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Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, announced today that it will launch an open blockchain project called Venus to develop regional stablecoins pegged to fiat currencies (or traditional currencies usually issued and backed by a government).Based in Malta, Binance launched its decentralized trading service, Binance Chain, earlier this year, and since then has issued stablecoins pegged to Bitcoin and the British pound.In its English-language announcement, Binance said Venus’ goal is “to empower developed and developing countries to spur new currencies,” but did not mention Libra, Facebook’s cryptocurrency project.In the Chinese-language version of its announcement, however, Binance went into more detail, stating that Venus is intended to be an “independent and autonomous, regional version of Libra.”While Libra’s goal is to create a global digital currency that allows people to avoid the fees associated with credit cards and remittance services, Binance says Venus’ objective is to enable developing countries to “have more financial autonomy” and “protect their financial security” by helping them create new digital currencies.But on Twitter, Binance founder and CEO Changpeng Zhao clarified that the exchange is not positioning Venus as a rival to Libra.
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Recently, IKEA teamed up with Sonos to launch a pair of smart home products – the Symfonisk lamp speaker and Symfonisk bookshelf speaker – but the Swedish furniture giant isn’t going to stop there.In a public announcement, IKEA has revealed that its smart home division (called Home Smart) is formally becoming “its own business unit within Ikea of Sweden”, and that the company “decided to invest significantly in Home Smart across IKEA to fast-forward the development”.While IKEA’s business structure is somewhat nebulous, this announcement essentially amounts to an explicit commitment to continuing to develop products in the smart home category.In fact, considering the aforementioned products that IKEA and Sonos collaborated on are part of the Symfonisk range, it’s very likely that we’ll see other products with a similar focus join them if they prove successful.The Home Smart project was first kicked off in 2012, although it wasn’t until 2015 that consumers started seeing its results, with its launch of a range of wirelessly charging furniture.Since then, a variety of other smart and not-so-smart tech-integrated furniture has been put out by IKEA, including the TRÅDFRI range of affordable smart lights that are able to communicate with Apple HomeKit, Google Home and Amazon Alexa.
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The "Landau-level laser" is an exciting concept for an unusual radiation source.So far, however, nearly all attempts to make such a laser reality have failed.An international team of researchers has now taken an important step in the right direction: In the journal Nature Photonics (DOI: 10.1038/s41566-019-0496-1), they describe a material that generates terahertz waves by simply applying an electric current.Like light, terahertz waves are electromagnetic radiation, in a frequency range between microwaves and infrared radiation.Current WLAN technology, for instance, operates at frequencies of two to five gigahertz.A particular issue is the lack of a terahertz laser that is compact, powerful, and tunable at the same time.
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Peer-to-peer networks meet peer pressureThe MANRS Observatory – named after the industry group Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security – combines stats from a number of different sources to rate and reveal operator compliance with systems designed to make the internet more secure.The issue of routing security and Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) leaks has become increasingly important in the past few years as the number (and size) of outages and attacks have grown.Criminal and possibly state actors have realized the potential that exists in grabbing internet traffic, including surveillance, disruption, and theft.An analysis of routing errors in 2017 revealed that 38 per cent of the 14,000 reported incidents were due to leaks or hijacks.Thanks in large part to MANRS, that number fell in 2018 to 12,000 incidents – but it is still far too high and responsible network operators have been implementing fixes such as filtering, anti-spoofing, global validation, and coordination to beat back the tide.
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If you want Ford's comprehensive FX4 off-road package for your Ranger midsize pickup, you have to option the truck with four-wheel drive.What, then, for buyers who only need to make do with two?Before today, you'd have to ask the aftermarket for help, but now, Ford has an in-house solution.Ford on Wednesday unveiled the Ranger FX2 Package.As the name suggests, this optional package applies to 2WD Rangers, offering up a bit more off-road-related equipment, along with a few aesthetic enhancements.It's not as all-inclusive as the FX4 upgrade, but it's a fair bit more affordable.
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The Apple Card is in the wild.Apple has started sending out invitations to people who signed up to be notified about the company's first credit card.Backed by Goldman Sachs and Mastercard, it's a digital card you apply for and use with your iPhone and Apple Pay (sorry, Android users).It's also a physical, titanium card that works like any regular credit card in places that don't accept Apple Pay.To see what the titanium Apple Card looks and feels like, how to activate it and how it compares with other metal and plastic cards out there, check out the video on this page.As I use the Apple Card (both physical and digital) more over the coming days and weeks, I'll update with more details on what it's like and I'll include any extra details I uncover.
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That means 108,000,000 pixels in total – 12032 x 9024 pixel resolution.If you think this is “absolutely crazy”, per one of their fans Manu Kumar Jain, you might also think you’re in a time-loop when you look at the camera phone released half a decade ago by Nokia.Do you really need to be capturing photos with THAT many pixels?Yes, we've been working on 100MP camera flagship phone!Beginning of 2019, we launched 48MP, & today all flagships use it.We'll soon disrupt the market again with 64MP camera.
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Today, TrendForce announced the global notebook shipments in the second quarter of 2019.According to the report, in the mentioned period, global notebook shipments were 41.5 million units, up 12.1% from the previous quarter.Also, the report pointed out that in the second quarter, North America accounted for one-third of the global notebook market.As for the main players, HP still tops the list.It shipped 4.4 million units in June.But the overall shipments for the second quarter are 10.25 million units, up 11% from the previous month.
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Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), the American maker of semiconductors, computer chips and graphics processing units used in consumer, business and research products, chose Omnicom’s TBWA as global creative and brand agency of record after a competitive review.The network’s London office will handle the business moving forward.“TBWA\London impressed us with their disruptive thinking and storytelling, and we liked the way they challenged our ideas around strategy, creative and design,” said AMD chief marketing officer John Taylor in a statement.“We look forward to working together to bring the AMD brand to life in ways that defy convention and celebrate AMD pushing the envelope in high-performance computing.”According to a party with knowledge of the review, TBWA was one of three finalists, including Wieden + Kennedy London.Brand and Deliver, a London-based marketing agency, previously oversaw AMD’s creative and brand work, this party said.
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There are no fish, cannonballs, thigh bones, spoons or crab monsters on Mars.I was just innocently browsing Google search trends when I saw folks getting excited about signs of extraterrestrial life on Mars as spotted by NASA's Curiosity rover.The frenzy seems to trace to a raw image snapped by the rover's mast camera in early August.It's a cool image, as just about any photo from Mars is.It shows a close-up view of the ground near the rover, including a collection of small rocks scattered about.One of them has a distinctly boot-like shape to it.
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Gift cards are a great shortcut when you're looking to buy a pressie for that hard-to-shop-for friend of relative.However, with both iTunes and Google Play gift cards going cheap in Australia at least a few times a year, they also offer a good way for savvy smartphone owners to save some cash when purchasing apps and games.And if you're an iPhone or iPad owner, now's your chance to stock up, with two major Aussie retailers offering 15% off select iTunes cards.App Store & iTunes gift cards come in $20, $30, $50 and $100 values, and you typically have to pay the full amount for one of those.Right now, however, both Australia Post and Officeworks have slashed prices on the $30 and $50 cards by 15% – meaning you'll be paying only $25.50 and $42.50 for them respectively.Currently neither AusPost or Officeworks have specified an end date for this offer, so if you're in the market for iTunes credit we'd get in sooner rather than later.
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In the last few years, we’ve seen the U.S. government be more open about encounters that members of its services have had with unidentified flying objects and its efforts to fully investigate such incidents, leading to all kinds of speculation about alien alloys and requests from lawmakers to know more about what exactly is going on.I’ll spare you the armchair psychiatric analysis of why we as a society might long for a species with higher-intelligence to come down and save us, put us out of our misery, or just say hello—but we certainly do long for it.After all, a couple of million people have internet-pledged to raid Area 51 next month, and internet pledges are binding.It stands to reason that if someone credible were to come forward and tell us what the government knows about aliens, that person would be a hero.And he gave his own opinion on the topic, telling the ABC News anchor that “People are saying they’re seeing UFOs.I find his lack of belief believable.
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Best Buy has kicked off a 3-day summer sale with discounts on a ton of Amazon technology -- from Echo speakers to streaming devices to tablets.There are also some nice deals on Apple MacBooks and watches.And Beats headphones, TVs from Samsung and Toshiba, home theater gear and lots of laptops.And we're just getting started.We're still working our way through the site to identify the best deals, but we've assembled a couple of obvious standouts that caught our attention right off the bat.We'll continue to add to the list throughout the sale period, so do check back.
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A growing number of scientists are looking for fast, cost-effective ways to convert carbon dioxide gas into valuable chemicals and fuels.Now, an international team of researchers has revealed a new approach that utilizes a series of catalytic reactions to electrochemically reduce carbon dioxide to methane, the main ingredient in natural gas, eliminating an intermediate step usually needed in the reduction process."We want to supply renewable electricity and take carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and convert it to something else in one step," said Bingjun Xu , a University of Delaware assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering.The team's results were published in the journal Nature Communications on July 26, 2019.Two of the study authors are based at UD: Xu and postdoctoral associate Xiaoxia Chang.Another study author, Qi Lu of Tsinghua University in China, was formerly a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at UD.
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Lifx got its start as a Kickstarter and was one of the original rivals to the Philips Hue, but the company has since branched into more decorative forms of light like the Lifx Tile.That innovation continues with the company’s newest products, a candle format bulb, and the Lifx Z TV Light Strip.The immediate feature that sets Lifx apart from so much of its competition is that it does not require a hub.Unlike the similar Philips Hue brand of lights, Lifx bulbs connect directly to the Wi-Fi without the need of an intermediary connection point.The second notable feature is built into the new Candle Color product.It uses Lifx’s Polychrome Technology, which allows a single bulb to emit multiple colors of light at once.
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Three revenues dropped during the first half of 2019 despite the addition of more customers and an increase in data consumption.The operator’s customer base increased by 1 per cent to 10.2 million over the past six months, of which seven million are on a contract.Handset churn was 1.1 per cent, while the average data per customer rose by 29 per cent to 9.1GB a month.Despite these gains, revenue fell by two per cent to £1.17 billion.Everything you need to knowHowever, Three is confident that the imminent arrival of its 5G service will be a huge opportunity for the company.
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Google has begun rolling out the beta of its Advanced Protection Program for enterprise, a set of stricter security policies intended for employees "most at risk".A consumer version of the Advanced Protection Program is already available, and even the enterprise version is not completely new in that the security policies included can already be implemented separately, but it does bundle them together and makes it easier for admins to implement.Google's suggestions for the most-at-risk users include admins, political campaigners, journalists, celebrities, business leaders, law firms, and anyone who deals with cryptocurrencies.In reality, it may be better to regard almost everyone in an organisation as at risk since personal assistants or junior staff may otherwise be a route to accessing confidential information or impersonation.Google's own Titan security key, which is now available in Europe for the first time, comes as a £50 bundle with a USB key and a Bluetooth key.The keys support FIDO U2F (Universal Second Factor), a standard from the FIDO Alliance and W3C which enables a strong second-factor device.
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Part of plan to 'transition' to a new IT systemThe UK's Department for Work and Pensions has handed Capita £112m for a two-year extension to the controversial Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessments contract.The outsourcer has also been awarded £33m to extend its PIP assessment contract with the Department of Communities in Northern Ireland for the same amount of time.PIP, which replaced the Disability Living Allowance in 2013, is designed to help people with a long-term condition or disability lead independent lives by providing additional financial support.Along with Atos, Capita was first awarded the deal in 2013 estimated to be worth a total of £512m to mid-2017.However, along with the Employment Support Allowance (ESA) contract, PIP has repeatedly come under fire for making inaccurate and incomplete assessments.
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For the ongoing series, Code Word, we’re exploring if — and how — technology can protect individuals against sexual assault and harassment, and how it can help and support survivors.Today, KaceyTron, a longtime gaming streamer with almost half a million followers on Twitch, is raising awareness about the realities of online sexual harassment by organizing a “SlutStream” where women gamers will reunite together to reclaim the meaning of “slut” — an insult often hurled at female gamers.KaceyTron, who has long branded herself as “Titty Streamer,” first introduced her idea for the “SlutStream” day on Twitter earlier this month.She called for other women gamers to “dress slutty” and add slutstream to their title to raise awareness about the sexism women face in the industry for being comfortable with their sexuality, or simply wearing a v-neck shirt on stream.It would be really cool if all female streamers could arrange a day where we dress slutty and put slutstream in our title, we can raise awareness about the sexism we face for being comfortable with our sexuality while also pissing off legions of incels— kaceytron (@kaceytron) July 8, 2019
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Earlier this year, the cloud movie locker sent emails to customers notifying them that it would go dark on July 31.It's not much of a surprise, given that the cross-studio service has gradually been supplanted by the broader Movies Anywhere service over time.UltraViolet primarily focused on serving up digital versions of movies that people purchased on physical Digital HD and Blu-ray discs.It reportedly amassed more than 30 million users, who collectively stored over 300 million TV shows and movies in their cloud libraries.Your movies will still be available through linked retailers, but you need to make sure they're all associated with one in order to retain access.Here's the email, with instructions, in full:
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For two years, California and the federal government have been on the edge of an all-out throwdown over vehicle emissions.As an industry, transportation is the largest single source of US greenhouse gas emissions, and researchers say reducing tailpipe emissions is key to minimizing human-driven climate change.Automakers hate this idea, even more than they hate tough rules.Thursday, California regulators and four global automakers—Ford, Honda, Volkswagen, and BMW—reached a compromise.Under the deal, the four automakers agreed to produce fleets averaging around 51 miles per gallon by 2026, one year after the Obama-era target.From another, it’s a sign that compromise between the Golden State and its antagonists in Washington may still be possible.
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The handset is the usual Moto E-series recipe.It will resemble any smartphone from two to three years ago with its 5.5-inch HD+ Max Vision display surrounded by thick bezels.Instead, the camera now sits at the top left corner of the phone.The usual Motorola’s circular housing for the camera is gone.Furthermore, it boasts PDAF and there is a LED flash to help in darker environments.The Moto E6 boasts the aging Snapdragon 435 paired with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of Internal Storage.
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Devices like the Echo Show allow us to ask Alexa to display things to us, in addition to telling us information audibly.We break down the similarities and differences between the two smart displays.It has a 10.1-inch screen, which is comparable to many full-sized tablets and large enough to watch movies or shows when you’re sitting nearby.The larger screen size is also ideal for gathering around and making family video calls to out-of-state loved ones, or to view recipes from across the room.It has a 5.5-inch screen, which is the same size as the iPhone 8 Plus.Unless you’re sitting directly next to the Show 5, the screen size is probably too small get a good movie experience, and, unless you have superhero-vision, you’ll want to be at a relatively close distance to the Show 5 when reading the lyrics to a song or your favorite recipe.
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With QuakeCon only days away, Doom fans will see more of the game including its multiplayer Battlemode.The focus of the presentation will be the Doom Eternal's Battlemode -- the game's asymmetric multiplayer with two player-controlled demons going up against one person playing as Doomguy.First revealed at Bethesda's 2018 E3 press conference, the gory, fast-paced, heavy metal blaring first-person shooter sequel will put players back in the role of the Doom Slayer, the hero from the original game who was revived to take on the forces of hell.Members of the id Software team showed off Doom Eternal's gameplay for the first time at Quakecon 2018 in August.For the most part, it looks to be the same as Doom 2016.Players will have to blast their way through waves of demons using a wide range of weapons and leaving a trail of carnage in their wake.
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Facebook researchers recently argued for an interactive, collaborative Minecraft bot for natural language understanding (NLU) research.They posit that the constraints of Minecraft make it well-suited to experiments in various NLU subfields, and to this end, they’ve made baseline data, code, labeling tools, and infrastructure freely available on GitHub.Their work to an extent builds on LIGHT, an open source research environment in the form of a large-scale, crowdsourced text adventure within which AI systems and humans interact as player characters.Scientists at Facebook AI Research, the Lorraine Research Laboratory in Computer Science and its Applications, and the University College London detailed LIGHT in paper published earlier this year.They have a broad scope and need a large amount of world knowledge, and they have complex codebases maintained by hundreds, if not thousands of engineers,” wrote the coauthors in a preprint paper published on Arxiv.org.Instead of a ‘real world’ assistant, we propose working in the sandbox construction game of Minecraft.”
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The facility will be key for the fledgling esports organization in its attempt to rise to the top of the competitive food chain.Esports organizations have been on a race to complete their state-of-the-art training facilities for their athletes.That’s because having a cool place to train is a major selling point for cyberathletes, and the companies that finish these first will have a shot at getting better talent, which is a big part of the battle in differentiating one team from another.The Gen.G place in the Playa Vista community of Los Angeles has three scrimmage rooms, a large film review room, sleeping pods, a walk-in jersey closet, six soundproof streaming rooms, and cafeteria to support the entire office, said Arnold Hur, chief operating officer at Gen.G, in an interview with GamesBeat.“It’s looking pretty good right now,” Hur said.Now the company’s U.S. teams — Overwatch League team Seoul Dynasty, and teams for Call of Duty, Apex Legends, and Fortnite — will train at the new facility.
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The majority of vitamins and other nutritional supplements don’t increase lifespan or protect one’s heart health, a huge analysis out of Johns Hopkins University has found.There were two exceptions to the findings related to folic acid and omega-3 fatty acid supplements, however, while one particularly popular vitamin and mineral combination was linked to an increase in stroke risk.More than half of Americans take at least one vitamin or nutritional supplement every day, according to the study, amounting to around $31 billion spent annually on these over-the-counter supplements.Most of that money may be going to waste, the researchers concluded after conducting a ‘massive’ analysis of 277 existing clinical trials.The good news is that taking most of these supplements weren’t linked to any sort of health harm.The downside is that most of these supplements also weren’t linked to any sort of heart health protection or increase in lifespan, potentially making them a big waste of money.
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NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine says that the agency’s Artemis program will build on Apollo 11’s incredible legacy by landing a new generation of U.S. astronauts, including the first woman, on the Moon.The Artemis program will land American astronauts on the Moon by 2024 and establish a sustainable human presence on Earth’s natural satellite.Artemis will also make history by landing the first woman on the Moon.FOR MORE APOLLO 11 5OTH ANNIVERSARY COVERAGE CLICK HEREBridenstine told Fisher that the first woman on the Moon will come from NASA’s current astronaut corps, 12 of whom are women.“It resets the history,” he told Fox News’ Kristin Fisher, during an interview Saturday.
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Many businesses have been sunk by Google's algorithm updates.Ever since Google started up in 1998, its core mission has been to deliver the most relevant search results tousers.This started with checking a user’s search query against several criteria, key among them being the frequency with which the search query appeared on any given web page.Owners wanted all the extra business and exposure that could come from ranking on the front page of Google, so they began stuffing their sites with stock phrases they thought would win them traffic.Google’s solution to this fundamental problem has been to periodically release updates to its algorithm.As part of this, Google now takes more serious account of writing quality, looking at everything from sentence length to the level of good grammar.
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Even to your grandmother, an emoji is worth a thousand words.That's made clear in Adobe first ever Emoji Trend Report, released Wednesday to commemorate annual World Emoji Day.Emoji were first introduced by Japanese cell phones in 1997, but became popular after 2010.The majority of emoji users Adobe surveyed (93%) said they often used the small text messaging icons, ranging from smiley faces to prayer symbols to "lighten the mood."Additionally, a significant chunk of users say those who use emoji are "friendlier and more approachable."The study comes as Pew estimates some 70 percent of Americans send text messages.
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