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Several companies are now upgrading older cars with modern tech, and now Detroit-based Mil-Spec Automotive is applying that formula to the Hummer H1.The company unveiled its first vehicle, Launch Edition 001, in May.That truck was built to demonstrate what the company can do; now Mil-Spec is rolling out its first customer vehicle, 002.As if the H1 wasn’t wide enough, Mil-Spec widened by the body by 7.0 inches, and increased track width by 8.0 inches.Some of that extra width is due to 3.5-inch fender flares, which cover 20.0-inch wheels shod in Nitto Ridge Grappler tires.Mil-Spec also offers a 12,000-pound Warn winch, but this customer didn’t tick that particular option box.
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Despite the fact news has been trickling in over the past couple of days, today is the day that the biggest event in the geek calendar officially begins.San Diego Comic Con is chock full of news from the world of TV, film, comics, video games, and nerdy toys, most of which we usually cover on Giz UK in some limited capacity.Because there's going to be so much of it, there are going to be some changes to our regularly scheduled content.Between now and the wee hours of Monday morning you'll find that we're going to be publishing a lot of pop-culture content.Far more than usual, meaning other topics are going to fall to the wayside for a couple of days.So this is your early warning: if you don't want to read about this sort of thing you might want to avoid us over the weekend.
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Robot vacuum cleaners might not be as secure as you think.Robot vacuum cleaners are not immune from being vulnerable to cyberattacks as one London-based company has found.Positive Technologies experts have uncovered security vulnerabilities within Chinese company Diqee’s robotic 360 vacuum cleaners.It seems that vacuum cleaners don’t just clean up floors, but could also perform video surveillance and mop up your personal data.Diqee’s robotic vacuum cleaner has a 360-degree video camera that can be used for video calls while being used for night surveillance.The user can use Wi-Fi remote control by connecting their smartphone to the vacuum cleaner via an app.
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Are you a Founder Institute graduate looking for additional assistance with funding and business development?Consider applying to The Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure, Powered by TechStars.Our partners at Microsoft offer a stellar immersion program that runs from April - June on-site in Seattle, Washington.The Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure, powered by TechStars, is a program created to incubate startups building in the cloud.Each selected company will receive these benefits and more:An equity investment of $20,000 from TechStars
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While money continues to flood into Silicon Valley, the math keeps getting harder to square.How much mental bandwidth does one spend on blockchain technologies?After a 10-year market run, when will the other shoe drop?These are among the many (many) questions we have for a distinguished panel of top investors who come together at our giant Disrupt SF show on September 5-7 to discuss what’s happening on the ground, and how they stay above the fray.Among our guests: Megan Quinn, a general partner with the venture firm Spark Capital, who, over the years, has become as well-known in startup circles for her wit as her insights about company-building.Marketing – whether acquisition, brand, performance, etc – is a core competency at pretty much every [company] of consequence building for the long term.”)
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BT21, the animated characters created by K-Pop boy band BTS, are coming to Facebook and Messenger.The social network teamed up with Line Friends on a collection that will be available starting Thursday, made up of eight camera stickers, two camera frames, eight augmented reality effects and one sticker pack.People with the latest version of Messenger can tap the camera button at the bottom and swipe through until they find the eight AR effects, which can then be added to selfies and shared with friends.Users can also capture photos or videos and then add camera frames or stickers by tapping the smiley face icon in the upper-right-hand corner.The BT21 sticker pack can also be accessed via the smiley face.While in Messenger video chats, users can tap the video icon in the top-right corner, tap the star and swipe through to locate the BT21 effects.
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We've heard multiple rumors suggesting that Samsung might include in-screen fingerprint scanners in both its upcoming Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy S10 smartphones, but recent comments by company executives seem to suggest that bigger, bolder phone tech advancements may be on the horizon.According to noted leaker Ice Universe, Samsung's CEO Guo Minghao, along with its head of mobile DJ Koh, revealed some juicy pieces of information regarding the Galaxy S10 at an event recently, telling attendees that optical fingerprinting won't be used in the handset, as the company considers it a "bad user experience."DJ Koh said that the Galaxy S10 does not use an optical fingerprinting solution because optical fingerprinting can cause a bad user experience.Otherwise, Samsung could adopt it two years ago.We will bring a better screen fingerprinting experience for S10.July 16, 2018According to a post by the leaker on the Chinese microblogging site Weibo, the event also reportedly included a discussion surrounding the possibility of an ultrasonic fingerprint reader in the Galaxy S10 (along with the Galaxy A series and Galaxy Note 10), which would use ultrasound technology to detect and measure objects in close proximity to the device.
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Learn robotics programming by making Sloth walk, dance, & kick!He’s cool, fun to build, and the ideal robot for hours of learning fun.He comes with SunFounder’s newest robotics learning kitThe array of components means that there are a number of ways Sloth can be put together, but as long as you remember to give your robot two legs, there’s a variety of moves you can teach him to bust.Check out the video above.You can learn how to code faster and easier than ever.
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If you’ve ever tried to be sarcastic in social media, you probably know that you’re bound to get mixed results.Some will catch your wink and applaud your cleverness, while others will demand to know what the hell is wrong with you, you godless monster.Minor league baseball’s Montgomery Biscuits found themselves in just such a situation this week as national debate erupted over the team’s upcoming “Millennial Night,” promising selfie stations, participation ribbons and napping areas.Riverwalk Stadium will be Millennial friendly on Saturday, July 21st with a participation ribbon giveaway just for showing up, napping and selfie stations, along with lots of avocados ????— Montgomery Biscuits (@BiscuitBaseball) July 11, 2018But one of the managers behind the promotion tells Adweek the idea was always meant to be a sarcastic, self-deprecating riff on the lazy ways millennials are often portrayed.
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Completely according to the company's strategy, according to ceo Martin Lindman, with 125 million bet on to be the largest digital providers in Sweden.and with that the company bought up a medical clinic in Sörmland, patients can use the company's app in order to receive treatment at the direction of a doctor, nurse or psychologist without cost.the Company could, with the help of the solution to get around 3.2 million patients who used the app during the first half of the year.But it is what the Doctor.see counted according to the company's ceo Martin Lindman.We will make a strong deficit in 2018.We need to run the company so in an extremely expansive phase of growth,” he says and continues:
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Forget what they tell you about Friday the 13th being unlucky, because today we're unveiling a fantastic phone offer that's available exclusively to TechRadar readers.Until July 22, any contract phone deal you buy directly through Vodafone with a monthly spend of £30 per month will come with an £80 Amazon gift card!That's £80 to spend on anything you wish at Amazon.co.uk.As long as you go for one of those £30+ tariffs, the offer is available on every handset that Vodafone stocks.That's a dizzying array of mobile phone deals, including iPhones, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S8, Huawei P20 family, new BlackBerry Key2 and budget favourite Moto G6.Vodafone has 52 phones in stock to choose from.
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It seems that Google is going to issue monetary rewards to people who get their friends to use Duo.Given the popularity of Duo’s competition, a financial reward may be the only way Google can get Duo more users.Did you know that Google has a video chat app called Google Duo?It’s like Facetime, Skype, or WhatsApp, but with a significantly smaller user base.Chess players around the world are falling in love with this Strategy gameIt looks like Google is going to try to change that with a new rewards program that will incentivize users to get their friends to use Duo in place of whichever video chat app they currently use.
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Inte minst de svenska storbankerna anstränger sig, både med egna initiativ och med samarbeten med startupföretag.Eftersom det handlar om en ganska ny nisch så händer det fortfarande mycket, det finns gott om potential för nya lösningar i finansbranschen.Bättre datautvinning tack vare GDPRAtt GDPR medför mycket jobb vet alla.Men vad man kanske inte har hunnit tänka så mycket på är de fördelar som GDPR kan ge på sikt.En sådan är bättre datakvalitet, vilket bör ge bättre dataanalys och datautvinning (data mining).
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After a long winter, the sunny weather of summer is a welcome change – but extra hours of daylight aren’t a good thing if you work odd hours, have many windows in your home, or are particularly sensitive to light.There are a variety of sleep gadgets and smartphone apps to help you get shut-eye, but sometimes the best fix is the simplest one.Blackout curtains are an easy solution if you find the sunlight to be negatively affecting your sleep in your bedroom or your relaxation in your common rooms.The thicker material also provides insulation (you’ll even see these listed as “thermal curtains”) that can block out heat during the summer and lock it in during the winter.The takeaway here is that light-blocking curtains can regulate the temperature in your home, saving you money on your energy bills.Instead of grommets for the curtain rod, these thick triple-weave polyester drapes feature a channel that completely covers the rod.
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A suborbital space flight service for tourists could be launching from a spaceport in Italy within a couple of years after Virgin Galactic inked an agreement with two of the country’s largest aerospace companies.The agreement with Italy’s leading private space company SITAEL, and ALTEC, a public-private company owned by both the Italian Space Agency and Thales Alenia Space, outlines plans for a spaceport to be constructed in the province of Grottaglie in the south of the country.Besides providing launch facilities to take wealthy folks on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the edge of space, the spaceport will also be used by customers such as the Italian Space Agency as a science platform for high-frequency space research, Virgin Galactic said in a release.Virgin Group founder Richard Branson said he believes the collaboration will provide “a real impetus as we strive to open space for the benefit of life on Earth … together, we will help to expand opportunities for science, industry, and the millions of people who dream of experiencing space for themselves.”Virgin Galactic recently completed the second successful rocket-powered test flight of its latest SpaceShipTwo plane called VSS Unity, the two-crew, six-passenger aircraft that will take space tourists on their thrilling trips to a point 62 miles above Earth.Depending on how the trials progress, Virgin Galactic could launch its first commercial service for tourists from its existing Spaceport America in New Mexico.
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Baidu’s Baidu Create: Artificial Intelligence Developer Conference was held at the National Convention Center in Beijing from July 4-5.During the first day’s event, Baidu made four major announcements.Besides, Baidu unveiled the 3.0 version of key AI project Baidu Brain, one major upgrade of which is Baidu’s voice AI system DuerOS 3.0.Beyond announcements of achievements and new plans, the Conference organized forums hoping to push forward research and exhibitions.Technology and partners are becoming Baidu’s major focus to allow the company to turn ambition into reality and secure market profit channels.What’s interesting is that many forums taking place in conference rooms with capacities ranging from around 100 – 500 held Chinese presentations with highly professional (even academic) powerpoint slides fully written in English.
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The Pacific island of Guam continued to experience the effects of Typhoon Maria on July 5 as NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite showed a large band of storms over the island.Tropical Depression 10W strengthened since July 4 and by July 5 had attained typhoon strength.NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite flew over Typhoon Maria on July 5 at 0348 UTC (July 4 at 11:48 a.m. EDT).The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument aboard NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite captured a visible image that showed the center of Maria had moved to the west of Guam, and a large band of thunderstorms wrapping into the center and extended to the east, stretched over the island.A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect through Friday morning, July 6, for Guam, Rota Tinian and Saipan.When Maria passed over Guam it brought heavy rain.
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DURHAM, N.C. -- Using sound waves, an international team of researchers has developed a gentle, contact-free method for separating circulating tumor cells from blood samples that is fast and efficient enough for clinical use.Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) are small pieces of a tumor that break away and flow through the bloodstream.There are typically only a handful for every few billion blood cells running through a patient's veins.They tend to damage or kill the cells in the process, lack efficiency, only work on specific types of cancer, or take far too long to be used in many situations.The results appear July 3 in the journal Small.Every year cancer claims the lives of millions of people around the world and researchers are still searching for better tools for cancer diagnosis, prognosis and treatment," said Tony Jun Huang, the William Bevan Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Duke.
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Only a few hours after Google announced the release of new Android updates, Essential is already pushing them to Essential Phones.Updates include the July 2018 security patch and a stability update for Android Auto.Essential also pushed those updates to users of the Android P beta, as well as beta updates.Smartphone manufacturer Essential may be in some hot water, but that hasn’t stopped the company issuing incredibly timely updates to the Essential Phone, its only current device.Today, only hours after Google announced them, Essential is rolling out Android updates to all Essential Phone users.The updates include the July 2018 security patch for Android as well as some stability tweaks for Android Auto.
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Google's AI company DeepMind have developed a neural network that can create 3D environments and three-dimensional objects only by observing two-dimensional images of these.The neural network uses a technology called Generative Query Network (GQN) to be able to create 3D environments based on 2D images.According to the DeepMind, it may be sufficient with three pieces of two-dimensional images for the AI to be able to create realistic 3D environments.so far, the AI only trained on the artificially made 2D-pictures, but they will now also start to practice to make the 3D environments based on real photographs.In the future, perhaps the AI's as these could be used to create 3D-environments in real-time, for example, or games or similar applications.
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