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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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Google says it's been fighting hard against malicious developers and their bad apps.The search giant on Wednesday said the Google Play Store now scans more than 50 billion apps on users' devices every day in order to identify and stop bad apps, according to a post on the Android Developers Blog.The Play Store rejected at least 55 percent more app submissions in 2018 than in 2017, according to the blog.Google didn't immediately respond to a request for how many apps were rejected in 2018.But for reference, the company removed over 700,000 apps in 2017.Google said the company required third-party app developers to be transparent about how their app's collected and used sensitive user data.
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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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Breaking Bad fans, better keep your Netflix and/or cable subscriptions up to date.The feature film based on the blockbuster series Breaking Bad will air on both Netflix and AMC, Deadline reported on Wednesday.Netflix and AMC did not immediately respond to a request for comment or confirmation.The series originally aired on AMC, with episodes then moving to Netflix.Lots is still up in the air about the planned feature, which comes from original series creator Vince Gilligan.Deadline's report says it's still unknown if the project will air as one feature film, or be cut into episodes.
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The twisting terrain of Vera Rubin Ridge on Mars has been home to NASA’s Curiosity for over a year, but it’s time for the rover to move on.As a final gesture before trekking toward a nearby region rich in clay, the probe captured a stunning 360-degree panorama of its final worksite at the ridge.The Opportunity rover has been incommunicado since a massive dust storm encircled the planet last summer, knocking it out of commission, possibly forever.Curiosity, which has been exploring the Martian surface since 2012, continues to truck on, despite badly worn wheels, a drill that required some serious jerry-rigging last year to make it work again, and a memory glitch that limited its capacities.Having explored the area in detail, project scientists at NASA have now directed the probe to head towards a new region – a “clay-bearing unit” dubbed Glen Torridon, according to a NASA release.The rover will spend around a year exploring this region in its ongoing search for signs of prior habitability.
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An ultra-rare black leopard — with a silky-looking, shiny coat — was spotted in Africa for the first time in more than 100 years, and the wildlife photographer who captured the elusive big cat credits the sighting simply to dumb luck.Photographer Will Burrard-Lucas had heard murmurs about the potential presence of a black leopard roaming the area when he set up camp in Kenya.With help from a local tour guide and other leopard researchers in Laikipia County, who followed tracks believed to belong to the leopard, Burrard-Lucas eventually settled on what he considered the perfect spot to set up Camtraptions Camera Traps."I never get my hopes up, and after the first couple of nights I hadn't got this leopard and I was beginning to think I'd be lucky if I get a photo of a spotty leopard, let alone this black one," Burrard-Lucas told BBC News, noting it wasn't until four days later that he struck gold — or better yet: black.OREGON WOMAN FINDS MOUNTAIN LION NAPPING IN HER HOME: 'THIS IS WILD'Burrard-Lucas told the news organization the black leopard could easily go undetected, as it blended into the darkness.
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Venture capital fund All-Stars Investment has raised US$500 million to expand its portfolio of startups.The Hong Kong-based company’s latest investments include co-working space operator Ucommune, AI startup SenseTime, and ride-hailing giant Grab.All-Stars focuses on “category leaders,” so it will continue to invest in later-stage investments, said co-founder Richard Ji.This comes as total investments from Chinese VC funds and private equity firms have declined by 67.5 percent to US$4.4 billion last month.
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Tech giant Apple, which is trying to pivot to services as sales of some of its electronics slow, is reportedly working to launch a subscription-based news service that would get readers past paywalls and share the revenues with publishers.The subscription service has been called a “Netflix for news,” with sources telling the Journal that Apple’s negotiators have a planned price point of $10 a month to access unlimited content from participating publishers.Apple would keep around half of that, according to the Journal’s sources, and the rest of the earnings “would go into a pool that would be divided among publishers according to the amount of time users spend engaged with their articles.”The paper wrote that some major outlets including the New York Times and Washington Post are balking at those proposed terms, including concerns about both the revenue-sharing arrangement and a possible loss of control over valuable subscriber data:The New York Times and the Washington Post are among the major outlets that so far haven’t agreed to license their content to the service, in part because of concerns over the proposed terms, which haven’t been previously disclosed, according to the people familiar with the matter.Talks are ongoing, and deals with the publishers could still be reached.
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If your partner has an annoying habit of rolling over in their sleep and pushing you onto the floor, Ford has a solution: a bed that uses lane-keeping technology to keep the selfish sleeper out of your space.Like a car detecting when you're beginning to stray out of your lane and correcting the steering automatically, the bed's pressure sensors identify when a person has strayed off their side and usese a conveyor belt to shift them back.The Nokia Sleep tracks your snoozing without a smart watchThe bed's special revolving mattress isn't something you could pick up at the average furniture store, and the project is only a proof of concept, but it does address a serious problem that can drive couples apart (at night, at least).In a survey by the American Sleep Council, which questioned 542 adults in the US, 26% of respondents reported sleeping better alone, and 9% sleep in separate bedrooms to get a more restful night.Women reported much more disturbance from their partner's tossing and turning than men.
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Rivian was one of those companies that had many of the hallmarks of being vaporware before it released its two incredible electric concepts at the LA Auto Show in 2018.We had to eat a little crow after that, as did the bulk of the motoring press because Rivian seemed to be a real player.Now, a couple of the largest companies in the world seem to be agreeing with that stance, because according to a report from Reuters published on Tuesday, both Amazon and General Motors are considering investing in the EV company.Both Rivian and Amazon declined to offer comment on the matter while GM didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.Rivian's R1T and R1S concepts were both truly impressive when they made their world debut in LA last year.We also found the design and construction techniques that Rivian is using for its battery packs to be fairly ingenious and has left us wanting an even closer look at the company's work.
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Another Fortnite update has been delayed after the company discovered a bug at the very last minute, Epic Games has revealed.The game was originally scheduled to experience downtime at 4AM ET on February 13, but the update has been delayed to a future date.Epic typically releases updates in the early morning hours (for players in the Eastern time zone, at least).Occasionally the company delays these updates or postpones certain anticipated features due to problems discovered close to the release deadline.In a tweet this evening, Epic revealed that it has been forced to delay update version 7.40 due to “a last minute issue.”The company did not provide any details about the problem, stating only that it will not be releasing the update at 4AM ET as originally scheduled.
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BMW launched its latest salvo in its relentless quest to fill every last possible market segment on Tuesday, with the announcement of the 2020 X3 M and X4 M.The newest additions to the M brand both feature a 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged I6 engine that, in base trim, produces 473 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque.Both crossovers can make the sprint to 60 miles per hour in 4.1 seconds, and they'll do 174 miles per hour flat-out.If that's not enough for you, BMW will also offer the X3 M and X4 M in Competition trim, which bumps output to a frankly silly 503 horsepower and raises the crossovers' top speeds to 177 mph.Power from either engine setup is routed through an eight-speed, M-tuned automatic transmission, and goes to the pavement through a rear-biased all-wheel-drive system.One of the coolest parts of these new technological terrors from BMW is the fact that the core of the engine's cylinder head is 3D printed.
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It's a nearly 1,600-square-foot three-bedroom ranch house in Bellevue, Washington, just outside of Seattle.Bezos was renting it in 1994 and started the business in the garage.Sign up for our best stories delivered to your inboxBy clicking Sign Up, you agree to receive marketing emails from Insider Inc. and accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.House hunters in Bellevue, Washington, have a new option to choose from — and this one's historic.The home looks very different from how it did in Bezos' days thanks to a rebuild that happened in 2001, according to the Seattle Times.
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Here in 2019, drones are probably most associated with cool photography, drone racing, and the glittering promise of flying Amazon deliveries.But drones could have a role to play in law enforcement, too — and a new report suggests that these aerial robocops have a bright future ahead of them.In a pilot study carried out by California’s Chula Vista Police Department and drone cloud platform Cape, police drones contributed to 14 arrests over a five-month period.Starting in October, drones were used as part of a program called DFR, short for Drone as a First Response.This program dispatched drones on more than 282 flights, during which the UAVs racked up some 62 hours of total flight time.The goal was to see how drones could be employed to offer real-time aerial data to police officers.
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In the next few months alone, movie locker service Ultraviolet and social network experiment Google+ are closing their doors for good, while photo sharing platform Flickr is shifting the rules about free and paid-for accounts.While we can’t predict which apps, sites, and services are still going to be around in 10 years (or 10 months), we can give you some advice on how to guard against the threat of something you rely on closing down.Should one of these platforms close their doors, all your pictures and movies are still safely stored somewhere else, and you don’t have to spend time downloading and re-uploading everything.The obvious limitation here is the cost—you don’t want to be forking out more than you have to each month to pay for services that you ultimately never end up properly using.But the free and cheapest tiers of these apps are more generous than you might think, so it’s worth exploring as a safety net.Google Photos offers an unlimited amount of storage for free...if you don’t mind your photos and videos being resized down to 16MP and 1080p respectively.
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Should GCSEs be scrapped and replaced with a broader, more holistic curriculum?Robert Halfon, MP for Harlow and chair of the House of Commons Education Select Committee, says YES.Skills shortages cost our economy £6.3bn annually, while hundreds of thousands of young people are faced with the despair of unemployment and unfulfilled job-seeking.Businesses are clear what they want.A base of knowledge, yes, but alongside that the skills that power any modern industry – communication, problem-solving, teamwork.Those skills aren’t learned sitting in rows memorising facts.
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Small businesses and consumers have teamed up to rail against dwindling access to physical cash, in the wake of a glut of ATM closures last year.Figures from consumer magazine Which show more than 2,500 cash points were lost in the second half of 2018, while 3,000 bank branches have shut since 2015.Read more: If we go cashless, what happens when colleagues turn up rattling the tin?Subsequently, the Federation of Small Businesses and Which have today launched a campaign calling for a regulator to be put in place to ensure companies and shoppers who still rely on cash do not get left behind.FSB National Chairman Mike Cherry said: “The rapid pace of bank branch and cashpoint closures is hurting small businesses all over the UK.Millions of small firms have customers who want to pay using notes and coins.
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Last September, when Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey appeared in front of US Congress, several Republican representatives asked him about the company’s bias against conservatives on the platform.While Dorsey denied this claim, the accusations continued to roll in over the following months.Later, in an interview with NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen in September, Dorsey admitted that the majority of Twitter employees have a left-leaning bias, so much so that their conservative colleagues are afraid to talk about their opinions.This week, a parliamentary committee in the country – where Twitter is believed to have some 30 million users has summoned company executives to discuss social media rights for users – allegedly over concerns of bias against right-wingers.According to a report by PTI, the panel has asked Dorsey to appear before it on February 25, after a meeting with the company’s India representatives on Monday.A person handling social media for the BJP’s Akhil Bhartiya Vidya Parishad (ABVP) student wing in the state of Assam is believed to be behind the account.
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Security company Trend Micro has revealed a method hackers are using to bypass the macOS security feature Gatekeeper in order to deploy EXE files containing malware onto their victim’s computer.The discovery was made while analyzing Little Snitch, a firewall application that is readily accessible as a torrent.The researchers believe that hackers are still studying the malware and ways it can be used.Mac users cannot install EXE files, which is the executable format used by Windows.If a macOS user attempts to install an EXE file, they’ll get an error in return.Hackers seem to have found a way around this problem — and specifically the Gatekeeper feature — by packing the EXE file within a DMG file, the latter of which is the format for applications on Macs.
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In preparation for the launch of its next Mars rover, NASA is undertaking some quick, interplanetary KonMari.The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft has been orbiting Mars since September 2014, occasionally dipping into the Martian atmosphere to study how it has changed over time.However, NASA wants to load up the orbiter with an important new job: operating as a communications relay for the Mars 2020 rover mission.To do so, they're going to tidy up its orbit just a little."The MAVEN spacecraft has done a phenomenal job teaching us how Mars lost its atmosphere and providing other important scientific insights on the evolution of the Martian climate," said Jim Watzin, director of NASA's Mars Exploration Program.In the past, MAVEN has been called on to relay signals from NASA's Curiosity rover, but for it to help with the upcoming Mars 2020 mission, NASA is going to move it even closer to the Martian surface, boosting its ability to beam signals home.
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