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Sir Richard Branson’s new cruise line is prepping for a 2020 virgin voyage by unveiling the ship’s suites for the first time.On Thursday, February 14, Virgin Voyages, part of the Virgin Group, shared the details of the ship’s RockStar Suites.The cruise is designed to allow travelers to vacation like a rock star, the company says, from tables that actually encourage dancing on tabletops, to concierge services willing to fetch such oddities as only red gummy bears.Ticket sales also opened today.The ship Scarlet Lady includes 78 RockStar Suites, all arranged to have a view of the ocean.The suites, according to the company, were inspired by yachts from rock and roll icons such as Grace Jones with a “retro-futurism” look.
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If you have a stash of WMA files you might find playing them on some modern devices a little difficult.They certainly aren’t as versatile as MP3s.The best way to sort out that particular problem is to learn how to convert WMA to MP3 — it’s easier than you might think.Step 1: Go to Cloud ConvertThe quickest and easiest way to convert a WMA file to an MP3 file is to use an online converter.Alternatively, select the down arrow next to that button for a greater array of options.
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As Samsung and Huawei get closer to releasing their foldable phones, it looks like Apple could eventually follow suit too.The company has filed a patent for a device with a flexible display and a hinge — suggesting that Apple is at least exploring the possibility of building a flexible smartphone.The patent shows a clamshell-style foldable phone that would be a little different from the others being developed.Really, it looks like a single-display device that can be folded up to better fit in someone’s pocket, rather than a device that can fold out to offer a larger display.Still, it’s the underlying technology that’s important here — not really the form-factor of the device in the patent images — so it’s likely that an eventual device would take a slightly different form factor.In the patent, Apple describes the use of a hinge based on a three-bar linkage or a four-bar linkage.
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At the same time, posts are frequently shared within various Facebook Groups discouraging people from vaccinating their children.Facebook said it is "thinking through what the right approach for this effort might look like" in a statement to Business Insider.The social network also said it could decide to demote anti-vaccination content from Facebook search results too.Users have the ability to report content for review at any time, and health-related information is eligible for fact-checking by Facebook's fact-checking partners in 25 countries.The company told Business Insider it is exploring ways to make educational information about vaccines more easily available while also minimizing harm caused by misinformation, however it is still "thinking through what the right approach for this effort might look like.""We are committed to accurate and useful information throughout Facebook," a company spokesperson told Business Insider in a statement on Thursday.
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Shares of Nvidia surged 8% in after-hours trading on Thursday after the company reported quarterly earnings that topped analysts' expectations on the top and bottom lines.The results come after Nvidia lowered its guidance last month for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2019, citing deteriorating macroeconomic conditions, particularly in China.After a meteoric rise to an all-time high last October, Nvidia's stock has now fallen 47% since that record.Follow Nvidia's stock here on Markets Insider.Shares of semiconductor manufacturer Nvidia surged 8% in after-hours trading on Thursday after the company reported quarterly earnings that topped analysts' expectations on the top and bottom lines.Here's what Nvidia reported for its fourth-quarter 2019 results, compared to what analysts surveyed by Bloomberg expected:
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Until relatively recently, most researchers thought that breast milk was sterile.The composition of its microbiome varies based on a number of factors—including whether the milk was pumped, or fed to an infant directly from the breast, according to a study published this week in the journal Cell.The differences contribute to our understanding of pumped milk, which has usually been grouped in with breastfeeding.Researchers stress, though, that just because pumped milk is different doesn’t mean that it’s bad—work is still in early stages, and it’s not clear how these findings should inform infant feeding strategies.“The study shows that pumping and breastfeeding aren’t equivalent, and there are different effects,” says study author Meghan Azad, a research scientist at the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba.“It’s not to alarm mothers as to how they’re feeding, but to say that the question is open.”
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Icons, which may seem like a small part of the digital landscape, reveal larger issues of unconscious bias in tech and beyond.In many instances I can recall, ranging from company presentations to popular apps and websites, the main icons displayed were obviously representative of men.At best, this shows women were not taken into consideration when the product team designed and developed the product.At worst, it isolates women to feel like they are not the intended audience or priority.Perhaps I’m more cognizant of this because gender imbalance is important to me, and as a designer, I’m observant of details.But it’s something that more stakeholders need to be aware of when choosing icons.
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For a moment, instead of having to consider whether the intelligent robots would liberate us or kill us (it’s only ever one of those two options, I find), I took a moment to worry about the machines themselves.The conference, a meeting of computer scientists and neuroscientists at New York University, was called “Canonical Computation in Brains and Machines.” Zachary Mainen, a neuroscientist at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown in Lisbon, came on stage to talk about depression and hallucinations… in machines.“I’m drawing on the field of computational psychiatry, which assumes we can learn about a patient who’s depressed or hallucinating from studying AI algorithms like reinforcement learning,” he told Science magazine after the lecture.“Depression and hallucinations appear to depend on a chemical in the brain called serotonin,” Dr. Mainen told Science.“It may be that serotonin is just a biological quirk.We are steeped in stories about AI that will take over large parts of human endeavor, from automation that will threaten jobs to algorithms that could decide on medical care or help judges to sentence people in courts.
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US President Donald Trump may not have to leave the White House to play golf anymore.According to a report in The Washington Post, the president installed a golf simulator inside his personal quarters in the White House in the last few weeks.The room-size simulator costs roughly $50,000, according to a White House source cited by the Post, and replaced an older system installed during the Obama administration.It's not the first high-tech upgrade to come to the White House.In December 2018, reports emerged that the Secret Service was planning to test facial recognition software in and around the president's official residence, while the building was also upgraded in the past decade with the installation of solar panels.But the installation of a $50,000 golf simulator could draw a different kind of attention, with President Trump already facing scrutiny over how much time he has spent golfing during his presidency.
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Huawei to Start Africa Data Center Services From March – BloombergWhat happened: Chinese telecommunications company Huawei is working with South African partners to launch services at its first cloud data center in the country in March.The center will be opened in Johannesburg, followed by another one in the coastal city of Cape Town at a later date.Huawei also said it would deploy localized public cloud services based on domestic policies and requirements as part of its plan for a fully-connected Africa driven by data and artificial intelligence (AI) applications.Why it’s important: Huawei’s expansion in Africa comes as it faces international pressure on its overseas operations.US carrier T-Mobile CEO John Legere said on Wednesday that the carrier doesn’t use equipment from Huawei “in any area of its network.” Governments across Europe are weighing restrictions on Huawei over concerns about the security of its equipment.
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Fujifilm is a master of retro camera design, and it's continuing its trend of capitalizing on that to challenge the leaders in its class, the new Sony A6400 and last year's Canon EOS M50.Its new X-T30, the step-down enthusiast model from the powerhouse X-T3 and successor to the X-T20, inherits a lot of capabilities from the more expensive X-T3 and an updated version of the X-T20's body.Plus, Fujifilm throws in some refinements to the autofocus operation that should improve the experience.Fujifilm's retro style really does make it stand out compared with Canon's and Sony's more mundane body designs, but even devoted enthusiasts can be put off -- or scared off -- by the intimidating array of dials intended to trigger warm fuzzy feelings associated with old-school film cameras and miss the fact that you don't really have to use them if you don't want to.You can go full auto and still look cool.The X-T30 will become available in the US near the end of March -- June for the snazzy new Charcoal Silver model -- at $900 for the body, $1,000 for a kit with the XC15-45mm f3.5-5.6 OIS PZ lens or $1,299 for the kit with the XF18-55mm f2.8-4 R LM OIS lens.
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Banner Year for Alibaba’s Taobao Philanthropy Efforts – PR NewswireWhat happened: Alibaba Group’s Taobao marketplace raised RMB 440 million ($65 million) from two million merchants and nearly 430 million shoppers to help an estimated 8.7 million people.The move makes Taobao China’s largest online philanthropy platform, in terms of total participation, according to the company.In addition, the money and other resources raised via Taobao are used to help the poor and disadvantaged in Ethiopia and Myanmar.The platform supports causes ranging from poverty alleviation, education and environmental protection, to childcare and animal protection, as well as illness and disaster relief.Why it’s important: China’s promising digital payment environment has shifted the country’s donation and charity event participation.
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It was over 70 degrees in New Orleans by the time I ate breakfast.Like the EOS R, the RP is built on the RF mount, which is considerably shorter compared to the EF mount of Canon’s DSLRs.It’s an interesting approach in a market segment that has moved increasingly toward higher-end cameras and away from lower-margin, consumer-focused models.Those numbers are down from 3.69 and 2.1 million, respectively, in the R. The love-it-or-hate-it multi-function touch bar is gone, and a classic mode dial replaces the R’s top information display.I found the physical controls to be somewhat limited; the job of adjusting settings falls primarily on the touchscreen, which is responsive and generally easy to use.You can also map the four-way button cluster on the back of the camera to control the AF point, but there is one glaring goof: The button in the center of that cluster, the one that definitively should reset the focus point to the center of the frame, brings up the quick menu.
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After only a week, Apex Legends is already making waves in the battle royale market, earning great reviews and managing to pull in more than 25 million players in its first week.But if you see mid-tier (blue), your chances for better gear improve, and high-tier (purple) is even better than that.If you're really lucky, you'll come upon legendary gear (yellow), but we'll get to that later.Though Respawn has yet to confirm exactly how its loot distribution works, diligent players are mapping out their own experiences by voting on the loot they see at each location.The best spot to land at this time appears to be Relay with 96 percent of respondents saying they found high-tier loot there.Second place is Thunderdome at 95 percent and third is Repulsor with 94 percent.
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Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing has invested US$100 million in hospitality chain Oyo Hotels & Homes.The investment, which continues to value Oyo at about US$5 billion, has been made from Didi-controlled entity Star Virtue Investment, people aware of developments said.The capital injection closes a US$1 billion SoftBank-led fundraise for online hotel brand Oyo, according to the Times.Singapore-based ride-hailer Grab, which has itself been funded by Didi, also participated in the round.Its US$103 million investment in Oyo was confirmed last December.The budget hotel chain has been undergoing rapid expansion, and has entered new markets including China and the US in recent months.
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Marcus Hutchins, the widely acclaimed security researcher charged with creating malware that sold for thousands of dollars on the Internet, has lost his bid to suppress self-incriminating statements he made following days of heavy partying at the 2017 Defcon hacker convention in Las Vegas.Slayer of WCry worm charged with creating unrelated banking malwareHutchins—who, under the moniker MalwareTech, unwittingly helped neutralize the virulent WannaCry ransomware worm—was charged with developing the Kronos banking trojan and an advanced spyware program known as the UPAS Kit.The then-23-year-old UK citizen was arrested in August 2017 at McCarran International Airport as he was about to fly home.He had spent the previous week attending the Black Hat and Defcon conferences.When asked about his involvement in developing malware, the court records show, Hutchins grew visibly confused about the purpose of the interrogation.
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NASA has selected the next mission in space agency's Explorers Program and it's going to give us a glimpse of the ancient past.The Spectro-Photometer for the History of the Universe, Epoch of Reionization and Ices Explorer (SPHEREx) mission will survey of galaxies using both optical and near-infrared light.Its "eyes" will peer as far back as 10 billion years but also allow researchers to answer questions about the stars closer to home, across the Milky Way.There, it will place a cosmic magnifying glass over our infant stars in our home galaxy, searching for the ingredients essential for life: water and organic molecules."This amazing mission will be a treasure trove of unique data for astronomers," said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA's science mission directorate.And SPHEREx will be able to create a stellar map of the sky in 96 different colour bands -- an unprecedented resolution -- providing future NASA missions, such as the James Webb Telescope, with new targets for further study.
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99 players enter, one player leaves.The power of geometry sorts the weak from the .Nintendo has laid down the gauntlet against Fortnite, announcing a battle royale version of its retro game Tetris.Tetris 99 will bring 99 players together in an online arena to fight for block supremacy.The gameplay looks like the Tetris you know, just with 98 other players trying to lay down bricks alongside you -- should be easy, right?Nintendo revealed the game on Wednesday as part of a raft of new announcements at Nintendo Direct, including more details about its new tactical role-playing game Fire Emblem: Three Houses, as well as the launch of Super Mario Maker 2 for Switch.
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When the Nintendo Switch launched with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, it showed us what a vastly open-world, free exploration Zelda game could be like -- but sometimes, it's good to go back to basics.If you've been craving a traditional, top-down Zelda experience that harkens back to the series origins, you're about to get it: Nintendo just announced that it's remaking The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch.Link's Awakening was the first Zelda game to make its way to the Nintendo Game Boy, the company's first portable game console -- one that stranded the game's titular hero on a mysterious island.This quirky adventure filled with fun characters and goofy humor.It was also the first Zelda game that allowed link to jump.Link's Awakening eventually received a colorized re-release on the Game Boy Color, but the incoming Switch remake takes things to the next level.
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The Facebook Marketing Partners program is now accepting applications for partners in its new offline conversions category.The social network’s offline conversions tool enables advertisers to measure, target and optimize their campaigns based on transactions or events that happen offline.Facebook created a page for potential offline conversions partners, which can apply here, as long as they meet the following requirements:A minimum average of $10,000 in enabled ad spend connected to offline event sets within the past 28 days.Offline data sets must be uploaded at least once per week, and time stamps must be precise to the minute.At least three clients must be leveraging the applicant’s product at the time of their submission.
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