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Razer already started off 2019 on a strong note with the release of a new 15-inch Razer Blade gaming laptop that ranks among the best gaming laptops around.And, now it's earned a second place ranking for best tech support in the 2019 Tech Support Showdown published by our sister site, Laptop Mag.The ranking sees Razer take second place with a score of 88 points out of a possible hundred.The scores are based on a combination of web support and phone support.Razer scored 58 points out of a possible 60 for web support, earning it the highest grade in that category of all 11 brands considered.But, it only earned 30 points for phone support, which wasn't even available a year ago, and thereby fell below Apple.
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A specially designed mobile phone game can detect people at risk of Alzheimer's - according to new research from the University of East Anglia.As players make their way through mazes of islands and icebergs, the research team are able to translate every 0.5 seconds of gameplay into scientific data.The results, published in the journal PNAS, show that people who are genetically at risk of developing Alzheimer's disease can be distinguished from those who are not on specific levels of the Sea Hero Quest game.The findings are particularly important because a standard memory and thinking test could not distinguish between the risk and non-risk groups.Lead researcher Prof Michael Hornberger, from UEA's Norwich Medical School, said: "Dementia will affect 135 million people worldwide by 2050.The data collected by the Sea Hero Quest app is vital for research - because every two minutes spent playing the game is equal to five hours of lab-based research.
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Companies with fewer levels of management such as legal, accountancy and investment banking firms could be up to five times more susceptible to corruption than similar sized organisations with a taller structure such as those in manufacturing, a new study by the University of Sussex and Imperial College has revealed.Conversely the quantitatively-modelled research also shows that widespread corruption spreads more quickly through a taller company than through an organisation with fewer levels of management and is more likely to permeate throughout its ranks.The new research paper, published in next month's Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, also warns that a medium-sized organisation with less than 5% of employees committed to whistle-blowing would be powerless to prevent corruption spreading through their company.The authors say a company with a critical threshold of 25% of whistleblowing employees is needed to prevent widespread corruption taking hold.Our mathematical modelling assumes that the infection susceptibility of each employee is independent and identical with every contact with a corrupt colleague and takes into account the complex organizational network through which the corrupt practice spreads."Once corruption pervades an organization to the extent that it becomes an organization-wide phenomenon, it will almost certainly decay and die, resulting in enormous social and economic costs.
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The project analyzed samples collected by the global Tara Oceans expedition, documenting genomes that will help researchers identify protists throughout the ocean."So many ocean protists cannot be grown in the lab, so we must find ways to interrogate them in their environment," said Mike Sieracki, lead author of the study."Every drop of seawater contains microbial ecosystems we know very little about, and it is urgently important to understand this fundamental ecosystem of our ocean planet, Earth, and how it reacts to change."Protists form some of the ocean's most complex relationships with other members of the microbial food web, including parasitism and approaches to eating that combine both photosynthesis and predation.The research team analyzed protists from across the Indian Ocean and Mediterranean Sea using single cell genomics, a suite of molecular techniques that reveals the genetic blueprints of individual cells.He conducted this research while working as a senior research scientist at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, where he helped found the institute's Single Cell Genomics Center.
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Yes, but take "fancy" out of the equation and you can get something for a steal.Read more: The best fitness trackers for 2019Okay, but the Garmin is three years old, and the Bip wasn't designed with runners in mind.But here's a wearable that was, and it's on sale: For a limited time, you can get the Runtopia S1 GPS running watch for $69.On paper, it looks pretty good.It can receive basic notifications from your phone, and if you bring your phone along on your runs, the Runtopia app can provide audio coaching based on your heart rate.
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Amazon-owned Audible now offers a unique form of access to Alexa: voice-controlled customer support.The audiobook subscription service, which Amazon purchased more than a decade ago, says that starting today, users will be able to say, “Alexa, call Audible,” and be put in touch with a human being from Audible’s customer support team.From there, you’ll be able to ask for help with a technical issue and receive book recommendations, among other standard troubleshooting queries.The service goes live today and Audible says it will run nonstop, every day, from here on out.To our knowledge, this is the first ever Alexa-powered customer support system.It’s not Alexa supplanting the entire customer support platform, but it is the first time that Alexa will be linked up to an existing help center, granted one operated by an Amazon-owned company.
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A recent study by Pew Research found that the gender pay gap has narrowed but stayed relatively stable since… the 80s.Somehow, we’ve learned how to build self-driving cars and smartphones with more computing power than the first computers used in space travel, but we still haven’t figured out how to pay men and women equally.Luckily, social and government-led pressure is mounting.With so much will and incentive to finally close the gap, why are we still not making gains?Coming from a company which is now facing a potential class-action lawsuit from current and former female engineers and an investigation by the US Department of Labor for discrimination in pay and promotion, the new report is certainly raising eyebrows (and eye-rolls in some cases).Critics argue it’s likely the discrepancy actually comes from more experienced women being hired in at lower levels and then allocated more discretionary pay to compensate for the clear mistake in leveling.
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And after doing everything from watching videos and reading the news to writing emails on that enormous 7.3-inch screen, you'll never want to go back to "only" a 6-inch display again.We knew there would be growing pains, but nobody expected the screens on some reviewers' phones to malfunction so quickly, or for Samsung to postpone the Fold's April 26 sale date for weeks while it investigated what went wrong.That sucked, because the incidents cast a pall over the Fold and over the concept of foldable phones in general.While it's likely the company wants to do some damage control before more issues develop, reviewers were also told at the outside that we'd have a limited, 10-day review period before having to give the phones back.But if Samsung and its rivals can fix major problems that the Fold's seeing now, and enough people wind up clamoring for the design, then foldable phones have a chance to change the way people use their devices.A magnetic closure helps the Fold feel securely closed.
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For two and a half days, I'll essentially be confined to a chair at an AMC theater in San Francisco as I attempt to watch all the movies from start to finish, beginning with Iron Man and wrapping up with Avengers: Endgame on Thursday (read our CNET review here).I'll sleep in a theater chair and eat way more popcorn than I probably should.I slept well Monday night, the night before the big race, but not for very long since I got home late, so we'll see how far I make it before crashing Tuesday.I might end up napping through Thor at 4:50.My bags are packed with (hopefully) everything I'll need to keep me going: toothbrush, toothpaste, neck pillow, leggings, socks and battery packs.I'll add to this story (latest updates at the bottom) and share Twitter updates about my dwindling state of mind, so be sure to follow me there to see how I'm holding up.
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Those trying to upgrade to the latest update for Windows 10 are finding their PC is being blocked from making the move if they have an external USB device or an SD card plugged into their machine.It seems that the May 2019 Update – which is still in the final stages of testing, ahead of an expected release in May, naturally enough (probably later in the month) – is suffering from a problem whereby all drives can be inappropriately reassigned different letters if USB devices or SD cards are connected to the PC.As you’re probably aware, Windows gives every drive attached to a computer a letter, whether that’s an internal hard drive or SSD, optical drives, or indeed external drives such as USB sticks.And when upgrading to the May 2019 Update, it’s possible that these drive letters can be changed, with potentially nasty side-effects.Microsoft explains: “Example: An upgrade to the May 2019 Update is tried on a computer that has the October 2018 Update installed and also has a thumb drive inserted into a USB port.“Before the upgrade, the device would have been mounted in the system as drive G based on the existing drive configuration.
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Nintendo's Switch is two years old, and it's still an absurdly popular game console.According to several reports, Nintendo is deep into work on the next versions of the Nintendo Switch.So, what does Nintendo's next version of the Switch need to keep the company's momentum going?Here are a few key things:But first, here's what the rumors say about Nintendo's next version of the Switch:A new Nintendo Switch is said to be in the works, and it could arrive as soon as this fall.
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The UK will block Huawei from core parts of its 5G network and restrict its access to non-core areas, Reuters reported today, citing a security source.The ban comes despite media reports late last night that suggested Prime Minister Theresa May has given the green light to the Chinese tech giant.Huawei has come under intense scrutiny in recent months amid fears its equipment could be used for spying by Chinese authorities, an allegation it has always denied.The US has led calls to roll out a ban on the firm and has warned its allies intelligence-sharing agreements could be affected if they cooperate with Huawei.The UK is yet to issue a formal verdict on the issue, but is due to publish a telecoms supply chain review in the coming weeks.The National Security Council, which is chaired by the Prime Minister, yesterday gave approval for Huawei to participate in 5G networks, the Telegraph reported.
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Scientists spotted a superflare larger than some of the hugest solar storms on record—from what seems to be a tiny, almost Jupiter-sized star.The Next Generation Transit Survey (NGTS), a sky-surveying telescope in Chile, first detected the flare on 13 August 2017.Not only is it the second-largest observed flare to come from a star of the “L-dwarf” type, but this is the coolest star to show this kind of powerful flare to date.The star, called ULAS J224940.13−011236.9, is an L-dwarf, a red star approximately 250 light-years away that’s only 10 per cent the radius of the Sun.It’s burning at temperatures of only 1,930 degrees Kelvin—around the temperature of a blowtorch’s flame.Stars like this are too cold for the NGTS to detect—until one of them lets out a gigantic flare that appears in the survey.
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For example, shopping around to find the cheapest price for something has become far easier.The first page of results – those with the highest scores – consisted almost entirely of little-known brands, with nearly 90 per cent of the reviews from unverified buyers.In other words, there was no evidence that the reviewer had ever bought the item in the first place.A flurry of very good posts for a less well-known brand is one of the classic footprints which enable fake reviews to be identified.Ever since then, a complicated evolutionary game has been played between the spammers and the spam filters.It is a game because spam wins if it gets through, and the filters win if it does not.
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This article is from an episode of Matrix Moments by Matrix Partners India, a podcast featuring candid conversations on what it really takes to survive the startup world.This is heavily revised from the original show transcripts.In this episode, Matrix Partners India founder and managing director Avnish Bajaj talks about MoFu (middle of the funnel), how to continue retaining and engaging users, and what metrics to focus on.What is MoFu and why is it significant for startups?The bottom of the funnel is where the ultimate outcomes of your business are, whatever it is you’re trying to do.Let’s talk about some sectors.
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Github repositories are usually used by developers to share, contribute and test code, but the 996.ICU repo and official site are protests against “996” culture—the expectation that employees will work from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., six days a week.Tech leaders, including Alibaba’s Jack Ma, JD.com’s Richard Liu and Sogou founder Wang Xiaochuan, have all come out in support of the grueling work schedule.As younger generations enter the labor force, they are no longer willing to trade their personal lives and health for a paycheck.Industry leaders, government officials and managers need to realign expectations and inefficient management systems to adapt to evolving employee demands for better work-life balance.As wages rise, Chinese productivity is lagging behind global averages.The term 996 becomes associated with China’s startup and tech culture, linking “hard work” with China’s broader success.
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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been in contact with leaders of major tech companies as part of her push to slow the spread of violent content online.Ardern announced on Wednesday local time that she and the French President Emmanuel Macron will host a summit in May to encourage industry and world leaders to escalate their efforts to address the matter.New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been in contact with leaders of major tech companies like Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter, as part of her push to slow the spread of violent content online.Ardern announced on Wednesday local time that she and French President Emmanuel Macron will host a summit in Paris on May 15 to encourage industry and world leaders to commit to a pledge called the "Christchurch Call," which seeks to curb extremist content on social media.The gunman, a 28-year-old Australian man, livestreamed the attacks at two separate mosques on Facebook, and copies of the gruesome video quickly spread on that platform and others."The March 15 terrorist attacks saw social media used in an unprecedented way as a tool to promote an act of terrorism and hate," Ardern said of the shootings.
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Web pages today are a far cry from their ancestors.Many of them offer rich experiences that come at a literal price of data consumption and load times.That is why Google developed a Data Saver feature for Chrome to help ease the burden at the expense of sending your web traffic through Google’s servers.Despite calling it a success, Google is ironically killing that feature for Chrome on the desktop while giving it a new name on Android.Data Saver performs a two-fold function, at least in its current form.First, it reduces data consumption by as much as 60%, Google claims, by compressing the pages before sending them to the browser.
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Most of those have to do less with the excellent hardware and more with the limitations of the iOS mobile platform.Apple has been slowly working to address those concerns and it might soon be making the last step needed to truly make the iPad Pro a desktop or laptop replacement.It might, in just a few months, finally add mouse support.Apple has traditionally abhorred any pointing device on iOS other than your finger.Apple also didn’t want a file manager in iOS.MacStories’ Federico Viticci mentioned in the Connected podcast that he heard whispers of USB mouse support coming to iOS.
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What happened: An indictment by the Justice Department unsealed on Tuesday reveals that two Chinese nationals, former General Electric (GE) engineer Zheng Xiaoqing and businessman Zhang Zhaoxi, have been accused of spying on the company to benefit China, allegedly with the Chinese government’s “financial and other support.” The charges for economic espionage and trade secret theft claim that Zheng encrypted proprietary data on GE’s turbine design and embedded them in a picture of a sunset, before sending them to Zhang, who was based in China.The indictment alleges that they used the information at two turbine manufacturing companies in China, through which they also received the support of the government.The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said that Zheng confessed the theft and the government’s involvement in July 2018.Why it’s important: This is the latest in a series of cases pursued by the Justice Department, as the Trump administration tries to crack down on Chinese theft of corporate secrets to hamper China’s technological and economic power.In their view, such tactics enable “Chinese companies to replace the American company first in the Chinese market and later worldwide,” John Demers, the justice department official who runs the China initiative, told the Financial Times.
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