Joan Zappulla

Joan Zappulla

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On August 17, 2017, over 70 observatories around (and above) the world, including ones like LIGO and the Hubble Space Telescope, all spotted a flash of energy.This light came in many different flavors, and was consistent with a pair of dense neutron stars colliding in a cataclysmic “kilonova” explosion.You’re probably familiar with the fact that light travels as a wave of radiation, and the colour is determined by the distance between wave peaks, or wavelength.The distance between peaks for the colour blue is around 450 nanometres, and around 700 nanometres for the colour red.But there are much smaller and larger wavelengths, too.But each different wavelength of light fills in a different part of our overall understanding, like another ingredient in a recipe.
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Google is giving its Calendar web app a bit of a spit-shine today in addition to rolling out a bunch of new features for G Suite users.The new Google Calendar borrows from the existing native mobile app.It now sports a cleaner color palette and a responsive layout that automatically adjusts to whatever screen you’re on.Within businesses, G Suite admins can now include details about specific meeting rooms at the organization, such as a room name, where it’s located, its capacity, and facilities such as audiovisual equipment.This means that whenever someone within the company wants to book a space, or simply get a heads up on what kind of room an already-scheduled meeting is being hosted in, they can just hover their pointer over the room name within Google Calendar to see the details.Additionally, it’s now possible to view contact information for meeting participants when you hover over their names in a Calendar invite, and invites can also now be configured with rich formatting and hyperlinks.
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This is according to the Russian Association of Internet Trade Companies.More than half of Russian online shoppers are age 25-34 and live, collectively, in Moscow (46 percent) and in St. Petersburg (11 percent).The most popular product categories online are apparel, cosmetics, and small appliances.Twenty-four percent are from Europe and 12 percent are from the U.S. Sixty-four percent of Russian consumers spend less than $26 for an order.But Russian consumers are willing to buy from higher-quality European and U.S stores if the price is agreeable.Responsive design is uncommon for Russian online sellers.
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PayPal co-founder, venture capitalist and Facebook board member Peter Thiel got hitched last weekend in Vienna, Austria.Thiel married longtime boyfriend Matt Danzeisen, who now works as a portfolio manager at Thiel Capital, according to Axios.The wedding apparently came as a complete surprise to Thiel’s guests.According to Axios, guests visited the Austrian capital expecting to celebrate Thiel’s 50th birthday.Little is known about Danzeisen beyond his position.In May, he spoke at a conference in Japan about the state of financial technology after a slump in 2016.
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Huawei is betting with its new Mate 10 flagship that consumers will be swayed by a phone that offers similar features to the iPhone X—including a full-screen OLED display and artificial-intelligence abilities like image recognition—at a slightly lower price.In June and July, Huawei unseated Apple as the world’s second-largest smartphone maker by sales, according to Counterpoint Research.The research firm said it is unlikely Huawei held on to the spot through the third quarter, saying Huawei’s sales likely slowed while Apple’s picked up in the quarter’s latter half.“For Huawei we [have gone] in the last five years from a nobody-knows brand to top three in the world,” said Richard Yu, the head of Huawei’s consumer products business, in an interview.A higher-end “Mate 10 Pro” will be priced at 799 euros ($942).The company has been expanding in the handset market in the past few years after dominating the market for telecommunications equipment, where it competes with Ericsson AB and Nokia Corp.
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In what could be a first for both the popular mining game and the theatre, a new play will take to the stage this weekend in both the real world and within Minecraft itself.With more than 120 million copies sold, Minecraft is the second-best-selling videogame of all time, behind Tetris.Fans love digging up the resources to create their own elaborate buildings and worlds, as well as following the game's story."Playcraft Live", a multimedia theatre experience, combines this intricate world-building with a new story of its own.It's an original play written by Alex Scarrow, author of the popular "Time Riders" teen novels.The timey-wimey story slips between real and virtual worlds as the Time Riders skip from modern-day New York to Neolithic times, with the story unfolding both in the theatre and online as a single livestream.
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The bulk of the processing power it needs is in the cloud, so very little is needed in the device itself.The Google Home Mini and the Echo Dot are essentially smart-home extension cords.The Mini’s mic button, on the other hand, is a side-mounted slider that requires two hands to operate: one to hold the speaker and the other to manipulate the switch.Four LEDs light up when you summon Google Assistant, but these are much less obvious indicators that you have the Mini’s attention compared to the LED ring around the Echo Dot.You might want to turn on the accessibility feature that causes the Mini to produce a sound when you summon it.The LEDs will also light up to represent volume levels when you tap either side.
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the Virgin Group, owned by the british super-entrepreneur Richard Branson, have joined in as investors in the Hyperloop One.This is according to the company, on its website.In conjunction with the investment, the parties have agreed to add to the Virgin in front of the Hyperloop One in the full name of the company, reports CNBC.It is not clear how much Virgin has been placed in the Virgin Hyperloop One.In an interview with CNBC said Richard Branson that the investment had been made during the Hyperloop Ones financing round of $ 85 million last month.Virgin Hyperloop One has so far managed to both test the rapid transmission technology in the Nevada desert.
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This 76-piece repair kit contains everything you need to work on your smartphone, tablet, laptop, stereo, or anything else that requires precision instruments.Everything from screwdrivers, to a suction cup to a plastic spudger, whatever that might be.This kit is highly rated and a 1 best seller on Amazon, where its typical list price of $69.99 has been reduced 63% to $25.99.See this deal now on Amazon .This story, "Get 63% off This 76-in-1 Precision Tool Set For Smartphones, Laptops and Electronics - Deal Alert" was originally published by TechConnect.
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The latest motion capture technology has been used to create an immersive virtual reality (VR) opera experience that is touring venues across England and Wales.Computer scientists from CAMERA, the University of Bath's motion capture research centre worked with award-winning VR/AR content production agency, REWIND, on the project for Welsh National Opera (WNO).Visitors enter a specially designed shipping container and don a Google Daydream View VR headset to be immersed into scenes from the operas Madam Butterfly and The Magic Flute.Called the Magic Butterfly VR Experience, it combines high quality imagery and sounds and allows viewers to interact with the performance in 3D.The project involved capturing body and face motion data from world renowned soprano, Karah Son, whilst she performed the much-loved aria, 'Un Bel Di,' from Puccini's opera, Madam Butterfly.As cloth simulations can be problematic in real time, CAMERA Head of Studio, Martin Parsons, found a novel solution involving attaching netting with light-reflecting markers to Karah's arms to simulate the movement of the fabric.
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The Google Home Mini listens -- maybe too closely.The smaller version of Google's Assistant-equipped smart speaker, unveiled earlier this month, apparently suffers from a bug that caused some units to record sounds at random times and transmit the audio to Google's servers.Google said Tuesday it issued a software update on Saturday to address the issue.The Google Home Mini offers the same functionality as the original Google Home, allowing you to use the voice command "OK, Google" to begin interacting with the device.It can also be activated nonverbally with a long press on the top of the device.The problem came to light when Artem Russakvoskii, founder of Android Police, found that his review unit was waking up "thousands of times a day" to send recordings to Google after registering "phantom" touches on the top of the device.
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Below are four strategies we have used in the field and examples of our work to tactically show how they manifest in market.Remove the environmental barriers surrounding financial decision-makingTypical poverty alleviation strategies aim to boost a person’s decision-making bandwidth so that they are always in a better position to surmount financial hurdles as they arise.Instead, successful providers will make this equation dramatically simpler.The company gets to enhance their value proposition by offering helpful products and features, and the consumer’s life becomes dramatically easier when financial decisions are taken off their shoulders.This means their members only submit payment once but are simultaneously paying down debt and building a safety net.
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The high-end car market has plenty of luxury performance four-door cars available to purchase.There are things like the new Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo with 680hp on tap as well as the Maserati Ghibli.It looks like Lamborghini may be stepping into the four-door luxury performance market.The image here is a rendering of what an all-new four-door Lamborghini model might look like.Concept work on the car is reportedly underway with the car looking to launch around 2021.That would put it on the market sometime after the Lambo Urus SUV debuts.
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Online payments and business tools startup Stripe today unveiled the results of a study on how Singapore’s startups use online tools and resources.According to the study, 60 percent of startups in Singapore are selling internationally today.Not only that, but more than 35 percent of Singaporean ventures that started out within the past year are doing business outside the city-state’s limits.Local startups benefit from access to tools and resources like Amazon Web Services, Google Analytics, GitHub, Trello, Hubspot, Slack, and yes, Stripe.The study collectively identifies these services as the “startup stack,” a suite of more than 150 software tools that are accessed by and operate on the cloud.The company partnered with SeedPlus, Jungle Ventures, Golden Gate Ventures, General Assembly, and 500 Startups to do the survey.
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Facebook and Oculus' Spaces app is coming on apace and has some exciting features, but its marketing in this case feels a little exploitative.Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has taken center stage ahead of the Oculus Connect 4 show set to take place on Wednesday, October 11, to show off what the social VR app Spaces can do.To highlight its ability to generate a real sense of presence, he and his co-presenter visited some of the devastated areas of Puerto Rico, though their awkward high-five suggests that the immersion isn’t necessarily complete.One of the most amazing aspects of virtual reality that was obvious from even the earliest Oculus developer kit headsets was its sense of presence, of immersion in a setting.Whether it’s used in terrifying games or real-world refugee camps, it can enable empathy more than any other medium when done correctly.That seems to be the tone that Zuckerberg was going for when he virtually visited hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico to talk about some of the relief efforts Facebook, which owns Oculus VR, has made.
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During the weekend, Microsoft's Joe Belfiore tweeted confirmation of something that has been suspected for many months: Microsoft is no longer developing new features or new hardware for Windows Mobile.Existing supported phones will receive bug fixes and security updates, but the platform is essentially now in maintenance mode.Microsoft's difficulties in the mobile market are no secret, but for a time the company looked as if it was keeping Windows Mobile as a going concern regardless.Windows Mobile, which already lacked certain features that were delivered to Windows on the PC, had its development forked.It's clean and attractive and thoughtful in a way that the competition just isn't.Microsoft then subjected users of this nascent platform to a painful transition.
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In quick succession, tech companies that long preserved a reputation for neutrality became quick to ban and condemn hate groups, even ones that had operated openly through their services for years.But almost two months later, has this effort to scrub Nazis off the internet made a difference?Uber and Airbnb said they would ban users from hate groups, and Spotify said it would remove a number of “hate rock” bands after Digital Music News spotted them on the service.Two of the three sites that petitioners asked Squarespace to drop in August — Richard Spencer’s Radix Journal and National Policy Institute — now redirect to generic Squarespace “claim this domain” space; the third, Identity Evropa, no longer includes Squarespace source code.He also said that this wasn’t limited to right-wing accounts.An anarchist community founded its own alternative Reddit — something various alt-right figures have done — after being banned from the site.
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An anonymous reader shares an NPR report: The U.S. economy shed 33,000 jobs in September, according to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, while unemployment fell to 4.2 percent.The September payrolls drop broke a nearly 7-year streak of continuous job gains.But economists caution that the drop is likely representing the short-term consequences of bad weather, not a long-term shift in the job market.Before this report, the economy had added an average of about 175,000 jobs per month; the unemployment rate has been at 4.3 or 4.4 percent since April.Job growth in September was expected to be lower than usual because of the effects of several devastating hurricanes.Economists did not generally predict an actual decline, but a not-so-stellar report was widely anticipated.
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Google's new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones do something most devices don't: they'll launch an app when you squeeze the sides.If you're grabbing your phone out of your pocket or purse and want to light up Google Assistant to ask a question, clasping a Pixel 2 is a quick, easy way to call forth the app, without having to poke around at the home button.If you've never heard of the HTC U11, this might seem like novel technology.In fact, it's a clipped version of what HTC's earlier phone for 2017 can do.HTC suggested some preset actions, like toggling the flashlight or voice recorder on and off, or even, yep, opening Google Assistant with your grip.But the HTC U11's real power for buyers was that it let you program to open to your palm's pressure, not just the ones HTC selected.
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Together they took to the runway in glittering gowns to mark the 20th anniversary of Gianni Versace's death, recreating the look and feel of an iconic moment from one of the designer’s 1991 fashion week shows in the process.Just hours later in the same room in Milan’s imposing design museum, La Triennale di Milano, United Colors of Benetton began setting up a very different kind of display in the form of its ‘I See Colors Everywhere’ exhibition.The exhibition was curated by a team of Fabrica designers, led by independent consultant, and the institution's own design lead, Sam Baron.He said he wanted to create an experience that would stick in people's minds rather than a put on a more "ephemeral" six-minute fashion show.A diverse range of models were positioned around each station, kitted out in block coloured outfits from the store's latest collection.Noting that the first thing that springs to mind with talking about Benetton is colour in all its expressions – from sparkling knits to well-known campaigns promoting multiculturalism, the Italian company has been hailing the event as "a return to its brand DNA."
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