It's nearly the weekend, and it's a bank holiday weekend at that, so there are lots of sales about.After all this is the last bank holiday until sometime in August, so we better do what we can to enjoy this day off work.eBay's decided to celebrate with another flash sale, this time knocking 15% off all tech products.The sale is only available until midnight tonight, so it's not the time for dawdling.After all Amazon's bank holiday sale is pretty weak, and unless you want an Echo there isn't much worth buying.But 15% off all tech something we can all get behind, even if there are a bunch of caveats involved.
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Facebook received 110,634 government requests for user data in the second half of 2018, up 7% from 103,815 in the first half of 2018, according to its latest Transparency Report, which was released Thursday.The social network said the uptick in the second half of last year was normal compared with previous reporting periods.The most requests came from the U.S., followed by India, the U.K., Germany and France.Vice president and deputy general counsel Chris Sonderby said in a Newsroom post that requests from the U.S. were actually down 3% from the first half of 2018, adding that 58% of those included nondisclosure orders, which prohibited Facebook from notifying the affected users.Sonderby also detailed an error in Facebook’s accounting methods for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act content requests, saying that it resulted in “a significant undercounting of the number of accounts specified in those requests, as well as overcounting of the number of requests in one half,” dating back to 2015.The previous and revised numbers are available in the report.
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Getting flustered because you have to find your phone and tap on a prompt every time you log into your accounts from a new device is peak first-world problems.But if you ever had any doubt whether it really made you that much safer, Google has the data to dispel that uncertainty.If you’re not familiar with two-factor authentication (2FA) or two-step verification, it’s all about using an extra layer of security to prove the person logging into an account or device is really you.Even if someone steals or guesses your password, they won’t be able to access your information without another authenticator.Sometimes that means typing in a code you received on your smartphone or tapping on a prompt on a separate device.If you need more security, you could even get a physical device that connects to your computer to verify your identity.
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Videos of Nancy Pelosi, doctored to make it appear that that the House speaker is drunkenly slurring her words, are spreading rapidly across the internet in another case of political misinformation on social media.A recording of a speech Pelosi gave Wednesday at a Center for American Progress event, in which she accused President Donald Trump of being part of a "coverup," was subtly edited to make her voice garbled, the Washington Post found.The video was then posted widely to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.One version posted to Facebook has been viewed more than 1.4 million times and shared more than 30,000 times.Some of the more than 20,000 comments refer to her as "drunk."The video has also appeared on multiple YouTube and Twitter accounts,
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A Chinese national and former engineering student in the US state of Oregon pleaded guilty on Wednesday to one count of trafficking in counterfeit goods in a scheme that defrauded Apple out of roughly 1,500 iPhones.According to court records, US Customs and Border Protection opened an investigation in 2017 into a number of shipments of counterfeit iPhones that led them to Quan Jiang.Investigators said Jiang told them during an interview in December of that year that he regularly received packages from China that contained 20 to 30 inoperable iPhones, which he would then trade in for legitimate iPhones through Apple’s warranty programme by claiming they would not power on.Jiang told investigators that after trading in the fake iPhones for legitimate Apple products, either in person or online, he would ship them back to China where they were sold for hundreds of dollars.In exchange, Jiang would receive a cut of the money.Those funds were reportedly delivered to Jiang’s mother, who lives in China and would deposit the money in his account.
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Faced with escalating accusations of bias from the right and an onslaught of calls to break up Facebook on the left, the social media juggernaut released a data dump Thursday that its leaders hope will help the public better understand how it moderates content—and remind them that the bigger Facebook is, the more it can invest in fending off these threats.In most, though not all categories, the company explained how prevalent views of that content were, how many pieces of content Facebook took action on, how much of it Facebook found before users reported it, how many enforcement decisions Facebook users appealed, and how much content was restored after that appeal.The report also includes some never-before-shared insights into certain categories of banned content, including child sexual exploitation and terrorist propaganda, which Facebook says accounted for .03 percent of all views in Q1 of 2019.According to the report, Facebook catches more than 99 percent of those posts before a single user reports them.In a press call introducing the reports, CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg argued that Facebook's size is precisely what makes the company a responsible watchdog for the internet."We really need to decide what issues we think are the most important to address and to focus on, because in some ways, some of the remedies cut against each other in terms of making progress."
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Japan’s Hayabusa2 probe aborted an attempt to drop a highly reflective target marker on the surface of Ryugu in preparation for its second sample extraction mission.But with surface temperatures rising steadily on the asteroid, the probe is running out of time.The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is in the midst of contemplating a second touchdown mission for Hayabusa2 to collect surface materials.The probe managed to scoop up samples this past February, so the space agency isn’t under a huge amount of pressure to make a second attempt given the risks.Three candidate areas for the second touchdown attempt, with yellow circles showing specific touchdown points.The spots designated S01, C01, and L14 are areas in which debris from the crater has settled.
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Matthew Marre was indicted [PDF] and arrested last month for allegedly obtaining "confidential phone record information ... by making false and fraudulent statements and representations" when he called a hotline run by the different mobile networks, and asked for the GPS location of specific cellphones – all of which belonged to people that were wanted for skipping bail.What is remarkable is that Marre was seemingly able to get the information at all.The police are required to follow a "legal court process compelling the companies to assist law enforcement" i.e.When Marre was interviewed following the bush-tracking incident, he told a police officer that he was the owner of "Colorado PSC LLC" and had been contracted by a bail bond company to track the man in question.We haven't been able to find a limited liability company called "Colorado PSC" but it is possible that Marre simply implied he was a police officer by saying he was from "Colorado PSC" and was given the information by the mobile operator.Either way, Marre was apparently able to get hold of information that should been restricted only to law enforcement officers in an emergency situation – and was able to do so repeatedly with three of the four mobile operators, suggesting at the very least that those companies have lax data protection systems in place.
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Your iPhone comes with an audio recording tool that can help you record, edit, and playback long clips of recorded sound.The Voice Memos app is easy to use and makes sharing recorded audio simple as well, making it an excellent tool for collaboration or sharing with friends.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.A couple weeks back, I interviewed the host of a nationally syndicated radio show and podcast (Francis Lam of American Public Media's "The Splendid Table").We had a two-hour lunch in a restaurant where music and noisy chatter filled the space, yet still I could hear every word he and I had spoken with perfect clarity on the recording I used to help me write a profile on the host.If you're wondering how to use the Voice Memos app on an iPhone to record notes, meetings, yourself singing in the bathroom, or any other audio, you'll have it mastered in just a few minutes.
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They soon discovered that its core service — helping companies find, promote, and group together the right people for their organizations — had even more potential than they originally realized.Below is the pitch deck Zani and Muzquiz used to raise $50 million in venture funding and to show investors their vision for injecting even more growth into the business.Zani and his business partner, Daniel Muzquiz, bought the venerable personality testing company five years ago with the idea of reinvigorating it.But then the company started growing rapidly, with revenue jumping by nearly 40% annually."When we bought the Boston-based company in 2014, we knew it was a great company.The tests, distributed through a network of partners, are designed to be used to help companies hire the people whose personalities best fit their culture or needs and to help them organize teams with people who mesh together.
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Amazon is building up its own brands, requiring rival marketers to navigate a slew of Amazon brands that it's heavily promoting on its platforms.Amazon is aggressively growing its private label business, but at the same time, it's trying to compete with Facebook and Google for advertising."Amazon is a huge threat to CPGs because any time Amazon decides to look at a category, they're going to own it," said Jon Reily, VP and global commerce strategy lead at Publicis Sapient.In fact, Amazon is under growing scrutiny from regulators for selling its own items in a marketplace that it manages.In March, Sen. Elizabeth Warren proposed splitting up Amazon for competitive reasons.Private label brands represent 25% or more of sales for other retailers, Amazon said in April.
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Some 3 million years ago, a tiny mouse featuring reddish fur on its back and a white belly scurried across the landscape of what is now Germany.We know this thanks to a remarkable new breakthrough in which reddish colour pigment was detected in an ancient fossil—a scientific first.Fossils with traces of soft tissue are exceptionally rare, making it difficult—if not impossible—for scientists to determine the colour of a specimen, the texture of its skin, and other important cosmetic and functional characteristics.New research published Tuesday in Nature Communications describes a new technique in which scientists, for the very first time, were able to detect reddish color pigment in a 3 million year old mouse fossil.Using x-ray spectrography, chemical imaging, and other techniques, researchers from the University of Manchester and several other institutions showed that the extinct field mouse had reddish to brown fur on its back and a white belly.We can reconstruct key facets from life, death and the subsequent events impacting preservation before and after burial,” said Phil Manning, the lead palaeontologist on the paper and a professor at UM, in a press release.
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If the technology industry wants 5G to change the world, placing prohibitive pricing on data tariffs is a strange way to go about it.Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 5GAll contracts set at 24 monthsWhat is missing from the above table is a nod to Huawei.Vodafone has hit the pause button on devices from the under-fire Chinese brand.“Given its high-profile battle with EE to lead in 5G, I expected Vodafone’s initial tariffs to be punchier,” said Kester Mann of CCS Insight.
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One of the hidden gems of the audio world is Fluance, a Canadian manufacturer of premium speakers, which boasts a 20-year pedigree.As you’d expect from any aspirational brand, its kit isn’t exactly cheap.But you won’t have to empty your wallet to pick up the Fluance Fi20, which is now available for $100, rather than the usual $150.With a 360-degree omnidirectional system, the Fluance Fi20 is capable of drenching a room with sound, ensuring your favorite tunes can be heard by all.Its 20-hour battery promises to last even the most demanding of events, while its AUX port lets you easily connect it to a laptop or vinyl player.The Fluance Fi20 boasts an eye-catching design, which incorporates open elements, allowing you to see inside the speaker.
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Top Chinese officials today ramped up the rhetoric against Western governments amid a raging dispute over Huawei, warning attempts to block trade with the tech giant could backfire.A senior Chinese diplomat warned there could be “substantial” repercussions on the country’s investment in the UK if the government decided to ban Huawei from 5G networks.Chen Wen, China’s charge d’affairs in London, told the BBC a ban on the telecoms firm would not send a positive message to Chinese companies and would damage the UK economy.When asked how severe the impact would be, Chen said: “It’s hard to predict at the moment, but I think it’s going to be quite substantial.”Details leaked from a top-secret security meeting last month revealed the UK will ban Huawei from core parts of its 5G network, though the government is yet to issue a formal verdict on the issue.The threats came as China told the US to correct its “wrong actions” in order for trade talks to continue, after President Donald Trump signed an executive order blacklisting Huawei due to fears its equipment could be used for spying.
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The biggest compliment I can give Brightburn is that, when it ended, I would have sat through a sequel immediately.Directed by David Yarovesky, produced by James Gunn, and written by Brian and Mark Gunn (brother and cousin to James, respectively), Brightburn is the kind of movie everyone says they want these days.A high-concept, original idea that asks more questions than it answers and is destined to spark conversation when you walk out the cinema.A film that takes a familiar story, flips it on its head, and puts it in an unfamiliar genre.Meaning, a Kansas couple is shocked when an alien craft crashes on their farm and, inside, they find a baby they raise to be their own.Where Superman chose to use his powers to save the world, Brandon goes in the opposite direction.
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“We can’t just knock on someone’s door and tell them that they are going to become a drug addict…”Meera Kanhouwa has seen the impact of America’s opioid epidemic all too first hand.As a veteran emergency medicine physician, she estimates that she has personally treated 70,000 patients with opioid-related afflictions: from pregnant addicts whose babies are born suffering from withdrawal symptoms, to thousands of overdose patients; some arriving at the emergency room dying; all at risk of relapsing.Once at the medical front line of the country’s opioid addiction crisis – where abuse of prescription pain killers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl is estimated to cost taxpayers $78.5 billion yearly and kill hundreds of victims daily – the Potomac-based doctor is now a managing director at Deloitte, and the face of a new predictive analytics tool built by the professional services giant on DataStax Enterprise and Google Cloud.Demonstrated publicly this week at DataStax’s Accelerate conference in Washington, Opioid360 is a link analysis platform designed to identify individuals at risk of becoming opioid addicts; a predictive tool that performs visually like that of data mining company and law enforcement favourite Palantir.But in the world of big data and machine learning, those rubber bands are made of public datasets, and no human fingers tug them to the next pin on the board – the tool finds its own patterns…)
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To see the battery on your AirPods, open your AirPods charging case next to its companion iPhone.On your Mac, you can view your AirPods' battery life from your desktop.If you don't have your paired device with you, open the AirPod case and check the color of the LED.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.They're cordless, convenient, and cool looking.While they definitely up your style game, their super sleek design can make it slightly difficult to determine the battery life and any functionality issues with them.
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Cranking the AC or putting on and taking off additional layers of clothing isn’t always the most practical or convenient way of regulating your body temperature.Wouldn’t things be easier if you could just use smart wearable technology to solve the problem for you?A new research project developed by engineers at the University of California, San Diego, aims to help.They have developed wearable tech which could be embedded into future clothing, thereby keeping you the perfect temperature and also saving you on the overuse of air conditioning and heating.The technology sounds similar to the pulsed Embr cooling patch originally developed by a team of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.Unlike that device, however, the UC San Diego cooling and heating patch aims to be applied far more broadly to entire items of clothing — meaning that your whole wardrobe could be used for better temperature control.
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Mainly, we're hoping Nintendo will offer more solid details on titles which have already been announced such as Pokémon Sword and Shield, Link's Awakening Remake and Luigi's Mansion 3 - not to mention Animal Crossing on the Switch.If we're being really optimistic, there could even be news about the new Nintendo Switch – but it's not super likely given the lack of concrete rumors.Keep up to date with all the latest E3 2019 newsNintendo has already announced that Pokémon Sword and Shield will be hitting the Nintendo Switch in late 2019, with the next generation of Pokémon games seeing players traversing the brand new region of Galar (based on Britain).While we already know the new core Pokémon games will bring with them fresh Pokémon to train, we don't know much about these outside of the starter options.We also don't know much about the game's new features (or which will be making a return) or how Sword and Shield will differ, if at all.
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