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All three of the cards we’re comparing are available for purchase right now and in a staggering array of options.When in stock it sells for $350, while overclocked cards or those with fancy cooling solutions can cost up to $420.There are no Founders Editions for the GTX 1660 Ti and 1660, but those cards debuted with a bewildering number of third-party alternatives.Based on the specifications alone we can surmise that the most powerful of the three cards is the RTX 2060, followed by the GTX 1660 Ti, with the GTX 1660 trailing in the rear.While the 1660 does take a step down in CUDA cores too, its use of GDDR5 memory leads to a 33 percent reduction in memory bandwidth.The 1660 Ti follows up with between 15 and 25 percent lower frame rates, though it does beat important AMD competitors like the RX 590.
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Resting on your laurels is rarely accepted as a future-proof strategy, writes Mark Cresswell, CEO, LzLabs.Over the last 30 years, computing technology has evolved dramatically, and this change is accelerating.Today we see ubiquitous x86 chips used as the foundation for massive compute capacity installed in cloud-based datacentres, and a global open-source community capable of driving innovation in all key areas of IT.We have also seen it become the dominant development model for today’s cutting edge b2b technologies, including real-time data analysis, cloud infrastructure and internet-based applications.Yet, organisations still rely on mainframe systems to control a vast proportion of their core applications.The question raised is: is now the time for organisations to finally move away from their legacy mainframe systems and modernise in order to remain competitive in the future?
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A number of ad-tech companies are rolling out new measurement products they say can help marketers see if their OTT ads led to a sale.Marketers' challenge is finding enough scale to measure the growing number of OTT platforms and streaming services.Vizio-owned Inscape is one of the largest sources of smart TV data and reports that it covers 10 million US smart TVs, but eMarketer reports that 46 million US households used a smart TV last year.One of the areas they're most interested in is knowing if seeing video ads led people to take real-world actions like visiting a store and making a purchase, but marketers are finding it hard to measure the whole ecosystem.Networks like NBCUniversal have long tried to convince marketers that TV commercials work as well as digital ads in getting someone to buy a product.Digital ads typically use a metric called last-click attribution that credits the media seller with a sale when consumers click through on a digital ad, which doesn't factor in other ads like TV commercials that consumers may have seen before they clicked on a digital ad.
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A series of ads for joining the British Army caused quite the internet outrage for half a day or so earlier this year, as they sort of joined in with the trend for mocking today's blamed-for-everything millennials, calling the kids snowflakes, "me me me" millennials and phone zombies, as part of an effort to say "Ah!But that's exactly what we need!"and get youths to join the army.Well it only went and worked, dinnit?The company handling the creative says views to the Army's recruitment portal doubled year-on-year thanks to the ads, as slighted millennials decided to show them who's a snowflake and committed themselves to careers in the Army at higher levels than have been seen in years.That's one way to get them off YouTube.
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It’s common knowledge that the internet has changed the way humans use computers, as well as handheld computing devices like tablets and smartphones.Cloud storage gave users the ability to access their information from the networked device of their choosing, but that information is still locked away on private computers (and in private cloud accounts) from the rest of the “network”—i.e., the internet-enabled human community that craves authentic information that commercial websites do not deliver.In order to make this cloud-stored information accessible and searchable on the internet, cloud storage itself needs to become more social.Why what's in the cloud needs to be shared and shareableCurrently, websites are what’s available to be discovered by internet search.These websites, by and large, are engineered to rank well in search engines so that users see what Company X (and its competitors) has to offer first so that Company X (and its competitors) has a better chance of getting users to discover their product or service.
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Modern analytical tools like mass spectrometers can identify many unknown substances, allowing scientists to easily tell whether foods or medicines have been altered.However, the cost, size, power consumption and complexity of these instruments often prevent their use in resource-limited regions.Now, in ACS Central Science, researchers report that they have developed a simple, inexpensive method to identify samples by seeing how they react to a change in their environment.As with counterfeit medications, fraudulent foods can also place consumers at risk of illness or death, in addition to costing the industry billions of dollars per year.William Grover and colleagues at the University of California, Riverside wondered whether they could develop a simple, less expensive and reliable test to compare unknown samples with authentic foods and medicines.The researchers based their test on "chronoprints," a term they use to describe images that capture how a sample changes over space and time in response to a perturbation -- in this case, a sudden temperature change.
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Peakon, a platform that helps companies engage with workers and measure employee sentiment, has added an extra $35 million to its previously announced series B round, which means the Danish startup has now raised a total of $57 million for the round.The extension was led by new investor Atomico, with participation from existing backers Balderton Capital, EQT Ventures, Idinvest Partners, and Sunstone.Founded out of Copenhagen in 2014, Peakon provides a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform that helps businesses “engage” with employees through ongoing surveys.However, the company stresses that it’s not purely a “survey company” — rather, it calls itself a “data company” that generates immediate insights to help businesses reduce churn and retain their top workers.Beyond all this, Peakon said its platform uses the same standardized questions for all customers, making it easier for companies to compare and contrast levels of engagement with competitors in their industry.“Companies are still struggling to measure their most important asset: their people,” said Atomico partner Mattias Ljungman, who now joins Peakon’s board of directors.
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The world's biggest social networks have been issued an ultimatum over the "continuing and unrestricted role" they play in terrorist attacks, following two mass shootings at mosques in New Zealand on Friday.Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison has written to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ahead of the upcoming G20 summit in Osaka, saying world leaders must hold technology companies to account.While the likes of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are not mentioned by name, Prime Minister Morrison puts the internet giants on notice saying there should be "clear consequences" not only for those who carry out terrorist attacks, but also "for those who facilitate them."The letter was also sent to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinta Ardern, who has previously said she plans on discussing the issue "directly with Facebook."Prime Minister Morrison's comments follow a terrorist attack in New Zealand on Friday, when a gunman entered a mosque in central Christchurch and shot worshippers while they prayed, livestreaming the shooting on Facebook.The attack, which also involved a second shooting at another Christchurch mosque, claimed 50 lives.
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Rederiet Stena Bulk ska installera så kallade skrubbers för avgasrening på 16 tankfartyg under 2019.Det är en investering som motsvarar omkring en halv miljard svenska kronor, uppger rederiet i ett pressmeddelande.De skrubbers som installeras använder en vattenrening som tar både bort svavel och partiklar ur avgaserna.Huvudsyftet är att fartygen ska klara de internationella regler för svavelutsläpp som införs vid kommande årsskifte.Enligt de nya reglerna måste fartyg utan skrubber köras på bränsle med högst 0,5 procent svavelhalt.Det kan medföra att tillgången på sådant bränsle blir ett problem, enligt Stena Bulk.
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How could the terror attack in Christchurch broadcast live in 17 minutes?Now require the New Zealand response from techgiganterna, and the Uk is threatening with "legal consequences".Facebook says that they deleted the 1.5 million videos from the attack.New Zealand's prime minister Jacinda Ardern says she will seek answers from Facebook and other social media platforms around the spread of the video from the moskéattacken. " I absolutely believe that there are further questions that require answers.this is a question that I will discuss directly with Facebook, she responds on the question of whether Facebook should remove the ability to broadcast live.
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You want a premium product, don’t you?Because premium equals not just good, but the best things can get.It’s not just premium materials — glass, metal, ceramic, or titanium — out there to tempt us, but premium features, and even a premium ownership experience too.Premium is used to sell everything from smartphones — which we’ll be mostly talking about here — to cars, and even to hotel stays.Why are we so constantly bombarded with the word, and what is the current obsession with promoting everything with it?Merriam-Webster defines premium, when used as an adjective, as, “of exceptional quality or amount,” with the very relevant addendum, “Also: higher priced” underneath.
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Our favourite cheap broadband deals this week:TalkTalk Fast Broadband | 12 month contract | 11Mb average speed | Line rental inc. | FREE upfront | £17 per monthThere's a lot to love with this offer from TalkTalk.Whether that's the lack of upfront costs or the affordable monthly costs.Plusnet unlimited broadband | 12 months | 10Mb average speed | calls to Plusnet customers | £18.99 per month | FREE upfront | £50 Reward CardThanks to a £50 pre-paid Mastercard this works out as one of the cheapest broadband deals out there.
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The Galaxy Fold itself may still be a month away but its wallpapers have already arrived.SamMobile recently got its hands on eight wallpapers based on the butterfly image seen in the folding phone’s campaign, and you can download them now.The images come in 1960 x 1960 (single wing) or 2152 x 2152 (dual-wing) resolution to accommodate the phone’s 1536 x 2152 pixel resolution folding screen.The wallpapers are original, as far as mobile wallpapers are concerned, with lots of negative space you don’t often find in phone backgrounds.You can see how the imagery has been crafted to highlight fold’s unique display, which splits down the middle.They may not be particularly impressive on non-folding devices, though.
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Latest mobile app rankings show that WeChat, Alipay, and QQ were the most used apps in February, according to Chinese mobile internet research firm Trustdata’s latest release (in Chinese).The company posted its February figures for China’s top 200 mobile app rankings on its official WeChat account Thursday.China’s super app, WeChat, maintained its top spot, with monthly active users (MAU) growing 2.25% month-on-month in February to 1.01 billion.Alipay, the most used non-social app, ranked second with 608 million MAU.Tencent’s social networking app crossed the 600 million mark during the month, ranking third overall.Taobao and Jinri Toutiao were the only two apps in the top 10 that declined in February.
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Phones are officially getting weird again, and Huawei is right up there in the vanguard.The Chinese megamanufacturer has patented a new design for a phone that includes a horizontal treble camera array and a square screen on the back panel.As with other recent leaks, the patent was discovered by LetsGoDigital and turned into 3D renders that give us a better idea of what to expect if the phone comes to market:Interestingly, the main screen of the phone still has a tiny notch – possibly a time-of-flight camera for 3D functionality like face recognition.There's no sign of a fingerprint sensor, so we can assume it's either built into the screen or the power button.There's also an interesting tidbit in the patent drawings – the third camera lens is square.
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“Black box” approach to KPIs no longer cuts the mustard, survey showsBrands are increasingly looking to prioritise generating and securing their own customer data, and are chafing at their reliance on opaque third-party advertising platforms like Facebook and Google, a major Adobe marketing report showed today.The Digital Trends Report is based in a survey of 13,000 marketing, creative and technology professionals around the world.Nearly half (44 percent) of respondents cite “walled garden” data silos as their “number one headache”.(This refers to external advertising platforms that require brands to relinquish control over their data.Brands are looking to break away from this model so they can deliver more personalised customer experiences across channels, Adobe says).
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With the announcement today that Mammoth Biosciences has received the exclusive license from the University of California, Berkeley to the new CRISPR protein Cas14, the company now has the last piece of its diagnostics toolkit in place.Cas14 is a newly discovered protein from the lab of Jennifer Doudna, a pioneer in gene-editing research and a member of the first research team to identify and unlock the power of CRISPR technology.Doudna and Mammoth Biosciences co-founder Lucas Harrington were part of the team of researchers to identify the new Cas14 protein, which can identify single-stranded DNA.The journal Science published their findings in October 2018.“With the addition of this protein that is DNA binding and target single strands, it really means we can target any nucleic acid,” says Mammoth chief executive Trevor Martin .“It’s an extension of the toolbox.”
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A desktop mode has been discovered in the first Android Q developer preview, launched yesterday.The feature was spotted by Twitter user @Shad0wKn1ght93 in the Android AOSP (via XDA Developers), who provided some images to show it off.Desktop modes allow smartphone users to connect their phones to an external display (and peripherals) to provide an experience similar to a desktop computer.The app drawer button defaults to the bottom right of the display, while a settings menu appears at the bottom left.That menu includes two options in its current state: set a wallpaper and add app shortcuts.You can add icons to the “Desktop”, and any apps you launch open as freeform windows.
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URBANA, Ill. - Spending time in nature boosts children's academic achievement and healthy development, concludes a new analysis examining hundreds of studies.Ming Kuo, associate professor in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois and lead author on the Frontiers in Psychology study, says she expected the critical review to lead to more questions than answers.Instead, all signs pointed to the same outcome: "It is time to take nature seriously as a resource for learning," she says, "in fact, the trend of increasing indoor instruction in hopes of maximizing standardized test performance may be doing more harm than good."Kuo and her University of Minnesota co-authors found that nature boosts learning in eight distinct ways."We found strong evidence that time in nature has a rejuvenating effect on attention; relieves stress; boosts self-discipline; increases physical activity and fitness; and promotes student self-motivation, enjoyment, and engagement," Kuo explains.Moreover, nature creates a calmer, quieter, and safer setting for learning; fosters warmer, more cooperative relations among students; and affords more creative, more exploratory forms of play.
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Einride har nu fått tillstånd att testa sin självkörande lastbil på en kort bit allmän väg i Jönköping.Företaget har under en längre tid haft en ansökan om att få bedriva försöksverksamhet för självkörande fordon inlämnad hos Transportstyrelsen.Godkännandet föregicks av ett så kallat Site Acceptance Test då Transportstyrelsen gjorde bedömningen att fordonet kan framföras enligt gällande trafikregler.Piloten i Jönköping är ett litet men viktigt steg i omställningen till ett säkert och hållbart transportsystem och vi är därför glada att kunna utöka verksamheten till allmän väg.Inte minst är Transportstyrelsens besked ett intyg på att lösningen är säker.Jag vill passa på att tacka Transportstyrelsen för deras professionalism, säger Robert Falck, vd och grundare av Einride i ett uttalande.
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