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Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk accused one of the British divers involved in the rescue of 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach from the flooded Tham Luang cave complex of being a paedophile on Saturday in retaliation for questioning Musk’s contributions to the rescue effort.CNN reported that the diver in question, Chiang Rai resident Vern Unsworth, played a critical role in not only finding the 13 members of the trapped soccer team but spent 17 days in the complex helping extract them alongside other specialist cave divers.Unsworth told CNN in an interview that the custom-made “submarine” — really more of an air-filled tube — Musk personally delivered to the cave complex was worthless and could play no role in a rescue attempt.(Thai authorities had already called the device “not practical with our mission.”)“He can stick his submarine where it hurts,” Unsworth said.He had no conception of what the cave passage was like.
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Concrete is the world's most common building materials, but it is far from environmentally friendly.Now, however, the researchers developed a new form which takes advantage of an environmentally hazardous waste product.the Material is verging on a must-have for larger builds, but the environmental impact in the manufacture of cement is huge.According to the calculations is only the output of cement, five per cent of all greenhouse gas emissions in the world.One of the cornerstones of this is to use the residue fly ash.fly Ash is captured at the flue-gas and it may contain a large part of the toxins and heavy metals, the fuel content prior to - as well as the substances that may be formed during combustion.
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The Federal Communications Commission today voted 3-1 to stop reviewing informal consumer complaints about telecom companies.While the text of the FCC's rule about informal complaints was changed, commissioners disagreed on whether this will result in a real change in commission policy.FCC Chairman Ajit Pai argues that the rule change merely codifies the commission's existing practices.At Pai's urging, an FCC Enforcement Bureau staff member supported Pai's contention during today's meeting.The formal complaint process and $225 fee pre-date Pai's chairmanship.Change "cuts FCC out" of process, Democrat says
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If your startup's team can use a little more organization and motivation, maybe what they need is some advice from the lean startup methodology.In this guest blog post, Designli CEO/Co-Founder and friend of the Founder Institute Keith Shields outlines how founders can implement some lean startup strategies to increase their team's productivity.“Lean,” both as a term and a concept, has become ingrained in language of productivity over the last two decades.They were later popularized by James P. Womack and Daniel T. Jones in the book Lean Thinking, published in 1996, which helped bring Lean into the mainstream.Over time, people began to realize that Lean principles could be applied to just about any industry to achieve improvements in productivity and quality.In fact, these principles can even help small teams significantly boost their productivity and performance.
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It was nearly 10 months ago that Sirin Labs unveiled the Finney, heralded as the world’s first blockchain phone.We haven’t heard much about the device in the time since then, but today, Sirin Labs is back with a pretty big update.The company today revealed the final design of the Finney, and it definitely has some interesting quirks.Among those quirks is a dual-screen configuration that sees a 2-inch safe screen sliding up from behind the phone’s main 6-inch display.According to Sirin Labs, this second display will operate on “dedicated firmware” and will be mainly used for wallet transactions.As we learned back in September, the Finney will offer an embedded cold storage cyptocurrency wallet, which we now know is activated when you slide the smaller screen up.
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Underhand tactic of slagging off the competition backfiresArm has taken offline its website attacking rival processor architecture RISC-V within days of it going live – after its own staff objected to the underhand tactic.The site – riscv-basics.com – was created at the end of June, and attempted to smear open-source RISC-V, listing five reasons why Arm cores are a better choice over its competitor's designs.That last part in particular made Arm bosses U-turn: the Softbank-owned CPU design house, responsible for billions of CPU cores in smartphones, tablets, smart cards and other embedded kit, is heavily reliant on an ecosystem of open-source code and developers.Thus laying into the RISC-V movement looked like a declaration of war on open-source technology.Both RISC-V and Arm's 64-bit Armv8 architectures share the same RISC roots going back the 1980s.
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Prime Day deals are coming to Whole Foods.Amazon and Whole Foods Market on Tuesday said that Prime members will get a $10 account credit on Amazon for Prime Day when they spend $10 at Whole Foods Market from July 11 through July 17.Discounted seasonal items such as organic strawberries and boneless chicken breasts are also available in store during this time.Prime Day begins on July 16 and wil last 36 hours.The deals represent another way for Amazon to legitimize Prime Day, essentially a shopping event the company created for Amazon Prime customers with deals similar to those of Black Friday or Cyber Monday.It's the first year that Prime Day has occurred with Whole Foods under Amazon's wing.
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With two screens and seriously long battery life the Ticwatch Pro is no ordinary smartwatch, yet it has most of the usual features you’d expect on top of that, including a touchscreen and Wear OS software.That could combine to make it one of the most interesting wearables we’ve seen, assuming it all comes together into a cohesive gadget.Read on below for a full introduction to what the Ticwatch Pro smartwatch will offer you if you decide to buy it soon.Pricing is set at $249.99 / £219.99 / AU$369.99Ticwatch Pro release date and priceAnnounced in China in May 2018
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Elscootrar har dragit in enorma mängder pengar i nya investeringar det senaste halvåret.Stora summor satsas på att bli ledande när scootrarna når gator i USA och Europa.Med i racet om att dominera marknaden är Uberägda Bird och Jump.Läs mer: Miljardvärderade scootern kommer till EuropaEtt av elscooterbolagen, Lime, har nu stängt en finansieringsrunda på 335 miljoner dollar, motsvarande drygt 2,9 miljarder kronor.Bland andra är Uber, som nu alltså går in i sitt tredje elscooterbolag, och Alphabet några av investerarna, skriver bolaget i ett blogginlägg.
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30 per cent error fix was a violation of CFAA, say lawyersThe saga of class-action lawsuits looming over Apple's iOS battery management took a new turn last week – as the Cupertino giant was accused of violating American hacking laws.A complaint [PDF] filed in the US federal district court of northern California lists a violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act among the charges filed against Cook and Co.The lawsuit, submitted on behalf of everyone in American who bought an iPhone or iPad that had been subject to performance throttling on devices that suffered from diminished battery capacity, accuses Apple of illegally tampering with devices, amongst other things.The suit argues that the iOS update slowed down a device in order to preserve battery life.IN doing so Apple intentionally "damaged" its hardware without user knowledge or permission, violation of the CFAA, the lawyers claim.
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Hostile takeover drove firm into the groundAn investment fund and its manager have been ordered to pay up $20.3m after "misinformation, threats and combative behaviour" helped put NoSQL database biz Basho on a "greased slide to failure".These centred around the control the investment firm and boss Chester Davenport gained over Basho, and how that power was used to block other funders and push out dissenting voices, with the hope of selling the company off fast.In 2016, as the Basho was on the brink of going bust, having lost legacy staff and with no money left, founder Earl Galleher and other former stock holders sued Georgetown, claiming the firm and staff had breached their fiduciary duties.Georgetown "froze out" other directors, managed the company in its own interests, engaged in self-dealing and rejected offers of third-party capital to remain in control, he said.The case focuses on the periods in the run-up to, and just after, a Series G funding round that was held in 2013, with $17.5m being granted for the activities before the round and $2.8m for actions afterwards.
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“Syscoin blockchain has not been hacked or compromised in any way,” Syscoin team said in a document sent to Hard Fork.“What took place on [July 3] was a combination of events that made the situation more sensational than it needed to be.”The situation first escalated after some users noticed the network had processed blocks with output values larger than Syscoin’s entire token supply, raising suspicions its blockchain might’ve been compromised.At the same time, it was discovered that 1 SYS unit is trading for 96 BTC ($634,560 at the time of writing) on cryptocurrency exchange desk Binance.Given how closely these two events occurred, there were speculations that these were correlated.The large output value blocks came due to miners’ policy.
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Den vassaste modellen man kan få och valet för konnässörer.Och tydligt är att det var lockande – samtliga bilar såldes på 39 minuter.Som grädden på moset och en guldkant på vardagen.Det är vad Volvos specialhybrider, kallade Polestar Engineered, är tänkta att vara.Och det verkar som att det finns en hel del som vill ha just denna förgyllda upplevelse.När tillverkaren öppnade upp orderböckerna för S60 T8 Polestar till den amerikanska marknaden tog det varken dagar eller timmar att bli av med bilarna – hela produktionen var slut efter 39 minuter.
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if You have a Windows pc with built-in eSIM will now be able to activate simkortslöst mobile broadband from Tele 2.the Company boasts to be the first in Sweden on the front.Since the former offers Three eSIM to the Apple Watch so now it starts to move."
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Facebook has revealed via a blog post that a bug, active between May 29 and June 5, had messed with over 800,000 users’ block list over that one-week period, accidentally unblocking people the affected users had previously blocked.While the social media giant claims that no friendships that were previously ended had been reestablished, the bug did allow posts to be shared with “a wider audience”.“While someone who was unblocked could not see content shared with friends, they could have seen things posted to a wider audience, for example pictures shared with friends of friends,” explained Facebook’s chief privacy officer Erin Egan.Of the affected accounts, 83% had “only one person they had blocked temporarily unblocked”.While that may sound harmless – affecting only a tiny fraction of the 2.4 billion Facebook users – the bug isn’t good news for anyone using Facebook’s blocking feature to protect themselves from abuse and harassment.“We know that the ability to block someone is important – and we’d like to apologize and explain what happened,” Egan added.
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Some might not be convinced that Samsung’s curved edge screens are anything but a gimmick, but there is one thing the design did bring to the table: Samsung Edge.The always accessible hidden panel gives users the ability to access functions and apps from any screen at any time.Presuming, of course, you own one of the latest and expensive Samsung flagship phones.Not anymore, thanks to this alternative Edge Screen app that delivers the same functionality without the burden of using a Galaxy.Truth be told, this isn’t the first of its kind and will probably not be the last either.Few side panel apps, however, can boast of being beautiful, easy to use, and powerful all at the same time.
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After all, it's our vehicles, habits and natural responses to stimuli (or lack thereof) that cause traffic in the first place.One traffic phenomenon that continues to vex us as drivers is something known as a "phantom traffic jam" and unlike a jam that's a result of something physically obstructing the roadway, this is a jam that starts in our minds before it ruins our day.Vanderbilt University and Ford are working on finding a solution to these phantom traffic jams, and surprisingly, their fix involves using something that's already fairly common on modern vehicles: adaptive cruise control.You see, a phantom jam (excellent band name, right?)Seeing the brake lights, the people behind them naturally slow down, and while it might be a relatively simple thing to speed back up, there is already a ripple effect being sent down the road from brake light to eyeball, and the time it takes to brake, reaccelerate and then re-establish a safe following distance continues to grow.Easy: It takes human reaction time out of the equation.
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Ant Financial, which has risen to become one of the world’s biggest private tech firms with a reported valuation of US$150 billion, is best known for its digital payments platform Alipay.Can Ant help build a winner like Paytm in the archipelago?Things have been moving slowly since the Chinese firm announced a joint venture with Indonesian media conglomerate Emtek last year.Publicly traded Emtek owns TV stations and several online properties, including the once massively popular chat app Blackberry Messenger (BBM).For Bhavana Vatvani, financial services director at consultancy Accenture Indonesia, Ant’s partnership with Emtek was “definitely a strategic one” as it capitalizes on Emtek’s standing as a media giant in the country.Early on, it was able to secure the necessary licenses not only for cashless payments via in-app services, but also for peer-to-peer transfers and QR code payments at brick-and-mortar stores.
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Uber is racing ahead to become the go-to multi-modal transportation service.On the heels of a multimillion-dollar acquisition of JUMP bikes, the launch of UberRENT, its permit application to deploy electric scooters in San Francisco and a partnership with public transit company Masabi, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has tapped Rachel Holt to lead the company’s New Modalities organization.As head of new modalities, Holt will be responsible for the ramp-up and onboarding of additional mobility services — be that public transit integration, scooters, car rentals, bikes and whatever else Uber has up its sleeves.That means she’ll also work closely with JUMP CEO Ryan Rzepecki.“I’m excited to bring my learnings and experiences scaling Uber’s rides business to bear as we incubate and build new ways to move around the more than 600 cities we serve,” Holt said in an emailed statement to TechCrunch.Holt has worked at Uber since October 2011, when the company was live in just three cities.
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Google is investing $22 million into KaiOS, the feature phone operating system that has risen from the ashes of Mozilla’s Firefox OS.While Google rules the smartphone world with Android, KaiOS is slowly emerging as a popular choice for feature phones, particularly in emerging markets.KaiOS started last year as a forked version of Firefox OS, and the operating system ships on some Nokia-branded feature phones like the Nokia 3310 and Nokia 8110.Devices from TCL and Micromax are also powered by KaiOS.Google’s investment might seem odd given its Android dominance, and its efforts with Android Go, but it’s clearly strategic.“Google and KaiOS have also agreed to work together to make the Google Assistant, Google Maps, YouTube, and Google Search available to KaiOS users,” says KaiOS CEO Sebastien Codeville.
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