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I like zoning out by putting stuff together so, every couple of years, I’ll buy a Lego set and build it.Dislike: It requires a tablet.With a suggested age range of seven to 12, the brick-based robots are relatively easy to build, and the tablet-based drag-and-drop coding system is as straightforward as, well, building a Lego set on a screen.The entire concept, the company told me, is meant as a springboard for kids to get some basic training for the adult-centric Lego Minecraft robotics system.Yet Lego Boost is fun for grown ups, too.It connects to the tablet via Bluetooth and includes a simple motor, an accelerometer, as well a sensor that detects motion, proximity, and color.
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EASE Applications Provides Secure, Real-time Communications on Surgical Procedures to Patients’ FamiliesAUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–August 29, 2017–Kony, Inc., the leading enterprise mobility and digital applications company, today announced EASE Applications delivered a new medical messaging application, built on the Kony AppPlatform, to enhance patients’ experience by enabling hospital staff to securely share text, photo, and video updates to a patient’s family.The HIPAA compliant Electronic Access to Surgical Events (EASE) application enables healthcare providers to send updates easily and securely regarding a patient’s status from the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), operating room, radiology, catheterization lab or medical floor.In a recent study of over 8,000 families, 99 percent responded that EASE reduced their anxiety and 81 percent reported that the availability of EASE would influence their choice of hospital.Kony’s market-leading platform allowed us to deliver a secure and sustainable system where we can achieve our vision of transforming medical communication and connecting loved ones throughout the healthcare experience.”
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Just after Tropical Storm Pakhar made landfall in southeastern China and NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite captured an image of the storm.On Aug. 26, the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument aboard NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite captured a visible image of Tropical Storm Pakhar over southeastern China.The image showed the center of circulation over southern Guangdong Province, and the bulk of clouds on the eastern side of the circulation extending into the South China Sea.The Joint Typhoon Warning Center issued their final bulletin on Pakhar on Aug. 27 at 0300 UTC (Aug. 26 at 11 p.m. EDT).At that time, Pakhar had maximum sustained winds near 63 mph (55 knots /102 kph).It was centered near 21.8 degrees north latitude and 113.4 degrees east longitude, about 54 miles southwest of Hong Kong, China.
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In Angola, men have historically done land mine clearance, but the Halo Trust, a UK-based nongovernmental organization with demining programs in 17 countries, is trying something new: adding women to its demining effort.The aim is to diversify the NGO's ranks, boost mine clearance, teach job skills to more women and attract donors.The plan is to eventually have 100 women working as deminers, medics, drivers and mechanics in Angola.Meet 20 of the women training to clear minefields.The Moto Z2 Force is really thin, with a fast processor and great battery life.It can survive drops without shattering.
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Science Magazine: Trigonometry, the study of the lengths and angles of triangles, sends most modern high schoolers scurrying to their cellphones to look up angles, sines, and cosines.Now, a fresh look at a 3700-year-old clay tablet suggests that Babylonian mathematicians not only developed the first trig table, beating the Greeks to the punch by more than 1000 years, but that they also figured out an entirely new way to look at the subject.However, other experts on the clay tablet, known as Plimpton 322 (P322), say the new work is speculative at best.Consisting of four columns and 15 rows of numbers inscribed in cuneiform, the famous P322 tablet was discovered in the early 1900s in what is now southern Iraq by archaeologist, antiquities dealer, and diplomat Edgar Banks, the inspiration for the fictional character Indiana Jones.Now stored at Columbia University, the tablet first garnered attention in the 1940s, when historians recognized that its cuneiform inscriptions contain a series of numbers echoing the Pythagorean theorem, which explains the relationship of the lengths of the sides of a right triangle.(The theorem: The square of the hypotenuse equals the sum of the square of the other two sides.)
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The nation’s average level of solar radiation is between 2,000 to 3,200kWh per square meter a year, but this country on the verge of the African Sahara still imports enough gas to operate electricity generating plants all over the country and solar energy is more myth than reality in warm, sunny Egypt.The Egyptian Ministry of Electricity and Energy has set a goal in 2014 to supply 20 per cent of electric energy demand through renewable energy resources by the year 2020.However, most related projects are focused on wind as a power source and not solar energy.To date, the only solar power project in Egypt is a 20 megawatt piece of a larger 140 megawatt solar thermal and combined cycle power plant.For a true solar project, the only developer is KarmSolar, an Egyptian solar technology company focused on sustainable, environment friendly and cost efficient energy solutions, currently operating its station from phase 1 of the Feed In Tariff (FiT) program of the Egyptian government.It is a 2.2 MW station in Sahl Hashish in Hurghada, a resort city on the red sea.
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Many animals endemic to islands have gone the proverbial “way of the dodo,” including, well, the dodo.Island species face some of the toughest climate and human-induced challenges, and some of them just don’t make it out alive.From the outset, solenodons have some strange things going on: though they are mammals, their saliva is venomous, and they use their teeth to inject prey with it.They’ve been called “slow” and “clumsy” and have a strange gait that makes them move in a zig-zag.Solenodons look like what you’d expect if you asked a person on PCP to draw an anteater.New research presented at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology conference in Alberta, Canada this week suggests that their ability to eat pretty much anything has helped them survive waves of indigenous and European populations in the Caribbean.
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In the olden days, back when Stuff was a nipper, you’d count yourself lucky if you got given a brick on a string to play with.These days, not only do kids have fidget spinners, iPads and Oculus Rifts as well as bricks to entertain themselves, the Toybox 3D printer is like having their own toy factory.Kids can use the app to pick the toy they want to print, or, if they’re particularly precocious, they can design and produce their own.Then, if our experience of 3D printing is anything to go by, you just need to entertain them for three hours while it gets to work.Back it on Kickstarter now from US$249.
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Have you noticed it's getting harder and harder to build referral traffic from Google?And it's not just that the competition has got tougher (which it certainly has!).It's also that Google has moved past its ten blue links and its organic search results are no longer generating as much traffic they used to.
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Samsung has confirmed it is developing its own voice-controlled "smart speaker" for the home, to rival devices by Amazon and Google.DJ Koh, head of Samsung's mobile division, told CNBC News: "I am already working on it."The company already has a voice-controlled assistant called Bixby on some of its devices, which can send messages and set reminders.Voice-controlled smart speakers are typically used to play music, set a timer, add items to a shopping list and control other internet-connected gadgets around the home.Amazon's Echo speaker can be used to buy products from the online retailer, while Google's Home speaker can retrieve search results in a conversational way, and play YouTube videos on a compatible television."Samsung will have to do something different," said Ranjit Atwal, a research director at Gartner.
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Silicon Valley venture firm Social Capital plans to help startups go public without the dreaded IPO process.And it’s something different than what Spotify is doing.Social Capital is creating a shell company known as a “SPAC” that exists solely to merge with a startup.These types of transactions are not rare outside of the venture world but have little precedent with tech startups.According to the prospectus, the holding company known as Hedosophia has been formed to make it easier for startups to trade on the stock market.It is raising $500 million by selling shares to investors.
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Follow our guide to manually decide which tagged photos appear on your profileBy default, when someone tags you in a photo on Instagram, the photo will automatically appear on your profile.However, did you know that Instagram allows you to stop this from happening?Our guide will show you how to prevent photos you’re tagged in from automatically appearing on your profile.Note: These screenshots were captured in the Instagram application on iOS.Tap your profile picture in the bottom-right corner of the screen.
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Virtual reality’s impact on the gaming industry hasn’t been as profound as some pundits had anticipated.The high cost of entry has had a lot to do with slow adoption although it’s just one of several contributing factors.Game developers and publishers have been somewhat reluctant to jump aboard the VR bandwagon, and for good reason.It’s an unproven platform and a new medium that requires loads of processing power.It’s no surprise, then, that many devs have elected to come out of the gate with experiences that – while fun and innovative at times – are rather simplistic.As the medium matures, we’re seeing game makers gain more confidence and a willingness to bring high-profile IPs to the virtual world.
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It is clear that Samsung wants to leave the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco in the rear-view mirror – it’s not like the company loves to remember the defective batteries that led to the phone’s multiple recalls.At the same time, it seems as if Samsung wants former Galaxy Note 7 owners to have faith and pick up the newly-announced Galaxy Note 8, which is likely why those owners will be given a potentially significant discount off the new phablet.Samsung’s olive branch is relatively straightforward: former Galaxy Note 7 owners can trade in their current phones and get up to $425 off the Galaxy Note 8 once pre-orders for the latter kick off on August 24.The instant discount offer will be made through Samsung’s website, though we are interested to learn how Samsung will parse out those former Galaxy Note 7 owners.As a quick recap, the Galaxy Note 8 features a 6.3-inch QHD+ AMOLED display with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor, 6 GB of RAM, and dual rear cameras with optical image stabilization for both sensors.This is certainly a gesture of good faith from a company whose reputation took a hit with the Galaxy Note 7.
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Data-Driven Marketing, or the process of making decisions that arise from the analysis of data, is in the news (again).3x more likely to have increased revenues6x more likely to achieve competitive advantage and improve profitability5x more likely to retain customersIn essence, the success of data-driven marketing comes from systematically extracting inferences from data sets to uncover trends and create opportunities that expand marketing effectiveness.stronger campaigns and better insight into performance – results that matter!).
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If you were holding out to see if Dell would offer an Alienware Area-51 desktop using a processor with more than 10 cores, you might want to consider the Threadripper Edition instead.Now Dell is reporting that the Intel X-Series version of its gaming desktop is available for a $1,900 starting price, which is cheaper than the Threadripper model’s $2,700 starting price.Unfortunately, the Intel-based model doesn’t provide a processor option of more than 10 cores, so you’ll have to make a separate purchase and install the Core i9-7920X 12-core chip or higher yourself if you want more performance.Here’s the full list of hardware options:Intel Core i7-7800X (6 cores)Intel Core i7-7820X (8 cores)
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The iPhone 8 is going to be the first iPhone in three years to feature a new design, and Apple fans couldn’t be more excited.The all-screen design… the OLED display… the glass and stainless steel construction… it all adds up to what will likely be the hottest iPhone Apple has ever made.Of course, Apple’s tenth-anniversary smartphone will also ship with a slew of new features and capabilities, and rumor has it that one of them in particular will be the biggest game-changer we’ve seen on an iPhone in quite some time.Now, a new leaked photo might give us our first ever look at the device that makes this new feature possible.Back in early August when rumors surrounding the possible removal of Touch ID from Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8 were really starting to heat up, I wrote a speculative article about what using “Face ID” on the iPhone 8 might be like.Now, according to yet another report on Monday that echoes an earlier rumor, it looks like Apple does indeed have something better.
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Clawing its way out of the redMisco is shuttering its UK warehouse and distribution centre in Greenock, Scotland, in a bid to drag the P accounts out of the red.The company was owned by US parent Systemax until it, along with operations in the Netherlands, Italy, Spain and Sweden, was sold to private equity outfit Hilco Capital in March – the firm that came in for Staples and HMV.The turnaround job for the British arm was placed in the hands of CEO Alan Cantwell, formerly boss at Selection Services, and he confirmed today the closures of the logistics units."This difficult decision follows a detailed analysis of the business and is part of a wider strategy to bring Misco back to full profitability in order to achieve our long term goals," he said in a statement.He said Misco also planned to make fit for purpose the ERP platform and integration process with trade customers that he expected will feed into better sales with end customers.
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New York-listed 58.com (NYSE: WUBA), often described as China’s Craigslist, reported $382.8 million in total revenues for the second quarter, growing at a 33.3% year-on-year increase and exceeding the higher end of the company’s guidance.“A magical site” (一个神奇的网站), as its slogan claims, 58.com provides classifieds platforms in diverse categories, from second-hand goods, second-hand automobiles, recruitment to real estate, the last two being the company’s main revenue drivers.“Among all our categories, jobs continued to deliver the fastest year-over-year growth and increasingly accounts for a larger proportion of total revenues,” says Chairman and CEO Michael Yao (Yao Jinbo) in the company’s financial report.Yao said in May that the company has for the first time outpaced its “online recruitment peers in China” in revenues.In 2016, real estate outpaced recruitment to become the biggest traffic driver for 58.com.Housing market headwinds in China, however, are heavily dependent on government policies.
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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is set to change the rights of data subjects (i.e.people), and ergo how companies process and store data, and how they communicate with data subjects at the point of consent and beyond.Remember that the key point of GDPR is lawfulness of data processing, which when it comes to user experience demands that the data subject gives their clear, affirmative consent (and then subsequently has rights such as the right to erasure or rectification).There's much more to consider in the GDPR – see the ICO's overview – notably storing consent profiles, notifying data subjects of breaches etc., but in this piece once again we'll be looking at website UX at the point of data collection.
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