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Not even Scrabble could resist the allure of Bitcoin and cryptocurrency.Responsible for many a family feud, the popular word-based board game has now added Bitcoin BTC and botnet, among many others – the New York Times reports.Yesterday, the Mirriam-Webster dictionary added 300 new words to its list of accepted words that can be played in Scrabble.Other less ‘blockchainy’ words include: Emoji, sheeple, twerk, zomboid, and beatdown.You know, I regularly sit around the dining room table with my family after a nice meal telling them about Bitcoin, blockchain, cryptocurrency, tokens, and the like.They hate me for it.
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Late last week, Apple released more details about how (with certain opt-in settings) the Apple Watch Series 4 will contact emergency services if the watch detects that you've had a hard fall.Before actually contacting first responders, the Apple Watch will try to give numerous urgent alerts: tapping the wearer on the wrist, sounding of a very loud alarm, and also displaying a visual alert.If the Apple Watch detects that the wearer is "immobile for about a minute," it begins a 15-second countdown.The (mostly) opt-in nature of the service may mitigate but not completely assuage concerns raised by some lawyers in the immediate aftermath of the September 12 announcement of the watch.Elizabeth Joh, a law professor at the University of California, Davis, was quick to point out that, by inviting the police into your home, Apple Watch wearers may be opening themselves up to criminal liability.In other words, if police are alerted by an Apple Watch of a possible injury, they do not need a warrant to enter a home under the "community caretaking" exception to the Fourth Amendment.
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These range from organizing your search results better, to introducing an Instagram Stories-style presentation for select content.Here are my favorite new updates:Activity cards: When you revisit a search query from the past, Google will display all your previous steps in a handy card.Each activity card will display related search queries and all the pages you previously visited that were related to the topic.Don’t worry if that sounds like a bit too much: Google says that these cards won’t show up for every search result, and you can turn them off as well.Search collections: Everyone has different methods of saving search results related to a topic, from Trello boards to emails.
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Now Google wants to do that detective work for you, accessible in a format that owes a lot to Instagram stories, except showcasing the highlights of a person’s life instead of just their day.The new feature is part of a slew of search changes Google announced on Monday, to mark the company’s 20th anniversary.Google’s presentation focused on major shifts in how people search, including the move from text to visual search.To help users with the transition, Google said it would be “doubling down on stories in search,” to provide immersive, full-screen content using AMP, the company’s standard for making mobile pages faster.As an example of the celebrity story treatment, Google shared the highlight reel for chef Giada De Laurentiis, which will appear when you search “Giada” on mobile, just after Google’s synopsis of her Wikipedia page but before any external links.The story includes a timeline: In 2003, De Laurentiis rose to fame with her first TV show.
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The skins of famous people are really no different from the skins of the rest of us, but that fact has done nothing to diminish Americans’ implacable desire to learn the beauty tips of the stars.So here’s one of them—a product that can be found at the bottoms of “it” bags from Los Angeles to London.Rachel Bilson reportedly uses it to highlight her cheekbones, and Victoria Beckham has called it “the best thing in the world for chapped lips, elbows and knees.” It was the only product that Bradley Cooper (having banned all makeup) permitted Lady Gaga to wear on camera for his new flick, A Star Is Born.And no less a celeb than Prince Harry reportedly tucked it into his kit bag when he trekked to the South Pole in 2013.We’re speaking of Eight Hour Cream—a product that, even in a cosmetics world crammed with a million emollients, is an impressive tube of goo.Not only has the Elizabeth Arden cream been selling—its original formula unchanged—for 88 years, it sells, well, a lot.
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Huawei has made no secret that it’s newest flagship, the Mate 20 is on the way, but a new leak courtesy of WinFuture has given us our first glimpse of what the device might actually look like – including a unique triple camera setup.Like the P20 Pro, the Mate 20 Pro is expected to come with three cameras, and I kind of dig the square arrangement here with the flash.The overall design direction looks quite different than the P20, with softer sides, a smaller chin, and a wider, more iPhone-esque notch.The one real indicator the devices are part of the same family is the awesome gradient finish, though I like the new textured look as well.The Mate 20 Pro is expected to be the first device with Huawei’s Kirin 980 processor, which will be only the second mobile processor on the market to use a 7nm processor.That should lead to major speed improvements, though as usual, Huawei particularly likes to tout its benefits for AI.
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Are you looking for something cool without breaking the bank?We found 25 fun (and sometimes weird) gadgets, all available on Amazon right now for less than $50.First on our list: If you're going to play retro games, you might as well do it right.This 8Bitdo SN30 ($47) is compatible with the Switch, the NES and SNES Classic and most computers.It has the classic look of a Super Nintendo controller while adding Bluetooth, extra buttons, rumble, motion controls and more.Disclaimer: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products featured in this guide.
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Remarkable photo albums showing the Czar Nicholas II and the Russian royal family have gone on public display for the first time.Dozens of candid photos show the Romanov family boating and enjoying sleigh rides during the twilight years of their ill-fated dynasty.The last czar of Russia abdicated on March 15, 1917, following the country’s February Revolution, bringing an end to the Romanov dynasty that ruled Russia for over 300 years.THEY SPENT MILLIONS ON A HAT THAT COULD BE WORTH NOTHINGPart of a new exhibition at the Science Museum in London, the photos offer a fascinating glimpse into the gilded existence of the doomed Romanovs.“They really show an insight into the private life of the family,” a Science Museum spokesman told Fox News.
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Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page back in the company's early days.APGoogle will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its search engine launching on Thursday.It's changed a lot in 20 years.For a peek at what Google's search results looked like back then, search "Google in 1998."Google turns 20 years old this month.Google Search was the first product from the tech giant now known as part of Alphabet, and Google's been celebrating the milestone all week on social media:
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But, how many of these new jobs will be offered to those shivering in the dole queue?Here are some points which few in the industry will argue with.Firstly, AI will enable new business models, products and services, which will help certain companies grow.Secondly, certain national economies will grow thanks to increased profitability realised through operational efficiency.These points are reinforced in the research, respondents expect to grow their revenues 11.6% by 2030 as a result of AI adoption, while participants on average plan to invest 0.48% of their revenue in AI in the next 12 months.The world of efficiency and profitability is cut-throat.
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But with its slide-out full QWERTY keyboard and a thick chin, it isn't an attractive one.Critics loved the slick Android operating system it ran, but the hardware didn't prompt the universal praise its contemporary, the original iPhone, did.Stacked up next to the iPhone XS Max and Galaxy Note 9, the G1 looks positively cute.When HTC and Google worked together to build the first Android phone, the companies initially developed a design that looked a lot like a BlackBerry, with a small, squarish screen on the top half and a physical keyboard on the bottom.That's just one of the tidbits shared by Peter Chou, HTC's former CEO and the man who spearheaded the development of the G1 alongside Andy Rubin, who was the Google executive in charge of Android at the time.I talked with Chou for the 10th anniversary of the G1 about what went into the development of the phone.
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The first Airbus A350-900ULR arrived in Singapore over the weekend as Singapore Airlines prepares to launch the world's longest flights.Journeys between Singapore and New York will begin on Oct. 11, the airline said in a release, covering a distance of around 9,000 nautical miles (10,400 miles or 16,700 km) in about 18 hours and 45 minutes.It'll take the title of the world's longest commercial flight from Qatar Airways.The current title holder is a 18-hour nonstop journey between Doha, Qatar, and Auckland, New Zealand.The route will have a two-class layout, with 67 business-class seats and 94 premium economy-class seats.The A350-900ULR (for Ultra Long Range) completed its first flight in April, and can fly 20 hours nonstop with a full load of passengers.
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Finding convenient ways to get personal training or coaching is already challenging for those who don't have a lot of time or money.While many entrepreneurs are working on various faster and cheaper solutions to this problem, a company called Coachilla is winning the game in the self-improvement industry.Launched by Eeppi Nieminen, Coachilla is a Graduate of the Helsinki Founder Institute.Before launching Coachilla, Eeppi built up considerable experience working in numerous roles at various companies, including doing sales and business development at Heebo Oy; project manager and Chief Business Development Officer at 3D Online Factory; and Vice President of the Kuopio Entrepreneurship Society.A year into their existence, Coachilla managed to land on a list of 13 top startups for the first CherryonTop Accelerator program, placing third overall.Having this occur helped Eeppi's company become noticed and made it clear the company positively impacts our everyday digital lives.
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London-listed music technology firm 7digital will today reveal a partnership with Universal Music Group, the record label behind artists such as Taylor Swift, Elton John and Lady Gaga, to create new bespoke music streaming services attributed to individual artists.The deal will see 7digital power online stores for artists through which fans can buy access to streamed or downloadable music content, such as curated playlists or new music singles, alongside artist merchandise and products.In a bid to shake up the market currently dominated by the likes of Apple Music and Spotify, 7digital’s chief executive Simon Cole told City A.M. the firm aims to provide a range of services to record labels that helps them create fresh revenue streams “outside of the standard £9.99 model” in digital music.The new model has already been proven successful, utilised in 2017 by artists such as Shania Twain and Kanye West.The partnership is set to last over a multi-year term, laid out over three separate global agreements.
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Hardcore Star Wars fans have probably lost count of the times they've watched A New Hope since it originally debuted back in 1977.But thanks to Russian artist and animator Dmitry Grozov we can see our favorite Star Wars characters once again, in the style of '80s Japanese anime.His video "Star Wars: A New Hope Animotion Trailer" shows some of the best scenes from the movie in old-school anime style.Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Chewbacca, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Darth Vader and other well-known characters are also given anime makeovers.Plus the trailer includes Japanese voice-overs to give the trailer that extra-authentic anime feel.The trailer is so impressive that many viewers have left YouTube comments demanding that a full movie based on the trailer be made by Disney and Lucasfilm.
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The Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS) has fined the ride-hailers a combined S$13 million ($9.5 million) over the Uber-Grab merger deemed to have hurt competition in the country's ride-hailing market, Channel NewsAsia reported Sunday.Individually, Uber was fined S$6.58 million and Grab S$6.42 million, penalties the watchdog imposed in order to "deter completed, irreversible mergers that harm competition."Despite the fines, the Uber-Grab merger was not required to be unwound.Uber agreed to sell its Southeast Asia operations to Singapore-based rival Grab in March, in exchange for a 27.5 percent stake.The deal included handing over ride-sharing, food delivery, and payments and financial services in Singapore, as well as in Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.Grab released a statement Sunday saying it had been compliant with the watchdog in the review.
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A software error has caused Subaru to completely dispose of 293 of its Ascent 2019 SUVs.According toa safety recall report filed with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), robots at missed critical welds, thanks to improper coding.The robots missed welds on the cars’ B-pillars which holds the hinges to the second row doors.This gaff reduced the cars’ body strength, and could lead to passengers being injured in a crash.The company said that there is no physical remedy available to fix these cars, and as such, all of them will be destroyed instead of being refurbished.It added that thankfully, only nine units were sold to the customers; all of them will receive replacements.
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We've all heard of the Turing Test, designed in 1950 by Alan Turing in a test of a machine's ability to mimic human behavior.They asked themselves a question: If you could only use one word to convince a human you weren't a robot, which word would you choose?One thousand participants suggested 400 words.The most commonly suggested words related to concepts most people think an artificial intelligence might have difficulty understanding -- words like "love" or "soul".But plenty of words were suggested more than once, words like "compassion" or "mercy".One curious choice made by a number of people: "please".
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When it comes to space travel, human beings are just getting started.Robots on the other hand are ahead.And now JAXA, the Japanese Space Agency, has landed two rovers on a goddamn .Best of all: They've sent back photographs.The MINERVA rovers were launched from Japan's Hayabusa 2 probe, which has been orbiting an asteroid called Ryuga for a few months now.The probe is on an asteroid sample-return mission, and is planning to survey the asteroid and return to Earth in December 2020.
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Voice assistants like Amazon's Alexa, Google's Assistant, Apple's Siri, and Microsoft's Cortana, are pegged to trigger a widespread transformation across the retail industry in the years to come.The current interest in, and adoption of, voice assistants for commerce is being driven by recent technological breakthroughs, advantages of the tech over existing channels, and the development of voice apps.As consumer demand for voice technology mounts, brands offering this functionality throughout the entire customer journey stand to gain in three key ways.Not too long ago, if your friend had a smart speaker like Amazon's Alexa or Google's Assistant in their living room, it seemed like a rare novelty.Within a matter of months, however, smart speakers have started becoming household staples — and they're still only at a fraction of their growth potential.One of the biggest drivers of adoption has been increased functionality.
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