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LGBT+ video-streaming platform GagaOoLala, which calls itself Asia’s “gay Netflix,” plans to expand to India this year.Accessible via its website and mobile app, GagaOoLala provides unlimited access to LGBT+ films, TV series, and documentaries for about US$6 a month.The platform is available in 13 countries across Southeast Asia, including Taiwan and Hong Kong.Its foray into India follows the legalization of gay sex in the country in September 2018.GagaOoLala gets its name from a combination of two slang phrases used to describe gay people in Taiwan.
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After questions casting smartphone brand Huawei in a positive light appeared on an exam for fifth graders, Chinese netizens reacted with alarm and suspicion.However, further reporting revealed that the problems weren’t planted ads, leaving online reaction divided.The incident took place in Luoyang in the central Chinese province of Henan, The Paper reported (in Chinese).Fifth graders in 27 primary schools were quizzed on a short video about Huawei.On the test, students were instructed to watch the video once, read the questions, and re-watch the clip before answering.The four problems quizzed students’ knowledge of Huawei.
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Some corners of the Fiat Chrysler offices must operate exclusively on nostalgia.To prove my point, here's the 2019 Ram 1500 Classic Warlock.The original Warlock debuted in 1976, marketed under the not-gonna-happen-in-2019 tagline of "Adult Toys" (seriously).Originally conceived as a sort of concept truck for the road, it packed personalization like bucket seats, "fat tires," chrome on the running boards, real oak on the sideboards and gold accent stripes.That all sounds pretty cool, right?First of all, its base is pretty much the opposite of the original idea of a road-going concept, because the Ram 1500 Classic is the last-generation truck.
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Audi announced on Wednesday that it plans to bring its next concept to wear the E-Tron badge to the Geneva Motor Show in March.Before the model, dubbed Q4, gets its official world debut on March 5, Audi is teasing us with a couple of sketches.The Q4 -- no relation to the badge you'll find on the back of some modern Maseratis -- will be a small crossover SUV and is meant to herald the coming of a smaller production E-Tron crossover in late 2020 or early 2021.The brand with the four rings is being typically stingy when it comes to other information on the Q4, and not much else can be inferred from the design sketches, other than that it appears to carry similar design language to the other E-Tron concepts we've seen recently.While we were truly blown away by the Audi E-Tron GT concept that we saw in Los Angeles in 2018, the Q4 looks like it will bear more resemblance to the slightly disappointing E-Tron SUV that's entering production soon.
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It’s been exactly one year since Jennifer Salke accepted the job as head of Amazon Studios, and she gave reporters a state of the union at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour in Pasadena, Calif.One of her big initiatives when she arrived at Amazon from NBC, Salke said, was getting her hands around Amazon’s global community in order to diversify the company’s storytelling.“Not because of a fear of competition, but where we know our customers are.”To that end, Salke has greenlit 20 new and returning international series, including a Japanese version of The Bachelorette.“We’re a global network, and we’re going to be making shows for our customers all around the world,” said Albert Cheng, co-head of television, Amazon Studios.But the company still has a heavy focus on its U.S. audience.
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A former US Air Force intelligence officer allegedly worked with Iranian hackers who used Facebook and e-mail to try to trick her former colleagues into downloading malware that would track their computer activity.Monica Witt was charged with espionage after she provided national defense information to the Iranian government, the US Department of Justice said Wednesday.Witt, a US citizen, defected to Iran in 2013 and is still at large.An indictment made public on Wednesday detailed how Witt and Iranian hackers used fake Facebook accounts to target US counterintelligence officials after she re-entered Iran.The world's largest social network has been under pressure to do more to combat misinformation and continues to pull down fake accounts this year, including 783 pages, groups and accounts tied to Iran.From December 2014 to May 2015, at least four Iranian nationals created fake Facebook accounts to target Witt's former co-workers, the US alleges.
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NASA has selected the next mission in space agency's Explorers Program and it's going to give us a glimpse of the ancient past.The Spectro-Photometer for the History of the Universe, Epoch of Reionization and Ices Explorer (SPHEREx) mission will survey of galaxies using both optical and near-infrared light.Its "eyes" will peer as far back as 10 billion years but also allow researchers to answer questions about the stars closer to home, across the Milky Way.There, it will place a cosmic magnifying glass over our infant stars in our home galaxy, searching for the ingredients essential for life: water and organic molecules."This amazing mission will be a treasure trove of unique data for astronomers," said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA's science mission directorate.And SPHEREx will be able to create a stellar map of the sky in 96 different colour bands -- an unprecedented resolution -- providing future NASA missions, such as the James Webb Telescope, with new targets for further study.
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The US Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday accused former Apple executive Gene Levoff of insider trading.Levoff, who was Apple's senior director of corporate law and corporate secretary until September, "exploited his positions as a senior attorney and a member Apple's Disclosure Committee to unlawfully trade Apple securities ahead of Apple quarterly earnings announcements," according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday.The suit, which was filed in the US District Court of New Jersey, alleges that Levoff traded on insider information three times in 2015 and 2016, profiting and avoiding losses of around $382,000.The complaint also says Levoff had been involved in insider trading at least three more times in 2011 and 2012, making around $245,000 in profit.Levoff had been tasked with helping to ensure employees followed Apple's insider trading policies, according to the suit."Levoff's alleged exploitation of his access to Apple's financial information was particularly egregious given his responsibility for implementing the company's insider trading compliance policy," Antonia Chion, associate director of the SEC's Division of Enforcement, said in a statement.
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Twitter is testing a new way for its iOS users to preview profiles without leaving their timelines.The social network said in a tweet that iOS users can tap on any @ handle contained within a tweet to bring up a preview, which allows them to check out that account and follow it, should they choose to do so.We’re testing an easier way to check out profiles on iOS without leaving your timeline!Simply tap any @ handle in a Tweet, take a peek, follow, and get right back to it.Let us know what you think!— Twitter (@Twitter) February 13, 2019
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Human eyes are insensitive to polarized light and ultraviolet radiation, but that is not the case for ants, who use it to locate themselves in space.Cataglyphis desert ants in particular can cover several hundreds of meters in direct sunlight in the desert to find food, then return in a straight line to the nest, without getting lost.They cannot use pheromones: they come out when the temperature would burn the slightest drop.Their extraordinary navigation talent relies on two pieces of information: the heading measured using a sort of "celestial compass" to orient themselves using the sky's polarized light, and the distance covered, measured by simply counting steps and incorporating the rate of movement relative to the sun measured optically by their eyes.Armed with this information, AntBot has been shown to be able, like the desert ants, to explore its environment and to return on its own to its base, with precision of up to 1 cm after having covered a total distance of 14 meters.Weighing only 2.3 kg, this robot has six feet for increased mobility, allowing it to move in complex environments, precisely where deploying wheeled robots and drones can be complicated (disaster areas, rugged terrain, exploration of extraterrestrial soils, etc.).
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In fact, it’s seen as a top international threat and concern has “increased significantly” since 2013, according to a new survey by the US-based Pew Research Center.The survey involved interviews with more than 27,000 individuals between May and August 2018 in 26 countries, including Russia, Canada, Argentina, and Nigeria.13 countries including Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, and Australia listed climate change as their top concern—and for good reason.We have about 10 years to rapidly scale down fossil fuel use and limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, or we risk doing irreparable harm to the planet.And people around the world are bearing witness to the different extreme weather events that may become stronger in a warmer world: wild as hell wildfires in Australia, record-breaking heat in Japan, and strong super typhoons in the western Pacific.Trailing behind climate change as the next top global threat is ISIS, with eight countries citing the terrorist group as their main worry.
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You can already reserve a spot to pre-order the upcoming Galaxy S10 from Samsung.Those who are interested should consider that the phone hasn't been reviewed, or even announced yet.Samsung is announcing the Galaxy S10 at its February 20 Unpacked event.Reserving a spot gives you a 72-hour priority window to actually pre-order the Galaxy S10.Samsung is letting you reserve the Galaxy S10 a full week before the company even announces it at its February 20 Unpacked event.In fact, Samsung's reservation page doesn't even say it's the Galaxy S10 you're reserving.
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Visible imagery from NASA's Terra satellite showed a weaker Tropical Storm Gelena far from land areas, and in the middle of the Southern Indian Ocean.On Feb. 13, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Terra satellite provided a visible image of Gelena.The image showed bands of thunderstorms spiraling into a cloud-filled, but defined low level circulation with the bulk of its associated convection and clouds pushed eastward from westerly winds.At 10 a.m. EDT (1500 UTC) on Feb. 13, the Joint Typhoon Warning Center or JTWC noted that Oma had maximum sustained winds near 55 knots (63 mph/102 kph).It was centered near 26.0 degrees north latitude and 79.2 degrees east longitude.That's 1,193 nautical miles east-southeast of Port Louis, Mauritius.
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Yes, it is now easier than ever before to talk to customers and prospects over a multitude of channels at any time.64% of the instances when customers switch from one brand to another is driven by a lack of relevance.We’re excited to share some important tips that will help you be more relevant, and as a result more successful in creating the most relevant digital experiences that respond to the live behaviors of your customers.Content produced in collaboration with Swrve.But communicating with consumers in a way that feels personal, and actually influences them, is no mean feat.Think carefully about what you want to achieve, and then who you need to communicate with in order to achieve it.
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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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There's also a raging debate on the effects of smartphones on our lives that's ensued recently as people struggle to find a "phone-life balance", a term widely used by Motorola in their study published last year.Then came PUBG Mobile and it just acted as a fuel to the smartphone-addiction debate with people advocating for a ban on the battle royale game.Around the same time, a report published by statista based on data from Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz (German Federal Office for Radiation Protection) revealed a list of smartphones currently available across the globe with the highest amount of SAR (Specific Absorption Rate) value.The list states that Xiaomi's Mi A1 is the phone that emits the highest amount of electromagnetic radiation followed closely by OnePlus 5T, Mi Max 3, OnePlus 6T among others.However, the electromagnetic waves differ in wavelengths and frequencies and are categorised on the basis of the same.So, you have radio waves that count as the least radioactive, followed by microwaves, infrared radiation and visible light.
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Especially for a demographic whose fate depended on it?What about the single mom of three in Indiana, working two jobs to make ends meet, who just needs a to-do list app that she can access on the go?Or the young Black boy in Sanford, hesitant to don the hoodie your site is selling after he saw what happened to Trayvon Martin?Or maybe the dyslexic girl in El Paso, TX, who spends her evenings after school trying to learn English on the website you designed?We see it in the kids who learn how to swipe, pinch, and scroll before they learn how to turn the pages in an actual book, in the hands that forget the sensation of picking up a pen to write and can never seem to find paper nearby to jot an idea down on (who needs paper anymore?Even our meditation to get a break from it all happens on Headspace.
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A flaw in a popular electric scooter has added to the list of safety concerns surrounding the devices, which have invaded several US cities in the past year.The Xiaomi M365 is an electric scooter used by some scooter rental companies that contains a flaw that could allow a hacker to take full remote control over the vehicle, including causing the scooter to suddenly accelerate or brake, according to information released Tuesday by security research group Zimperium.The firm blames the scooter's password authentication process, which is done via Bluetooth communications."During our research, we determined the password is not being used properly as part of the authentication process with the scooter and that all commands can be executed without the password," Zimperium said in a statement.Researchers said they were able to interact with the device's anti-theft system, cruise control and eco mode, as well as update its firmware, without required authentication.Zimperium published a proof-of-concept video showing its app scanning for nearby Xiaomi scooters and disabling them through their anti-theft feature.
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BMW’s M performance division used to be snobby.Unlike rival Mercedes-Benz’s AMG division, M wouldn’t build a souped-up version of every BMW just to fill gaps in the lineup.But then BMW figured out that AMG’s model was more profitable and started copying its rival.Which is how we ended up with the 2020 BMW X3 M and X4 M.The X3 M and X4 M are performance versions of BMW’s X3 and X4 crossovers.The main difference between the X3 and X4 is that the latter has different styling to make it look more like a “coupe.” BMW has offered M versions of the larger X5 and X6 for years, so it was only a matter of time before the X3 and X4 got the same treatment.
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But even state-of-the-art artificial leaves, which hold promise in reducing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, only work in the laboratory because they use pure, pressurized carbon dioxide from tanks.But now, researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago have proposed a design solution that could bring artificial leaves out of the lab and into the environment.Their improved leaf, which would use carbon dioxide -- a potent greenhouse gas -- from the air, would be at least 10 times more efficient than natural leaves at converting carbon dioxide to fuel.In order to implement successfully in the real world, these devices need to be able to draw carbon dioxide from much more dilute sources, such as air and flue gas, which is the gas given off by coal-burning power plants," said Meenesh Singh, assistant professor of chemical engineering in the UIC College of Engineering and corresponding author on the paper.Unhooking the pressurized carbon dioxide supply from these leaves means that they must have a way to collect and concentrate carbon dioxide from the air to drive their artificial photosynthetic reactions.Singh and his colleague Aditya Prajapati, a graduate student in his lab, proposed solving this problem by encapsulating a traditional artificial leaf inside a transparent capsule made of a semi-permeable membrane of quaternary ammonium resin and filled with water.
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