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Google has launched a new feature via Google Play Services 10.2 that will make it easier to use the mobile hotspot on your mobile devices.The latest update comes with 'Instant Tethering', which simplifies the hotspot setup process, often a tedious task.Instant Tethering essentially links up all the devices associated with your Google account, which means if one loses connection, you'll immediately be asked if you want to connect to another nearby device with internet access.The feature uses Bluetooth to find your other nearby devices and means you'll be prompted to reconnect to a new device if you lose connection.As long as you've got a fairly generous data plan, it should make staying online when there's no Wi-Fi around much simpler.Unfortunately, the new feature doesn't appear to be available to everyone at this point.
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Whenever the subject of money comes up, there's a party bore waiting in the wings to tell us that physical tender is filthy, covered in skin and drugs and particles of anus.But a new study of the recently-introduced polymer £5 notes shows that while they are indeed festooned with "colony-forming units" of bacteria, they're mostly the good kind - harmless or perhaps even beneficial to humans.The study - carried out by Wickham Laboratories - involved first sanitising the notes, then simulating normal conditions keeping them in a pocket or wallet, and exchanging them the average amount of times over two weeks in realistic environments , before analysing the "bioburden" aka gross tiny things on each note.The results showed that while levels of bacteria varied considerably between 31 and 4600 colony-forming units per note , the bacteria found was all Gram-positive meaning it absorbs the dye in a Gram stain test - that's not in itself a good thing, but most disease-causing bacteria is Gram-negative, and the specific types of bacteria found were benign.As Medical Plastics News reports:"Two of the most common bacteria found on the notes were organisms regularly found in soil, dust, water and air.
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Everyone is thinking about the disappointment caused by the shitty new Toblerone they shared with a loved one the night before."Who dares wake me from my sleep?"It's China, they've started testing missiles in the South China Sea", explains Chief of Staff Scott Baio.He couldn't tweet at the Chinese Premiere since his staff changed his Twitter password.He was the Commander-in-Chief, and in times of crisis has near limitless powers over foreign policy.And everyone knew it too, thanks to the enormous gold "TRUMP" sign he had emblazoned on the roof of the West Wing.
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Nearly 80,000 people have RSVP d on Facebook for post-inauguration women s marches in the Bay Area s biggest cities — San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose — on Saturday.On the Facebook page of  the women s march in Washington, D.C., the mother of them all, 218,000 people say they are going.Some of these people have never done anything like this before.And while they credit social media for helping keep them informed about the news, and about the marches, they feel it s time to go beyond what s come to be known as clicktivism — supporting causes on social media and not going any further.This is the year I m going to physically show up, said Sahra Pak, a Bay Area-based dietitian who plans to attend a march in Sacramento Saturday.We have to stop thinking other people are going to do it, the Fairfield resident told SiliconBeat in a phone interview.That s how President Donald Trump s opponent, Hillary Clinton, lost the election, Pak said.Pak said it s important for marchers not only to show that they care about women s rights and human rights, but to show that there s power in numbers.Similarly, Wendy Edelstein of Berkeley, who plans to attend Saturday s march in Oakland, stresses the need to come face to face with the community.
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Sometimes it happens that may not happen.the Explanation may be that a service has such poor security that unauthorized access to users ' passwords.You may have chosen a too easy password, revealed it to someone else or forgotten to log out from a public computer.no matter what you have done, the solution is quite simple: Change your password.Yes, it does not need to have happened for this to be a good measure.Would anyone have come across your password and secretly monitor you, it is of course a good idea to change.
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Today is an inauspicious day, news footage from which will likely feature in the opening scenes of future history documentaries that are titled things like "A warning from history", but now one last attempt to reach out to the President-Elect is being made on probably the most important issue facing our species: Climate Change.Canadian rapper Baba Brinkman has produced the above song and video.Titled Erosion, this isn't just your standard rap about mom's spaghetti or whatever - it's actually been peer reviewed by Dr Gary Yohe, a Professor of Environmental Studies and recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his work with the IPCC.This isn't Brinkman's first attempt either: He has previously produced an entire off-Broadway show titled The Rap Guide to Climate Chaos and has previously tackled other scientific topics such as neuroscience and Darwinian evolution.Here's hoping that President Trump pays attention.
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Kina planerar ett kreditsystem som innebär att den enskilde drabbas om vännerna beter sig illa på nätet.I oktober 2016 visar guiden runt i en av de enorma betongbyggnaderna i gamla Östberlin.Fram till murens fall var den här byggnaden en del av underrättelsetjänsten Stasis högkvarter.Vår lilla grupp avverkar trappa upp och trappa ner genom arkivrum, kontor inredda i teak och bakelit, förbi ålderstigna affischer som skulle värva nya agenter bland skolungdomar.Byggnadens storlek ger en känsla av hur vidsträckt underrättelsetjänsten också var.På kontorets väggar hänger utdrag ur akter om övervakade personer: Vad de arbetade med, vad de gjorde på sin fritid, vem som försörjde dem och vilka deras närmaste var.
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Sony is rolling out the official Android Nougat update for the Xperia Z3 family after a similar update was made available for the Z5 series a couple of days ago.With Android Nougat version 7.0 and firmware build number 32.3.A.0.372, the update for Xperia Z3 and its dual SIM variant includes December Android security patches.Expect to see all the features Android Nougat brought to the Xperia Z5 lineup.They include support for multi-window which lets you run two apps simultaneously on the screen.Just double tap to make a switch between them.Longer battery life powered by Google and Xperia and improved messaging with the ability to share videos and audio are available with just a few taps.
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Fresh off its brand redesign, Mozilla has released The Internet Health Report, an open-source initiative to document the state of the internet, combining research and reporting from multiple sources.The report, which will be improved and expanded throughout the year, covers five key topics: decentralization, digital inclusion, open innovation, privacy and security, and web literacy.One notable statistic is the number of people who can t get online in the first place.The report shows that 57.8 percent of the world s population cannot afford broadband internet, and 39.5 percent cannot afford an internet connection on their mobile device.Other findings include the fact that there were 51 intentional internet shutdowns across 18 countries in the first 10 months of 2016; almost one-third of the world s population has no data protection rights; and 52 percent of all websites are in English, even though only 25 percent of the global population understands the language.We can t help but notice Mozilla s report is only available in English, French, Spanish, and German, though it will likely be translated to more languages as it grows.And that s really the interesting part of today s announcement: not the various findings in The Internet Health Report, but the report itself.Mozilla s goal is to start a constructive discussion about the health of the internet by exploring what is currently healthy and unhealthy, as well as what lies ahead.Furthermore, today s release is just a prototype.There s a roadmap for this year that brings The Internet Health Report to version 1.0:It s great to see Mozilla focus on projects that are central to helping the internet grow and thrive.
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In an interview with Axios, President-Elect Trump apparently said that Apple CEO Tim Cook is open to building the iPhone in the US.This would represent a major coup for Trump, whose big policy statements thus far have mostly been about keeping jobs in America.Specifically, Trump said that Cook has his eyes open to US manufacturing and that Cook really believe he loves this country and I think he d like to do something major here.But in the interest of killing time until the iPhone 8 launch, we can at least dream about how that conversation went.So, I ve been thinking.No headphone jack, same body style.
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After Trump won the presidential election on November 8, Republicans in Congress asked the FCC to until the inauguration and warned that any action taken in the final days of the administration could be more easily overturned.But that's also true of the privacy order, even though it was passed nearly two weeks before the election.Opponents of new rules are given 30 days to petition for reconsideration, but the clock doesn't start until the rules are published in the Federal Register, which never happens instantaneously.The privacy rules were published in the Federal Register the first week of December, which gave opponents until January 3 to file petitions.
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Seven major banks have signed up to a new project aimed at increasing global trade among small and medium-sized businesses using blockchain, or distributed ledger, technology.Deutsche Bank, HSBC, KBC, Natixis, Rabobank, Société Générale and UniCredit have all signed up to a Memorandum of Understanding, signalling that they will work together to develop and
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Verkstadskoncernen Atlas Copco's board of directors proposes that the company shall be divided into two listed companies in 2018.the Company announces at the same time that ceo Ronnie Leten is leaving his post after eight years in office.He will be replaced in april by the vice president Mats Rahmström.The two companies, according to Business, be Atlas Copco and Newco.Newco shall focus on the mining and construction industries, while Atlas Copco will focus on industrial clients and include the business areas compressor technique, vacuum technology and Industrial engineering, plus divisions-Portable Energy with related services, as well as Specialty Rental .
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Exxon Mobile was ordered to turn over 40 years of documents on Wednesday showing the company s views on and knowledge of climate change.The ruling was made by a Massachusetts judge in an investigation led by the state s attorney general Maura Healy, who is working to determine how much the company knew about the link between fossil fuels and climate change, and also to determine whether Exxon intentionally hid or suppressed information from the public and investors.The decision represents a huge victory for climate change advocates and came on the same day Exxon s former CEO Rex Tillerson faced off with members of the Senate over his nomination to become US President-elect Donald Trump s secretary of state.Although Tillerson himself has a track record of acknowledging climate change is real, which is better than can be said for many of Trump s cabinet picks, has repeatedly refused to answer questions about Exxon s knowledge of climate change during the hearing.This entire saga started last year when Inside Climate News and other news outlets published investigations alleging Exxon spent millions of dollars on groundbreaking research that showed how their products would change climate, then buried all of the evidence they found.Attorney general Healy opened an investigation with New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman concerning potential violations of the state s consumer protections statute.
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One hundred and thirty nine seconds is all it took for an unmanned rocket to explode after blastoff and turn Elon Musk s booming Space Exploration Technologies Corp. into a geyser of red ink.That June 2015 disaster, followed by months of launch delays, contributed to a quarter-billion dollar annual loss and a 6% drop in revenue, after several years of surging sales and small profits.The numbers are revealed for the first...
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It s Friday the Thirteenth, Hakerettes.My mom was born on Friday, January 13, 1922, and I m here — surprising though you may find it — to tell you how lucky we all are.Our friends at Lifehacker are, once again, indulging us by hosting the Friday Open Thread.We have access to the internet so we can easily explore the myths and traditions behind paraskevidekatriaphobia.And, we re here and we get to share with one another.Mom would be thrilled if she were still with us.
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Toyota has updated the Prius c for the 2017 model year.The company s smallest and most affordable hybrid receives new safety features typically found on larger cars and subtle visual updates.Every Prius c now comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense C TSS-C , a suite of electronic driving aids that make the tiny hatchback safer for passengers and pedestrian alike.TSS-C includes a pre-collision system PCS , lane departure alert LDA , and automatic high beams AHB .PCS uses a camera and a radar to scope out the road ahead.It automatically applies the brakes if it detects that a collision is imminent in order to mitigate or completely avoid the impact.
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multi-tasking the bad side is written somewhat recently, but new studies suggest that multitasking may work performance bad expansion along with even be harmful for the brain, told CNBC.a Stanford university study found that multitasking is less productive than one thing at a time.according to the researchers, people who are constantly a number of electronic information disorders drop a bomb on you are not able to concentrate, remember information, or to change from one job to another as well as those who do one thing at a time.the researchers also rebutted the delusion that some people have the special skill of multi-tasking.the researchers found that people who do a lot of multi tasking and feel its healing in their työsuoristustaan were in fact inferior to multitaskaaja than those who were focused on making prefer one thing at a time.often in multi taskaa players performed worse because they had difficulties to organize their thoughts and filter information that is not important.
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Apple s AirPods have already captured an astonishing 26% of the wireless headphones market, according to new research published on Wednesday.According to Slice Intelligence via AppleInsider , the £159 cable-free buds have accounted for a quarter of all wireless headphones sold since they became available last month.The research also claimed Apple-owned Beats racked up 15.49 per cent of the trade in that time, giving Cupertino over 41% of the market overall.Prior to the belated launch of AirPods, Beats had 24.1% of the market, according to the figures, so there is evidence the W1-enabled buds have cannibalised Apple s other business somewhat.Meanwhile, there has been significant loss of market share for the likes of Bose, Jaybird and Plantronics during the last month.That, of course, is likely to even out once the initial rush to snap up Apple s AirPods has died off.
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Peter Thiel talked to Maureen Dowd of the New York Times, and all we got were these not lousy at all  quotes: The election had an apocalyptic feel to it.I worry there s a part of Silicon Valley that is hyper-politically correct about sex.One of my friends has a theory that the rest of the country tolerates Silicon Valley because people there just don t have that much sex.What could he be talking about?A lot more, considering how little the billionaire entrepreneur had talked publicly since his show of support for President-elect Donald Trump.But he says he won t have a full-time position in the administration.Thiel, co-founder of PayPal and Palantir and an early investor in and board member of Facebook, also declared the age of innovation at Apple over but says it s not Tim Cook s fault; says he isn t a vampire quite yet; and thinks California seceding from the country is a good idea and would help Mr. Trump s re-election campaign.
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