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Well, thanks to Cloudponics’ GroBox, you can start cultivating your own crop while barely lifting a finger.The device lets a complete novice grow fully developed marijuana plants with close to no input.All you have to do is plant the seed, select the strain on the companion app (can’t wait until we get the Apple iHigh device), fill the GroBox with water and nutrients, and the device does the rest.It also includes a water reserve large enough to water the six plants the GroBox can simultaneously grow for up to three weeks.The company also claims that the device can produce eight ounces per cycle (which is three to four months), compared with four from Leaf and two from Seedo.The Seedo Homelab is substantially smaller, so the disparity makes sense in that instance.
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The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering a proposal that would eliminate bureaucratic red tape and speed up the delivery of gigabit internet from providers like Google Fiber.Called the one-touch make-ready (OTMR) system, the proposal could accelerate the deployment of broadband services and 5G by requiring new service providers do the work of moving existing lines on utility poles if they want to add their own lines.The change would make it easier for new providers to enter a market.Under the current system, if a new provider wants to move existing wires or make changes to a utility pole, it must consult with the incumbent providers, who would make the changes themselves.By shifting the work burden to the new service provider, the FCC’s OTMR proposal aims to speed up the process by eliminating the coordination needed to perform the work on simple changes to utility poles.“OTMR speeds and reduces the cost of broadband deployment by allowing the party with the strongest incentive — the new attacher — to prepare the pole quickly to perform all of the work itself, rather than spreading the work across multiple parties,” the FCC wrote.
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PlayStation 4 owners have been complaining about issues with the PSN service most of today (Thursday), primarily about trouble getting into in-game parties and joining voice chats.Sony updated the PSN status page with a warning about Gaming and Social issues earlier today, saying about 4PM EST that it was investigating the issue.No update has been given and the issues persist.According to the PSN Status website, the issues are currently only impacting PlayStation 4 owners.Sony advises console owners that they might have problems launching some games and applications — and even if the games do launch, the online features may be partially or wholly unusable.“Our engineers are working to resolve the issue as soon as possible, and we thank you for your patience,” Sony said.
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The University of Nottingham created a light display that is controlled by brain activity.Using a headset we were able to control the light display with our minds.The display is shaped like a human brain to represent which parts are in use when the headset is worn.Business Insider was given the chance to control lights using nothing but the activity of our brains.The headset sent the signals to a light rig hanging above our head.Certain actions triggered different brain frequencies, by opening our eyes we were able to make the lights blue, which represents increased activity in the brain.
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Microsoft announced a number of new tools for its MyAnalytics tool for Office 365 users today that are geared toward giving employees more data about how they work, as well as ways to improve how teams work together.In today’s businesses, everybody has to be a team player, after all, and if you want to bring technology to bear on this, you first need data — and once you have data, you can go into full-on analytics mode and maybe even throw in a smidge of machine learning, too.So today, Microsoft is launching two new products: Workplace Analytics and MyAnalytics nudges.Yes, Office 365 will now nudge you to be a better team player.“Building better teams starts with transparent, data-driven dialog—but no one is perfect and sticking to good collaboration habits can be challenging in a fast-paced job,” Microsoft’s Natalie McCullough and Noelle Beaujon, using language only an MBA could love, write in today’s announcement.I’m not sure what exactly that means or whether I have good collaboration habits or not, but in practice, Office 365 can now nudge you when you need more focus time as your calendar fills up, for example.
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When NASA's Aqua satellite passed over the U.S. Eastern seaboard, it captured an infrared image of Hurricane Chris that showed an eye staring back at the satellite.Chris is expected to continue generating heavy ocean swells along the U.S. East Coast and bring heavy rainfall to Newfoundland, Canada.Chris strengthened into a hurricane on July 10 at 5 p.m. EDT when it was about 205 miles (330 km) east-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.The Atmospheric Infrared Sounder or AIRS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Hurricane Chris on July 11 at 2:17 a.m. EDT (0617 UTC) and analyzed the storm in infrared light.Infrared light provides scientists with temperature data and that's important when trying to understand how strong storms can be.The higher the cloud tops, the colder and the stronger they are.
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We've already seen Dell introduce its Black Friday in July event seemingly in response to the upcoming Amazon Prime Day extravaganza, and now eBay has announced its summer sale, during which it will be selling more than 100 items for $119.As it has stressed, these "primo deals" don't require any membership to make a purchase.With discounts topping 50% off, there are plenty of great prices on offer.Plus, look for additional one-day coupons in popular categories and which can be used in tandem with other discounts.To help you take full advantage of eBay's summer sale, we've picked out a selection of the top deals, but if you don't see something you like, don't hesitate to check eBay daily, where you'll find great prices added on everything from jewelry to electronics.TCL 32S305 32-inch Smart HDTV | Was $229.99, now $119
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BICS was in Shanghai last week for the APAC edition of Mobile World Congress, and we have discussed with Malcolm Chan, BICS’ Regional VP for Asia-Pacific, about the main trends and opportunities in the APAC telecoms market – from the emergence of new MVNOs across the region to the IoT opportunity.
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Fortnite developer Epic has announced the temporary closure of the game’s sandbox mode, Playground, to take place on July 12.Allowing players to test out the game’s controls and building mechanics in a less pressured environment, the new 4-player Playground mode has already fostered a budding crafting community, and offers a more casual experience than the game’s hyper-competitive Battle Royale mode – in which 100 players battle to be the last one standing.It’s not all bad news, however, as Epic promises the mode will be back soon with a host of new improvements.Epic took to Reddit to run through some of the expected changes, including the ability to select 1v1 or 2v2 teams, and see markers for teammates on the in-game map.Players will also be able to ‘edit’ other players’ structures – while a new aim assist should help newcomers getting to grips with the game’s controls.The current top-voted comment on the Reddit thread calls for an additional ‘keep loot’ option, so that players can carry their spoils across from one session to another.
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The company also made a pledge to take graphics performance seriously, and it made good on that promise.When the first Intel HD Graphics showed up in 2010 alongside the new Core mobile chips, it more than doubled performance over the preceding Intel Graphics Media Accelerator.Over the past six years, laptops have leaped from a typical resolution of 1,024 x 768 to 1080p — and premium models even push 4K.To find out what this means for real-world performance, we rounded up ten different versions of Intel HD graphics spanning five generations listed from oldest to newest: HD 4000, 4200, 4600, 5500, 6000, HD 520, HD 530, HD 540, HD 620, and UHD 620.How far has Intel come?A MacBook Air running Boot Camp with fully updated Intel graphics drivers served as our stand-in for third-generation Core processors with Intel HD 4000.
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Eager to get their hands on a unique variant of the Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 1?Then we have good news then Bang & Olufsen put up five pieces BeoSound 1 on the auction site Sotheby's, and the auctions will launch tomorrow.It is about five different speakers in the colors tan, orange, maroon, pink and grey.the Speakers will begin to be auctioned tomorrow at 18:00.the Units are expected to be sold for between 3000-5000 dollars, which is more than twice as much as the BeoSound 1 usually costs.
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Volvo Cars fortsätter att sälja i rekordfart.Det första halvåret såldes 317.639 Volvobilar, en ökning med 14,4 procent jämfört med det första halvåret i fjol.Det är de bästa siffrorna hittills för januari_juni och Volvo Cars är därmed på god väg mot ännu ett nytt försäljningsrekord för helåret, konstaterar biltillverkaren i ett pressmeddelande.Försäljningen i Europa ökade det första halvåret med 5,7 procent och i Kina med 18,4 procent.I USA, där XC60 och XC90-modellerna är dragloken, ökade försäljningen med 39,6 procent jämfört med första halvåret 2017.Ökningen i USA i juni hamnade på 35,1 procent.
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CNN pointed out a recent government study found that 97 percent of the time, people fail to properly wash their hands — a problem that can lead to all sorts of unnecessary illnesses being spread.According to the US Department of Agriculture, people are falling short of meeting the standards for acceptable handwashing set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The bar to make sure your hands are sufficiently clean requires you to wash and scrub with soap for at least 20 seconds.The study looked at 363 people in six kitchen test facilities located in the Raleigh-Durham region of North Carolina and in the town of Smithfield, North Carolina.What it found was nearly every person working in the kitchens failed to reach the handwashing standard set by the CDC, which is probably not reassuring if you’re currently out to eat at a restaurant in Tar Heel State.In addition to not properly washing their hands, the USDA reported that “numerous” participants inexplicably didn’t even bother to dry their hands after washing them, which is like...what?
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With the majority of insurers in Asia Pacific offering 60% in their online ads, NTUC Income explains why it decided to take a different approach with its latest creative 'Play It Safe'.Enlisting the help of its creative agency BBH and Google, the Singapore-based insurer used YouTube's Director Mix to create 500 different variations of six-second bumper ads with different 8-bit characters suffering accidents in various locations.And even though it is the right approach because of the ease of acquiring customers with discounts, there is very little storytelling.“We wanted to break away from the whole commodity kind of advertising, which we need to do, like buying search and acquiring customers to meet sales targets, but doing it through another avenue where we can get better at advertising our products because we do a lot of digital marketing like targeting, contextual ads, search,” he explains.In addition, Chew says Income noted that the number of people buying travel insurance has increased because of ‘recent events’.“In six seconds, we need tell them one or many parts of the story and with Director Mix, we can use the search results to create almost over 500 permutations of the ad.
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John Legere showed grace-under-pressure during a hearing yesterday regarding the proposed T-Mobile-Sprint merger.Legere defended the merger as a boon for competition against Verizon and AT, and a job-creator (eventually).It is still unclear if the merger will earn government approval.The proposed T-Mobile-Sprint merger seems to get more real every day, which is saying a lot considering this is the third time in four years that the companies have worked to join forces.As part of that approval process, yesterday T-Mobile CEO John Legere and Sprint executive chairman (and former CEO) Marcelo Claure participated in a formal hearing with the Senate Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on antitrust issues.According to two analysts at Fortune, John Legere stole the show.
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Engineers, scientists and other researchers will often look to the natural world to find solutions to problems.That is what a team at the University at Buffalo, New York recently did when it created a beaver-inspired robot which, believe it or not, could turn out to be a lifesaver in a disaster zone.The robot built by graduate students Maira Saboia Da Silva, Vivek Thangavelu, and others doesn’t physically resemble a beaver.Instead, it’s a mini-rover vehicle which uses a camera, custom software, and a robotic arm to lift and deposit nearby objects — modeled after the way the beaver builds dams from whatever it can find in its location.In this case, however, it uses the nearby objects it finds to build ramps which allow it to overcome obstacles to reach its destination.In the real world, the robot could be used for rescue missions in disaster zones — for instance, utilizing whatever rubble and other objects it can find to help it reach trapped people.
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just as the companies who help freelancers to invoice.On the Swedish market, competing actors Cool Company (NTL), Freelance Finance (NTL) and Red Flag (NTL) with the promise to eliminate the paperwork.Last year, could Di Digital report on how the Finnish faktureringsjätten Ukko made the move to Sweden.In all cases under the Finnish flag.it is clear Now that the company's Finnish part, Ukko.see, are bought up by the Cool Company.Ukkos freelancers may thus change the ship.
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Apple has released the first macOS Mojave public beta, an early taste of its next big software release for Mac.The new OS brings with it tentative support for iOS software, with Apple porting four of its mobile apps over to run on macOS as a precursor to further narrowing the gap between desktop and mobile.macOS Mojave also sees the debut of a new Mac App Store, with a redesigned layout that Apple is hoping will encourage both developers and regular people alike to use it more.There’s a dark mode interface, too, which turned out to be one of the most popular announcements during WWDC 2018 just a few weeks back.Those with a messy desktop may find Desktop Stacks to be to their liking, meanwhile.That automatically sorts any files saved to the desktop into a stack, which can be expanded for easier browsing but also condenses down into a neater view.
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The Cambridge Analytica data scandal is the gift that keeps on giving, and by that I mean it's Mark Zuckerberg's never-ending nightmare as he tries to dodge and navigate all the politicians demanding to speak to him.Now two of the company's executives have told an EU hearing that, as far as they can tell, no EU data was shared with Cambridge Analytica.Stephen Satterfield, one of Facebook's privacy policy directors told EU lawmakers that "The best information we have suggests that no European user data was shared by Dr. [Aleksandr] Kogan with Cambridge Analytica.” For those who forgot, Aleksandr Kogan is the Cambridge University researcher that developed the app allowing Cambridge Analytica to collect data from 80 million Facebook users.Naturally the social media giant was quick to point out that it couldn't be absolutely 100 per cent conclusive about that.It still had to complete its own internal audit of the situation, following the conclusion of the investigation currently being carried out by the Information Commissioner's Office here in the UK.That said, it appears as though Cambridge Analytica primarily pulled US user data, because it was more interested in analysing them for US political campaigns.
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By the time Spider-Man: Far From Home hits theaters in July 2019, it will likely be actor Tom Holland‘s fifth turn as the web-slinging superhero.Given how intense the first four films have been (particularly Avengers: Infinity War), fans will be expecting an impressive adventure from the actor’s second solo(ish) outing.With director Jon Watts set to return behind the camera, the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming will be set after the events of Infinity War and its May 2019 sequel, which offers some clue as to the ultimate fate of Peter Parker and his web-slinging alter ego in the aftermath of those films.And now we have a few more details about the sequel — including info about the location of Spidey’s next adventure.On June 25, MCU chief Kevin Feige revealed even more juicy details in the course of an interview with Gizmodo/iO9.According to Feige, Spidey’s next adventure will take place during the summer (he’s intentionally cryptic about which summer that would be, though comments from last year indicate Far From Home will take place directly after the events of Avengers 4), and that Peter will be going on a vacation to Europe with his friends.
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