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You absolutely cannot touch your bare skin with those gloves — they could pick up oils, dead skin cells, and who knows what else.The scientists behind the project seek to understand the nature of dark matter, dark energy, and other astronomical mysteries.The LSST will be the most advanced survey of the night sky yet.Unlike the Hubble Space Telescope, which peers at individual objects or small patches of the sky, the LSST will create a movie of the entire night sky.You might wonder what makes this behemoth a “digital camera.” It helps to break a digital camera into its component parts: a lens directs light onto a sensor, turning the light into an electrical signal and then into data stored on a computer.Your iPhone’s camera sensor is somewhere around 7 or 12 mega, or million, pixels, while a DSLR can have somewhere from 18 to 50 megapixels.
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Roundup What a week it has been: we had the creation of a new government agency, a meltdown flashback, and of course, Patch Tuesday.Voxox is used by companies to send SMSes to their users, messages like password reset and two-factor authentication codes.Germany-based infosec bod Sébastien Kaul found the leaky systems via a Shodan.io search, and the Amazon-hosted database of messages searchable for goodies, TechCrunch reports.Encrypted mail service ProtonMail is denying claims it was the victim of a major hack.Earlier this week, someone issued a Pastebin post claiming that a huge cache of messages had been lifted from the service and, if ProtonMail failed to pay up, everything would be released.— ProtonMail (@ProtonMail) November 16, 2018
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If nothing but the best smartphone camera will do, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are your phones.They may "only" have one lens on the back, but Google's software is so good, it puts dual-, triple- and quad-camera phones to shame.Luckily for you, the Black Friday and Cyber Monday crush is the perfect time to pick up a Pixel 3 phone, and while there isn't the multitude of deals you see for Apple's iPhones, the Galaxy Note and Galaxy S9 phones and for other excellent OnePlus 6T and top LG models, they're actually valuable offers.Remember that Verizon is the only US carrier that sells the Pixel 3 phones, but you can also buy it unlocked from Google's online store.CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.We link to the current listing at the retailer's website when one is available, but you may not see sale pricing reflected on the page until the sale begins.
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OnePlus 6T: Free from T-Mobile (with a bunch of caveats)If you already have one or more phone lines through T-Mobile and add another trade in an old phone, the carrier will give you a new OnePlus 6T phone to use for the additional line.Read T-Mobile's fine print here.See at T-Mobile OnePlus 6T reviewLG V30+ for $430 at AmazonThe $430 price is a deal on an unlocked version of 2017's best LG phone.
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If you’re a person even remotely annoyed by the pervasive paresence of ads in virtually every digital space, it’s probably safe to assume you definitely don’t want them in your email.Microsoft appears to have only just realised this.The company seemingly backtracked on rolling out an A/B test for banners in its Windows 10 Mail client following reports of ad appearances this week for some of its users, according to the Verge.Responding to a tweet about the ads by the Verge’s Tom Warren, Microsoft communications head Frank Shaw said that their appearance in Mail “was an experimental feature that was never intended to be tested broadly and it is being turned off.”Bad news: Mail for Windows10 is getting ads for non-office 365 subscribers!— Aggiornamenti Lumia (@ALumia_Italia) 16 November 2018
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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, The Mage’s Tale developer InXile Entertainment was acquired by Microsoft, becoming a member of its Microsoft Studios family.Given that the Xbox-maker doesn’t have its own VR headset for consoles (and only partners with others on its PC devices), this threw into question the status of InXile’s upcoming VR projects.Speaking to UploadVR, InXile CEO and founder Brian Fargo confirmed that both the company’s unrevealed open-world VR role-playing game (RPG) and the long-awaited PSVR port of The Mage’s Tale are still on the way.“We still have our big VR game coming that I’ve been hinting about, so no worries there,” Fargo said.“And Mage’s Tale PSVR is wrapped up and we are working with Sony on a release date.”Well that’s good news all round, then.
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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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Ex-Oracle man gets top job as another experienced woman exec quits web ads titanGoogle Cloud CEO Diane Greene has quit the online ads giant, and will be replaced by ex-Oracle executive Thomas Kurian.It is a distant third or fourth, tussling with IBM over that particular spot, behind Microsoft Azure and the runaway leader Amazon Web Services, in terms of cloud market share.Greene, a VMware cofounder and former CEO, seized the wheel of Google Cloud in 2015 after the Silicon Valley giant bought her startup Bebop for roughly $400m.This new business will bring together product, engineering, marketing and sales and allow us to operate in a much more integrated, coordinated fashion.Well, fast forward to Friday this week, and we have Greene saying:
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Diet fads often make the lofty claim that adjusting food habits one way or another will produce the dieter’s desired results.More specifically: Eat this, not that, and watch the pounds fall off.But diets are hard to sustain, and it seems like diet debunking is constantly calling into question what and how much we should be eating.In a review published this week in the new issue of Science, scientists from diverse backgrounds and research focuses came together to address whether a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet or vice versa was the better option for maintaining good health, as well as whether the specific kinds of fat and carbs mattered.The researchers hoped that by comparing their knowledge of nutrition, they could both find general areas of agreement and identify others where more research is needed in an effort to the end the “diet wars.”While their respective areas of research and knowledge meant that they differed in their positions on what defined the perfect diet for obesity treatment and chronic disease prevention – including the oh-so-hyped ketogenic diets – they did agree on several key points.
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As candidates for a track-tuned upgrades go, Toyota’s two largest sedans might not come to mind first, but the 2020 Camry TRD and 2020 Avalon TRD would like to buck those expectations.Handiwork of the Toyota Racing Development (TRD) team in collaboration with Calty, the automaker’s US design studio, the pair of sporting sedans promise to be more than just a body kit.New aero elements crank up the aggressiveness of the designs.A gloss black front grille gets a sport mesh insert, while polished stainless steel TRD exhaust tips close out the rear.Two-toned Supersonic Red, Windchill Pearl, or Celestial Silver Metallic paint is available, or Midnight Black Metallic, and the exterior badging is finished in black.Despite being bigger, though, Toyota says each wheel is actually 3.1 pounds lighter.
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Last week, we reported that nearly 20,000 Pakistani debit cards were put up for sale on the dark web.Now, cybersecurity firm Group-IB has found out that earlier this week, a new dump of whooping 177,878 appeared on the dark web.The report noted that the new dump appeared on the dark website Joker Stash on November 13.From the total number of cards, there were 150,632 cards of Pakistani banks, 16,227 cards of other regions’ banks, and 11,019 cards of undefined banks.The report further notes cards issued by Habib Bank accounted for nearly 20 percent of the dump.“Card dumps are usually obtained by using skimming devices and through Trojans infecting workstations connected to POS terminals.
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British artist David Hockney’s famous painting “Portrait of an Artist [Pool with Two Figures]” was sold for $90 million at Christie’s on Thursday night, shattering the record for work by a living artist sold at auction.The painting is considered one of Hockney’s greatest pieces.The artist is famous for painting "swimming pool” pictures and “double portraits."The previous record by a living artist was set by Jeff Koons’ “Balloon Dog,” which sold for $58.4 million in 2013.PAINTING OF JESUS MIRACULOUSLY SURVIVES INFERNO AT HISTORIC MASSACHUSETTS CHURCHThe 1972 painting by Hockney, now 81, is "the holy grail of his paintings, from both the historical and the market perspectives," Alex Rotter, co-chairman of post-war and contemporary art at Christie's, said in September.
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Gangs Matrix led to 'multiple and serious' breaches of data protection rules, says watchdogLondon cops have broken data protection rules by using a controversial database that ranks people's likelihood of gang-related violence but fails to distinguish between victims and perps, and low and high-risk people.The UK's data protection watchdog today reported there had been "multiple and serious" breaches in the use of the Gangs Violence Matrix, and issued an enforcement notice on the Metropolitan Police.In a 27-page report (PDF), the Information Commissioner's Office reeled off a list of failures it said were likely to have caused at least some data subjects harm.These included an absence of central governance, oversight and auditing; a lack of coherent guidance and policies on data retention, sharing and deletion; and a failure to implement basic data protection practices like encryption or information-sharing agreements.People are given a risk score with a traffic light "harm" rating (red, amber or green) based on police info on arrests, convictions and other intelligence, including social media use.
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Logan Paul uploads video of a dead body on YouTubePerhaps it was a bad omen.Logan Paul, one of YouTube's biggest stars, posted videos to his 15 million subscribers late last year chronicling a trip to Japan.Many of the videos were eye-roll worthy enough.One example: He threw large Pokemon balls at people on the street.But things got unpleasant when he visited a forest that's become a magnet for suicides.
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A full, unopened packet of Primes crisps that expired 26 years ago (yes, that's how long ago 1992 was) is proving popular on eBay.Made by Sooner Snacks – who used to be a big player in the UK snack industry and were the original manufacturers of Nik-Naks among others – Primes crisps were a high street staple in the 80s and 90s, but haven't been seen since.According to Metro, the crisps were found behind a kitchen cupboard during a refurb.They're currently at £49 and rising rapidly, with the auction set to end at 15.27 this afternoon.Proceeds go to One25, a Bristol-based charity "specialising in enabling women to break free from street sex-work, addiction and other life-controlling issues and build new, independent lives."The auction states that this is strictly an "archive piece, not for consumption," and we'd agree.
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We Analyzed 15,000 Instagram Stories from 200 of the World’s Top Brands (New Stories Research)A new study from social media management platform Buffer takes a close look into Instagram Stories and how 200 leading global brands are utilizing the popular feature.LinkedIn Introduces Public Beta of Objective-Based Advertising in Campaign ManagerLinkedIn has unveiled objective-based advertising for its Campaign Manager, with a slew of features and easier campaign creation functionality.Are You Ready for the Nanoinfluencers?The New York Times takes a close look at the increasingly wide scope of nanoinfluencers in the social media and marketing landscape.
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Unfortunately, the interviewer is now talking about "pseudo-harmony" and has just invited me to be "a no-ego doer".Sooner or later, probably sooner and without any doubt whatsoever, they will either stop working altogether or self-enable a hidden routine that switches the implanted microchip into Total Buggeration Mode.Embracing failure is literal when the failed item is 4mm beneath the surface of your skin.Half the time, you're standing in front of the door flourishing your card impotently across the sensor from different directions again and again, watching the red light flash repeatedly with an accompanying ugly audio bleat, as you duly recite the workplace mantra: "Fucking open the fuck up you fucking fucked fucker".Waving my empty microchip-implanted hand over this sensor does not seem to offer any obvious advantage.Nor can you simply rock up to the security manager's office and ask for a replacement ID card.
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China's Yangtze Memory Technology (YMTC) aims to leapfrog 96-layer NAND and move straight to the production of 128-layer flash in 2020, according to a report.The company, founded in 2016, has begun bulk-shipping 32-layer NAND and sampling 64-layer 3D NAND.This leaves it lagging behind all the other flash foundry vendors.Intel, Micron, Samsung, SK Hynix, Toshiba and Western Digital are all developing 96-layer products (or 9x in Samsung's case) with 128 layers on their roadmaps.Adding more layers to a 3D NAND die increases the capacity and lowers the cost/bit of a wafer of flash.YMTC is late to the party, but is part of China's drive to become self-sufficient in semiconductor manufacturing.
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I can only assume that Netflix is bidding for rights to Brexit: The Saga.Arguably, that’s a bad thing – yet we can’t tear our eyes away.Parties are torn in half.The past two and a half years have not been spent on meaningful negotiations with the EU, but rather bickering among one’s usual allies.Now, progress on Brexit which should have been delivered months ago looks very likely to stall again.On Wednesday night, we got a nice reminder that this is not how the rest of life operates.
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