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Several prominent titans in Silicon Valley have voiced their fierce opposition to US President Donald Trump's tweets on Tuesday (25 July) saying the US military "will not accept or allow" transgender individuals to serve "in any capacity".The decision would reverse a policy approved by the Defense Department under his predecessor Barack Obama's administration last year that allowed transgender people to serve openly in the military."After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military," Trump tweeted.Many tech leaders, who have voiced objections to Trump's immigration ban and the US exit from the Paris climate deal earlier this year, also took to social media to voice their support for transgender service members and opposition to Trump's proposed ban using the viral hashtag LetThemServe.Here are some of the initial reactions from the biggest technology giants in response to the transgender military ban:Apple CEO Tim Cook, who is a member of the LGBTQ community himself, tweeted: "We are indebted to all who serve.
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Assuming Google wants to stick to a yearly release schedule for its Pixel line, we should be quickly approaching the announcement of the Pixel 2.This, presumably, will be accompanied by a larger version called the Pixel 2 XL, and both phones are appearing today in a set of new renders.Obviously, these CAD renders shouldn’t be taken as what the final product will look like, but they may give us a good idea of what to expect.The renders for both phones come from Twitter leaker OnLeaks and were made for MySmartPrice.As you can see, these Pixel 2 renders don’t look a whole lot different from the original Pixel and its big brother.The rear-facing camera is still in the same place, as is the fingerprint scanner, which still lives on the backside of the device.
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You will notice some extra security measures the next time you travel, with more of your gadgets requiring their own X-ray scans.Security in U.S. airports continues to get a great deal of attention, and electronic devices have been at the forefront of some recent security measures.Just a few months ago, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) required a number of airlines to prohibit carrying notebooks and other gadgets into the cabin, has since been rescinded.Now, the TSA has announced new security measures for many electronics.The news comes via a TSA press release that outlines new policies and procedures regarding how electronics will be screened during the pre-flight check-in process.According to the new measures, all electronics larger than a cell phone must be placed in bins for X-ray scanning in the standard security lanes — similar to how laptops have been scanned for some time.
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When Etienne Schneider became Luxembourg's minister of the economy in 2012, one of his first trips abroad was to NASA’s Ames Research Center.It might have seemed strange for the tiny state's money man to solicit meetings with cosmic researchers, but Luxembourg is always on the lookout for its next big investment.So when the center’s director, Pete Worden, began to talk about space mining—extracting water, ore, precious metals, alien time capsules, and whatever else from the likes of asteroids—Schneider listened.“I thought this was all science fiction,” says Schneider.That same year, two guys founded a space prospecting company called Planetary Resources.“And there I saw a huge opportunity for Luxembourg.”
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European Union authorities have increased pressure on Facebook, Google and Twitter to amend their user terms to bring them in line with EU law after proposals submitted by the tech giants were considered insufficient.The European Commission and consumer protection authorities in the bloc wrote to the three companies in June, asking them to improve their proposed changes to user terms by the end of September, according to letters sent to the companies and seen by Reuters on Monday.The authorities have the power to issue fines if the companies fail to comply.Representatives of Facebook and Twitter did not respond immediately to emailed requests for comment and a Google spokesman declined to make immediate comment.The authorities’ concerns centre mainly on procedures the social media companies proposed to set up for the removal of illegal content on their websites, terms limiting their liability and terms allowing them unilaterally to remove content posted by users.The US trio were given until July 20 to submit new proposals, which need to be implemented by the end of September, the letters said.
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Doctors at LSU Health New Orleans and the University of North Dakota have successfully reversed severe brain damage suffered by a 2-year-old girl after she came close to drowning.To achieve this remarkable result, the physicians used hyperbaric oxygen, a medical treatment which enhances the body’s ability to heal itself by getting patients to inhale pure oxygen in a special chamber, where atmospheric pressure can be entirely controlled.“When [patient Eden Carlson] arrived, she really couldn’t stand or bear any weight, her mental status was not normal, and she was very uncoordinated,” Dr. Paul Harch, the director of Hyperbaric Medicine at LSU Health, told Digital Trends.“By the end of the treatment, she was walking and her speech was at a level advanced beyond when she had had the drowning accident months before.”As Harch notes, brain damage caused by trauma like a near-drowning experience can continue long after a person is rescued.“There’s the initial incident, and then a secondary inflammatory reaction that occurs, which starts almost immediately after a person is pulled out of the water and circulation is reestablished,” he said.
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When Elon Musk in 2013 released the idea of a super-fast means of transport at the name hyperloop, he said that he had not time to embark in yet another project.Therefore, he gave away the idea to anyone who wanted to build further on the concept.Elon Musk is also the ceo of Tesla and founder of aerospace company Spacex, with which he wants to see space travel to Mars become a reality.see also: Elon Musk: ”It is the greatest danger civilization faces.”At the end of 2016 he tweeted that he created a new company under The name ”The boring company”.Now, it seems that Elon Musk has come a tunnel a little closer.
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Förra sommaren släppte Google en app för IOS kallad Motion Stills.Drygt ett år senare har video-appen till sist hittat fram till företagets egna operativsystem.Nischen med Motion Stills är att skapa korta, bildstabiliserade videor vilka sedan kan delas som loopar och animerade GIF-bilder.Till skillnad mot IOS-versionen måste nya videor spelas in direkt från appen, så att den kan använda sig av telefonens sensorer.En annan ny funktion är möjligheten att spela upp klippen snabbare, upp till 8x.De som vill testa Motion Stills kan besöka Google Play.
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On July 3rd 2017, Huawei announced that Huawei will jointly deploy the first G.fast network in the Middle East with Omantel, a leading operator in Oman, at the ninth Huawei User Group Meeting.Huawei’s E2E G.fast solution boosts Omantel to construct ultra-broadband networks efficiently by reusing existing copper lines.
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(Reuters) — Facebook is in early talks with several news publishers about how its social media site can better support subscription business models, the company’s head of news partnerships, Campbell Brown, said in a statement on Wednesday.The statement comes a day after TheStreet reported that Facebook plans to launch a subscription-based news product, citing comments by Brown at a conference.Facebook will begin initial tests in October, TheStreet reported.The feature is likely to allow publishers to create a paywall on Facebook’s Instant Articles and guide readers to a publisher’s home page to opt for a digital subscription, according to TheStreet.Instant Articles lets publishers post articles directly to the Facebook app.The idea for a paywall is based on premium and metered plans and has been in the works for a while, TheStreet said, citing Brown at the Digital Publishing Innovation Summit in New York.
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The CEO of Access, the part of Alphabet that contains Google Fiber, has reportedly stepped down after just five months at the helm.Gregory McCray replaced Craig Barratt, who stepped down after Google significantly watered down its fibre ambitions in October of last year.He presumably, therefore, accepted the gig with his eyes open, so it would be surprising if his departure was the result of a flounce related to Google’s apparent ambivalence about the connectivity game.A possible alternative is suggested in the Bloomberg report announcing his departure.Apparently he has managed to put his foot in his mouth a few times, resulting in being grassed-up to Alphabet HR.With Silicon Valley in the middle of a period of self-flagellation regarding sexual politics Alphabet may have had a closer look at McCray’s track record regarding potentially contentious comments and decided to play safe.
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During the Tuesday morning it was clear that Schibsted sells its stake in the discovery service to Find.see.the News came in about the same time as the Norwegian media giant, presented its report for the second quarter.It was in 2011 that the media group bought 70 per cent of the Servicefinder and finally acquired the entire company in the autumn of 2016.A store which, unfortunately, has come to be a sinker for Schibsted.the Dissatisfaction keeps in itself and in its interim report points media group once again out Servicefinder as the culprit for the slow growth.Servicefinder included in the business area of Online Classifieds, where also the Block and Replace the Car.
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Whatever the paparazzo got is likely unusable, but the Sesame Workshop team is very careful with its beloved characters—the public should only see them when the performers are animating them—so they try to shoo away the unwelcome photographer.“Our characters are cultural icons as much as they are educational vehicles so [paparazzi are] common when we’re in public,” says Steve Youngwood, chief operating officer of Sesame Workshop.“It’s actually very rare that we’re filming out on the streets at a public location so that probably enhanced [the interest] even more.”It’s a sweltering 90-degree day in mid-June and the crew is setting up a shot featuring several familiar faces (Elmo, Cookie Monster, Bert, Ernie, The Count, etc.)The digital series, from creative shop Mediabrands Society, will have 10 total co-branded videos, with the first four debuting today.It’s the first piece of a Chrysler’s sponsorship of the Sesame Workshop’s PBS show and digital content.
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Global cyber attack should the world economy as expensive as the massive natural katastofi such as hurricane Katrina, warned the insurance marketplace Lloyd's of London report.the cyber attack costs could rise to at worst, more than 110 billion eur, i.e. they would exceed, for example, the Finnish state debt nykymäärän.Things to write, inter alia, Reuters and the Guardian.Lloyd's of London estimates on Monday published a report that the beginning of the summer nearly one hundred countries by the spread of a cyber attack, such as attacks, the threat is increased dramatically.They form in the next few years the biggest risk for governments and businesses around the world.Lloyd's according to the most likely attack against the cloud services provider and cause an average of about 50 billion.
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The latest installment of the years-long legal battle between software support company Rimini Street and Oracle was acted out in the US Ninth Circuit court yesterday.In a ruling issued last October, Rimini Street was fined £27.7m for infringing Oracle's copyright and slapped with an injunction banning Rimini from accessing non-public parts of Oracle's websites, downloading its software or providing any of Big Red's software to its customers.The case hinges on Rimini Street's 2010 decision to host Oracle software on its own servers, as well as "cloning" that software and making it available to multiple customers.In October 2015, the company was fined $50m for improperly downloading and using Oracle's copyrighted software, as well as a further $46.2m in attorney's fees.The smaller company accepted some of the charges against it, saying it will pay $35.6m for "innocently infringing the software", but appealed against the rest following the October 2016 judgment.Oral arguments in the case were heard by three judges in the Ninth Circuit yesterday, where Rimini's lawyer Mark Perry argued that the case should come under contractural – not copyright – laws.
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Koivuisen satelliitin matka päätyi Porista Pohjanmaalle ja stratosfäärin kautta sähköjohtoihin.Aalto-yliopistossa valmisteltavaa Suomi100-satelliittihanketta esiteltiin Porin Suomi-areenassa.Projektia esittelevän Avaruusrekka-esityksen jälkeen noin neljän aikaan iltapäivällä oikean satelliitin puusta tehty kopio lähetettiin heliumilmapallolla stratosfääriin.Puusatelliitti nousi noin 30 kilometrin korkeuteen.Avaruusrekka-projektin vetäjä Jari Mäkinen kertoo, että stratosfäärissä olosuhteet muistuttavat paljon avaruutta, sillä taivas on siellä jo lähes musta, eikä ihminen selviäisi auringon ultraviolettisäteilyltä."Käsittääkseni koskaan koivupuista rakennelmaa ei ole lähetetty stratosfääriin.
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This is in addition to our commitment to high-end VR products like Oculus Rift and mobile phone products like Gear VR."]Oculus is working on a $200 standalone headset that will serve as a bridge between the mobile-phone-based VR holsters like Samsung's Gear VR and PC-tethered high-end VR headsets like the Oculus Rift, according to a new report from Bloomberg.The standalone device "resembles a more compact version of the Rift and will be lighter than Samsung’s Gear VR headset," according to the report.The latest Gear VR weighs just 11.4 ounces, though the Samsung phones used to power the display and tracking add a few more ounces to the weight.Hand-tracking won't be built-in on the unit either, according to the report, with a Gear VR-style tilt-sensitive Remote used for interactions.At Oculus Connect last year, the company showcased a prototype wireless version of the Rift that used "inside-out" tracking embedded in the unit itself rather than tracking via cameras connected to a tethered PC.
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Len Smith was making a good living as a copywriter in England.He had written a book and had consistent work pulling in at least $120,000 a year.But then Udemy contacted him.They wanted to turn his book, "How to Be a Copywriter and Earn Money from Home", into an online course.He developed the course (along with a string of others) and started earning an additional $2-4k every month.When Smith started adding a little more time to promotion, his course income jumped to $6,500 a month.
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Could Overwatch be the game to take e-sports mainstream?And they will pursue the world's biggest consumer brands as sponsors, rather than the kind of games-related businesses usually associated with e-sports."The other thing that we offer uniquely is that Overwatch is a very family-friendly game experience."And if you look at the geographical diversity of the maps or the ethnic and racial diversity of the characters, those are all things that we took into consideration in the construction of what we thought would be a globally appealing experience."To start with, teams are expected to make use of existing venues, but in time Activision Blizzard believes owners will build huge dedicated stadiums of their own.Fixtures will also be streamed online, and be made accessible from within the game itself.
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I’m not saying you should be afraid of the future, but… okay, that’s exactly what I’m saying.A group of researchers from the University of Washington has developed a method to take an audio clip of someone speaking and generate a frighteningly realistic lip-synced video with it.And you might be too, once you hit the play button on the demo video featuring former US President Barack Obama below:Ira Kemelmacher-Shlizerman, an assistant professor at the university’s Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering explains how this tech might come in handy:Realistic audio-to-video conversion has practical applications like improving video conferencing for meetings, as well as futuristic ones such as being able to hold a conversation with a historical figure in virtual reality by creating visuals just from audio.This is the kind of breakthrough that will help enable those next steps.
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