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Ford has been whipping truck and SUV enthusiasts into a froth with the news of a revived Bronco SUV, but it would seem that Bronco isn't the only famous nameplate that's getting a second lease on life.According to a report Saturday by FordAuthority.com, the Blue Oval has applied for trademarks on both the Scout and Bronco Scout names, and we're betting that the Scout badge could find a home on the long-rumored "baby Bronco."Now, applying for trademarks on vehicle names isn't necessarily a sure sign that they'll get used.Automakers squirrel away weird names for potential vehicles all the time.That said, the fact that it's trying to snag a trademark on a famous SUV name like Scout leads us to believe that this is more than just an exercise.Unfortunately, details on the Bronco are still scarce as Ford has gotten annoyingly good at stopping leaks (for the most part) about its highly anticipated new vehicles.
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We may not have realized it at the time, but the toys we used to play with often doubled as tools of gendered socialization.It’s actually a little funny when you take a moment to think about it: We—children and adults alike—have long allowed heaps of plastic, bolts and rubber to dictate how we’re “supposed” to exercise our imaginations, limiting boys to liking race cars and robots while dolls were left to the girls as maternal training.It can seem like such a small thing at that time, but the attitudes that lead to the idea that “boys can’t play with dolls” and other weirdly narrow assertions are contagious and can endure through generations.Thankfully, a new campaign from Ogilvy Brazil aims to do away with the notion that dolls are reserved for a single gender.“We All Can Take Care” features a 60-second spot that shows boys readily playing with the Baby Alive doll by Hasbro.Among the heap of popular toys (including subtle cameos from Mr.
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New research describes the remains of a gigantic, four-legged mammalian carnivore that terrorised Africa some 22 million years ago.The name of this formidable creature is Simbakubwa kutokaafrika, which translated from Swahili means “big lion coming from Africa.” But this was no feline—it belonged to an extinct group of mammals known as hyaenodonts, which have no close relation to any species of mammalian carnivore living today.The researchers who found the fossils were actually looking for evidence of ancient apes.“Understanding large-scale patterns of how organisms respond to environmental change through time can offer insights into ecosystem fragility and resilience in the modern world.”Hyaenodonts emerged in Africa around four million years after the non-avian dinosaurs went extinct some 66 million years ago.These creatures spread to Europe, Asia, and North America, filling ecological niches currently occupied by wolves, wild cats, hyenas, and weasels.
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The new site was due to go live in December 2017.As Hertz endured the delays, it found itself immersed in a nightmare: a product and design that didn't do half of what was specified and still wasn't finished."By that point, Hertz no longer had any confidence that Accenture was capable of completing the project, and Hertz terminated Accenture," the company complains in a lawsuit [PDF] lodged in New York this month.Among the most mind-boggling claims in the lawsuit is that Accenture didn't incorporate responsive design – where different versions of a website are provided depending on whether someone is using a phone, tablet or laptop.When Hertz execs asked where the tablet version was, Accenture "demanded hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional fees to deliver the promised medium-sized layout.""Accenture deliberately disregarded the extensibility requirement and wrote the code so that it was specific to the Hertz brand in North America and could not be used for the Hertz global brand or for the Dollar and Thrifty brands," the lawsuit alleged.
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While studying the chemical reactions that occur in the flow of gases around a vehicle moving at hypersonic speeds, researchers at the University of Illinois used a less-is-more method to gain greater understanding of the role of chemical reactions in modifying unsteady flows that occur in the hypersonic flow around a double-wedge shape.We still had a lot of the kind of vortical structure--separation bubbles and swirls--they were still there.The Direct Simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC) approach, a high-fidelity physical approach was used to simulate the hypersonic flow.One con is that it creates the flow by gathering large amounts of collision data, producing reams and reams of particle data, and with it, statistical noise."Before we had this technique, we'd select three-dimensional data of pressure, density, and temperature, which are varying throughout the whole flow over the external shape of the vehicle.We'd sit at different locations in the flow and collect data at every time step.It winds up being a treasure hunt--you look here, you look there, wherever you think there is a sensitive part of the flow where you could see some changes.
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On Tuesday morning, President Trump lobbed another attack against Twitter on its own platform, calling the company “very discriminatory,” and saying “they don’t treat me well as a Republican.” He then accused the company of “playing political games,” and called on Congress to “get involved.” It wasn’t the first time Trump complained about a supposed anti-conservative bias on Twitter, but it was noteworthy for another reason: It turns out, the president was scheduled to meet Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey later that day.Twitter policy head Vijaya Gadde notified employees Tuesday that their boss was supposed to meet with Trump in a 30-minute closed-door meeting later that afternoon, according to a company-wide email reviewed by WIRED.According to the email sent Tuesday morning Pacific Time, Dorsey would be joined by both Colin Crowell, Twitter’s VP of public policy, and Lauren Culbertson, a public policy manager at Twitter.“There is no set agenda, but we expect for discussion to cover the health of the public conversation on Twitter,” Gadde wrote.Neither Twitter nor a spokesperson for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy immediately returned requests for comment.“Some of you will be very supportive of our meeting the president, and some of you might feel we shouldn’t take this meeting at all,” Dorsey wrote in a follow-up message to Gadde’s email, which was also sent to all Twitter staff.
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Amazon’s current collection of Deal of the Day deals features deep discounts on a wide variety of PC accessories.Whether you’re looking for extra storage, the perfect gaming mouse, or even a new Wi-Fi router, Amazon has your personal computing needs covered with its accessories sale.With big brands like Razer, Netgear, and Western Digital all throwing deals into the mix, now is a great time to find some solid savings.With Amazon’s current discount, interested customers can get this dual core processor router for only $69, nearly half off of its original price of $130.And according to Netgear, this router also offers “extreme Wi-Fi speed – up to 1750 Mbps” and support for “lag-free gaming” and “whole-home mobility.” But you don’t just have to take Netgear’s word for it: The Nighthawk AC1750 also made it to our list of the best wireless routers of 2019.In fact, it was so well received by our staff, that it was named “best router overall.”
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If you think that all gaming laptops are clunky and heavy beasts, Dell wants to change your mind.Even though its XPS 15 — based off of the XPS 13, which is arguably one of the best Windows laptops — can already support discrete graphics, Dell announced that the larger XPS notebook has been updated to include the latest silicons on the market today.This means that the XPS 15 can support up to Intel’s latest 9th-Generation mobile Core i9 processor alongside Nvidia’s new GTX 1650 graphics.Alongside those internal updates, the XPS 15 is also undergoing a slight redesign that will make it more appealing to users.In particular, game streamers and those who rely on the built-in webcam on the notebook will be happy to know that the XPS 15 will, like this year’s XPS 13, feature the camera above the display, rather than below the screen as on previous iterations of this notebook.Popular mainstay features — like a beefy 97Wh battery and a selection of full-size ports — will remain on the redesigned XPS 15, according to The Verge.
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The movie is the biggest seller in pre-sale tickets ever for movie-ticket service Fandango, beating the "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" first-day and first-week records.It's also the biggest pre-sale movie of all time for AMC Theatres, which is opening 17 theaters in the US for 72 hours straight this weekend to accommodate demand."Captain Marvel," which opened in theaters last month, flew past $1 billion worldwide and $400 million domestically.Below are all 21 MCU movies, ranked by how much they made worldwide after being adjusted for inflation."Captain America: The First Avenger" (2011)Adjusted worldwide box office: $418,778,325
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Amazon’s home access service Amazon Key is expanding to include in-garage delivery, which could be a sign Prime members weren’t quite ready to let strangers into their foyers to deliver packages.The expansion comes roughly 18 months after Amazon first enabled in-home deliveries.And while Amazon stressed multiple safety measures at the time, research showed most consumers were “definitely not buying” Amazon Key.Amazon would not comment on how many Prime members use the service, but humbly noted, “We can share that Key by Amazon in-home and in-car delivery have a customer rating of 4.7 / 5 stars which you just don’t see for something that isn’t making lives better on a daily basis.”While that figure is correct, it’s worth noting the rating include products with fewer than 120 reviews—and, in one case, just 15.Amazon said Prime members who are willing to take the plunge with garage delivery will need the Key Smart Garage Kit and a myQ-connected garage door opener—or to purchase one of several Key Smart Garage Kits.
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Yes, converged infrastructure model is still a thingDell EMC and Cisco have renewed the dark pact under which the two collaborated on converged infrastructure (CI) products for a decade.Today the tie-up revolves primarily around the VxBlock 1000 systems: Cisco's UCS servers and Nexus switches, storage from Dell EMC, virtualization from VMware, and maintenance and support from Dell.The analyst firm has crowned Dell the industry's favourite provider of converged systems for six years running.That might be true, but IDC's April edition of the Converged Systems Tracker said the particular category for "certified reference systems and integrated infrastructure", which includes VxBlocks, was responsible for less than half ($1.6bn) of the overall market for converged systems ($4.1bn) in the final quarter of 2018.The category shrunk 6.4 percent year-on-year, while the market for hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) grew 57.2 per cent year-on-year to $1.9bn.
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Tragic news for all of us who made room in our homes and hearts for Laundroid, the impractically large robot that took far too long to do its one job has folded its last pair of trousers.Laundroid creator Seven Dreamers filed for bankruptcy Tuesday.According to Teikoku Databank, a private credit research agency, the company owes 2.25 billion yen ($20.1 million) to 200 creditors, Engadget reports.The folding bot had an initial price tag of $16,000 but never went into mass production.CNET's Megan Wollerton saw the Laundroid in action at CES 2017 and described the monolithic appliance as looking "kind of like a bottom freezer fridge."But it got the job done.
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New York, NY, April 23, 2019 - The Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Computer Human Interaction (SIGCHI) will hold its annual flagship conference, the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2019), in Glasgow, UK, on May 4-9, 2019.CHI is widely recognized as the most important global showcase for human-computer interaction."CHI offers a unique look into the inspiring visions of future technologies," said Stephen Brewster, CHI 2019 Co-chair.(Below is a partial list of events."Touchies and Feelies: Everything I Know about Human Interfaces"An award-winning broadcaster, journalist and academic who has been studying and writing about technology and interactivity since 1999, Krotoski is the host of The Guardian's Tech Weekly podcast, and the BBC series "Digital Human"; she also holds fellowships at the University of Oxford and at the London School of Economics.
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Abandoning Oracle for an open source alternative?I have recently completed a series of presentations to PostgreSQL User Groups in Europe and met with a number of customers to discuss their adoption of the database, writes Bruce Momjian, co-founder of the PostgreSQL Global Development Group and Senior Database Architect, EnterpriseDB.It is clear interest in PostgreSQL is growing among enterprise users, who are actively planning to leave traditional commercial database providers as they seek to find more agile, innovative alternatives.The goal is to reduce risk and complexity, but also find databases that make their organisations smarter.As they consider their PostgreSQL strategy, these European customers have a number of questions and one is worthy of more discussion, because it is relevant to the broader adoption of open source of the enterprise: “Should I support Postgres in-house?”My response is simple, if a little cryptic at first!
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Although they are considered the simplest of all life forms, even microorganisms sense their environment and are able to actively move within it.This allows them to identify both food and harmful substances and to move towards or away from them, guided by the concentration gradient of the substance in their environment.The journey of many microbes can thus be viewed as a sequence of decisions based on chemical gradients.Until now, scientists have generally considered the chemotactic properties of bacteria to be a common feature of a species or population - as if all cells behaved more or less the same.In this case, average values are sufficient to describe their movement behaviour.Now, researchers at ETH Zurich have observed the chemotaxis of bacteria in a behavioural experiment.
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Future high-speed communication networks based on millimeter-wave (30-300GHz) technology will be more robust and efficient in delivering extremely high speed, high quality video, and multimedia content and services thanks to the results of a ground-breaking research project.The recently-concluded project was a collaboration between Huawei Technologies and IMDEA Networks Institute, the Madrid-based research body pioneering many technologies that are being deployed in the new 5G landscape.Dr. Joerg Widmer, the Principal Investigator on the project and Research Director at IMDEA Networks, describes the challenge his group tackled.So, High Frequency (HF) communications, like mmWave systems which offer the speed and capacity that 5G and 802.11ad-standard Wi-Fi networks require, demand directional antennas in order to overcome the resulting attenuation.This results in high signaling overheads, since both ends of the communication have to continuously update their antenna steering as nodes move and blockages interrupt the line-of-sight path.These problems are avoided in low frequency (LF) networks, with their rich multi-path environment and much lower attenuation rates."
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Google Maps is adding real-time electric car charger status, showing not only where EVs could be plugged in, but whether drivers are likely to find a spare plug when they get there.Google added EV charger location support to Google Maps back in October last year, another layer of points-of-interest for modern drivers.Problem was, whereas other apps show not only location but charger status, Google Maps was initially limited to just location.That could mean driving all the way to a charger on the map, but discovering that all of the units were already in-use – or, worse still, that they’re out of service altogether.Now Google is addressing that omission.From today, the charging port locations on the map will also show status.
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Intel is continuing the journey of rounding out its Coffee Lake Refresh processor (CPU) family with a new slew of high-performance mobile CPUs.Intel is simultaneously expanding its lineup of 9th-generation Intel Core desktop processors alongside the launch of the high-performance, H-Series of 9th-gen Intel Core mobile processors.While a 45W TDP for all of the new mobile processors may prevent them from showing up in the thinnest and lightest notebooks, they can definitely end up in larger, productivity-focused devices.But, there's also Intel's Ice Lake to think aboutIntel Core i9-990HK – 2.4/5.0GHz base/boost | 8/16 cores/threads | 45W TDP | 16MB Intel Smart Cache | OverclockingIntel Core i9-9980H – 2.3/4.8GHz base/boost | 8/16 cores/threads | 45W TDP | 16MB Intel Smart Cache
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Tesla has said it is investigating an incident in which a Model S electric vehicle apparently burst into flames whilst stationary in a Shanghai parking garage.The automobile was gutted by the flames, and those on either side of it, an Audi and a Lexus, were also severely damaged, Shanghai firefighters told local media.“After learning about the incident in Shanghai, we immediately sent the team to the scene last night,” Tesla said in a Mandarin-language message on its official Weibo social messaging account.“We are actively contacting relevant departments and supporting the verification.According to current information, there are no casualties.”The car had been parked in a garage in the Xujiahui district of Shanghai for about half an hour when smoke began pouring from the bottom of the car.
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The release came at an event characterised by a fresh series of bold claims by the mercurial CEO, including that Tesla would be able to make cars without pedals or steering wheels within two years and that there would be one million “robo-taxis” on the roads by 2020.As Bannon put it in a detailed presentation: “In 2016 there was no ground-up neural network accelerator; everyone was adding instructions to their CPU or GPU or DSP to make it better for inference”.I asked Elon if he was willing to spend all the money it takes to do full custom system design.” He said ‘are we gonna win?’ and I said ‘of course’ so we got a bunch of people and got to work.”The Tesla chip, built for the company by Samsung, is capable of 76 trillion operations per second (TOPS).The computer includes 12 A72 64-bit CPUs for general purpose processing that operate at 2.2. gigahertz.The company has been training its neural network using real-world interactions and tests it using what Tesla calls “shadow mode”, during which the car sees a vehicle that’s about to change lanes and it makes a note of what it would have done.
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