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Amazon Prime Day is a great time to save on household tech, as evidenced by this Eufy RoboVac 11 deal.The robot vacuum is currently $159.99 at Amazon, down $90 (36%) from its regular retail price of $249.99.If you're in the market for something that will clean without you ever having to lift a finger, this is the deal for you.Of course, you'll need a Prime membership to take advantage of the RoboVac 11's new low price, but you've got plenty of time to sign up and save before Amazon's 36 hours of Prime Day deals are over.Eufy RoboVac 11: was $249.99, now $159.99 at AmazonAlready a great value for a robotic vacuum cleaner, the Eufy RoboVac 11 is now 36% off at Amazon.It may not have a companion app, but the RoboVac 11 gets the job done.View Deal
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Spacecraft outfitted with sails and propelled by the sun are no longer the stuff of science fiction or theoretical space missions.Now, a Rochester Institute of Technology researcher is taking solar sailing to the next level with advanced photonic materials.Metamaterials--a new class of manmade structures with unconventional properties--could represent the next technological leap forward for solar sails, according to Grover Swartzlander, professor in RIT's Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science.He proposes replacing reflective metallic sails with diffractive metafilm sails.The new materials could be used to steer reflected or transmitted photons for near-Earth, interplanetary and interstellar space travel.Swartzlander is leading an exploratory study supported by phase one funding from NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts program.
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Out with the throwaway, hit with fine brands and quality clothing instead.more and more people have klimatångest and will want to buy second hand clothing, according to the modeexperter.I think it is unnecessary with too much consumption, the need to reduce.the Second hand is both cheaper and more personal, " says Nicolina Jacobsson, 18 years of age, coming out empty-handed out of a large klädkedjebutik in the South of Stockholm.It is simply the case that many young consumers, who Nicolina Jacobsson, has grown tired of the throwaway, says Helena Waker, modebranschexpert and ceo of the Stockholm Fashion District and Trade Partners in the District.It is the same now in the clothing, " she says.
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"Astronaut ice cream" may be the most infamous of all space foods.The freeze-dried treat is sold in stores on Earth, but according to NASA astronauts and the National Air and Space Museum, likely never actually made it into space.So what does ice cream really look like on the International Space Station?It looks like what you can buy at the grocery store.Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev posted photos to Twitter on Thursday showing off a selection of frozen desserts delivered by the recent SpaceX Dragon resupply mission.Dragon brought some ice cream and tangerines to the ISS," Artemyev wrote.
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Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Eric Siu sits down to talk with Alex Berman, founder of Experiment 27, to discuss crafting effective cold emails.Berman goes over some tips about why certain cold emails are conducive to making sales over others.The subject of an email, combined with the first few lines of the email, work towards forming the customer's impression about your marketing material.Generic subject lines are a favorite of Berman's for their ability to remain neutral.Berman also opts to start the body of his emails with something that the reader might already think is true.
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The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), UK’s data protection regulator, intends to fine Facebook half a million pounds for its failure to safeguard user data in the run-up to the country’s referendum to leave the EU in 2016.After more than a year’s investigation, the ICO’s progress report published today (11 July) determined that Facebook breached Data Protection Act 1998 by lacking transparency “and security issues relating to the harvesting of data”.Facebook is due to present its case in front of the ICO later this month.We asked Facebook for a comment and got this from Erin Egan, its Chief Privacy Officer: “As we have said before, we should have done more to investigate claims about Cambridge Analytica and take action in 2015.We have been working closely with the ICO in their investigation of Cambridge Analytica, just as we have with authorities in the US and other countries.We’re reviewing the report and will respond to the ICO soon.”
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Valimail, a company that focuses on preventing fake and fraudulent emails from reaching your inbox, today announced that it is extending its anti-impersonation platform with a couple of new features that will make it even harder for hackers to pretend they are somebody they are not.While Valimail’s original focus was mostly on ensuring that your outgoing email was trustworthy, the new solution, dubbed Valimail Defend, centers around two types of attacks that use fake incoming emails: those that come from lookalike domains (think tech-crunch.com) and those that rely on “friendly-from spoofing,” where attackers manage to make the incoming email address look like it’s from a legitimate user, often within your company.“We’ve built our cloud-first anti-impersonation solution to be completely automated from the ground up, and the data is clear: We have the highest rate of effectiveness in protecting our customers’ domains from impersonation,” said Valimail CEO and co-founder Alexander García-Tobar.“Valimail Defend is the latest step in the evolution of our deep industry expertise, giving enterprises and government organizations the most advanced protection against email impersonation.”The new service will become available in Q3 and will complement the company’s existing solutions under its Valimail Enforce brand, which provides services like email authentication for outgoing messages through DMARC enforcement and a number of other techniques.Since a large number of security breaches rely on spoofed emails, preventing those kinds of scams is now something that many a company’s chief information security officer is looking at.
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In this thought leadership blog post, Amira Boutouchent (CEO and Co-Founder of BRIDGR and Graduate of the Montreal Founder Institute), outlines what Industry 4.0 is, what's wrong with it, and what to expect to in this growing technological trend.Elon Musk recently tweeted that “humans are underrated”, and that heavy automation didn't have the results he expected in Tesla’s gigafactory.Isn’t this a great example of what’s wrong with digital transformation and smart factories?Everyone is talking about industry 4.0, the fourth industrial revolution, and how it’s going to change the industrial word.Let’s get back to basics.What exactly is Industry 4.0?
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When you are in the ekonomiklassen you have to make some compromises.And the other screens in this test, either the 240 Hz refresh rate or up to 27-inch size.LG 27GK750F-B is the exception that confirms the rule because it has both!It turns out, however, that it has limitations in other areas.the Actual 27-tumspanelen had, however, been able to sit in any other screen at any time without attracting attention.A finger-joystick under the edge of the screen handles all of the navigation.
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Whether you're shooting birds in the garden or big game in the wild, you'll need long telephoto reach.With competing lenses starting at £740/$1,000 and giving extravagant reach of up to 600mm (900mm on an APS-C sensor DSLR), there are plenty of options to choose from.There are some appealing own-brand Canon and Nikon lenses to choose from, but they face stiff competition from the likes of Sigma and Tamron, especially when it comes to telephoto reach.Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM | SIt's a 'sport' lens by name and natureLens mount: Canon EF, Nikon FX, Sigma SA | Maximum aperture: f/5-6.3 | Minimum aperture: f/22 | Lens construction: 24 elements in 16 groups | Minimum focus distance: 2.6m | Optical stabiliser: 4 stops | Filter size: 105mm | Weight: 2,860g
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A few years ago phone makers were obsessed with adding extra resolution to their devices' cameras, because more megapixels was better, right?While that trend has thankfully died off, it seems we're jumping into a brand new smartphone camera war: the inclusion of as many camera lenses as is humanly possible.Currently the top dog is the Huawei P20 Pro, which has a triple lens rear camera system and a single front-facing lens, but Samsung might be coming for its Chinese rival with the Galaxy S10 Plus.This rumour plays off the back of a previous rumour that Samsung had three different Galaxy S10 devices in the works.In this case, however, sources speaking to Korean site The Bell claim that the S10 Plus will have five camera lenses.While it's easy to immediately assume that Samsung is adding a five-lens setup to the rear of the camera, it doesn't sound like it has a rival for Light's newly announced nine-lens camera phone.
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If you’re the kind of person who frequently misplaces the remote - and, let’s be honest, that really applies to all of us - Google and Dish have some good news: Starting today, all Dish Hoppers will respond to Google Assistant voice commands.You’ll need to use a Google Assistant device linked to the Dish Hopper, obviously, as the Hopper doesn’t have Assistant built-in, but the long list of cross-compatible devices includes everything from the Google Home Mini and Google Home to any of the Google Pixel phones.Once you’ve connected the Google Assistant to your Hopper you’ll be able to use commands to change the channel, rewind a show or movie or set the DVR for an upcoming event.You’ll also be able to use Google Assistant to launch apps on your Hopper and search for content based on channel, title, actor or genre.The announcement of the partnership was made back in January of this year and was detailed originally on Dish's press blog.The functionality is live starting today,
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Ten years ago Apple was at the forefront of smartphone innovation.The iPhone fundamentally changed what it meant to be a smartphone, but these days it seems to take a more reserved approach to things.Unless those things include trying to kill off analogue audio.So it makes sense that Apple probably isn't going to release a foldable phone in the immediate future.As we're all well aware by now, Samsung has been working on a foldable phone for quite some time, and it's expected that it will be released sometime early next year.January, if the latest batch of rumours are to be believed.
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Sony’s very strange problems stopped them releasing phones into the U.S. with a fingerprint sensor for years, a particularly poor experience given it was still an issue last year.California Will Pay Off Your MortgageThere are two emerging trends: face unlocking, which has varying degrees of security depending on the sensing technology being used, and fingerprint scanners hiding underneath the display.The latter is now an emerging technology but it’s still in its first-generation in actual use in smartphones such as the Vivo Nex, requiring a little patience at times as unlocks can be slow or not always work.So when we asked about the best place for a fingerprint sensor two years ago, having the fingerprint on the back won out over on the front by a few clear percentage point.Here’s how more than more than 51,000 of you voted on the website poll, on our YouTube poll, and on Twitter:
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Chinese technological advancement is consistently spreading to all nooks and cranny of the world.While some countries have reservations for Chinese tech, others accept it with open arms.Chinese tech giant, Huawei, has made several attempts to penetrate the U.S. to no avail but its peril in the U.S. has not affected its development in other regions of the world.Recent reports show that Huawei has launched a Customer Solutions and Innovation Center (CSIC) in Sydney, Australia, to showcase its 5G and Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities to customers, governments and industry.Huawei Australia Chairman, John Lord, said at the opening ceremony of CSIC on today that the center demonstrated how Huawei is committed to innovation and R in Australia.“We want to help drive this growing digital economy in Australia, and we think CSIC is a key part of our customers, partners and ICT industry,” Lord said.
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What is billed as the "first large-scale empirical study of media permissions and leaks from Android apps" has found that an alarming number can help themselves to your screen.Over 89 per cent of apps in the Google Play store make use of an API that requests screen capture or recording – and the user is oblivious as it evades the Android permission framework."Our study reveals several alarming privacy risks in the Android app ecosystem, including apps that over-provision their media permissions and apps that share image and video data with other parties in unexpected ways, without user knowledge or consent," the authors note."We also identify a previously unreported privacy risk that arises from third-party libraries that record and upload screenshots and videos of the screen without informing the user and without requiring any permissions."Authors Elleen Pan (Northeastern University), Jingjing Ren (Northeastern University), Martina Lindorfer (UC Santa Barbara), Christo Wilson (Northeastern University), and David Choffnes (Northeastern University) studied 17,260 apps over a year from Google Play Store and other download sites, and used dynamic analysis on a subset of around 9,000 apps.Their paper is titled Panoptispy: Characterizing Audio and Video Exfiltration from Android Applications (summary and PDF).
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Two of Twitch's more popular streamers say they have been suspended by the video-game streaming service, apparently as part of a crackdown on offensive and hateful content on the platform.Destiny and M0E, who Polygon notes have reputations for using language their audiences find amusing despite their offensive nature, said recently they received 30-day suspensions after using the homophobic slur "faggot" during their streams.Many social platforms have cracked down on the use of offensive language in recent years, not just to avoid alienating users but also to not incite real-world violence.Destiny wasn't sure if the use of that word specifically landed him the suspension but pointed to two uses of language that violate Twitch's community guidelines against hateful content and inciting violence."I was given two reasons for why I was banned," Destiny said in a YouTube video posted Sunday."The first one was because I called the one dude a bad word.
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In the current market situation it’s refreshing to see some of the old fashioned design of the phones, not succumbing to the curse of the iPhone X notched design madness.One of the classical looking ones should be the upcoming OUKITEL K8 and today we have some additional information concerning the specs of the phone, because so far we learned only about its 5000 mAh battery capacity.OUKITEL K8 will feature 6-inch 18:9 AUO display with FHD+ resolution and 82,4% screen-to-body ratio, Asahi glass protection and warm-tone colors for the LCD.Back cover should be from polycarbonate material with 3 layers of paint including UV celluloid paint and should provide metallic looks without the fingeprint or sweat smudges.Main camera in the dual-lens rear setup should be a 13MP Sony one with interpolation and the phone will have a fingeprint scanner, Face ID tech and will also retain the 3.5mm audio jack.We shall see how appealing will the finished product look, but so far the OUKITEL K8 is shaping up nicely with the simple yet elegant old school design and some okay hardware specs.
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SimpliSafe, makers of a popular install-it-yourself home security system that won Editors' Choice here on CNET, have announced a deal with the private equity firm Hellman & Friedman "to accelerate the company's growth and expansion of the home security market."Now, sources close to the company are confirming reports that the deal is a majority investment valued at about $1 billion.Those sources also tell CNET that the money will help accelerate a planned international expansion to multiple regions, including Canada and the UK, where SimpliSafe has already established an office, with the company's VP of Operations and second-ever employee Will Deines currently setting up shop.Though the H investment nets the firm a controlling interest in the company, SimpliSafe's existing management team will continue to oversee day-to-day operation of the company, those sources say."Home security is at an inflection point," says Chad Laurans, SimpliSafe's CEO."Despite the market's growth, today still only 20 percent of homes are protected."
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It’s doing this by using first-party data gathered by iPhones with a privacy-first methodology and its own fleet of cars packed with sensors and cameras.“Since we introduced this six years ago — we won’t rehash all the issues we’ve had when we introduced it — we’ve done a huge investment in getting the map up to par,” says Apple SVP Eddy Cue, who now owns Maps in an interview last week.If, like me, you’re wondering whether Apple thought of building its own maps from scratch before it launched Maps, the answer is yes.“We decided to do this just over four years ago.What if we could actually see it before all of those things?”I query him on the rapidity of Maps updates, and whether this new map philosophy means faster changes for users.
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