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The child mummy with smallpox that researchers discovered in a Lithuanian Church.The mummy of a child discovered in a crypt beneath a Lithuanian church harbors the oldest sample found to date of the virus that causes smallpox, a new report said.But the researchers' analysis of the virus, called the variola virus, suggests that smallpox first appeared in humans much more recently than thought, the researchers said.Scientists had thought that smallpox was an ancient disease that plagued humanity for millennia.More studies are needed to confirm that the smallpox virus indeed arose that recently, but if it did, this would cast doubt on the previously suggested idea that people in ancient Egypt had smallpox.Although 3,000- to 4,000-year-old Egyptian mummies have pockmark scarring, a symptom of smallpox, these scars could have also come from measles or chickenpox, said the study's first author, Ana Duggan, a postdoctoral fellow at the McMaster University Ancient DNA Centre in Canada.
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The new Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pros have been polarizing, to say the least.The company said in its year-in-review blog post on Monday that more people are switching to from the MacBook to Microsoft s Surface than in years past.Our trade-in program for MacBooks was our best ever, and the combination of excitement for the innovation of Surface coupled with the disappointment of the new MacBook Pro—especially among professionals—is leading more and more people to make the switch to Surface, like this.It seems like a new review recommending Surface over MacBook comes out daily.This makes our team so proud, because it means we re doing good work.As 9to5Mac noted, Microsoft was running a better promotional offer for MacBook trade-ins this year—Pro and Air users got up to $650 to put toward a Surface Book or Surface Pro 4 from Oct. 27-Nov. 23.
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There s one big achievement in the game The Last Guardian that s fairly awe-inspiring.It s not the level design or even the gameplay, which are both compelling enough.You can read our full coverage of the game here.As a long-time gamer who has fond memories of playing Ico quite a few years ago and then beating the spiritual successor to that game called Shadow of the Colossus in 2005 all created by designer Fumito Ueda and his team with a focus on forming an emotional bond , I ve kept up on the latest entry.It features a young boy climbing around on castles and coaxing a giant dragon-like creature named Trico into helping him escape.The interchange between the boy and the creature is what held my attention.It serves as a good lesson in how to make AI in a chatbot, a digital assistant or within an app or any piece of software.In most games, you might press a button and see a more immediate response, but in The Last Guardian, everything is more subtle.
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Samarbetsverktyg används brett ute på företag i dag och gör så att människor kan arbeta effektivare.Men: Många av dagens applikationer medför risker och rymmer säkerhetshål.IDG News har bett vd:n för Spideroak – som är en leverantör av samarbetsverktyg - Mike McCamon, att peka på de vanligaste säkerhetsmisstagen i de här sammanhangen:Många samarbetsverktyg levereras primärt genom en webbläsare, och detta medför en del risker: Skadlig kod, plugins, cookies och en mängd andra som kan hota din säkerhet.Även om du själv ger akt på säkerheten så räcker det med att en medlem inte gör det för att hela organisationens data utsätts för risk.Enda sättet att skydda organisationen mot denna typ av risker är att försäkra dig om att ditt samarbetsverktyg helt och fullt kan laddas ner till en enhet i stället för att bara existera på webben.
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Bus drivers often remind passengers to keep their cellphone conversations as quick and quiet as possible, and now airline pilots might need to do the same.That s right — on top of everything else that s annoying about traveling with a bunch of strangers in a flying capsule, you may also have to endure hours of unintentional eavesdropping, as passengers could soon be allowed to make in-flight Wi-Fi calls.If a new proposal from federal regulators passes, you ll be able to chat to your friends around the world from thousands of feet in the air.But don t worry — flight attendants and others familiar with the hassles of air travel have already pointed out that such a practice could be incredibly disruptive, which is why the Department of Transportation said on Thursday that it would have airlines inform passengers beforehand whether or not they allowed for in-flight calls.This way, those who want to chat the hours away can do so, and those who want no part of it can pick an alternate airline.This proposal will ensure that air travelers are not unwillingly exposed to voice calls, as many of them are troubled over the idea of passengers talking on cell phones in flight, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement.
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Michigan's new laws will allow vehicles without steering wheels, gas or break pedals or any human control to be tested on public roadsJ.D.To continue providing news and award winning journalism, we rely on advertising revenue.To continue reading, please turn off your ad blocker or whitelist us.Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed four autonomous driving bills on Friday 9 December at the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn that clarify how the autonomous vehicles can be legally used on public roads.The new laws would repeal the state's pre-existing law barring automated driving in the state."Michigan is the global center for automative technology and development, having transformed the way the world moves for more than 100 years," Snyder said in a statement.
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Sprinklr has introduced a new product, called Audiences, that lets brands be more efficient when advertising across social channels.The objective is to sync the conversational data Sprinklr gathers across Twitter, Facebook, websites, and other sources with marketing opportunities, so that brands communications appear more personalized and their advertising spend is maximized.The social media management platform s latest product came out of the company s acquisition of Booshaka in 2015.And when you add to that the various social media channels that are available, integrating all that engagement data can be a complex and costly endeavor.Sprinklr Audiences takes from the disparate touch points what customers have said about a brand on Twitter, their browsing behavior, purchase history, etc.This allows brands to optimize their advertising, as they won t inadvertently show a product ad to someone who just bought that item recently, or who may have complained about it on another social channel.In its simplest form, managing the customer experience is a game of data, explained Sprinklr vice president of Audience and Advertising and Booshaka founder Erik Ober in a blog post.And winning this game means understanding everything about your customer across channels, and using that information to engage in a relevant and personal way — at scale.
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the fast-food chain McDonald's to control international taxes, a new holding company with the help of great Britain, told the Reuters news agency.currently, the company's international taxation takes place primarily via Luxembourg, which has attracted european attention from the authorities.most of the company's United states outside of license fees directed to the future, the new, Britain established the holding company.McDonald's told the bulletin of the arrangement to update the chain's corporate structure more appropriate to its current approach, in which the geography of the more important countries of the grouping of the common market and growth conditions.the arrangement that according to the company also savings.the Timing is apt, because the EU has taken the reins tighter, many of the national companies and the EU-states fiscal arrangements.
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I år kvalade 178 personer in på listan, vilket är en ökning med 22 personer jämfört med föregående år.Med sina 17 miljarder kronor är Minecraft-skaparen Sveriges rikaste techentreprenör.När han sålde sitt bolag Mojang till Microsoft för 18 miljarder kronor har Notch bland annat sysselsatt sig med att köpa Hollywoods dyraste hus.Han grundade Skype som gjorde honom till en förmögen man när han sålde bolaget till Ebay för 2,6 miljarder kronor.Spotify-grundaren Daniel Ek behöver ingen närmare presentation.Han är en av medgrundarna av Mojang som står bakom succéspelet Minecraft.
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Image Credit: Shutterstock / 10 FACEFacebook s dynamic product ads are getting an upgrade.The social networking company is now letting brands use this marketing format to drive mobile app installs.Now, when users see these ads on a website or on Facebook, they may be directed to install the retailer, hotelier, or merchant s mobile app.It s about discovery by the right people who will do valuable things in the app and engage over time.She went on to explain that app businesses are focused on reaching the right users, those who will provide real value to brands.
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It may be getting a late start, compared with streaming services from Amazon and Netflix, but today Google Play Movies & TV is adding 4K movies to its content library.Google says there are now over 125 movies in 4K resolution, using VP9, available for purchase via its web or mobile storefront.These can be streamed via a Chromecast Ultra, Sony Bravia Android TV, or Xiaomi Mi Box 3.The Chromecast Ultra, as you may recall, was announced earlier this fall as the first member of the Chromecast family to support 4K and HDR video streaming.At a $69 price point, it s an affordable way to get a 4K streamer into your home.With the launch of 4K support on Google Play Movies & TV, Google is sweetening the deal for those in the market for such a device, as it s offering one 4K movie title for free when you buy a Chromecast Ultra.
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T-Mobile USA is looking forward to fewer regulations and more mergers in the telecom market under President-elect Donald Trump.With net neutrality rules possibly being overturned, the company says mobile Internet providers will have a lot more leeway for "innovation and differentiation."The election results will lead to a regulatory environment that is "more positive for my industry," T-Mobile CFO Braxton Carter said in a Q session at a UBS investors conference yesterday."You look at some of the earlier decisions that Trump has already made in choosing advisors , I think it's very clear there is going to be less regulation, and regulation often destroys innovation and value creation in bringing benefits to the consumer.T-Mobile was nearly purchased by AT in 2011 and Sprint in 2014, but it remained a separate entity as US regulators objected to mergers that would reduce the number of major nationwide wireless carriers from four to three.On the specific question of whether the four major wireless carriers will be reduced to three, Carter said that it's too early to tell.
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Russian officials were well into the investigation late last week into what happened to cause the loss of the Progress cargo spacecraft that was supposed to be heading to the ISS.The unmanned cargo ship burned up in the atmosphere above the Tuva region of Siberia shortly after launch.As of Friday no debris had been found in the area of the crash.The best indication so far of what happened points to some sort of issue with the Soyuz carrier rocket that is used in manned and unmanned launches.The Progress vehicle atop the rocket was supposed to take tons of food, water, and other items, including Christmas gifts, to the ISS for the crew.The carrier rocket has been blamed for two previously failed launches.
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This week on The Full Nerd, Gordon Mah Ung, Brad Chacos, Hayden Dingman, and Adam Patrick Murray debate the best PC hardware and games of the year.10-core Intel chips or AMD s new generation of APUs?The Radeon RX 480 or Nvidia s beastly GTX 10-series graphics cards?Battlefield 1 or Forza Horizon 3?The gang chimes in on all that and more.Spoiler: Some of the picks are so close that we needed to turn to the Facebook Live audience, as a tie-breaker—which helps to highlight that these picks are just the favorites of the Full Nerd cast, not official PCWorld awards.
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The holidays are an expensive time, so we re bringing you a special treat: a full, free, fun Windows program to download every day until Christmas.Behind our advent calendar's third door you'll find AirDroid - a brilliant app that lets you control your Android smartphone via your PC.It's incredibly handy, particularly for messaging friends while you're at your desk.Just connect your handset and you'll receive alerts in Windows whenever you receive a new message, and you can type your response straight away.Perfect for making plans and catching up with friends over the holidays!AirDroid also makes it easy to transfer those office party photos from your phone to your PC - just click and drag to move them across.
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The UK's wine makers might be about to enjoy a few decades of global dominance, thanks to research that suggests climate change and the warmer, wetter weather we can expect to see, could turn parts of the UK into mini-Frances perfect for growing the classic old types of grapes.The University College London team based its research on the assumption that average temperatures will rise by 2.2C by the year 2100 and that this will be accompanied by a 5.6 per cent increase in rainfall.That should mean that the Black Country in the West Midlands might undergo an industrial revolution of another kind, as conditions there might become perfect for growing the chardonnay and pinot noir varieties of grapes that thrive in warmer climates.Professor Mark Maslin from UCL said: "This study could signal how we think long-term about British wine production and redraw the future wine map of the world.However, exactly where would be best for particular grapes will depend on site, slope, aspect, soil and drainage as wine-making is as much an art as it is a science."Want more updates from Gizmodo UK?
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Ubisoft has confirmed that all its virtual reality titles will feature cross-platform multiplayer on Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Sony's PlayStation VR.Publisher and developer Ubisoft has announced that it plans to offer full cross-platform multiplayer support in its upcoming virtual reality titles, including on console devices.In an update to its Eagle Flight package, which puts the player into the body of a bird of prey flying above a post-apocalyptic abandoned Paris, Ubisoft has unlocked full cross-platform multiplayer support across Windows players with Oculus Rift and HTC Vive headsets and PlayStation 4 players using Sony's PlayStation VR hardware.While that's welcome enough, the company has also pledged launch-day cross-platform support on its other 'multiplayer VR experiences' as and when they are released to the public.'Making our VR titles cross-platform has been a goal of ours from the start and we re happy to announce that Eagle Flight, Werewolves Within, and Star Trek: Bridge Crew will be playable cross-platform on PSVR, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive,' said David Votypka, senior creative director at Ubisoft subsidiary Red Storm, in the announcement.'Our games feature a strong multiplayer experiences sic , so letting friends play together regardless of which headset they own will enhance the social nature of our games and let them be played the way we envisioned.'
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In the 10 days following the election, 867 incidents of hate crimes against immigrants, Muslim-Americans, and others have been reported around the US, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center SPLC .Now, a growing number of city police departments are launching special efforts to combat them.San Francisco authorities are planning to
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Beme is shutting down, and its 11 employees, including Neistat, will join CNN to start a new media brand focused on millennial viewers.The Wall Street Journal reports that the deal is valued at $25 million.Hackett, who once was the vice president of engineering at Tumblr, will help build the brand's core technology while also helping to build new mobile video features for CNN's digital properties.Neistat, who has almost 5.8 million subscribers on YouTube, will serve as the brand's executive producer and shape its "editorial vision."It's likely that CNN will want to incorporate some of Beme's technology into this new brand or possibly some of its existing digital properties.Beme essentially forced the users to film what's around them rather than turning the camera on themselves.
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Analysis The value of distributed ledgers and blockchain tech to the financial sector has again come under the spotlight following the departure of several entities from prominent blockchain consortium R3: namely Goldman Sachs, Santander, Morgan Stanley and the National Australian Bank.All four left the consortium this month, and with little public explanation.R3's official statement on the departures isn't particularly revealing either, essentially claiming only that it has always accepted and expected a high churn rate among its members.Spokespeople offer the line that developing technology like this requires dedication and significant resources, and our diverse pool of members all have different capacities and capabilities which naturally change over time.The departed's capacities and capabilities have not significantly changed however, relative to other R3 members.What has obviously changed for Goldman Sachs a founding member Morgan Stanley a second tranche introduction and Santander a third tranche member is the swollen size of the consortium those businesses were joining.
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