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If you've been inside a Best Buy or stayed at certain Airbnbs in the last few years, there's a pretty good chance you've seen the August Smart Lock — a $230 gadget that screws onto your home's existing lock and turns your smartphone into the key.Thanks to that Airbnb partnership, the launch of a new doorbell camera, and a market-leading position in brick-and-mortar stores, times are good for August Home, the company behind the smart lock, said Jason Johnson, the company's CEO.Now, August is getting a cash windfall to try to unlock even more good times.The company is announcing that it's received $25 million in funding from Comcast Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures, and others, including Australian utility company AGL.August, which has now raised around $75 million in venture capital, plans to use the new funds to build out its roster of partnerships, he said.August already has numerous ties that allow its locks to work with other companies' gadgets and services.
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A doctor has warned that rapidly declining sperm counts could result in humans becoming extinct.Results showed they halved between 1973 and 2011.Dr Levine told the BBC: “If we will not change the ways that we are living and the environment and the chemicals that we are exposed to, I am very worried about what will happen in the future.“Eventually we may have a problem, and with reproduction in general, and it may be the extinction of the human species.”The study suggested the rate of decline in sperm counts among men living in Western countries is continuing and possibly even increasing.Having a low sperm count can make it more difficult to conceive naturally, although successful pregnancies can still occur.
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With new features like home security or quieter motors, the new LG Hom-Bot Turbo+ vacuums just got a lot more convenient.As any homeowner knows, dust and dirt can collect fast.Owners can take control of their Home-Bot Turbo+ with their smartphone, or with voice command for the flagship gold model.Additionally, LG HomeGuard uses motion detection to automatically snap images of moving objects.This allows homeowners to rest easy while on vacation.“LG Hom-Bot is the perfect partner in keeping a tidy and secure home, offering the convenience and performance of thorough cleaning functionality, along with the added security benefit of keeping an eye on the home, kids and even pets,” says David VanderWaal, vice president of marketing for LG Electronics USA.
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There may still be a sheen on USB-C, but already a new specification for all our gadgets, connectors and cables is on the way.The USB 3.0 Promoter Group, an industry cohort with members including Apple, HP, Intel and Microsoft, today announced the pending release of USB 3.2, a new USB-C specification.The big deal here is that USB 3.2 allows for multi-lane operation, double the data throughput.This means more data flowing at faster speeds between hosts and devices, specifically up to two lanes of 5 Gbps or two lanes of 10 Gbps, according to the group.USB 3.2 will be compatible with USB 3.0 devices and below, and two-lane operation will work with current USB Type-C cables, so you don't have to swap your existing ones out to enjoy the perks of USB 3.2.Still, the best way to get the most out of the new spec is to have a USB 3.2 host, USB 3.2 device and a certified USB-C cable working together.
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MANHATTAN, KANSAS -- A large international team of researchers -- including Kansas State University scientists -- is turning to tiny particles to address big questions about dark matter, black holes and the origins of the universe.The Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment, or DUNE, aims to answer these questions by detecting and studying neutrinos.The neutrino facility will send particles 800 miles through the earth from Chicago to a mile-deep detector in South Dakota.Kansas State University researchers are involved in the organization of the project and are developing the experiment's high-voltage system."On the national level, DUNE is the highest-priority project in the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of High Energy Physics," said Tim Bolton, professor of physics.Bolton is serving on the leadership team that is organizing the experiment and Glenn Horton-Smith, professor of physics, is helping to develop the experiment's high-voltage system.
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India Virtual Hospital (IVH) Patient Care is a new mobile application launched early in July to help patients stay in touch with their medical providers without traveling to the clinic or hospital.Instead of being stuck athome while the rest of their family goes on vacation, patients can stay in contact with their doctor.It also helps patients find a physician in their area if someone gets unexpectedly hurt or sick on the trip.“It is a struggle for doctors to trace their patients when they are referred by them to some other hospital in an alien city,” said Swadeep Srivastava, Managing Partner at India Virtual Hospital.“With ‘IVH Patient Care,’ we are trying to empower doctors with the right to be informed about their patients who are traveling for medical benefits.”This isn’t the first time we’ve seen an app that connects a patient directly with their healthcare provider.
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Epic Games, the company behind Unreal Engine 4, is showing off its brand-new real-time rendering technology, and with it the future of game and animation development.You might not be familiar with Unreal Engine 4, but you’re probably aware of it’s work.Video games like Fortnite, Kingdom Hearts III, and Sea of Thieves are built with it.Movies like War For The Planet of The Apes , and Emmy Award-winning TV shows like Disney’s Amigo use it as well.Epic Games will use the free game engine to show off a high-fidelity trailer for the video-game Fortnite.Co-directors Michael Clausen and Gavin Moran said:
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- In the summer of 2012, two undergraduate students tackled a problem that plant ecology experts had overlooked for 30 years.The students demonstrated that different plant species vary in how they take in carbon dioxide and emit water through stomata, the pores in their leaves."If I were to go to a conference of plant physiologists and say, 'Hey, is there diversity in the way that plant stomata behave?'"And yet, for most of the last 30 years, our community has failed to describe that diversity in terms of the math."This oversight stems in part from the fact that few plant biologists know how - or are naturally inclined - to convert their biological insights into the mathematical equations that modelers need to improve the accuracy of their work, Leakey said."As a result, modelers have been forced to assume that the stomata of all species open and close in response to environmental conditions in the same way," he said.
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"It's a little bit larger than the original series in terms of scope and scale, says showrunner Alex Kurtzman.The trailer, which premiered Saturday at Comic-Con ahead of the show's panel, was much more involved than previous one, with more explosions and more potent quotables.This was our second extended look at the show, which will air first on CBS on September 24, then be available on CBS All Access.Moderator Rainn Wilson, who plays iconic character Harvey Mudd, opened the panel with "We are warriors!""Star Trek is built around empathy, uniquely," said Akiva Goldsman.Speaking to the diversity that is Star Trek, Anthony Rapp announced that he is playing the first openly gay character in the series.
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Microsoft has just released the report for the quarter ended June 30.Both it and the annual report which was released at the same time is cheerful reading for Microsoft's fans.net Sales for the latest quarter increased by 13.1 per cent compared with the same quarter last year, to 23.3 billion u.s. dollars, more than 192,2 billion.also Read: Office 2016 vs Office 365 – what is it really for the difference?And the profits grew even more, with the eur 108.6 per cent, to 6.5 billion dollars, more than eur 53,7 billion.the profit Margin is entire 27.9%.
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Cloud-native security can give you stronger capabilities of protecting against attacks before they happen, creating an airtight security environment.The types of threats that wreak havoc on data centers are relatively simple.Oftentimes your adversary is tons of script kiddies that look for known vulnerabilities, and use known tools to take advantage of old versions of software running in your environment.Or, you’re securing against more sophisticated attackers which hinges on preventing your weakest applications which they’ll try to uncover through investigation into everything in your application environment—the data center, the domain names, the subnet, the exposed services.When attackers ultimately find a weakness, they will typically inject and execute shellcode to break from the boundaries of the applications, into the operational environment the application runs in.Attackers will then try and elevate their privileges in the hacked environment, aiming to connect to a “command and control” machine to control the hacked machine remotely, and continue their exploration.
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Controversial ban preventing Middle Eastern passengers carrying their laptops on flights to the US officially endsThe United States has ended a four-month ban on passengers from certain Middle Eastern and North African countries, from taking their devices onto flights to America.Under the leadership of the Trump administration, the US in March had banned the carrying of laptops in aircraft cabins on flights from eight predominately Muslim nations, due to security concerns.However the US had stopped short of banning laptops on all flights to America, much to the relief of passengers from European countries travelling to the US.The US ban on laptops from certain countries had stemmed from previous concerns over bombs being carried in laptops.That concern had required people to turn on their laptops if requested by airport personnel, in order to prove the battery pack had not been replaced with explosives.
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Nokian tuotemerkillä puhelimia valmistavan HMD Globalin toimitusjohtaja Arto Nummela jättää tehtävänsä yhtiössä välittömästi.Tiedotteen mukaan päätös on tehty yhteisymmärryksessä yhtiön hallituksen kanssa."Arto Nummela on ollut tärkeässä roolissa HMD Globalin toiminnan luomisessa, tiimin rakentamisessa ja ensimmäisten tuotteiden julkistamisessa.Hallituksen puolesta kiitän Artoa hänen työstään ja toivotan hänelle menestystä tuleviin tehtäviin", HMD Globalin hallituksen puheenjohtaja Sam Chin sanoo tiedotteessa.Tilapäisenä toimitusjohtajana aloittaa välittömästi Florian Seiche.Hän on ollut apulaisjohtajana HMD Globalissa yrityksen perustamisesta alkaen.
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Google is making search results in its mobile app look more like a news feed as it battles Facebook and Amazon for the attention of — and information about — online consumers.This week the technology giant updated its app to add content from more sources to search results.Users will also be able “follow” an area of interest with the touch of a button.Having users input this information could help Google further tailor search results and offer better information to advertisers.This could help Google compete in mobile advertising against Facebook, which collects detailed information about users based on their likes and preferences, then uses this information to target ads.Google, a unit of Alphabet, also tweaked how it presents this search information, especially for users of its Pixel smartphone, who can access the feed by “swiping left” from their home screen.
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Remember that awesome smartphone controlled paper airplane we told you about a few weeks ago?The one that’s way more fun than any boring old quadcopter drone?Well, we’re about to one-up ourselves because we found something even cooler.If you’re willing to shell out a little extra cash, the POWERUP FPV Smartphone Controlled Paper Airplane has all the features of the other model we told you about… but it also has an integrated live streaming camera!Trust us, you’re going to love this thing.Here are some highlights from the product page:
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As one of the world’s larger retailers, it already knows that smart assistants chatbots, artificial intelligence, data analytics, wearables, 3D printing and mobile technologies are fundamentally changing both consumer shopping patterns and retailer behaviour, as evidenced in the latest Walker Sands Future of Retail report.You may even need to convince a mate to help pick the item up in their truck.You compare prices, match deals, and study product descriptions on your Mac before buying a product using Siri on your HomePod (soon) or Echo speaker system.When the delivery drone eventually delivers your purchase, you may seek tech support from a friendly chatbot, and you may engage firms direct using social media if something goes wrong, because no one wants to use a telephone any more.Some of those technologies didn’t exist in the mass market five years ago.46 percent of us prefer to shop online; two-thirds of us have made a purchase using a mobile app, and more than one-in-four consumers (29 percent) always or often shop via a mobile app.
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Scientists have successfully reanimated fish that were frozen as part of a cryopreservation project.Though the process was not perfect — most of the fish died within the first hour of being reanimated — there were statistically notable instances of survival that highlighted the potential of this new cryopreservation technique.By using very small particles of gold and laser beams.The technology was recently detailed in ACS Nano, where researchers explain that a combination of gold and lasers were used to bring these fish embryos back to life.Though cryopreservation is nothing new, the technology is still in its infancy and attempts at preserving life are largely unsuccessful.The difficultly comes from damaging water crystals that form if the preserved cells are frozen or thawed too slowly.
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Any reunion is better over a Quesaritotearjerker ads over the past few years, and so has Taco Bell.And the fast-food chain is not impressed.Taco Bell Canada expertly parodies the so-called “sadvertising” genre with the amusing video below, in which two friends prepare for an emotional reunion after … well, OK, they haven’t seen each other in six days.The piece, by agency Grip Limited, advertises the Quesarito, which, in a way, is also like two old friends coming together—in this case, the quesadilla and the burrito.Not really, but just go with it, will you?
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It's always The Register's pleasure to remind you that, however bad you think your day is going, someone else has it worse.Today spare a thought for drivers in Oregon after a truck carrying 3,402kg of "slime eels" dropped its load all over Highway 101.Pictures released by the Oregon State Police reveal a slimy scene as hundreds of the critters spilled out all over the road.OSP @OregonDOT & @LincolnCountySO on scene overturned Slime Eel truck Hwy101 MP131 closed.Cleanup on Aisle 101 pic.twitter.com/Z9s9XbQ247— Oregon State Police (@ORStatePolice) July 13, 2017
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This vital rule is not to be confused with the old saying “the customer is always right.” The customer is not always right.People are attracted to products, ideas and people that represent those things they are already in agreement with.Who you voted for president can be a great unifier, or it can start an argument.People who agree move together, people who disagree move apart.If one person agrees, there is no conflict.If you simply agree with him that thinking would be a good thing, and you let him know that you agree with him that thinking is important, he’ll become more at ease with you and you’ll have a chance to still close the deal.
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