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Jeff Bezos told Amazon employees that he predicts "one day Amazon will fail," according to a recording of an internal meeting heard by CNBC.Bezos added that Amazon's job is to delay failure for as long as possible by focussing on its customers.Amazon staffers told CNBC that issues such as government regulation and potential antitrust violations worry them.Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos made a stunning admission last week in an all-hands meeting, a recording of which was heard by CNBC.With the company valued at just shy of $1 trillion and Bezos being the richest man in modern history, the Amazon CEO said his 24-year-old firm is far from invincible.Read more: Creditors urge Sears to shut down all its stores, calling its plan for survival "wishful thinking"
OnePlus is pretty good about issuing updates in a timely manner to its smartphones, even older ones like the OnePlus 3.If you want to be on the cutting edge with your OnePlus smartphone, you need to install OxygenOS beta.All you’ll need to get started is the following:Access to a WiFi internet connectionAbout 20 minutes of your dayIf you’re ready to install OxygenOS beta on your OnePlus device, the steps are listed out for you below.
It's been a while since we had some news from Raspberry Pi, which is a shame because everyone loves a slice of those mini computer boards.But the silence has now been broken with the announcement that the company has a new Pi board to share with us.It's called the Raspberry Pi A+, and it's designed to be all sort of low.Specifically low price, and low power.The A+ is designed to sit somewhere between the dirt-cheap Pi Zero and the top-tier Pi 3 Model B+ in all ways.That means it's more functional and more expensive than the former and less than the latter, while also maintaining a small form factor.
Astronomers have discovered a frozen super-Earth in the second closest star system to Earth that might resemble the famous snowy world from the Star Wars universe.The planet orbits Barnard's star, which is just six light-years away and the closest single star to us.(The three-star Alpha Centauri system is closer at just over 4 light-years and includes the closest known planet beyond our solar system, Proxima b.)The find makes it even more clear that most of the stars we see in the night sky probably have at least one world circling them, increasing the likelihood we aren't alone in the vast universe.Ribas is lead author of a report outlining the new discovery published Wednesday in the journal Nature.The newfound globe is called Barnard's star b, or GJ 699 b, and is a little more than three times the mass of Earth with a surface temperature of -150 Celsius (-238 Fahrenheit).
A New York law firm has filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of two former Avon employees alleging the beauty company practiced “systematic discrimination” against women “based on pregnancy, maternity and the rights of nursing mothers to pump breast milk at work.” The suit, which was filed today in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, takes aim at the company’s branding, specifically its claims that it’s a “company for women.”The suit alleges, “Avon distinguishes itself from mainstream companies based on its ‘passionate commitment’ to empowering women” and that “because of this branding, women spend millions on Avon products.” The suit goes on to allege that “because of this branding, women apply to work at Avon, believing that the company will empower them to succeed and provide women opportunities for advancement.”“In the complaint we filed today on behalf of our clients, individually and on behalf of a proposed U.S. class of pregnant employees and a New York class of women that were discriminated against because they needed to pump breast milk during work hours, Avon must account for why the company ‘for women’ allows such discrimination to occur and why the male leaders of Avon insist on silencing women through the use of forced arbitration to handle complaints rather than the transparent court system,” said Jeanne M. Christensen, a partner at Wigdor LLP, the law firm handling the suit, in an emailed statement.Wigdor filed the suit on behalf of Caroline Ruiz and Olivera Krstanoska as well as “all other similarly situated female employees.” Both New Avon and Avon Products are named as defendants.In March 2016, Avon spun spun off North American business (now New Avon), which is controlled by the private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management.The suit also notes that while there are two separate entities, the company “continues to brand itself collectively as ‘Avon.
There’s a new must-hear service dedicated the legions of people who listen to podcasts during your commute, while traveling, or while doing busy work around your home or office.Pandora, the longtime pioneer of algorithm-based music discovery, has launched a new segment of its service that’s dedicated exclusively to podcasts.Powered by what the company calls the Podcast Genome Project (similar to the Music Genome Project that fuels its popular radio-style music side), the new podcast offering uses a combination of computer and human-based curation to find the best podcasts for you.The Podcast Genome Project evaluates content based on more than 1500 different attributes — everything from MPAA ratings, breaking topics, production style, content type, host profile, and countless other things are considered.It even uses machine learning to evaluate what the company calls “listener signals,” which include thumbs up, skips, and replays.All of this means that finding the best new podcasts for you should be easier than ever.
Tinder is preparing to roll out more gender options in its app in India.The company will announce shortly that users will be able to edit their profile in order to choose a different option for their gender identity, instead of just “Man” or “Woman,” as well as toggle a setting that will display their gender on their profile in Tinder’s app.The news was published earlier today to Tinder’s blog ahead of a planned announcement, a spokesperson said.On this front, Tinder says it’s expanding its support team and educating its staff about the issues that these communities face in India.Tinder users will be able to email the company with a link to their Facebook profile in order to have their request reviewed by Tinder’s team, in order to be let back in.To what extent banned users will want to return, of course, is less clear at this point.
Spending a weekend in the city center last month the craze was impossible to miss.Grandly proportioned El Retiro clearly makes a great spot for taking a scooter for a spin.But for Saturday night revellers there was suddenly a new piece of street furniture to lurch around, with slouching handlebars sticking up all over the place.Again, you can see the logic: Well-dressed professionals can zip around narrow streets that aren’t always great for finding a place to (safely) lock up a bike.The Lime rides in Madrid’s center seemed mostly a tourist novelty.And it’s essential to think about impacts where scooters and micro-mobility is concerned because all this stuff must piggyback on shared public spaces.
Mark Zuckerberg has joined a private Facebook group for Harvard-themed memes called "Harvard Memes for Elitist 1% Tweens."No one is quite sure why Zuckerberg joined, but group members love it thus far.The Facebook CEO even invited his fellow Harvard-dropout, Bill Gates, to join.On Thursday, the internet caught wind of something truly special — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg joined a Facebook Group called "Harvard Memes for Elitist 1% Tweens."It's a private Facebook group, but no need to be an alumnus of the Ivy League school to be accepted.Memes just need to be Harvard-specific and "apply to any group of wealthy, pretentious pseudo-intellectuals."
Photographers are tricky to get gifts for because every one of them has preferences they may already have spent years indulging.If your photographer/loved one tends to travel or go out into the wilderness when they shoot, a backup solution is a must.These drives act as self-contained rugged backup solutions, letting you offload your SD card at the end of a shoot and preview the contents, no laptop required.The Gnarbox is the better device (faster, much better interface and tools), but it’s more expensive — the latest version with 256 GB of space onboard (probably the sweet spot in terms of capacity) costs $400.SD cards and hard casesMost cameras use SD cards these days, and photographers can never have too many of them.
The Supreme Court has rejected attempts by the telco industry and the Trump administration to completely erase net neutrality rules from the lawbooks.While Pai and his cronies have effected taken the US back to the light-touch regulatory playing field of 2015, moves made by his predecessor Tom Wheeler to reclassify the internet service providers still stood.Pai doesn’t just want to remove the rules, he wants to drive the concept of net neutrality to extinction with no prospect of return.“The DC Circuit’s previous decision upholding both the FCC’s classification of broadband as a telecommunications service, and its rules prohibiting broadband providers from blocking or degrading internet content, remains in place.“Once the current FCC repealed the 2015 Order, almost all parties – including NCTA – agreed that the case was moot.Today’s decision is not an indication of the Court’s views on the merits but simply reflects the fact that there was nothing left for the Court to rule on.”
EA revealed it's got 1,000 people working on its cloud gaming push, known as Project Atlas.The initiative uses cloud computing "to remotely process and stream blockbuster, multiplayer HD games with the lowest possible latency," said Ken Moss, the company's chief technology officer, in a blog post earlier this week."Project Atlas is designed to seamlessly converge EA's Frostbite game engine and game services as well as artificial intelligence -- giving rise to a new game development platform, optimized for a cloud-enabled world," he wrote.Frostbite is the game engine used by Battlefield, Madden, Dragon Age, Need for Speed and the upcoming Anthem.The post makes this sound like an ambitious venture, but it offers few details beyond the notion of overcoming the limitations on the processing power of an individual console, PC or server.It follows Google's Project Stream, which lets you play Assassin's Creed Odyssey in Chrome, and Microsoft's Project xCloud, which showed Xbox One games being played on Android phones and tablets.
The high profile but fortunately non-lethal failure of a crewed mission atop a Soyuz rocket in October has been investigated thoroughly enough that American, European, and Russian space agencies are willing to ride aboard the venerable launch system.Roscosmos announced that a crewed mission will fly to the International Space Station on December 3, less than two months after the anomaly.It was clear from the moment of the accident, from which Astronaut Nick Hague and Cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin drifted down to a safe landing, that whatever the global space community decided to do, they needed to do it fast.Soyuz is the only rated and tested crew launch system out there, and if it were to be grounded for long the ISS would soon be untenanted.Fortunately Roscosmos made the investigation of the failure a priority and today issued its findings:The launch ended up with a launcher failure caused by abnormal separation of one of the strap-on boosters (Block D) that hit with its nose the core stage (Block A) in the fuel tank area.
According to South Korea’s intelligence service, North Korea is purportedly still hacking computers to mine cryptocurrency as a revenue stream for the country’s government, United Press International (UPI) reports.Local outlet Yonhap News states that North Korean hackers are continuing to target foreign computers to implant malware and steal confidential information.The malware appears to be hi-jakcing host computers to mine – you guessed it – Monero.As ever, XMR remains the choice for crypto-jacking bandits around the globe.Not only that, the Monero is then sent back to Kim II Sung University in Pyongyang, according to another local news outlet, Chosun Ilbo.North Korea seems to be turning to cryptocurrency as a way to bypass ever increasing international sanctions placed on the country.
Zynga is investing in a number of new games, including casual titles based on the Harry Potter and Game of Thrones licenses.The Harry Potter game will be a match-3 “mashup” mobile title coming in the second half of 2019 under a licensing deal with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, said Zynga CEO Frank Gibeau in an interview with GamesBeat.And he said Zynga struck another licensing deal with HBO to make two new mobile Game of Thrones games via its social slot machine game division.The first will be a social casino slots game, and Zynga said it will focus on a rich story, cool graphics, and a wide range of characters and territories.That game will launch in the second half of 2019.A former Electronic Arts executive, Gibeau is tapping a lot of his relationships with intellectual property holders in Hollywood in an effort to help Zynga’s games stand out from the competition.
Asus has a new gaming monitor to sell you and it could be the largest monitor you will ever need.At 49 inches diagonally, this “double Full HD” display (3,840 x 1,080) supports FreeSync 2 and can refresh at up to 144Hz for smooth, high-speed gaming.It even supports rudimentary HDR, so blacks will be blacker, whites whiter, and everything in between that bit more punchy.Ultrawide monitors are a relatively new breed of screen that offers a single-display solution to the classic duel monitor design that both gamers and workers have employed for years.Ditching the bezels in between does have an advantage in offering a seamless image and their often less-than-4K resolutions can be a little easier on graphics hardware, too.Now that gamer-centric features are making their way into the panel designs, they’re becoming a more viable solution for high-end gamers.
A network of microchannels with the flowing fluid allows the researchers ' polymer to adapt to the heat, like the human body.The new material can inter alia be used in space stations to convert solar radiation to electricity.A new composite material can regulate their own temperature in the same way that people, animals and plants do.the Material is presented in a study from the University of Nottingham.In the study described how to put a network of microchannels in a synthetic polymer, with the flowing fluid adjusts the temperature.– the Nature, use fluidics in order to manage and regulate the mammalian temperatures, as well as in the plants to absorb solar radiation through photosynthesis.
The rich flavor and the right amount of jolt can set the tone for an entire day.Similarly, a terrible first cup can leave you off-kilter and not quite ready for that 9 a.m. meeting.That’s why, whether you spend $20 or more than $1,000 on a coffee machine for your home, you want it to make the perfect cup every time.The gradual descent of my beloved Cuisinart coffee maker began when it started producing a couple of pots of extremely watered-down coffee about three times a month.When that didn’t do the job, I’d say “It is awfully early in the morning, maybe I didn’t put in the right amount of grinds.” After setting up the auto feature and prepping the machine the night before and still getting the same sad light brown-colored water in the morning, I knew the Cuisinart was on its last legs.It was time to find a new morning caffeine buddy.
For one to understand the song "Freelance," a curious and thrilling disco proposition from Chaz Bear—the soul, sweat, and engine behind the recording outfit Toro y Moi—it's best to think of it as a stack.The song is a sum assembled of intricate strata, a swirl of licorice keys and AutoTune with a heart of bell-bottomed funk.Applying a similar logic, the song is also elemental to a larger stack (in this case, Bear's soon-to-be-released album): It's not dissimilar to, say, a block of software or a Lego piece, something within an infrastructure tasked with an objective."Freelance," then, performs doubly, concurrently.A chameleon of downtempo cool, the song simultaneously figures perfectly into Bear's endlessly-widening artistic project: He's an architect of systems, a deft sculptor of textures, and with the just-issued "Freelance" he does just that—build, layer by layer, one piece on top of another piece on top of many more dazzling pieces.Following the wobbly, uncluttered expanse that was 2017's Boo Boo—a soup of spacey, psychedelic synths animated by neon emotion—"Freelance" is intended to be a comment on "disposable culture" and "how it affects creativity," Bear said in a statement.