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It has been more than half a year since Google announced its plans to acquire popular wearable brand Fitbit but that deal may be in danger of falling through. That is if privacy advocates have their way and convince the European Commission of the risks that this deal would entail. Although it may not have been legally or technically required … Continue reading
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(Lehigh University) Lehigh University PhD student Vincent Graber's research project related to burn control in fusion reactors has been selected for funding by the Department of Energy's Office of Science Graduate Student Research program. Graber, a mechanical engineering student in professor Eugenio Schuster's Plasma Control Group, will conduct his research at Princeton Plasma Physics Lab.
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Pokemon GO’s latest update spilled a bit of info on the future of the LOOK of the game in addition to releases of new Pokemon. This update includes Map Display Settings – that’s new. That might not seem particularly exciting, but it’s a key component in the future of the game – the way the game looks in the way … Continue reading
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Chinese phone maker Lenovo gave us an official “first look” at the upcoming Lenovo Z6 Pro 5G.Well, the brand decided to completely blur out the device, which makes us wonder what’s the point of the entire video.In addition to that, the highly-skilled Lenovo video editing team managed to hide every possible interesting spec with the squeak of a duck.If you’re still willing to watch the video you can check it out at this link.Lenovo Z6 Pro 5G about to debut, here’s the first promotional videoThe only real detail we learn from the video is that the smartphone will be really affordable.
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North Korea withdrew from the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons in 2003.It subsequently developed nuclear weapons, with five underground nuclear tests culminating in a suspected thermonuclear explosion (a hydrogen bomb) on 3 September 2017.Now a team of scientists, led by Dr K. M. Sreejith of the Space Applications Centre, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), have used satellite data to augment measurements of tests on the ground.The researchers find that the most recent test shifted the ground by a few metres, and estimate it to be equivalent to 17 times the size of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945.Dr Sreejith and his team turned to space for a solution.Using data from the ALOS-2 satellite and a technique called Synthetic Aperture Radar Interferometry (InSAR), the scientists measured the changes on the surface above the test chamber resulting from the September 2017 explosion, sited at Mount Mantap in the northeast of North Korea.
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When Paramount released its first trailer for Sonic the Hedgehog earlier this year, fans of the game franchise were not thrilled with the protagonist’s character design.In fact, they were downright horrified by a monstrosity with human teeth and eyes, long legs, and little resemblance to the hero they knew.Now, a redesigned version has appeared in a new trailer, and he’s looking a lot better.Opening with a shot of the Green Hill Zone made famous in the game series, the latest Sonic the Hedgehog trailer immediately shows off Sonic’s new appearance, with a zoomed in shot of his eyes.Though there is still a slightly bit of fur separating his eyes, they almost form into the one giant oval fans recognize, and the irises have a taller shape that is more cartoony.His mouth has been colored a darker shade that better fits his blue fur, as well, and the human teeth have also been removed.
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After the release of the Samsung Galaxy Fold and the numerous issues that followed, Samsung now has more experience with foldable phones.There have been several reports that the company is working on another foldable device.Now, the Samsung W20 5G foldable phone has made a quick stop at TENAA with model number SM-W2020.According to TENAA’s listing, this smartphone will come with a 4.6-inch display (folded) and a 4135 mAh battery.The phone measures 160.9 x 117.9 x 6.9 mm which is the same as the Samsung Galaxy Fold.The South Korean manufacturing giant released a series of posters earlier this week which shows that this smartphone will arrive on November 19 in Wuhan, China.
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We’ve been hearing rumors Apple is working on some sort of augmented reality headset for ages, but today a report from The Information provides the strongest evidence yet that Apple is getting ready to enter the AR fray.Specifically, Apple is aiming to release its AR headset in 2022, and a pair of smart glasses will follow in 2023.The Information says its report was sourced from an October presentation among Apple employees.Though some earlier reports had pegged the headset’s release date for 2020, it appears Apple is biding its time to get the technology right rather than rushing into the nascent market.The report claims Apple plans to begin reaching out to developers in 2021.The headset is allegedly codenamed N301 and looks like a sleeker version of Facebook‘s Oculus Quest, except it appears to be able to switch between AR and VR modes.
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Facebook is reportedly removing posts that name the Trump impeachment whistleblower.It follows right-wing publication Breitbart News claiming to have identified the person, Reuters reported Friday.CNN added YouTube is following suit with any videos mentioning the whistleblower's name, with Google confirming the report to CNET.The White House whistleblower had in September released a nine-page complaint alleging that senior officials had tried to "lock down" the details of US President Donald Trump's phone call over the summer with Ukraine's president.During the phone call, Trump had asked Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son.The revelation led to an impeachment inquiry being launched.
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Microsoft researchers have released a chatbot version of a cutting-edge text generator trained on tens of millions of Reddit posts—albeit with a disclaimer in place should things get offensive.The open-source blueprint, DialoGPT, builds on a breakthrough in language-based artificial intelligence called GPT-2, another separate program released earlier this year that can generate random copy with unprecedented realism and serve as a base foundation for more tailored programs like Microsoft’s chatbot.As one of the early attempts to channel the GPT-2’s unpredictable tech into a chatbot, the Microsoft project includes a precautionary measure that requires developers to write their own code for translating output data into readable text.“The conversational text might be different from any large text corpus that the previous works have been using, in that it is less formal, sometimes trollish and generally much more noisy,” the researchers wrote in an accompanying paper.“Responses generated using this model may exhibit a propensity to express agreement with propositions that are unethical, biased or offensive—or the reverse, disagreeing with otherwise ethical statements.”Despite the wildcard potential, some researchers think models like GPT-2 could supercharge advances in the type of machine learning that can understand and produce natural language in much the same way that analogous models for image recognition set the scene for an ongoing boom in computer vision AI around 2012.
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One of the best opportunities of the year to purchase new video games, consoles, accessories, and software is during Black Friday and Cyber Monday.Among the most popular systems right now is the Nintendo Switch.With the shopping holiday season upon us, we’ve compiled a list of the best Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals, including some deals you can snag before Black Friday.What Nintendo Switch deals to expectNintendo is notoriously stingy when it comes to discounting its products, even during Black Friday, but you can expect to see sales for a variety of hardware and software.In the case of the Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo Switch Lite, they tend to not actually offer direct savings compared to the standard retail price, but will often package the consoles with a free game or a gift card for the digital store.
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Federal prosecutors have charged two former Twitter employees with spying on behalf of the Saudi Arabian government, The Washington Post first reported.The criminal complaint unsealed Wednesday alleges that the former employees snooped on the accounts of people who were critical of Saudi Arabia.The defendants allegedly spied on more than 6,000 Twitter accounts beginning in 2015 at Saudi Arabia's behest.A Twitter spokesperson said the company is thankful for the Justice Department's investigation but declined to answer questions about what role the employees held in the company.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Two former employees of Twitter have been charged with spying on more than 6,000 users' accounts at the request of the Saudi Arabian government, according to a federal criminal complaint unsealed Wednesday.
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the Swede, Oskar Hjertonsson, is the co-founder and managing director of the Cornershop.as of the business concept that the customer is able to order the food to your door, from outlets in their local area.For more than a year ago, the Cornershop is near to be bought up by the american detaljhandelsjätten wal-mart.the price was about 225 million us dollars, it is 2.2 billion for the entire company.However, the mexican competition authority put a stop to the affair in just over six months later on.for more information, see the Partner if miljardaffären: But it paid better than wal-mart.
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An asteroid slightly smaller than the largest structure in the U.S. is slated to harmlessly zoom past Earth later this month.Known as 2006 SF6, the space rock will zip past Earth on Nov. 20 at approximately 2.7 million miles (0.02886 astronomical units) at roughly 12:01 a.m. EDT, according to NASA's Center for Near Earth Object Studies, which tracks near-Earth objects.According to a 2018 report put together by Planetary.org, there are more than 18,000 NEOs."Potentially hazardous" NEOs are defined as space objects that come within 0.05 astronomical units and measure more than 460 feet in diameter, according to NASA.Asteroid 2006 SF6, which was discovered on Sept. 17, 2006, is believed to be between 919 feet and 2,034 feet in diameter, slightly smaller than the KVLY-TV mast in Blanchard, S.D., the tallest structure in the U.S. and fourth tallest in the world.The space rock will fly past Earth at approximately 17,800 miles per hour and will come within close proximity to our planet again on Nov. 5, 2020, two days after the U.S. presidential election.
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TikTok parent company ByteDance has debuted its long-anticipated smartphone in partnership with Chinese phone maker Smartisan.The Jianguo Pro 3 is only available for purchase in China, and starts at around $389 US.The phone has a few shortcuts for using the Chinese version of TikTok, called Douyin: you can access the app by swiping up on the phone's lock screen, and the app's effects and filters are built into the phone's camera.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.The company behind TikTok, the social app that's launched a generation of viral memes and internet stars, has debuted its first smartphone.TikTok's parent company, ByteDance, unveiled the Jianguo Pro 3 phone under the brand Smartisan, a Chinese phone maker that ByteDance acquired patents from nearly a year ago, which first sparked rumors the company was working on its own smartphone.
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Today, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 which was released in March 2018 got a new stable update (MIUI V11 0.2.0 stable version).Although this update is MIUI 11, it is still based on the Android 9 Pie system.Amongst other features, this smartphone will now support face unlock application, photo-text watermark editing, Xiaoai voice wake-up feature, gaming features such as a phone docking window, etc.The specific update log is as follows:App Lock: Adds support for unlocking apps via faceClock: Fix the problem that the timer page button clicks blink; fix the problem that the clock flashes on a special date.
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Svensk cancerforskning sackar efter andra jämförbara länder, enligt en ny rapport från Cancerfonden.En oroande utveckling, anser Klas Kärre, ordförande för fondens forskningsnämnd.Sverige är förvisso bland de 20 länder i världen som producerar mest cancerforskning.Men Sverige är också det land som tappat flest placeringar under en 15-årsperiod, från plats 9 till 14, när dessa 20 länder jämförs.Samma eller lägre tillväxtakt har bara Israel, Storbritannien och Finland.Den nya rankningen visar att svensk cancerforskning har knappt 2 procents genomsnittlig tillväxt per år, jämfört med cirka 6 procent för hela världen.
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Webroot has released its third annual Nastiest Malware list highlighting 2019's worst cybersecurity threats and the fact that consumers and businesses alike need to take cybersecurity education more seriously.Ransomware campaigns continued to see success this year by evolving to a more targeted model initially adopted in previous years and SMBs remain a prime target as they struggle with limited security budgets and cybersecurity skills.Emotet, Trickbot and Ryuk was one of the most successful chains of 2019 in terms of financial damages.These malware strains have shifted their focus to more reconnaissance-based operation in which they assign a value to a targeted network after it has been infected and then send the ransom for that amount after moving laterally inside the network.Gandcrab was the most successful instance of ransomware as a service to date and its authors have boasted shared profits in excess of $2bn.However, after Gandcrab's authors retired, Sodinokibi (Sodin/REvil) rose to take its place.
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New global site permissions but rivals still ahead on privacyVersion 2.9 of Chromium-based web browser Vivaldi boasts a new central control of website permissions.Employee-owned Vivaldi is based in Oslo, Norway, and claims 1.2 million users.Google Chrome usage is in the billions and Firefox reports over 800 million users on the desktop alone.The privacy-focused Brave claims 8 million active users.Small can still be worthwhile, however, and by using the open-source Chromium browser engine, which powers Google Chrome among many others, means that web standards support is good and you can install most Chrome extensions.
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Fifty years ago Tuesday, on 29 October 1969, the internet was born.Today you probably know ARPA better by the name DARPA, the government agency that’s working on bleeding edge tech like warfighting robots and brain implants.And in a notebook entry for "29 Oct 69" we can see a particularly important notation at 22:30 (10:30 pm): “Talked to SRI, Host to Host.”That sheet of paper, which currently sits at the archives of UCLA, is more or less the internet’s birth certificate – a written record of that moment when the two host computers at UCLA and SRI started communicating.I chatted over the text with Bradley Fidler, a historian of computing at the Stevens Institute in the US state of New Jersey, where he works on contemporary issues relating to the technical management of the internet.I should probably note that I only realised halfway through our text conversation that Dr Fidler was on a plane to Los Angeles, a city that was experiencing a terrifying fire near UCLA’s campus in Westwood.
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Korean mobility startup Code42 has secured US$25 million in pre-series A funding round led by Kia Motors, which contributed US$12.5 million to the deal.Other Korean companies such as SK Group, LG, and CJ Group also participated in the round, according to a news release.Established just this March, Code42 is an autonomous transportation-as-a-service (TaaS) startup founded by former Naver chief technology officer and Naver Lab CEO Chang-Hyeon Song.It is developing an urban mobility operating system (UMOS) for use in services such as shopping, fast delivery, and transportation.The system is aimed to be integrated into self-driving cars, drones, and automated delivery robots to provide mobility and logistics services.Code42 looks to use the investment to complete the development of its UMOS platform and establish the global autonomous TaaS ecosystem, UMOS Connect.
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Facebook has agreed to drop its appeal against the half a million pound fine by the Information Commissioners Office (ICO), over its role in the Cambridge Analytica data sharing scandal in 2018.According to the ICO, Facebook has agreed to pay the £500,000 fine, but has made “made no admission of liability.”In November 2018 Facebook had launched an appeal against the half a million pound fine by the ICO, over its role in the Cambridge Analytica data sharing scandal.It said the ICO fine was unjustified as British data was not shared with Cambridge Analytica.The ICO hit Facebook with a notice of intent in July 2018 and later confirmed the maximum fine of £500,000 in October 2018.Cambridge Analytica was at the centre of a row over the alleged misuse of personal data on 87 million people, mostly in the US, and such as the scandal that the political consultancy was forced to shut down soon afterwards.
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Whether it’s the CDC building in The Walking Dead or a California amusement park in Zombieland, the so-called “safe zone” is a well-worn trope in the zombie subgenre.In Yeon Sang-ho’s Train to Busan, it’s—surprise!—the South Korean resort city of Busan that is rumored to be the one place that managed to keep the walking dead at bay.But their uneventful train ride turns into an all-hell-hath-broken-loose scenario when a woman with a leg bite makes her way onto the train, then starts chomping down on her fellow passengers.There’s not a lot of room to run or places to hide on a bullet train, and Sang-ho uses the film’s claustrophobic setting to great effect in this South Korean masterpiece that manages to be both a terrifying horror film and a bittersweet (albeit blood-soaked) family drama.Oscar-winning horror fiend Guillermo del Toro produced this unsettling Spanish thriller, which sees a woman named Laura (Belén Rueda) return to the now-shuttered orphanage where she grew up—with her husband Carlos (Fernando Cayo) and their adopted son Simón (Roger Príncep) in tow—to breathe new life into the institution that help other abandoned children and wannabe parents find each other.While his parents initially write his behavior off to his new surroundings, it quickly becomes clear—at least to the audience—that something is seriously amiss.
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Starting today, older Pixel devices will have access to a set of powers that, until now, were reserved only for the newest in the Pixel smartphone line, unofficially.While some of these next-gen features will make their way to the Pixel 3 family at some point, the Google Camera 7.2 mod app is a 3rd-party piece of work that’ll bring new features to older Pixel devices right this minute.This includes such interesting oddities as Astro Mode for Pixel 1 and Pixel 2, as well as “Auto Timer” for a photobooth-like ability.The collection of oddities to which your Pixel will be privy will include more new Pixel stuff than at any point in the past.Per the big XDA Developers post where the download(s) can be found, we’ve got a list of updates.Remember here that any downloads you do or don’t do outside of SlashGear are your own responsibility!
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Although there will be plenty of opportunities for IoT potential to be realised in the domestic markets, the big prizes will be realised across international borders.Multi-nationals are the ones with the budgets to invest in this embryonic and largely unproven segment, but to work alongside these companies the telcos will have to prove they have the networks to support the ambition.Unfortunately, many telcos are limited to their domestic markets.“Extending our collaboration with AT to offer NB-IoT roaming helps our customers to easily deploy their connected devices between the U.S. and Europe,” said Vinod Kumar, CEO of Vodafone Business.“We want to make technology adoption simpler for our customers to help them achieve their business outcomes and by pushing forward the standards and linking up our IoT network with AT’s, we’re doing just that.”“For the IoT to live up to its promise, it must be global,” said Chris Penrose, Senior Vice President of Advanced Mobility and Enterprise Solutions for AT “More and more of our enterprise customers are launching IoT applications across multiple countries.
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MacOS Catalina, the latest update to Apple’s Mac operating system, is finally here.We originally suspected that Apple would launch MacOS Catalina alongside this device, as that would make for a good double-whammy for Apple, although it didn’t pan out that way.iTunes becomes Music, TV and PodcastsIt was long rumored that iTunes would be undergoing a major overhaul, and that came to fruition when Apple announced MacOS Catalina at WWDC in June 2019.Instead of having to create two totally separate sets of code, developers just have to tick a checkbox and their iOS app becomes a MacOS one (and vice versa).Sidecar brings the Mac and iPad closer
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The launch of Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 has been a big wish of all fans of the brand.It is believed that this phone will be revealed soon and now a real image emerges that makes the expectation around it increase.The quality of the revealed image is definitely not the best, but you can understand the main features of the equipment.This is a similar image to another that emerged last week, depicting a mysterious smartphone from the company.The Mi Mix line is a family of smartphones that excels in its design with very narrow bezels around the display.The smartphone we see in this image fits this philosophy, so it is plausible that this is actually the Xiaomi Mi Mix 4.
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Google just unveiled two brand-new smartphones: the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL.You can preorder the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL for $799.99 and $899.99 respectively at Best Buy.Check out all the other cool new devices Google launched here.It has a compact, lightweight build, and comes in a striking new "Oh So Orange" color.You can buy it from every major carrier.Buy on Best Buy for $799.99
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Bytedance, the world’s most valuable startup, is ramping up recruitment for its video games business, months after acquiring a Shanghai-based developer, in a move that could intensify its rivalry with Tencent Holdings.There were more than 210 gaming-related jobs posted by Bytedance on the career page of its website as of Friday, according to a search conducted by the South China Morning Post on the same day.That number was up from about 60 job vacancies – including experienced game developers, designers, and producers – that were posted by the Beijing-based tech unicorn in July this year, following its acquisition of mobile game developer Mokun Technology in March.Successful applicants to those gaming-related positions will be based in first-tier Chinese cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Hangzhou.A Bytedance spokeswoman declined to comment on the company’s latest hiring program.“The biggest advantage for Bytedance in entering the gaming sector is its large user base,” said Turian Tan, a gaming market analyst at research firm IDC China.
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