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Don't dismiss these "older" iPhones -- they still work great and you could save some cash.
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Practicing yoga and a special type of breathing exercise may have a long-term impact on clinical depression, anxiety, and sleep quality, according to new research.It’s known that yoga is linked to changes in the severity of depression, but the new study indicates just how little effort it takes to experience long-term positive changes.The findings come from the Boston University School of Medicine, which found that coherent breathing and iyengar yoga caused significant improvements in the sleep quality of clinically depressed patients, as well as symptoms related to depression and anxiety.Coherent breathing is a type of breathing exercise that involves taking around five long, steady breaths per minute.Iyengar yoga, meanwhile, is a type of yoga practice highlighted in a bestselling 1966 book; it involves paying close attention to the precision and performance of each yoga posture.These changes were found in two different groups of clinically depressed participants, one that spent 123 hours in sessions over the course of three months and one that spent 87 hours in sessions during the same time period.
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A day after the premiere of Disney+, the subscription streaming service from Disney already has more than 10 million accounts signed up, the company announced Wednesday.All of the sign-ups logged by Disney have access to a seven-day free trial of Disney+, with some of these accounts taking advantage of even more substantial free offerings.Disney offered certain Verizon customers a free annual subscription to Disney+, and Disney direct-to-consumer and international chairman Kevin Mayer said during a Nov. 8 press event that between 17 million and 19 million Verizon customers would qualify for the offering.Still, the 10 million sign-ups nonetheless represent a remarkable figure for a media and entertainment giant that is hedging its future bets on streaming.Disney has said it expects Disney+ to have between 60 million and 90 million paid subscribers around the world in five years’ time.(For reference, Netflix, the biggest streaming service in the world, reported 158.3 million global subscribers and 60.6 million U.S. subscribers in the third quarter.)
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It has been a while since the class of technologies known as DRM or Digital Rights Management has been the focus on contention but the news surrounding Netflix’s sudden withdrawal from some devices could put it back in the spotlight.It’s only semi-official, considering Netflix has not yet issued a formal explanation, but it seems that affected devices are unable to keep up with such DRM systems, practically locking them out of the streaming service for good.Some critics call it Digital Restrictions Management for a reason.DRM technology is designed to protect content (and their creators and owners) by preventing piracy.It’s not always effective and, in some cases, even prevents legitimate owners from accessing their content under certain circumstances.This could be considered one of those instances, when devices perfectly capable of running Netflix on December 1, 2019 will no longer be able to do so on December 2, 2019.
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the Small metal particles may, for the researchers the glue to melt if it is exposed to a weak magnetic field.This is a simple and low-cost solution, which is a problem when the layers should be separated for recycling.But now, a new technology that opens the door to that, and glued the pieces can easily be separated.this means that The återvinningscentralerna would be to divide the waste is homogeneous, and in many countries it ends up in the waste.Their adhesives contain small metal particles, and when it is exposed to the alternating electromagnetic field heats the glue up and melted away.The new product, which works to bond plastic, wood, glass, and metal.
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Swedish electric scooter startup Voi Technology has raised $85 million in a round of funding led by Vostok New Ventures, with participation from Balderton Capital, Project A, JME Ventures, Raine Ventures, Kreos Capital, Inbox Capital, Rider Global, Black Ice Capital, and Creandum, among others.This takes Voi’s total raised to $135 million, and follows its $50 million series A round last November and $30 million follow-on tranche five months later.It’s worth noting here that Voi ended up not drawing down $32 million of its series A round due to the terms of the investment, which is why its total raised so far is lower than it would otherwise seem.What’s perhaps most interesting about Voi is that it has previously said that it has already reached profitability in some of the cities it operates in, which runs contrary to the popular narrative that shared mobility transport endeavors are unsustainably expensive and rely too much on big VC bucks.Voi hopes to buck this trend, and said its latest cash injection will position it to build an even more profitable business across all of its markets.The company believes it may reach overall profitability without having to raise any more money, and central to this endeavor will be building durable scooters that can last nearly two years.
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Estamos a unas semanas del día de acción de gracias pero los descuentos de Black Friday nos llevan invadiendo durante días.Sin duda, los más esperados son los del Amazon's Black Friday.Pues ya están aquí — por lo menos en lo que a los gadgets de Amazon se refiere, de los altavoces inteligentes Echo hasta los lectores Kindle pasando por auriculares y cámaras de seguridad Ring.Y todos con la fecha en la que estarán disponibles.Precios Amazon Black Friday y disponibilidadDesde el 22 de noviembre:
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Synchrotron light sources are powerful facilities that produce light in a variety of "colors," or wavelengths - from the infrared to X-rays - by accelerating electrons to emit light in controlled beams.Researchers have found ways to upgrade these machines to produce more intense, focused, and consistent light beams that enable new, and more complex and detailed studies across a broad range of sample types.And now, a large team of researchers at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley has successfully demonstrated how machine-learning tools can improve the stability of the light beams' size for experiments via adjustments that largely cancel out these fluctuations - reducing them from a level of a few percent down to 0.4 percent, with submicron (below 1 millionth of a meter) precision.In this study, researchers fed electron-beam data from the ALS, which included the positions of the magnetic devices used to produce light from the electron beam, into the neural network.Solution could have global impactThe successful demonstration at the ALS shows how the technique could also generally be applied to other light sources, and will be especially beneficial for specialized studies enabled by an upgrade of the ALS known as the ALS-U project.
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Security researchers at Trustwave have discovered a new phishing campaign that utilized a specially crafted ZIP file, designed to bypass secure email gateways, to distribute the NanoCore RAT.Users are targeted through a spam email pretending to be shipping information from an Export Operation Specialist of USCO Logistics.Attached to the email is a ZIP archive that has a file size which is greater than its uncompressed content.In a new report, Trustwave explained why the size of the ZIP raised suspicions among its researchers, saying:Why email attacks should be your number one security concern"The attachment “SHIPPING_MX00034900_PL_INV_pdf.zip“ makes this message stand out.
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The Google Pixel and Pixel XL will get “one final software update” in December, the company confirms to The Verge.As of yesterday, it looked like the original Pixel was done getting updates, as Google released its November security update for most Pixel phones, but nothing for the Pixel or Pixel XL.Google tells The Verge that the Pixels won’t get that November update, but it says December’s “encapsulates a variety of updates” from the November and December updates that were issued for other Pixels.It wasn’t too surprising to see that Google’s original Pixels didn’t get yesterday’s update.When Google announced the phones in 2016, the company said they would get two years of guaranteed Android version updates and three years of security updates, which is also reflected on Google’s support page.That said, Google surprised Pixel owners earlier this year by letting them run Android 10, which is one more year of Android than Google originally promised, and now, they have one final update to look forward to as well.
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Data and analytics company Experian announced that it has made a strategic investment in Vserv, an Indian data platform for mobile marketing.The investment, which is Experian’s seventh in Asia Pacific over the last two years, is in line with its goal to boost financial inclusion through providing a frictionless digital onboarding experience for customers, according to a statement.Financial details of the investment were not disclosed.According to Experian, more than 45% of India’s adult population have no access to credit.With the partnership, the banking, financial services, and insurance (BFSI) sector will be able to more effectively reach specific customers and provide access to financial products.“Vserv’s mobile marketing platform and access to authentic telco datasets through their unique data management platform ensure immediate synergies to our core product propositions,” said Experian India country head and managing director Sathya Kalyanasundaram.
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Xiaomi has been teasing the Mi CC9 Pro, also known as Mi Note 10 for almost a week now.The phone is set to go official on November 5 in China but we already know almost all the specifications, thanks to the company itself as well as benchmark and certification listings.Anyways, there was still uncertainty regarding the chipset of the device which has been now confirmed by Xiaomi as Snapdragon 730G this morning.Not very old teasers have confirmed a 32MP selfie camera and four-axis OIS(Optical Image Stabilization) for both 108MP primary sensor and 8MP 5x telephoto lens.One of the latest teasers also hint at a larger sound chamber that will result in better sound.The Mi CC9 Pro will be the world’s first mass-produced smartphone with 108MP camera and will be powered by the mid-range Snapdragon 730G.
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Halloween offers so many opportunities for our favourite genre shows to play with the spooky, strange, and supernatural…but it’s also an opportunity for all these interesting storytelling elements to crash and burn.Instead of talking about the best examples of shows that made amazing choices with costumes and candy, we’re counting down some of the worst Halloween episodes we’ve seen on TV.Sadly, 2013’s Scooby-Doo and the Spooky Scarecrow feels more like a ghost of what made the Scooby gang fun in the first place.Still, Halloween-themed episode “Mummy Dearest” manages to fail on almost every level.Meanwhile, merchant huckster Salmoneous – basically an antisemitic caricature come to life – has purchased said mummy for his House of Horrors, but the mummy escapes and threatens to, I dunno, eat people?The crew is stuck on a haunted castle planet where a wizard and a cat-witch-lady threaten Captain Kirk with a magical USS Enterprise keychain.
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When Apple TV+ launches on November 1, it brings with it five original titles: four TV series and one movie.The difference is Netflix's first release, House of Cards: it was an out-of-the-box critical hit (and landed in a cozy bed of other familiar TV and film options).Apple never came directly out and said this show was its Game Of Thrones-like series, but the size and scope (and the casting of Jason Momoa) draw natural comparisons.One day, a tribe called the Alkenny take in a lost pregnant woman, Maghra (Hera Hilmar).Jason Momoa's first appearance has him leading his people in a tribal war dance that feels pulled straight from Game of Thrones' Dothraki, complete with made-up language.Within the first half-hour, the series puts on a full-on tribe-on-tribe skirmish that goes on for the better part of eight minutes.
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Ranging from the traditional first-person or third-person type of combat, these are apparently some of the most dominant titles that are making a big impact.Popular games such as "PUBG," "Fortnite," "Apex Legends," "Overwatch," and more reportedly have stellar viewership ratings.Twitch is the platform of choice for these professional gamers, but it looks like Microsoft might be changing the scene.Following the footsteps of two industry icons, another notable streamer is switching over to Mixer.A few months ago, Twitch users were caught by surprise when Tyler "Ninja" Blevins announced his departure from the service.Last week, another familiar face followed suit as Michael "Shroud" Grzesiek also dropped out of the platform to move to Mixer.
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(Reuters) — Google owner Alphabet has made an offer to acquire U.S. wearable device maker Fitbit Inc, as it eyes a slice of the crowded market for fitness trackers and smartwatches, people familiar with the matter said on Monday.While Google has joined other major technology companies such as Apple and Samsung in developing smart phones, it has yet to develop any wearable offerings.There is no certainty that the negotiations between Google and Fitbit will lead to any deal, the sources said, asking not to be identified because the matter is confidential.Fitbit shares rose 27% on the news, giving the company a market capitalization of $1.4 billion.Alphabet shares rose 2% to $1,293.49.A deal for Fitbit would come as its dominant share of the fitness tracking sector continues to be chipped away by cheaper offerings from companies such as China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and Xiaomi Corp.
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The Matrix is real, and it’s everywhere.Or, at least, it might be in the near future with Microsoft tinkering with new VR technologies once again.Using virtual reality, Microsoft is seeking to change the idea of the daily commute by immersing VR users in a virtual world as they walk through real-world environments on their way to work, school or a café on foot.In their recently published paper, researchers Jackie Yang, Eyal Ofek, Andy Wilson and Christian Holz entertain the idea of “a future in which people spend considerably more time in virtual reality, even during moments when they walk between locations in the real world.” To do so, they created a VR system that allows its users to navigate the real world on foot while simultaneously seeing themselves strolling around in a place of their choosing in the VR world.To do that, DreamWalker is designed to find a path in the chosen VR environment that’s similar to the one the user is walking along in the real world.It’s also designed with its own tracking system, which utilizes GPS locations, inside-out tracking and RGBD frames to guide users to stay on the right path, help them avoid obstacles and get them to their destinations, all while keeping them immersed in a dynamically changing VR world.
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It’s hard to run The Good Place without Good Janet, so last week Michael and Jason decided to go on a daring mission to bring her back from the Bad Place – leaving Eleanor, Tahani and, yes, even Derek trying to keep their struggling experiment afloat.In “Employee of the Bearimy”, our four subjects take a backseat so we can spend some time with the people trying to save their souls.As Jason and Michael head to the Bad Place, going undercover at a demon con to trick Shawn and save Janet, Eleanor and Tahani work hard to keep Chidi and the others ignorant that “single father” Derek is haphazardly running the show.Tahani is frustrated that Eleanor keeps putting her on “party patrol”, wanting to do something more useful to help the experiment, so she tries taking matters into her own hands.This does not go well, as Tahani keeps changing things around in ways that Eleanor has a hard time getting a grip on.But you could see the line the two of them have trouble crossing, regarding class and circumstance, even if they eventually came to a mutual understanding.
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Google’s management are being accused of developing an internal surveillance tool that allegedly will be used to monitor attempts by staff to organise protests and discuss worker rights.This is not the first time that reports have surfaced of worker discord at Google.In April staff activists at Google reportedly held a “town hall” meeting, in which they alleged that Google regularly retaliates against employees who speak out.The Bloomberg article however details how Google staff reportedly discovered that a team within the company was creating the new tool for the custom Google Chrome browser, which is installed on all workers’ computers and used to search internal systems.According to the employee memo, the tool would automatically report staffers who create a calendar event with more than 10 rooms or 100 participants.And another employee said the issue was the most requested topic to discuss at the weekly all-staff meetings, typically held on Thursdays.
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A collection of cars seized by the FBI in an investigation is going up for auction on Saturday, October 26.Victims of the alleged Ponzi scheme include Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway and insurance giant Progressive.A collection of cars seized by the FBI — including a Tesla, classic muscle cars, and a car owned by Burt Reynolds — in the investigation into allegations DC Solar ran a "Ponzi-type" scheme will be up for auction next Saturday.The 149 cars were seized from DC Solar founder Jeff Carpoff and his wife Paulette's home and business in California and Las Vegas in December 2018.The company filed for bankruptcy shortly after, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.Read more: See all the supercars seized from the son of an African dictator that just sold at auction for $27 million
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Following news about its plans, Alphabet’s Wing has started delivering small packages to people in Virginia using drones.The deliveries are made possible thanks to the company’s Air Carrier Certificate received from the FAA, which officially makes Alphabet the first company to offer a commercial air delivery service to private residences in the US.The Wing drone deliveries are currently only available in Christiansburg, Virginia, where residents can order goods from Walgreens, a local store called Sugar Magnolia, and FedEx; all three are among the first stores in the nation to offer local product drone deliveries to customers.Pharmacy and convenience store Walgreens is officially the first US retailer to offer drone-based delivery of convenience goods like snacks, as well as over-the-counter medication.As shown in the video above, the orders are placed through a mobile app, after which point they’re packaged and put on the drone within minutes.This is considered last-mile delivery, which means the goods are coming from local stores, eliminating the need for the customer to travel to the destination.
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Want to catch a glimpse of everything coming to Disney+?Have about three-and-a-half hours to spare?Well then, good news: Disney has just released a 3-hour, 17-minute “trailer” offering 15-second long previews of all of the 600-plus titles hitting Disney+ in the U.S. on launch day.The promotional video contains mini-trailers for many of the most high-profile launches on Disney+, including The Mandalorian and the rest of the Star Wars franchise (aside from The Last Jedi and Solo: A Star Wars Story, which will arrive on the service later).Other highlights include ’90s favorites like Gargoyles and X-Men: The Animated Series, animated movies like Moana, Disney Channel original series including Hannah Montana and Even Stevens, vintage Hollywood classics, and more.More intriguing, however, are the small peeks at Disney+’s obscure, nearly forgotten, and just plain bizarre offerings.
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We're expecting to see some great Argos Black Friday deals next month, but you don't need to wait until November to find a bargain – for a limited time, you can get two selected PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch games for just £30.It's a great deal, and includes titles such as Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Tom Clancy's The Division 2 and Wolfenstein: Youngblood.Get two selected games for £30 at ArgosGrab two games from a selection of PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch titles for just £30.The games on offer include Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Tom Clancy's The Division 2, Wolfenstein: Youngblood and many more.Deal ends midnight October 18.
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A bill scheduled to be introduced on Thursday in the Senate proposes harsher punishments for tech companies and executives found responsible for privacy violations.Under the "Mind Your Own Business Act," tech executives caught lying to the Federal Trade Commission about privacy violations could face up to 20 years in prison.The bill would also impose immediate fines on companies who commit privacy violations, rather than the first-time warning currently in place.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.A newly-proposed Senate bill would give the Federal Trade Commission more power to crack down on tech companies found responsible for enabling privacy violations, and threatens up to 20 years of jail time for tech executives who mislead the public about those violations.The "Mind Your Own Business Act," which is scheduled to be introduced by Oregon Democrat Sen. Ron Wyden on Thursday, proposes harsher penalties for privacy violations than those currently in place, which Wyden believes are insufficient to deter bad behavior.
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] -- A new software system developed by Brown University researchers turns cell phones into augmented reality portals, enabling users to place virtual building blocks, furniture and other objects into real-world backdrops, and use their hands to manipulate those objects as if they were really there.The team will present the work later this month at the ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST 2019) in New Orleans.The source code for Andriod is freely available for download on the researchers' website, and iPhone code will follow soon."AR is going to be a great new mode of interaction," said Jeff Huang, an assistant professor of computer science at Brown who developed the system with his students."We wanted to make something that made AR portable so that people could use anywhere without any bulky headsets.We also wanted people to be able to interact with the virtual world in a natural way using their hands."
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In a new post to its blog, Twitter addressed a topic that’s been the center of much controversy: how much punitive action can (or should) Twitter take against important public figures when they violate the platform rules.It pleaded for sympathy, saying “We understand the desire for our decisions to be “yes/no” binaries, but it’s not that simple.The actions we take and policies we develop will set precedent around online speech and we owe it to the people we serve to be deliberate and considered in what we do.”There continues to be meaningful public conversation about how we think about Tweets from world leaders on our service.We welcome the conversation and want to share more context on our principles and process for reviewing Tweets from these accounts.— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) October 15, 2019
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In March 2015, when Salesforce’s employee success chief, Cindy Robbins, arrived at my home for one of the regular meetings I host with my senior executives, I could tell that something was a little off.Not only did she seem oddly reserved, even a bit anxious, she’d taken the unusual step of bringing backup, namely another senior woman executive, Leyla Seka.They sat down and got right to the point.They’d come to tell me they suspected that women employees at Salesforce were being paid less than men for the same work.For starters, I’d been working hard at this problem for three solid years.I soon discovered that less than 29 percent of Salesforce’s total employees were women, and they made up only 14 percent at the leadership level.
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I’ve paid more and less, depending on where the architect lives.However, a good cloud architect can make as much as $250,000 with proper experience and a proven track record of success.Many may scoff at “proven track record” because cloud-based resources are relatively new, and configuring those resources to form the optimum solution is a still-evolving science.[ SQL databases are gaining NoSQL features.| Don’t miss these 7 powerful features in MySQL and MariaDB.Good cloud architects are scarce because they wear so many hats.
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Critics called the film "empowering" and predicted stars like Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, and John Lithgow could win Oscars for their performances.We rounded up what critics and others who saw the first screening of "Bombshell" had to say.The movie, directed by Jay Roach, follows the stories of two women, Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson, who accused Roger Ailes of sexual harassment before he stepped down as Fox News CEO in 2016.Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman star as Kelly and Carlson.The film deals with the fall of a media mogul, the culture of Fox News, and the sensitive topic of sexual harassment, and so far it's generated rave reviews and few complaints thanks to performances by its star-studded cast.Variety reporters Marc Malkin and Angelique Jackson said Theron's performance as Megyn Kelly could earn her a second Oscar.
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You should buy TVs, gaming consoles, video games, kitchen appliances, and smart home tech.Deals on clothing, toys, Apple devices, and furniture are usually not worth it.Okay, so it's still technically over a month away.But be careful: Not all deals are created equal.If you go in knowing what you're looking for, you're less likely to be ripped off by a fancy-looking coupon or to spend money on products you don't need."We expect things like 75-inch TVs to be at a lower price point," said Vivek Pandya, manager of Adobe Digital Insights.
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