users you follow are doing on Instagram, from likes on a photo to comments and who they added to their follower list.In theory, the tool could help users find new accounts to follow by seeing what the users they already follow interact with on the platform.
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Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the new Extra Crunch series where we’ll help you keep up with the latest news from the world of apps — including everything from the OS’s to the apps that run upon them, as well as the money that flows through it all.The app industry in 2018 saw 194 billion downloads and over $100 in consumer spending.Beyond that, the business of user acquisition and advertising generates even more money.And all because we’re spending more time on our phones than we do watching TV.This week, the news was centered on the app stores’ ability to censor, the censorship in apps, and also how the antritrust investigations are forcing companies to open up access more to third parties.Third-party iOS apps will get to tap into Siri
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Today, Xiaomi announced its 416th product for crowdfunding.This time, the company is crowdfunding the Xiaomi EraClean ultrasonic cleaning machine.The Xiaomi EraClean ultrasonic cleaning machine takes care of fingerprints, oil, and also removes odour.While his device can be used to clean a variety of products, it is basically for cleaning glasses and jewelry.The EraClean ultrasonic cleaning machine comes with a high-frequency vibration of 45000Hz.This separates the air in the liquid from water, forms bubbles of 50-500 microns, expands and ruptures under the action of sound pressure.
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