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Amazon’s Prime Day event doesn’t technically kick off until 3 PM Eastern this afternoon, but the company is getting the ball rolling on some deals a little early.More specifically, many of Amazon’s devices have already been discounted, so if you’re looking to pick up something like an Echo or a Fire TV, there’s no need to wait for Prime Day to actually begin.This is probably the lowest we’ll see many of these devices go until at least Black Friday, so it might not be a bad idea to hop on these deals while you have the chance.Most of Amazon’s device lineup has been discounted in the lead up to Prime Day proper.The Echo Dot, for instance, is $20 off, bringing the already cheap Alexa speaker down to $29.99.The Fire TV Stick with Alexa voice remote sees a similar discount, which halves its usual price to $19.99.
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Baidu Waimai, a takeaway service previously owned by Baidu and now under Alibaba’s Ele.me, is facing protests from its commercial agents.More than 50 agents employed by the company gathered in front of its headquarters on July 16th to voice their grievances and ask for a meeting with Baidu-founder Robin Li, local media is reporting.The protest is just one in a series organized by Baidu Waimai agents and delivery staff.Baidu Waimai has been strained by internal restructuring since the merger with its previous rival Ele.me in August last year.In the meantime, Ele.me was taken over by Alibaba which bought the remaining shares in the company in April this year.At the beginning of this year, Baidu Waimai announced that the number of urban channel managers will be cut, retaining about 35 of them in total.
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All kinds of cars turn up at the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed to run up Goodwood’s famous hill climb course, but none have ever done it like this.Roborace’s autonomous race car, called Robocar successfully navigated the 1.16-mile course without a human driver onboard, becoming the first vehicle to do so.Roborace hopes to launch a race series for self-driving cars featuring the Robocar.But so far it’s just conducted a series of high-profile public tests using both the Robocar and an earlier prototype called DevBot.While the DevBot has a full set of manual controls, the only way for a human being to ride the Robocar would be to jump on top like Slim Pickens riding that nuclear missile in Dr. Strangelove.Like most self-driving cars, the Robocar uses an array of sensors to orient itself, including radar, lidar, cameras, ultrasonic sensors, and GPS.
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Blackmagic Design teamed up with Apple to create an external graphics card enclosure with a built-in AMD Radeon Pro 580.Simply called the Blackmagic eGPU, it connects to Apple Mac devices via a Thunderbolt 3 port (40GBps) that support external graphics.It’s available now for $699 exclusively through Apple’s online shop and its brick-and-mortar stores scattered across the globe.“Featuring an elegant, textured finish design, Blackmagic eGPU is extruded from a single piece of aluminum and features a unique thermal cooling system that’s been designed to perfectly balance the airflow and dissipate heat more efficiently,” Blackmagic says.“The cooling system also enables extremely quiet operation as low as 18dB, vital for those working in video production and audio engineering environments.”AMD initially introduced the Radeon Pro 500 series with the latest 21.5- and 27-inch iMacs in June 2017.
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Ola reports positive return on each ride, operational profitability by end of 2018 (India).Bhavish Aggarwal, the ride-hailing firm’s co-founder and CEO, revealed the milestone in an email to employees.He said that Ola had become effective net take rate (ENTR) positive – ENTR being the commission collected from driver-partners minus costs like user discounts.Aggarwal added that the company is aiming to become profitable by the end of this year.Ola’s FY2017 operating loss widened by almost a third year-on-year to US$544 million.Its operating revenue more than doubled to US$172 million over the same period.
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The Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile is being fitted with new a new optics module that will allow it to take some of the sharpest images of the cosmos yet, and on Wednesday just got a stunning first look.The image above features the super star cluster known as RCW 38, which is located some 5,500 light years away from Earth.Billowing clouds of orange and red cosmic dust shimmer through streams of blue, where infant stars are born.It was taken during science verification testing of the High Acuity Wide-field K-band Imager (HAWK-I) and a new "adaptive optics" module called GRAAL.HAWK-I is able to peer into space using infrared wavelengths allowing it to "see inside interstellar dust and gas" but GRAAL is the reason we've got this amazing cosmic painting.When taking photos of the cosmos, Earth's atmosphere can get in the way, causing images to look blurry.
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The next day, The Verge sister site Recode published a more nuanced account of the meeting, which softened some pointed comments Stankey seemed to have made about HBO’s profitability.“A broad theme that I believe is occurring in the industry is there aren’t going to be an unlimited number of platforms that have direct-to-consumer relationships,” Stankey said, according to Recode.“Now, is it going to be eight, six, or four?If it’s six, we need to be one of the six.”From HBO’s perspective, that’s certainly a more encouraging take than what the Times reported, and between both accounts, it’s clear that AT sees the network as an important part of its business moving forward.Technology companies tend to think that the things that work best in their world will translate everywhere, which is why we end up with things like Amazon’s initial attempts at crowdsourcing TV shows.
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Wow, so servicemen forget to change their default logins tooSensitive US Air Force documents have leaked onto the dark web as part of an attempted sale of drone manuals.Threat intel firm Recorded Future picked up on an auction for purported export-controlled documents pertaining to the MQ-9 Reaper drone during its regular work monitoring the dark web for criminal activities last month.Recorded Future's Insikt Group analysts, posing as potential buyers, said they'd engaged the newly registered English-speaking hacker before confirming the validity of the compromised documents.These documents included a M1 Abrams tank maintenance manual, a tank platoon training course, a crew survival course, and documentation on improvised explosive device mitigation tactics.Subsequent work revealed that this info was actually pulled from at least one and more likely a series of insecure File Transfer Protocol (FTP) servers.
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Confirming a long-standing rumor, Bugatti has confirmed it will introduce a brand-new model named Divo at the end of the month.We know very little about the car but it’s shaping up to be a light, handling-focused model built with an emphasis on track performance and an eye turned toward the firm’s coach-building past.“Happiness is not around the corner.With this project, the Bugatti team has an opportunity to interpret the brand DNA in terms of agile, nimble handling in a significantly more performance-oriented way,” explained company president Stephan Winkelmann in a statement.The executive previously ran Lamborghini, where he spearheaded several similar projects (like the Centenario).It’s too early to tell how many parts the Divo will share with the Chiron (pictured).
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The most popular feature request for Microsoft's Outlook.com has been to add a dark/night theme that replaces the eye-searing white with a calming dark grey, making it less visually traumatic to check your e-mail after dark.Microsoft has now announced that this is coming soon, as spotted by The Verge.The new theme will be based on a special dark theme that was offered last Halloween.Since then, it's apparently been "redesigned multiple times" and the company claims that it will be "the best Dark Mode of any leading e-mail client."But as exciting as this is (along with Microsoft's dark mode work in Explorer) I can't help but feel it's all a little old hat.Why, we've been doing this at Ars for years.
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Deep sigh, because a rush to stay compliant became a virtual DDoSAustralia's welfare payments agency couldn't cope with a surge in user traffic it knew was coming last weekend and went TOESUP (Total Outage Ends Support for Usual Performance), with problems continuing until Tuesday, July 3rd.The “users trying to log in attack” occurred after the organisation scheduled weekend maintenance just before a registration deadline.The government had announced changes to the country's childcare rebates, which came into effect on July 1.In the face of inevitable heavy user traffic, Centrelink chose the weekend of June 30 to take systems down for maintenance.Benefit claimants had to wait until the maintenance ended, before trying to log in – and when they did, everybody tried to log in at once, and the system collapsed.
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If you are eager to design your own version of the Polestar 1, Volvo's sister company, it is now possible to do through their website.the Configurator is currently quite simple – which is perhaps not so strange when everything is ”included”, or at least should be included, in the price of about 1.6 million Swedish crowns.however, you can choose 6 different paints, three different wheels, two different detaljfärger and black or white leather interior.When you finish setting up your small car, you get to see a rendering of the car in a video.Here you can configure your Polestar 1the Young go-getter who normally knock code.
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in Order to meet its production target for the Tesla Model 3 was a large tent outside the factory in California.the Tent has apparently been very effective and efficient, Tesla announced that it managed to come up in its production target of 5000 Tesla Model 3 per week.It does, in other words, pretty good for the new model – which has long lagged behind in the production rate.The last car fell, however, on 1 July at 05.00, so ”on the hair” is probably the least one can say – they were, after all, 5 hours of time.at the same time, they produced 7000 cars of the Tesla Model S and Model X during the last week.a Total of around 12,000 cars, which is impressive.
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A new study hints at the potential positive effects of aspirin in preventing Alzheimer’s disease.The research, which was recently published in the journal JNeurosci, shows a link between aspirin and a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease.Though the exact cause of the disease isn’t known, researchers explain how aspirin may be positively impacting the brain to reduce the disease’s development.Alzheimer’s is a disease that degrades an individual’s mental functions, progressively destroying their memory.The disease has been the subject of many studies, but researchers are yet to pin down an exact cause behind the condition.According to the new study, damage to the body’s ability to clear toxic amyloid beta from the brain, and particularly from the hippocampus, is a “leading mechanism” in Alzheimer’s disease.
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Marques Brownlee twittrade ut en liten teaser som visade en röd variant av OnePlus senaste flaggskepp OnePlus 6 förra veckan.Nu har OnePlus själva släppt en video på enheten som ni kan skåda ovan.OnePlus 6 Red har dom döpt den till och den kommer att gå att köpa med 128 GB intern lagring och 8 GB ram, 10 juli börjar den säljas i USA och priset ligger på 579 dollar.Tvåbarnspappa bosatt i Stockholm med en förkärlek till all teknik.If you are a moderator please see our troubleshooting guide.Rekommendera betyder att det här är en diskussion värt att dela.
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Having pinched the idea from Snapchat, Instagram has been pushing its temporary Stories feature as a way of sharing parts of your day that aren't suitable for a fully filtered permanent post.Now it seems like Stories are going to get even more prominent.As spotted by The Verge, the app is now testing a fixed Stories pane at the top of the feed, which stays in place as you scroll.If your friends have posted something in the last 24 hours, then you're certainly going to know about it – tapping through to view the photos and videos is the only way to get relief.At the moment the Stories bubbles appear at the top of the feed and then between certain posts lower down as you scroll, if you don't watch them straight away.The change would make the feature a fixed part of the interface.
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Time magazine on Thursday put out its list of the 25 most influential people on the internet, full of celebrities, musicians and other people we all obsess about online.Some got on the list for the positive influence, such as Charlotte and Dave Willner, who raised over $18 million on Facebook to help reunite separated immigrant families.Also on the list is Naomi Watanabe, a comedian and plus-size fashion designer who has challenged Japan's sizeism, according to Vogue.Some on Time's list attracted negative attention on the internet.Logan Paul's video of an apparent suicide in the Aokigahara forest in Japan was widely criticized, and YouTube suspended ads on his vlogs in February.Kanye West's return to Twitter in April took an unexpected turn when he openly supported President Donald Trump and conservative commentator Candace Owens, who showed disapproval for the Black Lives Matter movement.
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We know Google can build phones, tablets, laptops, thermostats, watches, smart glasses (sort of) and driverless cars, but can they build a city?Instead, all deliveries will be handled by a network of underground robots that run along utility lines and bring your post straight into a personal mail locker in your building.“Each delivery would be routed according to its level of urgency, perishability, or priority, and additional modes might be employed, such as delivery bikes and aerial drones,” Sidewalk Labs says.LEDs that adjust road width based on trafficThe streets of Sidewalk Labs’ city will be packed with sensors measuring congestion, footfall, and traffic patterns.That data will enable some neat tech, like 'dynamic' streets and pavements that can change width based on demand from cars and pedestrians.
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AT’s newly announced Watch TV, a low-cast live TV streaming service announced in the wake of the AT / Time Warner merger, is now up and running.The company already has one over-the-top streaming service with DirecTV Now, but this one is cheaper, has some restrictions, and doesn’t include local channels or sports to keep costs down.At $15 per month, the service undercuts the existing low-cost leader Philo by a dollar, but offers a different lineup (Fomopop has a nice channel-by-channel comparison between the two, if you’re in the market.)Both have 25 of the same channels in their packages, including A, AMC, Comedy Central, Food Network, Discovery, HGTV, History and others, but AT Watch is missing MTV, Nickelodeon, and Travl Channel.In total, Watch TV has over 30 live TV channels, plus 15,000+ TV shows and movies on demand, and allows you to subscribe by way of updated AT Wireless plans.Non-AT customers can subscribe for $15 per month directly.
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To be the first to know, please click here.August Home, the smart lock company that was purchased last year by lock-making giant Assa Abloy, has developed a new tool for hosts with home-sharing services who are using smart locks, according to TechCrunch.The new tool from August will link with the hosts' accounts and generate a single-use code that can be automatically sent to guests.The new tool could help the lock company expand the potential market for its devices.August's aim is to leverage its technology to ease a pain point in another emerging industry.The home-sharing market is growing rapidly as more consumers list their homes on platforms like Airbnb and Homeaway and travelers turn to these marketplaces for accommodations rather than traditional hotels.
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