Donald Ellison

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Astronomers from the University of Vienna have identified a river of stars flowing across our galaxy and covering most of the southern sky.The 4000 estimated stars that comprise the stream were born together and have been moving together for the last one billion years, making the river a rarity as most star clusters are quickly dispersed once they form.Typically, when star clusters form they do not contain enough stars to create sufficient gravity to hold the cluster together, and gravitational forces quickly disperse the stars throughout the galaxy.But from observation of nearby space, astronomers have determined that there are a few clusters with enough mass to remain bound together for millions of years.The team from Vienna were able to identify such a cluster relatively nearby within the Milky Way, and map it using the European Space Agency satellite Gaia.“Identifying nearby disk streams is like looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack,” João Alves, one of the authors of the paper, said in a statement.
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Juggling group chats can be an annoying endeavor, especially when people frivolously add you to mundane groups.Fortunately, WhatsApp seems to be working on a solution to this problem.WhatsApp news website WABetaInfo has uncovered hints of a group invitation system in the iOS version of the app.But the website adds that the feature is coming to Android as well — so what does it do?By visiting Settings > Account > Privacy > Groups in a future version of the app, you can specify who is able to add you to groups.This page will let you choose between anybody, your contacts, or nobody.
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Choosing what smart home products are right for you is really about choosing the right voice assistant.With Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Apple HomePod all using separate assistants, it can be difficult to decide which one is right for you.On the other hand, though Google Assistant is still a bit behind, a lot of people prefer interactions with this A.I.Amazon and Walmart are both offering generous discounts on smart home bundles, speakers, and displays right now.It comes with Alexa built in, allowing you to connect to other smart devices, have the news read to you, play music, and get questions answered just by asking.Its powerful Dolby speakers play 360-degree audio with clear vocals and dynamic bass response.
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Sometimes Virgin Media announces a flash sale on its broadband and TV deals and we turn our noses up.A mid-range tablet here, half a dozen bottles of wine there.Order your new comprehensive fast speed internet and 200+ channel TV plan from Virgin before 11.59pm on Wednesday, February 6, and the provider will throw in a 43-inch 4K Toshiba Smart TV worth £329 absolutely FREE!The reason we like this offer so much is that this is a case of the freebie being the perfect companion with the main product you're buying.So we're talking about average speeds of up to an immense 350Mb, and premium 4K channels like BT Sport and Sky Sports added in with the package.Virgin says that your new TV will be dispatched 28 days from when your broadband is installed and is for new customers only.
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Over the years, you probably politely followed back a few too many Twitter accounts, and now have a timeline filled with all sorts of random tweets from people you can’t even remember following in the first place.A new Twitter tool, Tokimeki Unfollow, may help.Designed by Julius Tarng, previously of Facebook and Branch, “tokimeki” roughly translates to “spark joy.” It’s a nod to Tarng’s source of inspiration for the new tool – Marie Kondo’s hugely popular Netflix show “Tidying Up.” The series, based on the decluttering expert’s own KonMari method of organization, has prompted many to start purging their homes of unwanted and unloved clothing, books, papers, toys, and more in the weeks following the series’ debut.After all, if anything is a source of clutter these days…it’s the build-up of timeline junk thanks to poor following choices in years past.Tokimeki Unfollow is easy to use, though its newfound popularity may have it running a little slow at times, we found.If you opt in, it can save your “keep” and “unfollow” progress secured on the Glitch servers.
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Macbook Air torde vara en av Apples absolut viktigaste Macar.Det är ett vettigt alternativ mellan den avskalade Macbook och den dyrare, tyngre Macbook Pro.Så visst är det viktigt att det blir rätt.Överlag är vi nöjda med Macbook Air, men visst finns det saker som kan och bör förbättras.Här listar vi några av de frågetecken, funderingar och rena klagomål vi har på nuvarande Macbook Air, en dator som vi har levt med nästan dagligen sedan lanseringen hösten 2018.Om det bara fanns en sak vi kunde ändra så är det så klart det viktigaste: prislappen.
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Toyota has officially launched Kinto, a company first revealed late last year that will manage a car subscription program and other mobility services in Japan, including the sale and purchase of used vehicles as well as automotive repair and inspection.Kinto is jointly funded by Toyota Financial Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Toyota, and Sumitomo Mitsui Auto Service Company, a member of the Sumitomo Corporation Group.Initial funding for Kinto is 1.8 billion yen, or about $16 million, according to Toyota.The creation of Kinto marks a shift that began a couple of years ago within the automotive industry to look beyond the traditional business of producing, financing and selling cars and trucks.Unlike other subscription programs, Kinto has gamified the service.The company is planning to introduce a service this fall that will award points to customers based on how they drive.
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There are lots of reasons to love Android, but there are also plenty of reasons to hate it too.Or at least, feel slightly annoyed that is doesn't do something you'd like.Wouldn't it be nice if you could tell some engineers to go away to sort out that single thing you need?Ever-found of the whole 'community outreach' thing, OnePlus has decided to launch a competition for just this.It's launching the PMChallenge, asking the people for their ideas about how it can improve Android and OxygenOS.Whether it be implementing a missing feature or fixing an existing one.
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On-demand food delivery startup DoorDash has partnered with mRelief, a startup focused on helping people access food stamps.As federal workers — especially low-wage workers like janitors, cooks and security guards — recover from the 35-day partial government shutdown, DoorDash and mRelief are teaming up to offer DoorDash credit to those eligible for food stamps in San Francisco.In San Francisco, about one in four people struggle with hunger, according to the SF-Marin Food Bank.Meanwhile, $13 billion in food stamps benefits are unclaimed every year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.Because of the government shutdown, those low-wage workers are likely now eligible for food stamps, mRelief says.“Our work at mRelief is about bringing the simplicity of technology typically used to provide on-demand services, to things that are critical needs,” mRelief co-founders Rose Afriyie (pictured above) and Genevieve Nielsen told TechCrunch via email.
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Audi's 2019 Super Bowl is called "Cashew" and at first glance it's not obvious why.It opens on a young man doing that weird Russell-Crowe-in-Gladiator hand in the wheat field thing as he approaches an isolated house.It kind of goes off the rails from there.Upon nearing the house, our protagonist is greeted by an elderly man on the porch who is revealed to be his grandfather.The two enter a weird garage laboratory and the old man pulls a sheet off of a vehicle that ends up being the Audi E-Tron GT concept -- (also known as the best-looking debut of the 2018 LA Auto Show).Upon sliding into the fancy cloth-covered driver's seat, our young man is jolted violently, and it's then that the name of the ad starts to make sense.
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The Brexit debate is not exactly famed for nuanced, understated contributions by statesmanlike parliamentarians.Add the thorny issue of the border and Northern Ireland’s history of violence and division to this atmosphere, and you have the perfect recipe for disaster.The DUP, whose MPs prop up Theresa May’s premiership, have been the first to criticise what deputy leader Nigel Dodds calls “highly reckless talk” by the Irish government.But a quick probe of the pro-Leave party’s own language during negotiations shows its own rhetoric over Brexit can be somewhat alarming.Arlene Foster’s ‘Blood Red’ LineThe DUP, who were the only party to oppose 1998′s Good Friday Agreement, pride themselves on taking a robust stance over the union and Brexit.
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In a short time, the share of organically produced food in the meals that the municipalities serves in schools and homes for the elderly flerdubblats.According to the Nfa, which recently surveyed how local government bets on organic food looks, constituted of organic food an average of 36 percent of the total purchase value of the public meals in 2017.Four municipalities have already achieved the government's food strategy, which says that 60 per cent of the public food consumption should consist of organic foods in the year 2030.There are benefits of organic food, but also problems of which the biggest is that it is worse for the climate.for Example, a Swedish study, published in Nature in the autumn, organically grown peas results in a 50% larger carbon footprint than conventionally grown.the Reason that organic crops account for more emissions is that the yield will be much less, primarily because synthetic fertilizers not permitted in organic farming.
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Only 38% of companies’ help desks provide context on the results they share across the businessWhen you are trying to offer good service, too much data or the wrong type can be more problematic than not having enough data in the first place.We spoke to Simon Johnson, General Manager, UK at Freshworks to find out more.Is the fault here that people on the business side don’t understand the data they are getting, or is there a misunderstanding of what the business wants?Another issue is when teams only get asked for numbers – for example, how many tickets get dealt with.The challenge here is that companies want to adopt new approaches to working with customers, and teams have to develop new ways to meet what the business wants around IT.
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the Bluetooth Special Interest Group today announces that the Bluetooth standard will be improved with better positioning in the future.More specifically, should the enhanced support for location services to get higher precision, which makes the devices able to sense the direction of the Bluetooth signal and the system should have a precision of one centimeter.currently, Bluetooth can determine an approximate distance and this is used in the Bluetooth trackers like Tile, and the like.With this upgrade, the Tile device, in theory, not only to give an indication as to where your keys are, but deliver a substantially more accurate position.the System will also open up the possibility for various navigation system indoors.Mark Powell, executive director of the Bluetooth SIG, writes this about the venture in a press release:
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Shapiro initially took the stand two weeks ago, where he detailed how Qualcomm continues to hurt the mobile chip market.They testified that Shapiro's methodology was flawed and that he didn't consider what was happening in the real world.Aviv Nevo, a University of Pennsylvania economics and marketing professor, on Friday called into question Shapiro's use of theory to determine the damage allegedly caused by Qualcomm's licensing practices.Nevo testified that the FTC's theory that Qualcomm uses its power in the chip market to charge excessive royalty rates "is just not born out of actual market data."Last Tuesday, Edward Snyder, dean of the Yale School of Management and a professor of economics and management, criticized Shapiro's methodology and said the problems Qualcomm's rivals had were due to choices they made that had nothing to do with Qualcomm.The FTC, aided by chipmaker Intel and iPhone vendor Apple, filed suit against Qualcomm two years ago.
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The code for the latest iOS 12.2 beta is the gift that keeps on giving: after being found to contain hints about new iPads and iPod Touches, now the software has revealed images for Apple's upcoming magazine subscription service – something we've been hearing rumors about since the company acquired Netflix-for-magazines service Texture last year.A number of screenshots were dug out of the iOS 12.2 beta code by 9to5Mac, and show what look like landing pages for the new service.Apparently it's only open to "Apple internal users" for now, but a wider roll out could be close.The name of the service looks likely to be Apple News Magazines, and as you would expect it's going to connect directly to your iTunes Store account, once it goes live.Numerous mentions of a "bundle subscription" suggest that magazines will be just part of a bigger content offering, which might include Apple's long-rumored TV show platform.Based on what we've already heard from unofficial sources, Apple News Magazines will include access to top-tier magazines on a variety of topics, as well as respected newspapers including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal.
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When you talk about digital marketing, modern promoters may only be thinking about popular stuff like Facebook or Google advertising.However, don’t let shiny and new distract you from the proven and effective promotional routes, like good old-fashioned email marketing.With the average return on email marketing being $44 for every $1 spent, email is still a viable marketing tactic, and with the tools found in a lifetime subscription to a Stackmails Unlimited Plan ($49, over 90 percent off from TNW Deals), you’ve got access to a one-stop shop for handling email marketing almost automatically.With Stackmails, you can craft personalized email campaigns custom tailored to your contacts.Just link Stackmails to your Gmail account, add in your list of up to 2,000 recipients, create your email with customized fields, then schedule and send.Your entire email campaign can be set up and launched in a matter of minutes.
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By the end of the weekend, James Wan’s Aquaman will have become the most financially successful superhero movie Warner Brothers and DC have ever produced together—a title previously held by The Dark Knight.That’d be a huge accomplishment for any filmmaker, but for Wan in particular given the studio’s recent pivot to focusing on director-driven projects.Earlier this month in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. Chairman Toby Emmerich explained that rather than attempting to follow in Marvel’s footsteps with a traditional shared cinematic universe, the future of the DCEU would be defined largely by the visions of the various directors (like Patty Jenkins and Ava DuVernay) who head the films.While many of the films will still be narratively connected in the grand scheme of things, what the studio wants is to make good movies first, and worry about crossover potential later.With Aquaman being both such a critical and financial success (to the tune of over £757 million), the studio now has all the reason to follow through on its new production initiative, especially regarding the inevitable Aquaman sequel.Obviously, Warner Bros. wants Wan back for round two, but according to Wan’s representation, he’s not a sure get for the project...yet...and there are a couple of important reasons why.
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Until now, there have typically been two ways of making clothing conductive: either wrap fibers in fine metallic wire (or stitch it in), or apply adhesive circuits onto the surface.Both of these work reasonably well, and have been put to use by sportswear companies to create smart garments that monitor your activity and feed stats to your phone.They can't always be washed at high temperatures (a major drawback for healthcare, where clothes need to be deep-cleaned), they don't stretch the same way (particularly if the circuits are printed onto the surface), and the handle and drape are different.It can be done to pretty much any fabric (knitten, woven or non-woven; natural or synthetic) and had barely any effect on the way it flexes, stretches and bends like a normal fabric.Pireta's CTO and founder Chris Hunt came up with the idea while working at the National Physical Laboratory.The process uses sintering, which involves applying heat and pressure to tiny particles of a material – in this case, silver nanoparticles – causing them to solidify.
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The modern 360-degree convertible 2-in-1 has improved to the point where its best examples are viable alternatives to the traditional clamshell laptop.LG has just released a new competitor, the Gram 14 2-in-1, that aims to make lightweight a competitive advantage.It uses a magnesium alloy to shave off the ounces, and it succeeds by coming in at a cool 2.5 pounds.It also has the tiniest bit of flex in the lid and chassis if you go looking for it, but overall we think it has a more solid feel.Aesthetically, the Spectre x360 is one of the best looking 2-in-1s around, with a choice of Dark Ash Silver, Natural Silver, and Pale Rose Gold.Both touch displays are great for scrolling web pages and tapping on the occasional pop-up button, but the LG Gram’s active pen offers a native 4,096 level of pressure sensitivity and tilt control to the standard HP pen that’s only interpolated to 4,096 levels and lacks tilt.
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