He also told us how he's trying to become a better manager, by reading anonymous feedback from his staff.Earlier this year, the New York Times reported that Williams — the billionaire entrepreneur who founded Twitter and Blogger — runs his new company, Medium, from an office that has no desk.Her Brew PR agency has long been a one-stop shop for high-level Silicon Valley connections, and her annual Web Summit party did not disappoint: It was at the Chinese Pavilion, in Lisbon's trendy Principe Real neighbourhood, near a clifftop park that has a spectacular view of the castle that dominates the city's skyline.He does not appear to particularly enjoy talking to the media.So he picks his words carefully, and talks in a thoughtful, deliberate way.(He has since sold at least 30% of his stake.)
The slim volume had fun cataloguing the outlandish creatures of Harry Potter's wizarding world.And if nothing else, the Fantastic Beasts franchise provides us with yet another way into Rowling's much-loved and incredibly detailed magical world.Fantastic Beasts 2 is dense with Harry Potter references, and a firmer hand in the editing suite may have helped cut through a swathe of Potteresque subplots.Yet there's something to love about this unruly creature, which leaped into theaters Thursday in Australia and arrived Friday in the US and the UK.Covering no less than four major cities, Rowling's story plays out like a novel, chapter by chapter, focusing on different characters and their struggles with familiar themes.OG evil wizard overlord Grindelwald -- an eloquent but not exactly terrifying Johnny Depp with white eyelashes and one white eye -- shares similarities with the Harry Potter villain who shall not be named, building followers and promoting a world where wizards and witches are no longer hidden from non-magic folk.
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This week, we’ll test out just how familiar you are with Samsung Experience, OxygenOS, EMUI, and other Android skins.Each of the 10 questions in this quiz revolves around a specific feature offered by an Android skin and your job is to figure out which one.There are four answers available for every question, only one of which is correct.Are you up for the challenge?Press the Start button below and show us what you got — and don’t forget to share your result on social media at the end.This is the 17th quiz in our regular weekly series.
Xiaomi has been the number one smartphone brand in India, the company’s biggest market outside of China, since over a year now and much of its success and positive mindshare has been piggybacking on its bestselling Note series.Ten months ago, Xiaomi launched the upgraded Redmi Note 5 but also introduced Redmi Note 5 Pro with better internals and camera to appeal to the power users on a budget.And just before 2018 ends, we already have the Redmi Note 6 Pro launching in India on November 22.Iterative update to the Redmi Note 5 ProThe design of the Redmi Note 6 Pro has Xiaomi written all over it (not literally!).There are subtle changes, especially with the arc design at the back, that improve the ergonomics of the device but competitors like Honor and HMD Global have consistently upped the game in aesthetics and one wishes Xiaomi would break the mould soon.
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Go AWOL from your battles for a minute and check out this year's Black Friday game sale at the PlayStation Store, with great deals on some new PS4 games as well as old favorites.33 percent off a 12-month PS Plus subscription, normally $60, now $4045 percent off God of War, normally $40, now $2280 percent off Tom Clancy's The Division, normally $50, now $1050 percent off Monster Hunter: World, normally $50, now $2550 percent off Shadow of the Tomb Raider, normally $60, now $30
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Busy holiday periods, like the days before Thanksgiving, can make the process even slower, especially when you're stuck behind that guy who can't find his laptop in an enormous bag.No security isn't an option, of course, but an improved TSA checkpoint design is slowly arriving at more US airports.Long common in Europe and elsewhere abroad, it may help you get to the airport bar quicker -- as long as you know what to do.The redesigned checkpoints, which arrived at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) this week, remove two big security bottlenecks that have plagued flyers since before we started removing our shoes.After each person loads their bin, they place it on the conveyor belt and go on their way, even as that one guy still looks for his laptop.The TSA calls them "Automated Security Lanes" though that name is a bit of a misnomer.
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As 2018 winds down, we wanted to take stock of all the amazing smartphones released in the past 12 months by honoring the best of the bunch in our annual Best of Android series.Over the next two weeks, we’ll be releasing articles discussing our winners in detail.For our awards this year, we used a completely new structure to find the best of the best.We wanted to hand out awards to devices that truly earned it with observable advantages.That couldn’t just come from test results and rankings — we needed to get hands on.We redesigned our Best of Android awards process to achieve this from the ground up, applying our math skills to reward good phones, and minimizing outlier measurements that could throw things off.
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We’ve yelled ourselves hoarse cautioning people to not look too deeply at benchmark performance, but for Best of Android 2018, we’re ignoring our own advice a little bit.The problem with benchmarks is many people don’t have a good idea what all of those numbers mean — sometimes they don’t actually mean anything at all.In addition to all that, manufacturers cheating benchmarks this year means confidence in these metrics is at an all-time low.Beyond that, picking the “best” performance is a little sticky, given folks use their smartphones for drastically different things.We’ll post our test results below with a little bit of context, and mark them against the 2018 average so you can see what’s the cream of the crop.The Huawei Mate 20 Pro’s Kirin 980 has the best performance, with caveats
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The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like.Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.Amazon has kicked off its Black Friday deals early this November.Black Friday is still a week away, but Amazon couldn't help itself and has started releasing great lead-up deals.The contact sensors detect when windows and doors are opened or closed; the motion detectors use infrared beams to sense movement and heat in a room; the keypad lets you arm and disarm the system; the base station keeps the system online, and has a 110-decibel siren that sounds when motion is detected; and the range extender keeps the sensors connected to the base station.Both the base station and range extender have a 24-hour battery backup that will keep the system online in case of a power outage.
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Xiaomi has a couple of new products out in Walmart and gave press the rundown today at an event in New York City.The first is a 150-inch projector going for $1,999.99 at Walmart doubles up as a television with Android TV.It’s strangely overpriced for what it is, but it also marks one of Xiaomi’s infrequent expansions into American offerings.There are a couple of things to break down here, namely that projector is oddly expensive for a 1920 x 1080p screen.Xiaomi says it has no concrete plans to bring a 4K version to the US, and that this is the same model it’s sold in China.You could have found cheaper 1080p projectors back in 2016.
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Facebook is reportedly testing a feature for Messenger that would let you and your friends view a synchronized video together in a group chat.The feature, reportedly called "Watch Videos Together," would let people "chat about the same videos at the same time," according to code screenshots posted to Twitter on Friday by Ananay Arora."Everyone in this chat can control the video and see who's watching," the code says.A Facebook representative told CNET that the company is "always testing new features in Messenger," and doesn't have anything else to share for now.A representative also told TechCrunch that this is an "internal test."In July, Facebook launched a similar feature for groups called Watch Party, which lets you stream videos with friends.
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As part of Amazon's Early Black Friday offerings, many of its devices, including Echo and Fire TV products, are already on sale.To potentially save more on Black Friday, you can visit Business Insider Coupons to find up-to-date promo codes for a range of online stores.Each one uses Alexa to accomplish any number of tasks, from answering questions to reordering supplies on Amazon.Echo Dot (2nd Gen, Certified Refurbished), $29.99 (originally $39.99) [You save $10]: A small, compact way to add Alexa to any room.Echo Dot Kids, 3 for $99.97 (originally $209.97) [You save $110]: Features a kid-friendly version of Alexa, parental controls, and a year of FreeTime Unlimited (Amazon's educational content subscription).Echo Look (Certified Refurbished), $89.99 (originally $169.99) [You save $80]: A style assistant that helps you discover, decide on, and share outfits.
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American Challenger Fabiano Caruana fought for a win in Game 6 at the 2018 World Chess Championship, but Magnus Carlsen was able to make a draw.The first five games were interesting, but all also ended in draws.Six more games remain to be played in London, with the score deadlocked at 3-3.The players are well-prepared contestants who have faced each other numerous times over the past few years.Before Game 6 of the match, Carlsen's FIDE rating was 2835, Caruana's 2832, but Carlsen has a career edge in wins, with a lead on decisive results against Caruana.In Game 1, Caruana showed some nerves with the white pieces, as Carlsen played the Sicilian Defence against Caruana's 1. e4 opening, avoiding the drawish Berlin Defence in the Ruy Lopez.
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A major new climate study in the journal Nature got worldwide media coverage for finding that the oceans warmed dramatically faster than previously thought — but now the researchers have retracted that conclusion after a man in the United Kingdom blogged about flaws he discovered in the paper.Just two weeks after publication, the study authors have revised their paper, and now conclude that the oceans are warming fast -- but at the same rate as other measurements have found.CATASTROPHIC GLOBAL WARMING LESS LIKELY, STUDY SAYSThe error was first discovered by Nic Lewis, a retired British man who holds a bachelors degree in math from the University of Cambridge and who reads science papers for fun.“I've always liked to understand the world and to check whether people's research makes sense to me.Once I find something that seems wrong to me, I like to get to the bottom of it,” Lewis told Fox News.
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The company, Definers Public Affairs, made headlines this week after a bombshell New York Times report revealed that it was employed by Facebook to dig up dirt on critics and competitors.Apple’s News app is pre-installed on all iOS devices, and features human editors working with AI to curate stories in a range of topics, from business, to fashion.According to CNN, the company pitched a story titled “Apple News Curators’ Political Donations” to at least one reporter this summer.The firm, seemingly, was attempting to make a case that human editors suppress conservative viewpoints on the app, and it could prove this allegation based on a history of their political donations.“30 individuals have been identified as working for Apple in media curation roles or specifically at Apple News,” the document read.“Five of these individuals have contributed to Democratic candidates or causes.” There was little additional evidence to back the claim, nor was there proof that the people listed were Apple News employees rather than others with similar names.
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Go AWOL from your battles for a minute and check out this year's Black Friday game sale at the PlayStation Store, with great deals on some new PS4 games as well as old favorites.80 percent off Tom Clancy's The Division, normally $50, now $1050 percent off Monster Hunter: World, normally $50, now $2550 percent off Shadow of the Tomb Raider, normally $60, now $3040 percent off Strange Brigade, normally $50, now $3035 percent off Assassin's Creed Odyssey Ultimate Edition, normally $120, now $78
The 2018-19 TV season isn’t even two months old, and there have now been changes at three of the five broadcast networks.Channing Dungey, president of entertainment for ABC, is the latest broadcast chief to exit.She’ll be replaced by Karey Burke, who is head of Freeform original programming development.Burke will oversee all development, programming, casting, marketing, business affairs and scheduling operations for ABC prime time and late night.Once the Disney-Fox deal closes, Burke will report to Dana Walden, who is currently CEO and chairman of Fox Television Group but will become chairman, Disney Television Studios and ABC Entertainment after the merger is finalized.“I’m incredibly proud of what the team and I have accomplished over the years and all the meaningful and impactful programming we’ve developed,” Dungey, who will stay on in a transition period, said in a statement.
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You can breathe easier, film fanatics: AT's WarnerMedia may be killing off its classic-movie streaming service FilmStruck, but it's resuscitating the same idea under a different banner.Friday, AT's WarnerMedia and the Criterion Collection said they would be launching a streaming service, the Criterion Channel, next spring that "will be picking up where FilmStruck left off.It's expected to cost $10.99 a month after a period that gives early subscribers a dollar discount.It comes less than a month after WarnerMedia raised the hackles of cinephiles, with FilmStruck warning it would be shut down in late November.The impending shutdown sparked a wave of press debating the future of classic film in a future world of streamed video.The FilmStruck streaming service, launched in 2016 by Warner Media's Turner, specialized in classic movies, including those from the Criterion Collection, from the Turner Classic Movies network and from Warner Bros library of classic flicks.
It's that special time of year when the cold weather and holiday cheer crushes the souls of singletons, and sometimes even the strongest and most independent of single folks find themselves yearning for a relationship.If after a few glasses of spiked eggnog you decide you want to indulge that swiping instinct, here are the best (and OK-est) dating apps to try out.My recommendations are based primarily on my own dating-app experiences as a woman.Make of that what you will.
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NASA officials confirmed Friday that a test of a key component of the space agency's mission to sample an asteroid was completed successfully.On Wednesday, for the first time in more than two years, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft unfurled its robotic arm and put it through a series of maneuvers to ensure its space-worthiness after being packed away for launch and a long flight to the asteroid Bennu.Chasing Bennu: Inside NASA’s daring mission to capture asteroid pebblesThe asteroid sampling mission launched in September 2016, and the spacecraft has since been traveling through space to catch up to an asteroid known as Bennu, which has a diameter of about 500 meters.The spacecraft will officially "arrive" at Bennu in about two weeks, on December 3, so mission scientists wanted to make sure the robotic arm was functional after being stowed for so long.This arm and its sampler head, known as the Touch-and-Go Sample Acquisition Mechanism or TAGSAM, is critical to the mission's goal of retrieving at least 60 grams of material from the surface of Bennu and returning this sample to Earth by 2023.
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