Following an eleventh hour order instructing voting officials in Alabama to keep the digital ballots generated in Tuesday’s controversial Senate election, the state’s Supreme Court has issued a stay to block that decision.The order to preserve the records was issued by the Montgomery County Circuit Court on Monday afternoon — less than 24 hours before voting was set to begin — and the stay that will effectively nullify that order was issued late Monday night.“All counties employing digital ballot scanners in the Dec. 12, 2017 election are hereby ordered to set their voting machines to save all processed images in order to preserve all digital ballot images,” the Montgomery County order stated.Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill and Alabama state election administrator Ed Packard are named as defendants in the suit, which was brought before the Montgomery County court by four Alabama voters.Initially filed on Thursday of last week, it cited the state-level election system hacking that the Department of Homeland Security notified 21 states including Alabama of this September in arguing that the state should hold onto the digital record of votes for at least six months rather than destroy them.As is often the case, state election practices are a bit confusing.
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The headphones are so good, I’ve always thought, they don’t even need noise-cancelling.The Bowers & Wilkins PX are are the best wireless headphones the company’s ever made.However, I have tested every other set of wireless Bowers & Wilkins headphones: the P5s and P7s.The feature set is similarly sleek.Yes, there is now a noise-cancelling feature that can be toggled on or off with a little switch on the right ear cup.This so-called “wear sensor” will play or pause the audio based on whether the headphones think you’re wearing them or taking a break, and by proxy, this saves battery life.
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Finding your Xfinity Mobile phone in your home is now as easy as talking out loud.Comcast's new Phone Finder feature lets subscribers of its wireless service locate their devices by speaking into their X1 voice remotes.You don't have to set anything up.Simply say "Xfinity Mobile, find my phone" into your remote control, and the device will ring.A pre-recorded audio message from Xfinity Mobile informs whoever answers why they're receiving a phone call.If you have multiple lines for multiple people, you can ask the service to locate a particular person's device, such as, "Xfinity Mobile, find Ron's phone."
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A sharp-eyed quaffer in a branch of the frothy-coffee-flavored-milk franchise noticed that when he signed on to the cafe's free Wi-Fi service something was amiss.Sitting in the shop in the bustling capital city of Argentina, Buenos Aires, this month, startup boss Noah Dinkin spotted that there was a ten-second delay in connecting to the internet via the Wi-Fi, and that time was used to fire up a copy of Coin Hive's Monero-mining JavaScript in his browser.Thus, when Dinkin and his fellow latte slurpers joined the cafe's wireless, something on the network was maliciously injecting Coin Hive's code into their web browsers so that for at least ten seconds or so, their PCs and other devices would toil away crafting Monero coins for whoever was masterminding the scam.Hi @Starbucks @StarbucksAr did you know that your in-store wifi provider in Buenos Aires forces a 10 second delay when you first connect to the wifi so it can mine bitcoin using a customer's laptop?Feels a little off-brand.. cc @GMFlickinger pic.twitter.com/VkVVdSfUtT— Noah Dinkin (@imnoah) December 2, 2017
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Its approach differs sharply from Waymo, Uber, and General Motors, all of which are focusing on cars that use more expensive Lidar technology.His company is instead building its autonomous car system around inexpensive, compact, off-the-shelf image sensors, the same ones you'd find in your smartphone or digital camera.Analysts think AImotive's camera-based approach to autonomous vehicles is riskyAImotive CEO Laszlo Kishonti think the company has advantage by building its system around cameras, not Lidar.A camera-based autonomous car system "would work under many conditions," said Rajkumar, leads CMU's autonomous vehicle project.The entire road system today is designed to be navigated visually and is managed through visual signals, he noted.
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Huawei is the leader in the Chinese smartphone market, and taking into account the big steps it is doing currently, this company won’t yield its positions in the nearest future.This manufacturer has a simple strategy in terms of releasing its flagships.In the first quarter it launches the P-line flagships that are followed by Mate family models, and at the end of a year, it comes in with Honor V line smartphones to capture the younger customers.So it becomes quite difficult to identify which of these models should be considered as an annual flagship.These are the highest-end smartphones priced quite highly.According to some assumptions, this trend will continue in the Huawei P11 that is planned to launch in the first quarter of 2018.
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Interim chief executive of the Guardian US Evelyn Webster is now moving into the role officially while taking on the additional role of the Guardian Australia chief executive.Former chief executive of the Guardian Australia Ian McClelland will now take on the role of managing director for corporate development at Guardian Media Group.He launched the Guardian Australia alongside Katharine Viner in 2013, and will relocate to London in early 2018 for his new position.Webster became interim chief executive of the Guardian US in January of this year after Eamonn Store stepped down.She previously served as executive vice president of Time Inc. She will report to Guardian Media Group chief executive David Pemsel.“Thanks to Evelyn’s leadership, Guardian US is growing well and on track,” said Pemsel in a statement.
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This month's cryptocurrency boom isn't limited to bitcoin.Over the last 24 hours, two of bitcoin's biggest rivals—Litecoin and Ethereum's ether—have enjoyed huge price gains.Trading volume has been so intense that one of the leading cryptocurrency exchange services, Coinbase, has suffered downtime."Ethereum buys and sells are temporarily disabled," read a notice on the Coinbase status page around 2pm Eastern time.That issue was resolved around 45 minutes later, while trading in litecoins was disabled for about 90 minutes earlier in the day.Bitcoin's price has also been doing well over the last 24 hours—but those gains were largely regaining ground lost over the weekend.
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Startups die by suicide, not competition.It wasn’t that anyone was stealing SoundCloud’s underground rappers, bedroom remixers, and garage bands.But four months ago after laying off 40% of its staff, SoundCloud scored a do-or-die investment of $169.5 million that saved the company and brought in a new CEO.SoundCloud has something no one else does: the world’s biggest archive of user uploaded music and audio — around 120 million tracks.It once was, but rather than doubling down on independent creators, helping them monetize with ads and commerce, and selling subscriptions to enhanced ad-free access, SoundCloud wasted years chasing the major record labels in hopes of building a Spotify competitor full of the most popular music.Finally in mid-2016 it launched the $9.99 SoundCloud Go+ subscription with ad-free access to mainstream music and indie stuff, but it was already years behind Spotify and Apple Music.
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2017 has been a year of bitter partisanship, but it’s nice to see that with some issues, the dominant parties of the U.S. can put aside their differences in order to oppose something that’s plainly harmful — and more importantly, deeply unpopular.That’s increasingly the case with net neutrality: a handful of Republican representatives have joined their voices to those asking the FCC to delay the vote that would eliminate net neutrality, or for legislation that establishes the principle permanently.The latest to turn is Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO), who wrote in a letter today:The Internet has been and remains a transformative tool, and I am concerned that any action you may take to alter the rules under which it functions may well have significant unanticipated negative consequences.This statement is not without problems — most importantly, the idea that Congress hasn’t had the opportunity to hold hearings and pass legislation over the last few years.People have been making a ruckus for a long time but elected officials have more or less ignored them, or actively worked against them, as with the ill-advised repeal of the broadband privacy rules earlier this year.
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When was the last time you took a look at the Mac App Store for its utilitarian selection of niceties?Probably a while back, right?The truth is that there isn’t much in the way of personalized curation in Apple’s own catalog, which is why we’ve taken it upon ourselves to find the best Mac apps around.That said, not all of the best Mac apps derive from the App Store.Others come from external sources on the web.In fact, you can download and install applications from anywhere on your Mac by simply tweaking your privacy settings in macOS.
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Koolnee as the emerging fresh brand need to mark their territory and make some impact, so they are trying really hard with their fledgling Koolnee K1 model.The phone is quite an interesting one with a big 6.01-inch FHD+ 18:9 display, fancy Lumia ID design, dual rear 16MP+2MP camera, MT6750T processor or 4 GB + 64 GB ROM, but they also announced one more special feature added extra with a software update.Yes we are talking about the Face Unlock feature, because since the new iPhones announced the Face ID tech everybody else went mad about it.The technology behind the Koolnee’s K1’s Face Unlock is probably the same with OnePlus 5T and Samsung S8, which is an facial projection method that relies on the front-camera.But for those preferring the tried and tested fingerprint scanner method it’s of course there too, so the choice is yours.Koolnee K1 is now available for pre-sale order from $149.99 you can find them from the authorized shops like Gearbest and others, the full list with all the extra info about the phone can be found on the official website.
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Tomorrow night (weather permitting), you might be able to peer up to the sky and see some of the year’s brightest meteors, the Geminids.And now, thanks to new research, you may have a better understanding of why they sometimes blow up and make those spectacular flashes.You might remember the incredible Chelyabinsk meteor exploding over Russia in 2013.After its entry into Earth’s atmosphere, most of its mass seemed to have disappeared—scientists only discovered teeny fragments.A new model from researchers at Purdue University suggests a never-before-observed mechanism—one that drove the meteor’s explosion and explains the lost pieces:“We believe that the intense fragmentation that saw the survival of only small pieces may be accounted for by a previously unrecognised mechanism or process of air penetration into voids (cracks and pores) in the entering meteoroid,” the authors write in the study, published yesterday in Meteoritics and Planetary Science.
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I bet you’d rather have something for free than have to dish out a rather large pile of cash to get a new phone.I’ve been on a two-year cycle for the past 7 years or so, and before that I had a non-smart phone – and I had that thing for 3-4 years, without issue.I saw the new phones, I wanted the new phones, but I certainly didn’t want to pay for the new phones.I wasn’t excited about using a touchscreen, and I certainly didn’t think I’d be able to rely on a phone without physical number buttons.While I write about smartphones for a living now, I’ve still got a deep-rooted trust issues with electronics whose controls are all display-based.At the same time, smartphones have turned out to be pretty neat.
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LIVERMORE, Calif. - Research at Sandia National Laboratories has identified a major obstacle to advancing solid-state lithium-ion battery performance in small electronics: the flow of lithium ions across battery interfaces.Sandia's three-year Laboratory Directed Research and Development project investigated the nanoscale chemistry of solid-state batteries, focusing on the region where electrodes and electrolytes make contact.Most commercial lithium-ion batteries contain a liquid electrolyte and two solid electrodes, but solid-state batteries instead have a solid electrolyte layer, allowing them to last longer and operate more safely."The underlying goal of the work is to make solid-state batteries more efficient and to improve the interfaces between different materials," Sandia physicist Farid El Gabaly said.Authors include Sandia postdoctoral scientist Forrest Gittleson and El Gabaly.El Gabaly compares the work to figuring out how to make traffic move quickly through a busy intersection.
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As planned the new Oukitel K6 got officialy shown today for the first time on their website so now the full specs are out in the open.The phone looks quite solid and could be a very interesting option for the late Christmas gift if they manage to get it in stores in time.Also they started a special activity event for the fans where you can win half price coupons and even one free K6.Most of the specs got already revealed few days ago, but there are still some surprises on the list, like the Face ID unlock support paired also with the more traditional rear fingerprint scanner.Full specs based on the Oukitel’s website are as follows :Processor: MT6763 octa-core Cortex A53 2.0GHz , ARM Mali-G71 2700MHz
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Hulu is launching a bunch of new features for Live TV subscribers today.All of these features are launching in beta – which means you’ll have to visit Hulu‘s beta site to take them for a spin – but we have a feeling that most Live TV subscribers will want to dive right into the beta when they hear what’s in this update.All three of these features will change the way that Live TV subscribers navigate Hulu’s web interface, and perhaps the biggest changes are coming to the My Stuff page.Hulu says that upon logging in on the website and selecting a profile, you’ll now be able to jump right to your My Stuff section from the navigation bar at the top of the page.You can now also add content to My Stuff from any movie or TV details page on the website, and one of the handiest new features is the ability to delete things from your My Stuff page en masse.Support for picture-in-picture is also going live today.
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Target today unveiled a new e-gifting feature designed for those who think gift cards are too impersonal, but who are just too busy (or too lazy) to actually shop for and mail gifts themselves.The retailer is announcing the launch of a feature called “GiftNow” which lets you browse its site, then pick out an item to be sent via email to your gift recipient.The recipient can choose to accept the gift by providing their shipping address, or they can change the size, or even use the money you spent to buy themselves something else entirely.Because why should we live in a world where we have to smile and pretend to like the ugly sweaters from auntie, when we could instead put the money towards something we actually wanted?I mean, spoiling ourselves is totally what the holidays are all about, right?To use the feature, you click the new “GiftNow” button that has been added to tens of thousands of products on Target’s website.
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President Trump due to sign into law regulations that overrule federal judgeFellow Americans: if you receive a drone as a Christmas gift this year, you will probably have to register it with the US federal government.President Trump is due to sign into law the National Defense Authorization Act for 2018 today that will reinstate rules created by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in 2015 that required owners of any drones over 0.55lb to register their gizmos with the watchdog – and pay a $5 registration fee – or face criminal charges.Some 800,000 drone owners did exactly that, coughing up the dosh and handing over their details, according to the FAA, but one hobbyist – John Taylor – took exception to the rules, and argued in court that the agency doesn't have the right to decide what is a model aircraft.After winding its way through the legal system, in May this year the US Court of Appeals in Washington DC agreed with him – and the argument the drone database violates another piece of FAA red-tape that says the watchdog cannot "promulgate any rule or regulation regarding a model aircraft."So the database ground to a halt, and the FAA offered a full refund for registration – an offer that fewer than 1,000 people took up on.
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Quantum claims to node its new stuff totally dunks on rivalQuantum has announced an Xcellis scale-out NAS system, claiming performance is three times better than the next-best competing NAS system.Xcellis is hardware separated into Workflow Director Nodes and Workflow Director Storage.The Director Nodes run StorNext software, which provides access to a multi-tier and single namespace file repository comprising primary storage – the Director Storage Nodes – and secondary Lattus object and/or Scalar tape and/or public cloud storage.StorNext has found its home in the entertainment and media workflow world, and in other similar application areas.Xcellis can be configured to present both scale-out SAN and NAS.
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