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Microsoft is planning to improve the way you reset or refresh a Windows 10 PC.The company has revealed it’s testing a new “cloud download” feature for resetting Windows 10 when hardware fails or the OS needs reinstalling.While the feature isn’t available for public testing just yet, it will appear on devices when you boot a machine in a failed state.This will likely be similar to the way Apple handles macOS reinstalls, with the option to reinstall macOS by downloading a copy from the cloud.Microsoft has actually been using a similar feature for its Surface lineup recently, allowing the devices to “recover from the cloud” by downloading a copy of Windows 10 and reinstalling it.Existing support tools for Windows from laptops like Dell, Asus, HP, and more usually involve a copy of the OS on a partitioned part of the drive or third-party tools to restore from the cloud or a USB key.
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The concept of smart home is gaining more and more traction, when people are getting more interested into controlling their home devices from just phone apps.Or via voice commands using some of the smart assistant platforms like Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa.It’s still quite reserved for the slightly advanced geeks, because building the smart home is asking for a bit of a skill in electronics and electrics.And today we have something just for these geeks with cheap SONOFF Mini smart switches from Ebay.SONOFF Mini smart switch is a DIY component for your smart home, which allows you to run devices in your house using the phone eWeLink app or just voice commands.You can time schedule the devices from the app, check the power-on state or just turn them off, let one SONOFF device trigger another one or just trigger full groups of switches together.
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Twitter has a new ad campaign running in San Francisco and New York City, featuring tweets from the “Me on Twitter” memes, in which users post two photos (of themselves or otherwise) or statements highlighting how differently they behave on different social networks.The campaign, as reported by Creative Bloq, seeks to embrace the platform as a place where quirky, funny, viral things happen.And they do — along with all of the other nonsense that concurrently happens on Twitter, ranging from harassment, racism, sexism, white nationalism, and Twitter generally being bad at enforcing its own anti-abuse policies.But look at how funny these tweets are!According to Creative Bloq, Twitter recently unfollowed everyone, including its own CEO Jack Dorsey, and followed the 28 people who are featured in this campaign instead.Twitter confirmed to The Verge that it received consent from all users featured in the campaign, with 31 tweets plastered in various New York subway and San Francisco Muni stations.
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Kast announced that it has acquired Rabbit‘s intellectual property, software stack, and several patents.Rabbit was a service that let users watch videos together online.Although it averaged about 3.5 million viewers a month, the company shut down in May.Kast is another live-share experience — one that also supports game parties and video chat — and its acquisition of Rabbit’s remnants should help it grow.“The entire team at Kast deeply admired and loved Rabbit as a product, and we followed the news of its shutdown with sadness, as did everyone else in this space,” said Mark Ollila, co-founder and chief executive officer of Kast, in a press release sent to GamesBeat.“Now, we can ensure that the best parts of Rabbit’s innovative service can live on within Kast’s company roadmap.”
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Huawei’s sub-brand Honor is expanding its smart devices portfolio, apart from phones and watches, to televisions.The Honor TV, which has a pop-up camera, is going to be launched in China and India in the next few weeks.Other Chinese smartphone brands such as Xiaomi, Realme, Gionee, Hisense and Oppo have launched TVs and OnePlus is expected to launch soon.“Whichever direction we are working on, we want to expand our product portfolio line-up to make people’s life smarter,” Chris Sun Baigong, President of Honor Middle East and Africa, told TechRadar Middle East, after launching its second flagship smartphone of the year – 20 Pro – after View 20.Eventually, he said that what Honor is dedicated is to bring the best user experience to the users - either at home, on the move or in the office.“We have wearable for people on the move and smartphone for people in the office,” he said.
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An inventor buzzing around on a flyboard clutching a rifle and subsequently borking an attempt to cross the English Channel isn’t the only mildly science fiction-y development concerning the French military lately.In the past week, French Defence Minister Florence Parly said that the country would launch miniature surveillance satellites brimming with defensive weaponry in the next few years, with options including spacecraft-mounted lasers and submachine guns under consideration, according to French newspaper Le Point (via Task & Purpose).According to Le Point, the project will initially reallocate £641 million in additional funding to France’s existing £3 billion space budget from 2021-2025 and involve 220 soldiers from various French military space agencies.The plan is to have the operation based out of a new airfield in Toulouse by 2025, with Parly saying that the project “will not be a fantasy, it will be a credible ambition.”French President Emmanuel Macron first announced that the nation would be creating its own space force tasked with defending satellites in mid-July, though a Reuters report made no mention of space-based weapons systems.Parly has proposed amending French law on space operations to allow the Ministry of Armed Forces more freedom to act under the supervision of the National Centre for Space Study and said she wanted patrol satellites in orbit by 2023, according to Task & Purpose.
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It sounds like a scam, but it’s not: Equifax really is giving millions of people up to $125 in cash or free identity restoration services after a 2017 data breach exposed the personal information of about 147 million people.That said, it didn’t take long for scammers to start using the settlement as a way to get your personal information.According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), people have already set up copycat websites trying to bilk people into handing over private data — or even cash.People may have already started putting up fake websites meant to look like the official Equifax settlement claims website,” wrote the FCC’s Michael Atleson on Monday.“To be sure you’re going to the right place, start at the FTC’s page: ftc.gov/Equifax.”“A couple more things to remember.
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Moving from a world where the development of economic frameworks are longer at the helm of governments and countries, Facebook will soon have around 2.2 billion of its users with access to a crypto wallet.But while Libra's success is an unknown, one certainty is that Facebook won't be the only corporation rolling out such technology according to RMIT's Professor Jason Potts from the University's Blockchain Innovation Hub.It's a view shared by blockchain researchers globally including Professor Dr Philipp Sandner from the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, who recently delivered an industry roundtable on blockchain innovation with RMIT's Potts at Austrade in Frankfurt, Germany.Sandner, who heads up the Frankfurt School Blockchain Center, said that while several banks in Germany, such as Commerzbank, LBBW and Deutsche Bank, have made some headway in terms of blockchain innovation there's still a way to go.The researcher said that there some altruistic goals of cryptocurrencies such as Libra - which he hopes to see run true."It does enable access to formal digital currency for people in developing and emerging countries so that for the first time in their lives, they're able to transfer money to other people digitally and store value for 'tomorrow'", he said.
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Infrared imagery from NASA's Aqua satellite found just a small area of cold clouds in thunderstorms within weakening Tropical Depression Dalila, enough to maintain it as a tropical cyclone.NASA's Aqua satellite uses infrared light to analyze the strength of storms by providing temperature information about the system's clouds.The strongest thunderstorms that reach high into the atmosphere have the coldest cloud top temperatures.On July 25 at 5:20 a.m. EDT (0920 UTC), the Moderate Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument that flies aboard NASA's Aqua satellite gathered infrared data on Dalila.There was still a small area of strong thunderstorms with cloud top temperatures as cold as minus 50 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 45.5 Celsius).The National Hurricane Center or NHC noted, "Dalila is still technically a tropical cyclone based on the development of new convection within 70-75 nautical miles northeast of the center."
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If you’ve been in the market for an eReader, Amazon has two new ones for you to consider today.Chief among this pair of new Kindles is the 2019 Kindle Oasis, which is the new high-end device in the Kindle line.Because of the distinction, the Kindle Oasis is the most expensive Kindle in Amazon’s lineup by a fair amount.The new Kindle Oasis is available in two different colors, graphite or champagne gold, and starts at $249.99 for 8GB of storage.If you want to bump up that internal storage to a more significant 32GB, you’re looking at shelling out $279.99 – an additional $30.That’s definitely a steep price, but depending on what you’re looking for in an eReader, it might be worth the high cost of admission.
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A consumer advocacy group is urging US regulators to investigate Amazon over undisclosed influencer endorsements during Prime Day this year.Washington DC-based group Public Citizen said that in a "great number of cases," influencers did not let people know they were getting commission for their endorsements.Federal Trade Commission guidelines suggest that companies should monitor influencers who are endorsing products on their behalf and "deal" with those not being transparent.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.A consumer advocacy group is asking US regulators to investigate Amazon, alleging that some of its influencers did no correctly disclose that they were being paid for endorsing Prime Day deals.Washington DC-based group Public Citizen said in a letter to the Federal Trade Commission this week that "in a great number of cases" the endorsement relationship was not communicated to customers.
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Chinese crypto entrepreneur Justin Sun is facing a series of allegations after announcing his decision to postpone a lunch date with Warren Buffet for which Sun bid $4.7 million.Local media reported that Sun was barred from foreign travel due to allegations including illegal fundraising, money laundering, and gambling.Why it matters: The Chinese entrepreneur’s activities have been in the media spotlight after he won a charity auction with a record $4.57 million bid for lunch with Buffet last month.Sun founded cryptocurrency TRON, which is now the world’s 10th largest.Buffett, a skeptic of cryptocurrency, compared Bitcoin to “rat poison.”Details: Sun posted on Weibo on Tuesday that he was recovering in the hospital after falling ill from kidney stones, and that the lunch, set for this Thursday, was postponed.
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Parking is a frustrating aspect of owning a car—so frustrating, in fact, that an entire taxi and ride-hail industry cropped up to get you places on four wheels, while skipping the whole where-to-put-the-car thing.Parking-related crashes happen at lower speeds, so they’re fortunately less likely to hurt or kill people (or get reported to police).That helps explain the efforts by automakers and others to reduce parking crashes.German automotive supplier Bosch and automaker Daimler have been working together on parking assist technologies since at least 1995.More recently, Bosch and Daimler have been working for at least four years on a driverless parking garage in Stuttgart, Germany.The companies have teased this collaboration, and now promise that very soon, visitors to the Mercedes-Benz Museum will be able to ride in a car that can navigate its own way through a parking garage, and then be sent off to park by itself.
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Apple often introduces a new wave of hardware at its fall event, and this year the company seems to be preparing a fresh trio of iPhones.The new models will be powered by Apple’s A13 chip and will still be equipped with Lightning ports rather than USB-C.The news comes from Guilherme Rambo at 9to5Mac, who has produced some reliable Apple scoops in recent months.Paired with the latest claims from Apple’s supply chain, this is looking like a plausible picture of what we can expect from Cook and crew later this fall.The N104 will replace the less expensive iPhone XR.The three new models will have the same screen resolutions as the existing iPhone XS counterparts.
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China’s STAR Market technology board opened trading on the Shanghai Stock Exchange Monday morning, with its first batch of 25 companies offering shares in the long-awaited debut.Why it matters: Previously known as the science and technology innovation board, STAR Market represents one of China’s most significant capital market reforms.The bourse is a strategic asset in Beijing’s push for technological self-reliance amid the US-China trade war, which has caused several Chinese tech companies to delay or cancel their US initial public offerings (IPO).The registration-based tech board was designed to lure high-potential tech companies to list domestically.Currently, top Chinese tech companies, including Alibaba, Tencent, Baidu, and JD.com, are all listed on exchanges overseas because of the strict listing criteria of domestic stock markets.The new market is expected to draw listings from among China’s rich reserve of unicorns, privately held companies valued at $1 billion or more, including Bytedance, the highest-valued startup in the world, and ride-hailing giant Didi.
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A young girl sits rapt in front of a black-and-white television screen as John F. Kennedy gives an impassioned speech about traveling to space to find “new hopes for knowledge and peace.” The U.S. will take on this world-changing goal “not because it is easy, but because it is hard.”That heralded talk, dubbed “We Choose to Go to the Moon” from 1962, serves as the spine of a commercial for an augmented reality app that recreates the Apollo 11 journey and highlights the former president as a visionary and prime mover in the space program.The spot, called “Full Circle,” shows the same youngster as a teen-ager watching the Saturn V rocket launch in 1969 on a slightly updated but still colorless TV.Then in her current-day adult life, she relives that historic moment and shares it with the next awe-struck generation via AR.The ad aims to show “one woman’s fascination with space throughout her lifetime,” creators say, and link JFK to the Apollo 11 mission “through one of the many people he inspired.”The campaign, from Digitas and Unit9, will air through the summer in AMC theaters.
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Some matchups will be harder than others and there’s always some RNG in collectible card games, but as long as you understand a deck’s win condition, you are good to go.The Rise of Shadows expansion brought us many new cards, making this formidable deck possible.Of course, you can bait board clearing cards, but not all enemies will fall for that strategy.The first gives friendly mechs +1/+1, but also triggers their Deathrattle effects.If you have built up a mass of Goblin Bombs by then, triggering this effect will create quite the powerful blast.The best part is that you mostly need common cards with the occasional rare and legendary, making it relatively easy to obtain even for returning players.
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A new insights report by McKinsey lays out the future of personalization, how important it is to marketing success, as well as ways businesses can prepare to compete and flourish in this smart new world.Of course, marketing technology will be fundamental to this.It found that companies which are leading the charge on personalization are seeing ‘5 to 15 percent increases in revenue and 10 to 30 percent increases in marketing-spend efficiency.’But more recent data is even more illuminating.It found that ‘86% of leaders are more likely to personalize communications with useful product/service information in the awareness stage (compared to 59% of followers).’ And when asked about their predictions on personalization in the future, ‘42% of leaders vs 20% of followers believe that in 2020 digitally personalized communications will be most important for current customers in the support and retention stages.’From ultra-personalization online, to ultra-personalization offline
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Between the 2000 and 2010 census, the 65+ age group increased by 15.1% — notably greater than the 9.7% growth rate attributed to the broader population.Founded in 2017, the Brooklyn, New York-based company today announced a $5 million seed round led by Thrive Capital, with participation from Alphabet’s urban innovation offshoot Sidewalk Labs, Inspired Capital, Refactor Capital, Maveron, Collaborative Fund, Trailmix, Box Group, and a host of individual investors.A bit like a “TaskRabbit for seniors,” Umbrella invites local community members to sign up and offer their services — anything from moving boxes to shoveling snow, changing light bulbs, painting fences, raking leaves, or cleaning houses.These community members are what Umbrella refer to as “neighbors,” and they don’t work for free — jobs are typically charged at $20 per hour, though neighbors concede a $4 cut to Umbrella.Neighbors can also elect to receive less money, with the difference going toward discounted work for lower-income seniors in the neighborhood.CEO Lindsay Ullman was previously a principal at Sidewalk Labs and a partner at Alphabet’s investment arm GV.
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The developments come amid deteriorating relations between Beijing and London.HuffPost is part of Oath.Oath 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.Oath will also provide you with personalised ads on partner products.Select 'OK' to continue and allow Oath and our partners to use your data, or select 'Manage options' to view your choices.
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Call of Duty Modern Warfare remakes the game that made the series a household name.It will also have a new, "modern" multiplayer mode.Modern Warfare will introduce a 2v2 multiplayer mode called Gunfight according to Activision on Thursday.The new match type will pit two teams of two players against each other in a confined arena with the same inventory loadouts and 40 seconds rounds.The first to win six rounds wins the match.In the case of a tie, there will be an "overtime" round where a flag appears on the map, and players will either have to capture it or defeat the other team within 10 seconds.
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Which means we're nearly thereThe Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) has released guidelines for engineers who will have to implement Wi-Fi 6, meaning the advent of the 802.11ax standard is truly upon us – despite the fact it is not expected to be officially ratified until late 2019.Wi-Fi 6 involves different propagation and coverage density characteristics than its predecessor, and offers better support for mesh networks, which means IT departments will have to adapt their deployment strategies.The 40-page document, which can be downloaded here (registration required), outlines recommendations on band steering (i.e.automatic switching to a less congested band, channel, or AP), the use of MU-MIMO (multi-user, multiple-input, multiple-output) technology, adjusting the number of APs in high-density deployments, and minimising RF interference.The document describes several potential use cases, including Wi-Fi in public venues, stadiums, residential and multi-dwelling units, as well as recommendations for the Internet of Things (IoT) and enterprise WLANs.
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The three-decade-old Dragon Quest franchise loves its traditions.The games share exploration, crafting, and an intentional retro streak, and those elements formed the foundation of a short, sometimes limited, but ultimately entertaining game.A link to the pastDeveloper: Omega Force, Square EnixPlatform: PlayStation 4, Nintendo SwitchESRB Rating: E for Everyone 10+
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Facebook is housing the team in a new limited liability company that bears the same name.The new apps will include the developer name "NPE Team from Facebook."Apps are expected to hit the Apple App and Google Play stores, as well as the web, in the coming weeks."We believe building without fear of failure is the only way to achieve success."The creation of the new team highlights Facebook's efforts to develop features and services outside of its main social network, which has been embroiled in a series of privacy and security scandals and struggles to attract teenage users in the US.The social network purchased the Instagram photo-sharing app and the WhatsApp messaging service.
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Apple upgraded its MacBook Air and MacBook Pro laptops on Tuesday, but it looks like two notebooks have vanished from the company's site.The smallest of the MacBooks and the cheapest MacBook Air are now gone.The $999 MacBook Air released in 2018 and the 12-inch MacBook are no longer available on Apple's website as of Tuesday.It appears the Mac maker will have the updated $1,099 MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro as the new entry-level notebooks.First released in 2015, the 13-inch MacBook Air was the cheaper notebook Apple offered with the starting price of $999.The thin laptop received annual updates until 2017 with improvements to its Intel processor while keeping the sub-$1000 price tag.
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Have you ever imagined a beer brand sponsoring the FIFA Women’s World Cup?In this context, it’s great to see brands such as Adidas, Hulu, Visa and Budweiser understanding the value of sponsoring the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.It's paramount for the marketing industry to continue to create a global platform for female empowerment through sports.They are sponsoring the notion that boys don’t matter more than girls because their matches are on TV.They are sponsoring the concept of there being no limits on what women can or cannot do.They are sponsoring women asking for a corner kick, complaining about it and then getting pissed with the referee.
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Getting dodgy batteries fixed can take up to THREE weeksAs Apple's MacBook Pro recall is entering its second week, new details are starting to emerge about the extent of the danger posed by its notebook batteries – and just how irritating the repair process is proving to be.In a warning issued Thursday, the US government's independent Consumer Products Safety Commission urged Mac loyalists to be safe and just power off the machines as soon as possible.The watchdog also shared some preliminary numbers on Apple's voluntary recall, including just how many notebooks can be sent back for repairs, and how many people have reported their batteries overheating to dangerous levels."Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled laptop computers," the commission intoned.Apple has received 26 reports of the laptop’s battery overheating, including five reports of minor burns and one report of smoke inhalation, as well as 17 reports of minor damage to nearby personal property."
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We’ve featured her in this series before but she had so many great answer to our new questions we wanted to highlight her again.How do you keep yourself calm and/or focused?FEWWGGS –Focus (30 mins), Exercise (4X/wk), Water (64+ oz), Write/Read (20 mins), Greens (4 servings or more), Gratitude (3 daily), Sleep (7+ hrs)What apps/software/tools can’t you live without?At home I have a desk with one laptop, two phones and iPad pro.And it’s busy, noisy and chatty and though I have an office, I don’t really like being in there.
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Google employees don't want Google sponsoring San Fransisco Pride festivities.In a letter and petition to the board of directors of San Fransisco Pride, posted to Medium Wednesday, a group of Google employees said the company hasn't improved its policies when it comes to the treatment of "LGBTQ+ persons, the depiction of LGBTQ+ persons, and harassment and hate speech directed at LGBTQ+ persons, on YouTube and other Google products."As such, letting Google sponsor Pride would be painting the company in "a rainbow veneer of support," the employees said in the letter.They asked the Pride board to revoke Google's sponsorship of Pride 2019 and exclude it from the San Francisco Pride Parade on June 30."Google has marched in the San Francisco Pride Parade for more than a decade and we are excited to continue the tradition this weekend.We are grateful for SF Pride's partnership and leadership," a Google spokesperson said in a statement.
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A no-deal Brexit would be a disaster for Wales, but both Johnson and Hunt would prioritise keeping their party together over keeping the Union together, Plaid Cymru's Adam Price writesHuffPost is part of Oath.Oath 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.Oath will also provide you with personalised ads on partner products.Select 'OK' to continue and allow Oath and our partners to use your data, or select 'Manage options' to view your choices.
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