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This Force-powered adventure, which hits PS4, Xbox One and PC on Nov. 15, is the first single-player game set in a galaxy far, far away since 2010's The Force Unleashed 2.So there's a lot riding on this one, especially after the controversy surrounding the last major Star Wars game, 2017's Battlefront 2.Star Wars is a cinematic franchise at its heart, and Jedi: Fallen Order certainly delivers in the 20 or so hours it took me to complete it.When he uses the Force to save a friend, the Second Sister (a Jedi-hunting Imperial Inquisitor) is drawn to him.Rescued by former Jedi Cere Junda and pilot Greez Dritus, he follows the path of Cere's late master to find a holocron containing the names and locations of Force-sensitive children -- who are potentially the next generation of Jedi.The crew flies from planet to planet in Greez's ship -- the Stinger Mantis -- to explore ancient temples, battle the Empire and restore Cal's Force abilities, with an engaging narrative and plenty of jaw-droppingly cool moments.
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GM’s Cruise announced this past June that it would postpone plans for a driverless taxi service, which it previously said would debut in 2019.In fact, work on the underlying systems and infrastructure has accelerated in the intervening months, according to head of Cruise’s AI and machine learning division Hussein Mehanna.The passion and drive in the last six months I’ve witnessed demonstrates that people at Cruise … want to deliver the safest, most comfortable vehicle ever,” said Mehanna, a veteran of Microsoft, Google, and Facebook who previously served as Snap’s director of engineering.“The faster we update [these systems] in the driver’s seat, the faster we can get to the point where we release a car.”The company to this end detailed the work conducted by its Mapping team, which creates the high-definition maps that enable its cars to self-orient on the road.The maps in question comprise two asset types — 3D tiles rendered from short- and long-range lidar data and data-encoding labels — that provide information about features like lane boundaries, traffic lights (and their locations), and roadway curb edges.
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3D-printed beef steaks and chicken could be on the menu in European restaurants as soon as next year, and meat printers could be in your home – if you want one – possibly within the next few years.So reports The Guardian, highlighting Israeli and Spanish operations which are printing beef and chicken products with the same (fibrous) texture, appearance and flavor as real meat, but with no harm to animals involved (they are made from plant proteins only).One such firm is Israel-based Redefine Meat, which is using “advanced food formulations” along with “proprietary 3D printing technology” to make what it calls the “holy grail of alt-meat”.3D printers are capable of printing meat substitutes from either plant protein or laboratory-grown animal cells.The benefits are widespread and include a massively reduced overall impact on the environment compared to cattle farming, and on the health front, the 3D-printed meat product has no cholesterol either.According to Redefine Meat, meat alternatives is the fastest growing segment of the food market, and is expected to be a $140 billion industry by 2030.
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MIT’s Biomimetics Robotics department took a whole herd of its new ‘mini cheetah’ robots out for a group demonstration on campus recently – and the result is an adorable, impressive display of the current state of robotic technology in action.The school’s students are seen coordinating the actions of 9 of the dog-sized robots running through a range of activities, including coordinated movements, doing flips, springing in slow motion from under piles of fall leaves, and even playing soccer.The mini cheetah weights just 20 lbs, and its design was revealed for the first time earlier this year by a team of robot developers working at MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering.The mini cheetah is a shrunk-down version of the Cheetah 3, a much larger and more expensive to produce robot that is far less light on its feet, and not quite so customizable.The mini cheetah was designed for Lego-like assembly using off-the-shelf part, as well as durability and relative low cost.It can walk both right-side up, and upside down, and its most impressive ability just might be the way it can manage a full backflip from a stand-still.
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Despite the proliferation of instant messaging services, our mobile-centric culture is still dependent on good old text messages.But what if those text messages never reached their recipients or only months after they made any sense?That’s the rather strange situation that many in the US just experienced when Valentine’s messages they sent months ago only reached their intended targets in November in the middle of the night.The lucky ones woke up to a rather strange experience of receiving loving messages dated Wednesday that were, in fact, sent on February 14, 2019.Others who don’t mute their phones might have been woken up in the middle of the night to the perplexing message.It may sound hilarious but it was quite the opposite for some people.
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Indian retailer Flipkart announced that it'll be stocking Nokia smart TVs but it's unlikely we'll see them in the west.The TVs won't actually be made by Nokia or its parent company, HMD Global, but by Harmon, with audio courtesy of JBL.Flipkart will be paying to have the Nokia brand slapped on the telly.It looks like the TVs won't be launching outside of India, unlike the OnePlus TV, which launched in India last month but will be winging its way to the west eventually.“We are delighted that Flipkart, the leading e-commerce company in the country, will bring the first-ever Nokia branded Smart TVs to India," said Vipul Mehrotra, VP of Nokia Brand Partnerships."Today marks the start of an exciting new chapter for the Nokia brand in a new category.
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For a long time, Microsoft had the reputation for being unfriendly to developers.After all, Microsoft infamously spent much of the '90s and '00s battling with the open source community — the free and remixable software that they were creating posed an existential threat to Windows and other Microsoft products.Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer even infamously called the open source operating system Linux "a cancer."But 2014 marked a turning point, when Satya Nadella took the reins as CEO, leading the company to turn this attitude around.About a year into his reign, Microsoft released one of the surest signs yet of its new attitude: Visual Studio Code, a free and open source code editor that has its roots in Visual Studio, Microsoft's flagship integrated development environment (IDE), which is essentially the software that developers use to make more software.Just Monday, Microsoft announced an online version of Visual Studio, which supports Visual Studio Code.
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Fossil has just updated its hybrid watch range with the announcement of the Fossil Hybrid HR – an analog watch which packs in a huge number of smart features.Like all hybrids this has mechanical hands, leaving it looking a lot like a conventional watch.But it also has a circular always-on display under those hands, which can show a variety of information, such as the weather, your step count, the date, and call and text previews.One big addition here though – given away by the name – is a heart rate monitor, making the Fossil Hybrid HR a much better exercise partner than previous hybrid watches from Fossil, such as the Fossil Q Commuter.These are the best smartwatchesFeature-packed and full of life
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Xiaomi brand is definitely not a novice in producing high-quality audio products and their selection of headphones, earphones and earbuds is quite extensive.And growing larger almost every day, because they are pumping up new models to the market with almost machine gun speed.Today we have for you a fresh new Xiaomi QCY T5 wireless in-ear earphones and of course paired with a pretty nice price from the Ebay marketplace.Just one product would be too little for our readers so for good measure we are throwing in a deal for a Huawei CP60/CP61 wireless charging pads too.But first let’s take a look at the Xiaomi QCY T5 earphones as they are bringing significant improvements compared to the older T3 model.These binaural TWS earphones can offer new stylish ear canal shape design, 6.2mm Hi-Fi drivers for each of the earphones, automatic pairing system, Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, IPX5 waterproof certification, full touch controls, 4.38g of weight for each of the earphones, 40 mAh battery capacity in each for about 4-5 hours of battery life or extended to 25 hours with the 380 mAh charging box.
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While Apple’s fiscal 2019 will be remembered as a year of ups and downs, growth of the company’s subscription services last quarter helped reverse serious holiday season and second quarter shortfalls.Today, Apple announced its fourth quarter 2019 results, top-lined by revenues of $64 billion, slightly higher than the year-ago quarter: Services revenue grew sharply, while earnings from both iPhones and Macs fell somewhat below last year’s levels.Ahead of the announcement, analysts expected sales of $63 billion, up only slightly from actual sales of $62.9 billion in Q4 2018, and $2.83 in estimated earnings per share, down from $2.91 one year ago.“We concluded a groundbreaking fiscal 2019 with our highest Q4 revenue ever, fueled by accelerating growth from Services, Wearables, and iPad,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook.“We’re very optimistic about what the holiday quarter has in store.”For the quarter, Apple says it sold $33.362 billion in iPhones, $6.991 billion in Macs, and $4.656 billion in iPads.
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There’s also the analytics service IoT SiteWise; the application builder IoT Things Graph; and the cybersecurity suite IoT Device Defender, to name a few others.To get a sense of the IoT landscape through Amazon’s lens just over two months out from the company’s annual AWS re:Invent conference, we spoke with CTO Werner Vogels earlier this week in a phone interview.Conversation topics ranged from the challenges involved in device deployment to the privacy concerns that arise as data from IoT devices is collected and processed.[Some are on] drilling platforms hundreds of miles out to sea, where connectivity is not always stable.IoT Greengrass is often used for these scenarios, which is our IoT environment that can operate independently of the cloud.In these IoT scenarios, it’s not just a matter of IoT — it’s IoT plus intelligent processing so that machine learning can be applied to get insights that improve safety and efficiency.
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Xiaomi has officially opened its camera technology R hub in Tampere, Finland, three months after the Chinese smartphone giant announced that it had set up a local company in the area.The choice of location is notable, insofar as Nokia built its mobile phone empire in the region, which means there should be an abundance of talent and resources relevant to smartphone technology — Nokia still has a hub in Tampere, where it develops network and cloud management technology.And very much related to this, Nokia and Xiaomi signed a patent and equipment deal two years ago, so the two companies have an existing foundation to build on, even though Nokia was not specifically mentioned as part of today’s announcement.The new site represents Xiaomi’s largest team dedicated to camera technology outside of China, and the initial 20 employees based there will work on machine learning, camera algorithms, signal processing, and image / video processing smarts — “technologies that are driving the R of mobile cameras,” noted Xiaomi Finland R senior director Jarno Nikkanen.“We are a compact team of around 20 people now, but we are quickly scaling up by building up this team, especially talents specialized in camera algorithm.”As smartphone companies dabble with funky new foldable form factors, with varying degrees of success, the main area where manufacturers have been making giant strides in recent years has been in the quality of the camera.
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Google plans to help Adobe's Flash exercise its right to be forgotten – by gradually stripping the animated content from its search index, starting some time later this year.Flash was beloved by millions of netizens roughly two decades ago.In the years after its introduction in 1996, Flash provided a development platform that worked consistently across systems despite the quirks of browsers.It offered animation, sound, and interaction that web technology couldn't match at the time.But over the past decade, it has fallen out of favor.It suffered a mortal blow in 2010 when then Apple CEO Steve Jobs banned Flash from iOS because of security and performance issues, not to mention Apple's insistence on platform control.
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It's fair to say that Hollywood freaked out when Netflix hinted at the possibility of watching TV and movies at 1.5x speed.It would take binging a show to a whole new level.News surfaced on Monday about Netflix's tests, and now the streaming service has responded to all the brouhaha.Keela Robison, Netflix's vice president, wrote in a blog post on Monday that the 1.5x speed test is for mobile and tablet users only -- it won't affect TVs.You can stick to normal speed, slow it down (0.5X or 0.75X) or speed it up (1.25X and 1.5X), a feature that Robison pointed out has been on DVD players for quite a while.In addition, the speed settings aren't all that's being tested this month.
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on Tuesday, published in sveriges Riksbank economic commentary on The proposed kryptovaluta libra.see also: Paypal's president on the Di: that's Why you'll get out of The kryptovaluta.the Gist of the report is that the libran's probably not going to be used for payments in Sweden to a large extent is because of competition with well-developed techniques like the Swish and the debit card would be the hardware.However, where payments are made to and from the rest of the world, for example in e-commerce would be our primary to be able to have an advantage in that they are often ”omständligare” than that of domestic payments, the notes of the bank.the Comment also deals with librans, any impact on monetary policy in Sweden.If the kryptovalutan could be used in larger amounts, would have an impact on the conduct of monetary policy, it is called.
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For something intended to be hidden out of sight, the NVIDIA SHIELD TV (2019) sure is a funny shape.Then again, after four years solidifying its reputation as the go-to Android TV box, perhaps NVIDIA’s brand new SHIELD TV is allowed to step outside the lines a little.One thing’s for sure: with a new AI-powered upscaler, lower sticker price, and brand new remote, there’s more to this 2019 model than just a fresh shape.While the SHIELD TV Pro, which launches alongside this model, looks much like its predecessor, NVIDIA had different goals for its mass-market version.Misplace it behind the coach cushions and you can make it ring, Tile-style, either from the SHIELD TV app for iOS and Android, or by pressing a button on the SHIELD TV itself.Finally, there’s a new Settings key, which can be programmed to launch the app of your choice or to trigger things like mute, taking a screenshot, or open the recent apps or all apps views.
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It’s usually at least mildly newsworthy when a large or particularly hot company cuts a chunk of its workforce, as UiPath did this week when it cut about 400 jobs from its total of about 3,200.But the timing and optics of this particular round of cuts from this particular company was jarring, especially with the WeWork debacle still fresh on people’s minds.The company added ProcessGold and StepShot to its stable earlier this month, after a $568 million funding round earlier this year pushed its total funding to over a billion dollars and a $7 billion valuation.And then came the job cuts.The timing and price tag of the event makes for poor optics (even though $8 million wouldn’t pay 400 people for more than a few months), but on its face it’s also rather alarming that a company freshly flush with gobs of cash would need to make cuts of any kind, let alone to a chunk of its workforce.Shouldn’t UiPath be on a breathless hiring spree right now?
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NEWPORT NEWS, VA - While particle accelerators may be on the cutting edge of science, the building and preparation of some particle accelerator components has long been more of an art form, dependent on recipes born of trial and error.A staff scientist at the Department of Energy's Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, Palczewski has been awarded a DOE Early Career Research Program grant to put the science back into particle accelerator preparation.Particle accelerators are go-to machines for researchers who want to understand the tiniest bits of matter or analyze the X-ray structure of complex molecules, for companies looking to sanitize medical devices and for scanning cargo at our nation's borders.When it comes to building better components for superconducting radiofrequency, or SRF, accelerators, such as Jefferson Lab's own CEBAF, traditional wisdom has held that the most efficient components are made of the purest niobium metal.That wisdom was turned on its head in 2012, when two Jefferson Lab staff scientists unintentionally implanted atoms of titanium into the walls of niobium accelerator components with surprising results."Gianluigi Ciovati and Pashupati Dhakal discovered titanium doping when they accidentally implanted titanium in a specific way into the niobium, which made the niobium component much more efficient at accelerating particles."
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Activision has formally detailed its plans regarding post-launch content for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.The company promises the removal of the Season Pass, as well as a new Battle Pass system that will replace loot boxes and supply drops.News that a loot box system would not be added into the game first surfaced when Infinity Ward art director Joel Emslie claimed the studio is “definitely not working on any kind of supply drop or loot box system.” Emslie also noted that Modern Warfare‘s “functional” content would not be locked behind a paywall, but instead earned through gameplay.Much like the Battle Pass system in games like Fortnite, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will introduce a Battle Pass system that will consist of both paid and free content.With new content being added into the game on a seasonal basis.Activision said that the Battle Pass would also “allow players to see the content that they are earning or buying.”
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Red Dead Redemption 2 is coming to PC, and now we can know just how good it will look.Developer Rockstar Games released the first 4K trailer of the game running at 60 frames per second today.And yeah, it turns out that the game looks stunning on modern hardware.Rockstar is releasing Red Dead Redemption 2 for PC on November 5.You can preorder it now on the Rockstar Games Launcher, which is a thing.Or you can get it on the Epic Games Store.
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Svensk-amerikanska astronauten Jessica Meir ska ta sina första steg i rymden på fredag, meddelar amerikanska rymdstyrelsen Nasa.Det blir dessutom den första helkvinnliga rymdpromenaden, eftersom hon får sällskap av Christina Koch, som gjort tre tidigare rymdvandringar.Meir anslöt sig till besättningen på den internationella rymdstationen ISS i september.De två ska ersätta en trasig styrenhet som kontrollerar kraftöverföringen från nyinstallerade litiumjonbatterier.Promenaden ska inledas 13.50 svensk tid och arbetet beräknas ta cirka 5,5 timmar.Rymdpromenaden kan följas på Nasas hemsida.
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If you’ve been living in this tech world for quite some time, you’ll know that Windows Phone was Microsoft’s bet to bring its popular Desktop platform to the mobile segment.It was the company’s response to compete with Google and Apple software counterparts.Windows Phone had a very unusual interface made by tiles and the old Metro interface.The company put some effort in trying to make their OS successful, but it failed to compete with Android and iOS.Windows Phone didn’t require much of the hardware to deliver a proper experience.Also, it had an interesting and cool interface, but in the end, it lacked some key applications.
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It might be slightly unusual to have one of the worlds’ automotive giants presenting at a broadband conference, but despite the odd fit, there were some very interesting points made.Speaking to Telecoms.com on the side-lines of Broadband World Forum at Amsterdam, Renault’s Chief Sales and Marketing Officers for the services unit Benoit Joly, gave a statement which will come as a tsunami of relief to the telco industry; the battle for control of the connected car ecosystem has not been decided yet.When a new segment of the digital economy emerges, can the telcos move quick enough to capitalise on the newly created revenues?A perfect example of this is in the living room.However, progress was too slow, and now it looks like the OTTs own this space through their smart speakers.In this instance, aside from a few rare examples around the world, the telcos have been relegated to commoditised connectivity providers.
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The company took the wraps off its Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, the latest versions of its Google-branded smartphones, at an event in New York City Tuesday.The new phones come with a slew of new features, such as face unlock, new gesture controls and an upgraded camera.But Google did not announce a version of the device that will connect to a super-fast 5G mobile network.5G is the next (fifth) generation of cellular technology, which promises to offer network speeds that are 10 to 100 times faster than existing 4G LTE cellular connections.Rumors about the 5G version of the Pixel 4 had been swirling around for weeks.The fact that Google chose not to announce a 5G version of the product today comes at a time when consumers are being bombarded with 5G marketing hype from major wireless carriers, including AT, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile.
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Look out crossover craze because Audi is betting customers may want to slide into something slightly more traditional -- a wagon.The A6 Allroad's return follows confirmation that the US will get the A6 model's range-topping go-fast model, the RS6 Avant.Overall, it's not super surprising the A6 Allroad wagon will follow the RS6 Avant since the former has already been confirmed and on sale in Canada since this summer.Nevertheless, another wagon option is never a bad thing for those sickened by a sea of crossovers and SUVs.As the "Allroad" name has always implied, the company's Quattro all-wheel drive system is standard equipment and the wagon sits 1.8 inches higher than a standard A6 sedan, when configured for its max height setting via selectable modes.Total ground clearance is 7.3 inches at the max setting.
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Light pollution is an environmental issue that you might not think much about, but it can have serious consequences.From interfering with astronomical research to impacting both wildlife and human well-being, too much artificial light at night can cause a range of problems.To understand the scale of the problem, the European Space Agency (ESA) is promoting a program to catalog images of cities taken from space and is asking for the public’s help.The Lost at Night project aims to quantify and map artificial light pollution caused by humans, especially around major cities.It uses high definition photographs of the Earth taken from the International Space Station (ISS).“The International Space Station is the best observation point humankind has for monitoring Earth at night,” Kevin Gaston, project leader of Lost at Night, explained to the ESA.
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Last week, the BBC officially unveiled plans for one of its most intriguing attempts to restore part of Doctor Who’s missing episode back catalogue to life: the premiere of a fan-led remake, made with its official backing, of the missing 1965 episode “Mission to the Unknown.” Now, you can watch the entire thing.Broadcast on YouTube to be timed down to the minute the original episode would’ve aired in the UK 54 years ago today, the remake – spearheaded by students and teachers at the University of Central Lancashire – is a shot-for-shot recreation of “Mission to the Unknown,” not just the only standalone story in classic Doctor Who history, but one of the 97 episodes from the 1960s era of the show still absent from the BBC’s archives.It’s a precursor to the 12-episode serial “The Daleks’ Master Plan,” most of which is also lost to the BBC’s old policy of archive junking; just three of its episodes remain in the vaults today.“Mission” follows the story of Space Security Agent Marc Cory.After crash landing, Cory has to brave killer Varga plants and deadly Dalek patrols on the planet Kembel in an attempt to warn Earth that the Daleks are planning their most malicious plan yet: unifying the villainous tyrants of seven galaxies in a plot to conquer the entire universe, starting with the eradication of Earth.It doesn’t star William Hartnell’s Doctor, or any of the show’s primary cast.
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You can block pop-ups on a Samsung Galaxy S10 in both Google Chrome and the Samsung Internet browser.The feature is on by default, but if pop-up blocking has been disabled on your Galaxy S10, you can re-enable it in the Settings menu of both browser apps.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.But it is possible to prevent pop-up ads from appearing on your Galaxy S10.The pop-up blockers are turned on by default.But if the pop-up blockers in your Galaxy S10's web browsers have been turned off for some reason, here's how to re-enable blocking for more convenient web browsing.
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