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The news was made official on July 25 after several weeks of rumors.Apple bought Intel’s modems division for $1 billion.It acquires at the same time more than 17000 patents in this field.And all its equipment as well as about 2200 employees who now enter into their lap.Apple aims to launch the first iPhone equipped with its own 5G modem in 2021In recent years, Intel has positioned itself as the only provider of modems for the iPhone.
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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Wednesday that he and President Trump had found no evidence of Google working with the Chinese government in a way that raised concerns.Mnuchin's comments come after tech billionaire Peter Thiel said earlier this month that Google been "seemingly treasonous" for its decision to work with the Chinese military.Last week Karan Bhatia, Google's VP of Government Affairs and Public Policy, confirmed that Google had "terminated" its censored search engine being built for China."I think Google is an American company that wants to help out the US," Mnuchin said in an interview with CNBC.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Wednesday that he and President Trump had found no evidence of Google working with the Chinese government in a way that raised concerns, contrary to tech billionaire Peter Thiels' comments from earlier this month.
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Longtime Tesla executive JB Straubel is leaving his post as chief technology officer after some 15 years, CEO Elon Musk announced Wednesday evening.Straubel will transition to a “senior advisor” role, according to Musk, and is not fully leaving the company.The news comes as Tesla announced a $408 million loss for the second quarter of 2019.“I’m not disappearing, and I just wanted to make sure that people understand that this was not some, you know, lack of confidence in the company, or the team, or anything like that,” Straubel said on the call.Vice president of technology Drew Baglino will take over Straubel’s responsibilities, Musk said, though it’s unclear if he’s formally assuming the CTO role.“I’ll just say, you know, obviously, big, big shoes to fill,” Baglino said on the call.
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The San Francisco company Awair is one of the best-funded developers in the smart home market, so it makes sense that the company’s latest product is the product of some very smart ideas centered on smart home principles, design, and function.The Glow C that hits the market on Wednesday, July 24, is the latest iteration in Awair’s line of popular air quality monitors, but the company has built in a lot more functionality this time around, enabling the device to function as a smart plug, a motion sensor, or simply a really cool customizeable night light.Let’s hit the high notes one by one.Awair’s air quality monitors are some of the most sophisticated available on the market, so you can trust its prime functionality for sure.These factors include a wide range of chemicals know in the trade as volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, which originate from all sorts of sources including burning fuel but can also be given off by simple household items like paints, copy machines, printers, and, counterintuitively, air fresheners, among other consumer products.In the short term, they can cause irritation of the eyes and lungs, headaches, and dizziness, while long-term exposure to VOCs can cause organ damage and cancer.
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One of two pocket sharks ever discovered was part of a study published this week in Zootaxa.This monster’s pectoral fins sit just below two pockets, both containing glands that produce bioluminescent liquid.In reality, this animal’s full size is around that of an adult human hand.This particular specimen is approximately 5.5-inches long and it was first discovered back in February of the year 2010.And there are only two pocket sharks ever known to have been found in the history of our world – and this one’s a new species.When you find a new species of animal, you don’t just jump up and tell the whole scientific world that you’ve found something miraculous.
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“We also discovered a tar.gz archive containing the usernames and passwords needed to login into hundreds of Magento sites”Cybersecurity company Malwarebytes says it has traced the host servers of a Magecart card skimming campaign to the so-called “independent Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (D/LPR)” in eastern Ukraine: site of a festering war that has resulted in over 13,000 deaths to date.So-called “bulletproof hosting” (hosting services resilient to law enforcement takedowns) are nothing new, but locating them in what is effectively a war zone put a unique twist on the offering.Malware War Zone: More than a MetaphorThe area has been the site of a bitter conflict after local militia seized government buildings in Donetsk, Luhansk and Kharkiv in early 2014, declared the independence of “people’s republics”, and called referenda on joining Russia, which they scheduled for 11 May.Russia, however, never recognised the statelets, although it covertly sent troops to bolster their defence against Ukrainian efforts to retake them.
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School is out for the summer but that doesn’t mean that the learning should stop, too.And this priceless moment doesn’t necessarily have to break the bank, the Ozark Trail 3-Person Kids Camping Tent Bundle is now selling at a discounted price of $35 on Walmart.This camping tent bundle could be one way to level up your kid’s next sleepover.The tent has enough room to fit three kids comfortably.Though only two nap pads and two quad chairs are provided, it shouldn’t be hard to look for alternatives or secure another one.Having your kids sleep in a different setting, even if it just your backyard would be a good training ground.
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The Google Pixel 4 leaks are coming faster and faster, and there’s a new one for the larger Google Pixel 4 XL today allegedly showing the upcoming smartphone from the top, bottom and side to side – almost a complete picture of the device.This leak comes courtesy of Twitter user Sudhanshu Ambhore (@sudhanshu1414), and the tweets purport to show the Pixel 4 XL within and beside transparent cases.This leak lines up with previous ones ... mostly.It does indeed show off a square triple-camera housing in the upper left of the back – a serious departure for the single-rear-lens Google Pixel line – and much thinner side bezels, as well as an apparent ditching of the notch by returning to a simple blacked-out top bezel.The previous Google Pixel 4 XL leak – our first potential look at the phone – showed off dual front-facing cameras clustered to the left of a central speaker.The new leak has them on either side of presumably where a central speaker would be (there isn’t one visible in the render).
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Tesla has opened a massive next-generation electric vehicle charging station in Las Vegas that combines the company’s core products into one sustainable energy ecosystem, fulfilling a vision CEO Elon Musk laid out nearly three years ago.The new V3 Supercharger, which supports a peak rate of up to 250 kilowatts, is designed to dramatically cut charging times for its electric vehicles.Tesla unveiled its first V3 Supercharger in March at its Fremont, Calif. factory.A second V3 Supercharger is located in Hawthorne, Calif., near the Tesla Design Studio.Both of these locations, which were initially used as test sites, lack two key Tesla products.This new location in Las Vegas is considered the first V3 Supercharger.
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Not many robotics companies can boast legions of fans online, but not many robotics companies make robots quite like Boston Dynamics.And when a parody video circulated last month showing a CGI “Bosstown Dynamics” robot turning on its creators, many mistook it for the real thing — a testament to how far the company has pushed what seems technologically possible.Its earlier life was shaped by government contracts, and in 2013 it was bought by Google’s parent company, as part of an abortive attempt for the search giant to enter the robotics industry.The robots of tomorrow, by comparison, will be agile and dynamic; capable of working alongside humans and reacting to changing environments and behavior.“They were on the government dole then on the Google dole,” Erik Nieves, founder of automation company Plus One Robotics, tells The Verge.As well as making Spot into a salable robot, the company has also bought logistics startup Kinema Systems to pave the way into warehouse automation.
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Users of Amazon’s voice assistant will soon be able to talk to Alexa in Hindi.Amazon announced today that it has added a Hindi voice model to its Alexa Skills Kit for developers.Alexa developers can also update their existing published skills in India for Hindi.Amazon first revealed that it would add fluent Hindi to Alexa last month during its re: MARS machine learning and artificial intelligence conference.Before, Alexa was only able to understand a few Hinglish (a portmanteau of Hindi and English) commands.Rohit Prasad, vice president and head scientist for Alexa, told Indian news agency IANS that adding Hindi to Alexa posed a “contextual, cultural as well as content-related challenge” because of the wide variety of dialects, accents and slang used in India.
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For a while now, Twitter has been testing a redesign that’s meant to bring the desktop experience more in line with how the service appears on other platforms – namely smartphones.Today, that redesign is rolling out to everyone, complete with a hefty helping of new features Twitter users will want to know about.Unfortunately, the ability to edit tweets is not one of the new features shipping along with this update, so those of you who have been waiting for that functionality will just have to wait longer.Talk of one day being able to edit tweets is something that crops up from time to time, and for years, we’ve been hearing rumors claim that it’s a feature Twitter is thinking about implementing.Maybe someday in the future we’ll be able to edit our tweets, but for now, we’ll just need to continue proofreading those tweets carefully lest we unintentionally create alternate spellings for words like “coffee” and “burger.”In any case, there are still plenty of new features to look out for once you begin seeing this redesign.
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According to a new study out Tuesday, most pet owners have no idea that their good boy or girl could be helping other animals in this way.Veterinarians in the UK surveyed pet owners who had visited a clinic during a 10-day span.The questionnaire not only asked them about their knowledge of pet blood donation, but also whether they’d be willing to donate their own pet’s blood and why or why not.The study’s findings were published in Vet Record.Like us, cats and dogs sometimes need emergency blood transfusions when they get seriously hurt.But there’s much less infrastructure surrounding pet blood donation compared to the human version.
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The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories.If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here.AT’s new streaming service HBO Max arrives in 2020, will be the exclusive home of ‘Friends’Hooray, we don’t have to call it the Untitled WarnerMedia streaming service anymore!Instead, it’s going to be named HBO Max, and it will launch next spring with more than 10,000 hours of content available to subscribers.The service won’t be limited to HBO content — hence the availability of “Friends” — but the naming indicates how important HBO as a TV brand is to consumers and to parent company AT2.
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En bil som aldrig behöver tankas eller laddas.Toyota testar nämligen en ny typ av fordon med ”högeffektiva solbatterier”.Lilla uppstickaren Sono Motors har fått en hel del uppmärksamhet för sin solelbil Sion som Nevs ska bygga i Trollhättan.Därtill har holländska Lightyear visat en solelbil som tallar på löftet om att ge bilägande helt utan drivmedelskostnader.Men i båda fallen handlar det om ganska konventionella solceller.Klarar 5 mil - enbart på energi från solen
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"The NHS can’t win the ‘battle against the bulge’ on its own," said NHS chief executive, Simon Stevens.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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When Apple’s famous head of design decided to call it a day last week, there was widespread speculation around what may have caused such a move.The most Juicy gossip came from the Wall Street Journal, which wrote a piece contending that Jony Ive started the process of clearing off long ago and that it was motivated, at least in part, by CEO Tim Cook’s relative disinterest in the design process.This in turn demoralised Ive who, according to the account, became an increasingly distant figure at Apple Towers.Tim Cook has always been known as an operations specialist with a particular talent for managing an efficient supply chain.Since he took over from the more creative, mercurial Apple founder Steve Jobs in 2011, these talents have ensured the company has gone from strength to strength in terms of revenue and profitability, but there has always been speculation that this has come at the expense of innovation.The last truly disruptive move from Apple came with the launch of the iPad in 2010, but it looks like Ive was hoping the Apple Watch launch in 2015 would be a similar inflection point.
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Hospitals also feel the rising healthcare costs, and today are being held to higher billing standards—but for those who fall behind, they are often met with costly penalties.Dr. Xiaoxu Kang is the Founder & CEO of Kangaroo Health, a San Francisco Founder Institute portfolio company that uses A.I.and TeleHealth solutions to reduce costs for healthcare institutions, while also bringing necessary post-surgery care directly into patients’ homes.The same report concludes that for patients who are privately insured, the third-most-common reason for adult readmission within 30 days are due to complications of surgical or medical care.These issues contribute to more than $785 million in annual costs to hospitals.According to Founder & CEO Dr. Kang,
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Scientists from the Sechenov University, conjointly with their fellow Chinese and American researchers, have examined the latest advances in the use of skeletal muscle progenitor cells, specifying the core challenges inherent to the applicability of MPCs in cell therapy, and outlining the most promising breakthrough technologies.The method requires the appropriate environment (similar to that in the human body) to enable the differentiation of progenitor cells under laboratory conditions.However, being highly sensitive to the subtlest changes in the growth-supporting microenvironment, progenitor cells may alter their behavioural patterns ex vivo and lose the ability to differentiate into target types of cells.This microenvironment is extremely active and its internal processes are essential for cell growth and migration.Despite the existing multitude of artificial extracellular matrices, including those derived from animal tissues, native human tissues remain the most favourable environment for cell cultivation.Prior to publishing their report, the authors had designed extracellular matrix-derived scaffolds for biofabricating skin, skeletal muscle and kidney tissues that demonstrated excellent viability results due to their tissue-specific differentiation.
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Tillståndet för Preemraff att bygga ut i Lysekil bör prövas ända uppe på regeringsnivå.Det framgår av en skrivelse från Naturvårdsverket.– Det är de stora utsläppen av koldioxid, att de fördubblas enligt ansökan, som motiverar att detta är en sådan fråga som vi är skyldiga att underrätta regeringen om, säger chefen för Naturvårdsverkets industrienhet Karin Dunér till Bohusläningen.Enligt miljöbalken kan regeringen att ta över den juridiska prövningen i särskilda fall.Men regeringen prövar bara ett fåtal ärenden av det här slaget.Redan när beskedet kom i mitten på juni där Mark- och miljööverdomstolen meddelade prövningstillstånd ville Naturskyddsföreningen att regeringen skulle ta över fallet.
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”Every day to the AI for good – how artificial intelligence can solve societal challenges.”Google will be organizing a workshop on the how of artificial intelligence is being used in order to improve their daily lives, and what is the role of the government is that Sweden should become the best country in the world to take advantage of the digital opportunities.Date: July 1, kl's 9.45-10-30Contributor: Anders Ygeman, the energy, and the digitaliseringsminister We Arpteg, Peltarion, Robert Falck, Einride, Aditya Shah, "ai innovators, Sanjana Shah," ai innovators, Eva a at Google in the Cloud.The ethical issues around ai are becoming more and more important.In many aspects, algorithms can help us make better choices, and in the second, maybe the man should be in control.
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After years of going through many products in order to find the best for keeping our cameras and lenses safe, we have total confidence in the below camera cases to offer the best protection for your camera gear.Even with all this abuse it managed to keep the contents inside completely safe.It remains waterproof up 16.5 feet, is airtight, and can be used in both extreme cold and hot conditions (from -40 to 95 degrees).With over 40 years’ experience in the equipment protection industry, Pelican is certainly no stranger to keeping your camera safe.Its modern design means it’s one of the more stylish camera cases on this list — it even has space for your business card, meaning you’ll never need to miss a networking opportunity, no matter how rugged the terrain gets.It allows you to pack in two DSLR camera bodies and three to four lenses.
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A sketch on Netflix’s “I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson” doesn’t just settle for one funny idea.As soon as you start to get comfortable and assume that you know where things are going, there’s usually a wild left turn, and sometimes a third and fourth for good measure.We review the new comedy series on the latest episode of the Original Content podcast, highlighting our favorite sketches and the ones that didn’t work for us — sometimes things stretch out for too long, or the idea can seem more bizarre than funny.Still, the hit rate feels remarkably high, provoking frequent, disbelieving laughter, with co-creator and star Robinson continually mining new shades of deranged behavior.It helps that there are only six episodes of around 20 minutes each, so “I Think You Should Leave” definitely doesn’t wear out its welcome.In addition to our review, we follow-up last week’s discussion of “When They See Us” by noting that the show has supposedly been viewed by more than 23 million Netflix accounts.
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Twitch is taking an old school approach to Amazon Prime Day by running a two-day TV shopping channel livestream July 15 and 16.Twitch Sells Out: A Prime Day Special Event will showcase gaming, electronics and other products in two 12-hour broadcasts.The first kicks off on its main /twitchpresents channel on July 15 at 10 a.m. PT and runs until 10 p.m. PT.The second runs at the same times the following day."Dozens of your favorite Twitch streamers will be showcasing deals on everything from games and gaming peripherals, to kitchenware and electronics," the streaming service said its release, which noted that the full list will be revealed on July 10."They'll also dive into previously unseen demos and gameplay of some of the most anticipated releases of the year.
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A Facebook contractor was fired after posting Bruce Springsteen songs on Facebook's internal forum to protest working conditions, according to The Washington Post.Facebook is facing increasing calls to take better care of its contractors, especially moderators whose working conditions and mental health have been the focus of recent media reports.The contractor said when he was fired, he was told his choice of lyrics was considered a safety issue for the company.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.A Facebook contractor was fired for posting lyrics from Bruce Springsteen, The Clash, and Gil Scott Heron to protest how the company treated third-party workers, The Washington Post reports.The Austin-based contractor posted the lyrics amid rising tensions between the company and its contract workers, as media reports surfaced about Facebook moderators being underpaid and suffering mental health issues from sifting through the deep river of disturbing content on the platform.
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Zuckerberg said that the company’s policy team is currently considering it: “There is a question of whether deepfakes are actually just a completely different category of thing from normal false statements overall, and I think there is a very good case that they are.”Facebook can’t protect against election interference alone.Zuckerberg was rightly critical of the US government’s extremely weak response to Russian attacks leading up to the 2016 election, saying:”One of the mistakes that I worry about is that after 2016 when the government didn’t take any kind of counteraction.Facebook has suggested up to 40 members on the initial Board, which would be global in nature and organized to operate and decide on cases in panels.Just one problem: Despite their professed concerns with Facebook, both senators’ campaign websites—sherrodbrown.com and joshhawley.com—have an invisible piece of Facebook technology, called a pixel, that tracks when anyone visits their homepages and shares this information with Facebook.
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Winning a majority of MPs was just the start.The inside story of how he is targeting party members, while building a ‘transition’ team for Downing Street.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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This company's pension distribution system is a heavily customized version of a well-known package.And it has worked fine for years, says a programmer pilot fish responsible for maintaining it.And in fact, push comes to shove when the chief operating officer retires, he being the first employee to get over $1 million in his distribution.The problem: The file used to send the transaction to the bank can only handle $999,999.99.“All of the reports were correct,” says fish, “but the one file that needed to be correct was not.“So instead of having $1.8 million deposited in his account, only $800,000 was.
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In case this somehow got by you, there are of people running for president in the 2020 election.In fact, there are more than 20 Democratic candidates.That's a lot of politicians to weed through, but there's help: Apple News on Wednesday released a guide to the candidates.The guide, which coincides with two Democratic debates this week, focuses on the 20 candidates participating in those debates.Readers can "learn about a candidate's biography and experience, notable moments and quotes, current position on key issues, as well as videos, photos and recent coverage from trusted news sources," Apple said.The guide will also offer video from the debates, as well as updates and fact-checking.
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In April, the US Department of Agriculture revealed that it had launched a pilot program allowing some SNAP recipients to purchase groceries online.Walmart and Amazon are both participating in the two-year pilot program, and Walmart has just expanded its own test involving SNAP payments.Under that expansion, all Walmart pickup locations now accept EBT card payments for online grocery orders.Walmart enables customers who are located near one of its more than 2,500 pickup locations to purchase groceries through the Walmart Grocery website.Customers find their nearest store using their zip code and then choose the new ‘EBT card’ payment option when checking out.The expansion was noted by TechCrunch, which reports that Walmart plans to start accepting SNAP payments at more than 3,100 Walmart stores by the end of 2019.
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