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Aside from getting vaccinated (which everyone should), an important strategy to evading the flu is regularly washing your hands and avoiding contact with the sneezes, coughs, and snot of sick people.A breath is all it might take to catch the flu, a new study suggests.The logic behind this simple advice is that the influenza virus requires reasonably close contact with the fluids of a plainly sick person in order to jump into its next victim.But a recent study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that you can catch it by just inhaling someone else’s infected breath.Researchers at the University of Maryland in the US and elsewhere performed a surprisingly novel experiment.The machine—cleverly called the Gesundheit II—collected samples of their breath as they coughed, sneezed, spoke, and just exhaled normally.
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A University of Texas at Arlington expert in pipe technology is investigating whether steam sealing of repaired pipes release a noxious fume and how dangerous that is to people.Mohammad Najafi, professor in practice in the Department of Civil Engineering, is leading the $53,000 research project, which is sponsored by the National Association of Sewer Service Companies."Cured-in-place pipe or CIPP technology has been around for several decades," Najafi said."Now, there is some new research showing that when you use steam to seal the repairs in these pipes, it emits styrene, a noxious fume.This project will elevate this new research and look at what's available in previous research areas to address any problems that may arise."Najafi also said he would suggest project sites to test and recommend how workers who use the steam curing for the mended pipes could be protected.
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Amazon on Friday announced that it has raised the price of its Prime membership program for those who subscribe on a month-to-month basis.The plan previously cost $10.99 a month, but it will now cost $12.99 a month.That means the price of subscribing to the monthly Prime plan for a full year has jumped 18 percent, from $131.88 to $155.88.The e-commerce giant said it has also raised the rate of its cheaper Prime plan for students from $5.49 a month to $6.49 a month.Amazon’s annual Prime plan will remain at its usual $99, keeping it a significantly better deal for those who can afford to pay the full fee upfront.In an emailed statement, an Amazon representative suggested the bump was due to the ongoing increase in items eligible for Prime’s expedited shipping perks, as well as the growing amount of content in Prime Video:
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Can the investment from SoftBank drive Uber forward to a more positive path?A consortium of investors led by SoftBank has closed a deal with Uber, making the Japanese company the largest stakeholders in the ride-hailing firm.Following months of endless scandal that has brought Uber to somewhat of a halt, the investment from SoftBank has given the company the boost it needs to push the business forward.The investor group is co-led by SoftBank and Dragoneer Investment Group and also includes Sequoia Capital.Around $9bn was invested overall at the close of the deal, with the group taking around a 17.5% stake in Uber, with SoftBank keeping 15%.SoftBank has bought shares from existing investors and employees, which were purchased at a 30% discounted rate after Uber was revalued at $48bn from the original $69bn.
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On the heels of the Jan. 17 release of 14 Windows and .NET patches, we now have a huge crop of new patches, revised older patches, warnings about bugs, and a bewildered ecosystem of Microsoft customers who can’t figure out what in the blue blazes is going on.Microsoft’s Security Advisory ADV180002 has the dirty details in the fine print, point 7:Q: I have an x86 architecture and the PowerShell Verification output indicates that I am not fully protected from these speculative execution side-channel vulnerabilities.A: Addressing a hardware vulnerability with a software update presents significant challenges and mitigations for older operating systems that require extensive architectural changes.The existing 32 bit update packages listed in this advisory fully address CVE-2017-5753 and CVE-2017-5715, but do not provide protections for CVE-2017-5754 at this time.It’s the second cumulative update for 1511 so far this month.
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Two of the world's biggest tech companies have reached a deal to collaborate more closely.Google and Tencent, China's biggest tech company, have agreed to share patents across a range of products and technologies, Bloomberg reported Friday.The cross-licensing deal between the tech mammoths is expected to ease Google's path of re-entry to China where most of its services have been blocked for years, as well as help with Tencent's bid to expand outside its home country.Google withdrew its search engine and related services from China back in 2010 when it decided it would no longer follow the censorship requirements of China's government.In March, Google released a new version of its Translate app there.In December, Google said it would open an artificial intelligence lab in China and quietly set up a new office in Shenzhen.
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Apple continues to drive forward in its attempt to teach people how to develop with Swift with a massive European expansion of its Everyone Can Code scheme.It has announced a range of initiatives with which to achieve this, ranging from child-focused coding lessons in stores to provision of a wide swathe of educational and other learning materials.The new extension of its coding education means 70 colleges and universities in Europe are adopting Apple's App Development with Swift curriculum, a one-year curriculum which the company launched in May 2017 as part of its Everyone Can Code programme.In the UK, you can now study these course at fifteen well-known locations including Highgate School in London, Plymouth University, Aberystwyth University, University of Liverpool, and Birkbeck University of London.There are courses now available at colleges and universities across Europe, including in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Luxembourg, Poland and (beautiful) Portugal.Apple continues to face criticism for the way it has handled its European commitments to taxation, as a result it is working hard to get the message across as to how much it already contributes to the markets it does so much business in.
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Regulatory filings reveal that Carousell has secured at least US$45.3 million in funding since its series B round in August 2016.Filings with Singapore’s Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority indicate that EDBI, the VC arm of the city-state’s Economic Development Board, is among the company’s new backers.The online classifieds site generated US$10 million in revenue last year, a significant increase from the US$6.4 million it made a year earlier.Quikr’s acquisitions of startups in real estate, hyperlocal services, and online job search have contributed to this revenue growth, accounting for up to 55 percent of the company’s income last year.The online platform for health insurers and patients secured funds from China’s Haitao Capital and US accelerator SOSV, in addition to a several other investors.It will use the money to expand to Southeast Asia, as well as for tech and business development.
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The Ulefone Power 3 is a pretty good phone after Ulefone updated the camera, and the Vernee X is a direct competitor, however can it top the Ulefone Power 3?The Vernee X is a big battery MTK phone just like the Ulefone Power 3, it has the Helio P23 processor, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and of course the massive 6200mAh battery.The Vernee X and Ulefone Power 3 are close enough in terms of performance and usage that either phone could win by a very narrow margin, let’s see if the Vernee X is worth it.However, the Vernee X is the exact same size as the Ulefone Power 3, which does mean that the phone is fairly thick at 9.8mm but Vernee has curved the sides of the phone so that the phone feels thinner than it really is.The side bezels though are bigger than you think, if you measure the distance of the glass from the metal to the edge of the phone, its actually quite small, however the phone continues curving outward so the bezels are bigger than they look.1 downside, this phone does not have a headphone jack, you have to use the included headphone to USB-C adapter to listen to music, unless you move to Bluetooth which thankfully works well.
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Radiant Entertainment has made good on its promise to deliver a free Community Edition of its 2.5D fighting game, Rising Thunder, so you can duke it out with your buddies online at no charge.The game features a bunch of robots that you can choose from for your fights.Each has a unique design, personality, and special moves, which are easy enough to learn even for novice players – and that’s pretty much it.The developer had to abandon Rising Thunder after the company was acquired by Riot Games, but promised to release a build based on the alpha, so fans of the early version could enjoy it.You can now download the game here (601 MB), and there’s also a basic open-source server that you can set up or join for online matchmaking.You can simply unzip the game client and start throwing punches offline, but if you want to play with others over the internet, you’ll want to join this Discord channel to find out about when servers are up and running.
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Pesky phishing pages using international domain names just won't go awayIt's been known for a long while that people can use similar-looking non-Roman characters to create internet addresses that look similar to real ones.These dishonest URLs have been doing the rounds for years.And, sadly, the abuse of homographs to craft dodgy web addresses continues well into this day, according to security researchers.In an extensive review of top brands – including: tech companies like Apple, Google, Facebook; banks and cryptocurrency burgs like Bank of America, Poloniex and Coinbase; and sites like the New York Times, Wikipedia and Walmart – Farsight Security discovered that scammers had gone to some lengths to register domains that like similar to the real thing in an attempt to phish unsuspecting internet users.As one example, the domain address "xn--polonex-3ya.com" which is turned into the address polonìex.com in browsers configured to display internationalized domain names (IDNs), featured the exact same user interface as the real poloniex.com website and even had a valid security certificate.
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Carousell appears to have raised over US$45 million in new funding last year, according to financial documents reviewed by Tech in Asia, while the startup confirmed it has new backers.Previously reported investors Rakuten Ventures, Sequoia Capital, Golden Gate Ventures, and 500 Startups are also listed as owning stakes.“Fundraising is an ongoing process,” a Carousell spokesperson told Tech in Asia when asked about series C fundraising.Carousell did not share any figures related to its 2017 performance with Tech in Asia, but a spokesperson said that the company is starting to see positive results from monetization products released last year, such as Bumps, Carousell Coins, listing fees, Carousell Pro subscriptions, media sales, and advertising.Soft-launched last October, Carousell Pro is a paid-for app designed to help professional sellers in the real estate and job recruitment segments to “create, manage, and analyze” their marketing efforts.Carousell had earlier moved into listing cars and property, which brought commercial merchants onto its platform for the first time and heralded the introduction of paid-for premium ads.
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It’s not a secret anymore that ZTE doesn’t have plans for making a new edition of ZTE Axon 7.The company also never disclosed their plans for a successor, instead, all their focus is being given to the recently released, foldable smartphone, Axon M.Besides this shady scenario for the Chinese company enthusiasts, a new mysterious device has been spotted.This new smartphone, Codenamed as Z2321U, was revealed in a Wi-Fi certification document.Curiously the new handset runs Android 8.1 Oreo, interestingly enough, the most up-to-date Android version that can only be found in Google’s Pixels and Nexus.The certification document itself doesn’t show a lot of details.
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Peer-to-peer car-sharing platform Turo is expanding to Germany officially, starting today, after acquiring last September Daimler’s Croove in-house product for providing essentially the same service.Turo also received a significant strategic investment from Daimler at the same time, as it acquired the automaker’s car-sharing experiment, and it now operates peer-to-peer rental services in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. in addition to Germany.Turo claims more than 200,000 vehicles listed on its service across its combined active markets, and more than 5 million total users registered on the platform.It’s also temporarily foregoing its commission on rentals during an introductory promotion period through July 2018 to celebrate bringing the service to Germany, something it hopes to help it lead the market in the country by the end of the year.In Germany, Turo is teaming with Allianz to insure vehicles on its platform against costs related to accidents and damages, on both the owner and the renter side.The company touts its ability to provide specific makes and models of cars at lower costs versus traditional rentals as key advantages to how it operates for consumers.
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Though WhatsApp was first envisioned as a communication app for regular people, its impressive growth over the years has driven businesses to sign up for it too.Having a social media presence is important for a lot of businesses these days, so WhatsApp has decided to facilitate them better by launching an app made specifically for them.Today a new app called WhatsApp Business has launched on Android, and while it’s mostly the same WhatsApp we’re already familiar with, it comes with a handful of enhancements for business users.WhatsApp details those enhancements in a new post to the WhatsApp blog today.The first big difference is the addition of business profiles.These seem to be similar to regular WhatsApp profiles, only with additional fields that allow businesses to enter their addresses, website URLs, and descriptions.
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You are either a cryptocurrency believer or a sceptic.The trading of cryptocurrency including Bitcoin and Ethereum may be clamped down on by The European Securities and Markets Authority (Esma) in the interest of safeguarding amateur investors.Regulations have been emplaced in other parts of the world to limit the ability to trade digital currencies, actions that threaten to hamper their booming growth.Contracts for difference (CfD) are at the centre of the watchdog’s concerns, expressing awareness that many are losing excessive amounts of money by investing in them.These contracts allow trading to be done without owning the asset involved.Proving the intentions of the EU watchdog, it announced that proposals for cryptocurrency regulation have already been considered and they are being looked into.
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Is Apple back in the good books after paying its tax and investing to expand US operations, creating thousands of more jobs.Now, the iPhone maker has said it will reinvest more than $30bn to open a new campus and data centres that will help create new jobs and make a more direct contribution to the US economy.According to the BBC, Chief executive Tim Cook said Apple is “focusing our investments in areas where we can have a direct impact on job creation”.In response to Trump’s criticism, part of Apple’s American Investment fund will go into expanding its US advanced manufacturing fund from $1bn to $5bn.Now, the company has demonstrated its commitment to its home country which has seemingly left them in Trump’s good books following a tweet from the US President.Trump tweeted: “I promised that my policies would allow companies like Apple to bring massive amounts of money back to the United States.
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Pregnant pigs are being liberated from gestation crates.Of the dozens of investigations of factory farms done by advocates for animals, just one—a 2011 exposé of a Texas catfish farm—looked at fish.When animal-welfare advocacy group Mercy for Animals researched consumer attitudes in the U.S., they learned that people are concerned about slaughter, about the crowding of fish into tanks, and about poor water quality.The hope is that reforms achieved in Europe, where consumers and governments are more attuned to animal welfare issues, will make their way to the U.S.Europe has long been the front-runner when it comes to requiring more humane farm animal treatment—and European consumers more willing to demand it.For this reason, and more, Mercy for Animals is stepping up its awareness-raising advocacy efforts for fish in the U.S. It’s urging people to stop eating fish, describing fish farming as “cruel and disgusting.” It has also researched consumer attitudes, and will soon ask food companies to adopt policies to improve the well-being of fish.
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Last year’s premium specs often become this year’s mid-tier features.That does seem to be the pattern proven by Samsung’s newest Exynos system-on-chip, not for the high-end phones but for those in the middle.The Exynos 5 series 7872 processor is designed to do more for less.That is, less cores and less capabilities.In terms of raw specs, the Exynos 7872 does seem to have the makings of a quality mid-tier processor.There’s a hexa-core CPU with two performance Cortex-A73 cores, running at 2.0 GHz, and four energy-efficient Cortex-A53 cores at 1.6 GHz.
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The boyfriend of late Cranberries frontwoman Dolores O’Riordan has said he is “lost” following her death earlier this week.Ole Koretsky paid an emotional tribute to the singer, who was found dead in a London Hotel room on Monday (15 January), at the age of 46.Ole, who played with Dolores in rock band D.A.R.K, said his “heart is broken” in a post on the band’s official Facebook page.“My friend, partner, and the love of my life is gone.The energy she continues to radiate is undeniable.I will continue to stumble around this planet for some time knowing well there’s no real place for me here now.”
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