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Coronavirus has changed everything. Make sense of it all with the Waugh Zone, our evening politics briefing. Sign up now. The government has insisted it has “robust” security systems in place, following reports that secret documents detailing trade talks between the UK and US were stolen from former trade secretary Liam Fox.On Monday, Reuters reported suspected Russian hackers had accessed Fox’s emails multiple times last year.Fox is currently the UK’s nominee to lead the World Trade Organisation (WTO).The documents, which were leaked, were seized upon by Jeremy Corbyn during the 2019 election campaign as proof Tories were hatching a trade deal with Donald Trump to “sell off” the NHS to American private health and drug firms.There is no suggestion that Labour was in any way involved in the original leak of the papers.Dominic Raab announced last month that the UK’s intelligence assessment was that “Russian actors” – a way of describing hostile hackers as opposed to Moscow’s intelligence agencies – had “almost certainly” sought to interfere in the election by “amplifying” the documents online.A government spokesperson said today: “There is an ongoing criminal investigation into how the documents were acquired, and it would be inappropriate to comment further at this point.“But, as you would expect, the government has very robust systems in place to protect the IT systems of officials and staff.”Fox served as international trade secretary from July 2016 until July 2019, having previously been the defence secretary. The former cabinet minister has been contacted for comment.Parliament’s intelligence and security committee (ISC) recently accused the government of being too slow to recognise the potential threat posed by Russia to British democratic processes.The committee said ministers did not properly consider whether Moscow could interfere in the Brexit referendum until after the event.The ISC report found that the government “took its eye off the ball” of the Russian threat, underestimated its dangers and was “still playing catch-up” on attempted manipulation of British democracy.Related... London And Other Areas Could Face Travel Lockdown, No.10 Confirms
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The DualShock 4 can be used to play PS4 games on Sony's backward-compatible next-gen console, but not games made for the PlayStation 5.
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Coronavirus has changed everything. Make sense of it all with the Waugh Zone, our evening politics briefing. Sign up now. Travel in and out of London and other areas across England could be halted to curb a second wave of Covid-19. No.10 confirmed the government could move to shutdown local transport networks and stop travel if any “localised area” was “badly affected”.  It comes amid a flurry of reports that airports in the capital could be frozen and other travel stopped.Asked to clarify whether such a lockdown could happen in London, Boris Johnson’s official spokesperson did not rule it out and said other places could face a similar ban.They said: “If you look at the Contain strategy which we published just over two weeks ago, it sets out within there the possibility of putting in place restrictions on travel, if there is an area that is particularly badly affected, and one of the steps within that potentially includes closing down local transport networks. “So, it’s there, it’s contained in the document. It’s not a new thing. “We’ve informed the public and politicians of that being a potential action that we can take. “But to be clear it is not something specific to London or anywhere else, it is something which would be used if there was a specific outbreak in a town or city or localised area.” Last week, Downing Street reimposed some lockdown measures in Manchester and parts of the north as new data revealed a surge in positive tests for the virus. Since then, a major incident has been declared in Manchester. Reports have also emerged that the government is weighing up plans to introduce shielding measures for the over-50s. It is also thought fresh restrictions on households meeting could be on the cards. Appearing on LBC radio on Monday, business minister Nadhim Zahawi also refused to rule out a London lockdown. He said: “We constantly look at how the virus is behaving.“If we see the virus spreading in a particular way in London, as we‘ve seen in Manchester and West Yorkshire, where it’s spreading through people coming into another person’s home and that’s the way it’s spread, then we will discuss that with the police and we will not hesitate to act.”Zahawi was repeatedly asked if this meant nobody going in or out of the capital. He said: “Look, I don’t want to speculate and set hares running in any way on your programme.“What I would say is look at the way we’re dealing with it, whether in Leicester or Manchester and West Yorkshire and East Lancashire or elsewhere. “We will actually follow how the virus is behaving and how it is being transmitted between people and then act accordingly.”Number 10 also warned that people must stick to the social distancing rules. The PM’s spokesperson said: “At the moment, the restrictions on social contact are limited to specific parts of the country which have seen localised flare-ups but everybody needs to continue the social distancing guidance.“We need to keep monitoring the situation, make sure everybody has access to testing and ensure that if we do see localised spikes in any part of England then we need to take action to deal with them.”Asked if Johnson agreed with comments made by Professor Graham Medley, a member of SAGE, that pubs may be forced to shut in order to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission and allow schools to open, the spokesperson said: “Our approach is a localised one where you would assess the situation on the ground and take whatever steps were required to slow the spread of the virus.“More broadly we are committed to supporting the hospitality industry which has had a very tough time.”Related... Opinion: Why Won't Boris Johnson Admit It's Too Dangerous To Keep Pubs Open? Greater Manchester Declares Major Incident After Rise In Coronavirus Infections Pubs Could Shut For Schools To Reopen In September, Scientific Adviser Warns
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Lucid aims for "hands off, eyes off" freeway driving by 2023—but no robotaxis.
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NASA's newest Mars rover, Perseverance, lifted off from its launch pad at Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Thursday at 7:50 a.m. ET. The Atlas V rocket carrying the rover must complete a series of maneuvers as it flies through Earth's atmosphere to safely deliver the spacecraft to its Mars-bound path. If successful, Perseverance will search for signs of ancient alien life, drill Martian rock samples for later return to Earth, deliver the first interplanetary helicopter, and test technologies that humans will need to survive on Mars. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. A rocket carrying NASA's most ambitious Mars rover yet has launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, though its crucial journey through space is just beginning. The Perseverance rover and its landing apparatus is packed inside the top of a 197-foot Atlas V rocket at Cape Canaveral, Florida, Thursday morning. At 7:50 a.m. ET, the rocket's boosters fired and heaved it off the launchpad, beginning a high-stakes, hour-long rocket ride to the orbital path to deliver the robot to Mars. If it survives the journey ahead, the $2.4 billion mission's car-size rover will scan and drill Martian rock for signs of alien life, release the first-ever interplanetary helicopter from its belly, and test technologies that humans will need to survive on the red planet. The rocket must complete a series of complex maneuvers as it speeds through Earth's atmosphere, jettisoning outer layers and firing engines at the right moments to push Perseverance onto its path to Mars. The launch won't be a success until the rover's spacecraft separates from the rocket's upper stage and departs on its seven-month journey across interplanetary space. Here's how the launch should proceed: Liftoff, 7:50 a.m. ET Jettison solid rocket boosters, 7:51:49 a.m. Jettison payload fairing, 7:53:27 a.m. Cut off booster engine, 7:54:21 a.m. Separate the rocket's upper stage from the core booster, 7:54:27 a.m. Start the main engine, 7:54:37 a.m. Cut off the main engine, 8:01:39 a.m. Start the main engine again, 8:35:21 a.m. Cut off the main engine again, 8:42:59 a.m. Separate Mars rover spacecraft from the upper stage, 8:47:42 a.m. Start venting excess fuel out of the upper stage to avoid an explosion, 9:14:02 a.m. Launch operations complete, 9:57:22 a.m. The momentum from the launch and a big boost from Earth's rotation should carry the spacecraft over 314 million miles to reach Mars in February 2021. A giant jetpack should safely lower the rover into Mars's Jezero Crater — an ancient river delta that could harbor traces of alien life. Perseverance is programmed to search for those traces — ancient rocks containing chemical signatures that only life would leave behind — and prepare samples for later return to Earth. This marks July's third Mars launch. The United Arab Emirates and China each launched their own spacecraft to the red planet on July 18 and 23. All three missions are trying to catch Mars as it passes close to Earth. That won't happen again until 2022. This is a developing story.SEE ALSO: NASA stowed the first interplanetary helicopter in the belly of its Mars rover — a 'magic trick' that could return unprecedented video Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: 8 weird robots NASA wants to send to space
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The feature is only available wirelessly, but it's a start.
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This Jio Phone will be similar to its previous feature phone offerings possibly even cheaper.
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I've driven seven Porsche models since last year: the Panamera GTS Sport Turismo, the Cayenne Turbo, Coupé, and GTS; the 911 4S and Turbo S; and the Spyder. The range of vehicles I've driven covers a lot of ground, including a wagon, SUVs, and of course, sports cars. Porsche is making tremendous cars these days, and its lineup is among the best in the business But I can still come up with a ranking! And the top Porsche is the remarkable 718 Spyder. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Porsche is simply crushing it these days. Its lineup of vehicles is basically second to none, ranging from classic sports cars, such as the 911 and Cayman/Boxster/Spyder, to SUVs like the legendary Cayenne and popular Macan, to executive four-door versions of the Panamera. I've been on a Porsche run since late last year, starting by driving the Cayenne Turbo and culminating with the 718 Spyder. Each of these machines has been stupendously impressive. Porsche engineers continue to improve already great vehicles — a difficult job they make look easy. Obviously, we have a roster drawn from different segments here — sedan, SUV, 2+2 sports cars, and a two-seat convertible — and it's not like many shoppers are choosing between a car for hauling the family and one to explore the coast. So, take my ranking with a grain of salt. But I did it anyway, and here's how these seven Porsches stacked up:FOLLOW US: On Facebook for more car and transportation content! IN 7th PLACE: The 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupé. My tester, a well-optioned version of this fastback SUV that's a new thing for Porsche, stickered at $86,090. Read the review. The Cayenne Coupé under consideration here has a sloping roofline, much of which is glass, curving through an integrated spoiler and descending rakishly through a hatchback and terminating with a small, deck lid spoiler. The idea is to take a luxury SUV and add some flash, style, and sportiness. The front end, of course, defaults to the traditional bug-eyed design lingo that has defined Porsches since the 1950s. The Cayenne Coupé has a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6, making 335 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. The power heads to the all-wheel-drive system via an eight-speed automatic with a manual-shifting option. The top speed is 151 mph, and the 0-60 mph dash takes just under six seconds. Porsches aren't Mercedes. If you expect bling, you won't find it in here. Hope you enjoy the "Slate Gray" leather and subdued appointments. The trunk offers 22 cubic feet of cargo space, expandable to 54 with the rear seats dropped. The whole point of the Cayenne Coupé is to deliver a sportier Cayenne. And while it's plenty of fun, I craved a beefier engine option than the turbo six. IN 6TH PLACE: The 2019 Porsche Cayenne Turbo. My tester started at $125,000, but a batch of performance options added just over $10,000 to the already formidable sticker price. Read the review. Porsche has added character lines and a higher overall level of surface flash to the Cayenne, now in its third-generation. When the Cayenne first arrived in 2002, a big question was whether the traditional bug-eye Porsche design cues would translate to an SUV. They didn't, really, and they haven't — but now it doesn't matter because we've gotten used to it. The 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 makes 541 horsepower with 568 pound-feet of torque. This Porsche can tow nearly 8,000 pounds, which is staggering. My 0-60 time was around 4 seconds (Porsche says it's a few tenths quicker). The all-black leather interior is lovely, but also purposeful, in the way Porsche interiors often are. The Cayenne is a good-sized SUV, so rear legroom is pretty capacious. When the gaping rear maw opens, you have about 27 cubic feet of cargo space to work with and roughly double that when the second row of seats is folded down. That's really quite good. In summary, the Cayenne is simply good, good, and more good. The top-level Turbo trim is especially delightful, capable of orchestrating a brutal symphony of horsepower from that magnificent twin-turbo V8. IN 5TH PLACE: The 2019 Porsche Panamera GTS Sport Turismo. I tested a 2019 edition, wagonified Panamera GTS that cost a well-optioned $144,000. Read the review. Style-wise, I think the wagon-y Sport Turismo trim improves on the unloved Panamera design. The headlamps, with their four-point running-light feature, are a cool upgrade to the familiar Porsche bug-eyes fascia. Under that lovely hunk of plastic, a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 makes 453 horsepower with 457 pound feet of torque. The power is channeled to a torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive setup via a quick-shifting, eight-speed, dual-clutch transmission. The 0-60 mph time is about four seconds flat. The interior of my Panamera GTS Sport Turismo was a combo of leather and Alcantara, all in black. Severe! Purposeful! A study in not overdoing it. The dark grained wood and brushed metal trim were epic in their restraint. My time with the Sport Turismo took place in San Francisco, so I was able to check out its baggage-toting capability. At 18 cubic feet, it's adequate but not much more. My suitcase gobbled up about half the trunk. To sum it up, the Panamera's GTS ST's V8, snappy transmission, dynamic chassis feature, and torque-vectoring combined to fill me with confidence on freeways, byways, and some twisty asphalt. And I really liked the wagon treatment! IN 4TH PLACE: The 2021 Porsche Cayenne GTS. My 2021 tester wore a glorious Carmine Red paint job and stickered at $167,070. Read the review. I personally prefer the silhouette of the SUV over that of the Coupé. There's no question that the ute form is boxier. The GTS's ride height has been lowered about 30 millimeters, to enhance aerodynamics. Bug-eyes? Well, sure, but the swept-back design somewhat mitigates that effect. The LED "Matrix Design" lamps come equipped with technology that Porsche says lets them to adapt to oncoming traffic and bend illumination around corners. The Cayenne GTS rocks a 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 engine, making 453 horsepower with 457 pound-feet of torque. The power is sent to the all-wheel-drive system through an eight-speed automatic transmission with a manual mode. Porsche interiors aren't overtly luxurious, nor are they supposed to be. But the Cayenne GTS's has something else going for it: sporty touches, including red contract topstitching and GTS logos. Cargo-wise, with the back seats in use, there's 27 cubic feet to work with; drop the back seats and that increases to 60 cubic feet. In summary, what we have with the GTS is the opposite of what the critics feared: a very fast (0-60 in about 4.5 seconds) four-door Porsche with a big ol' cargo hold. It corners like it's on rails (rear-axle steering lends an assist) and it can drop the hammer in a straight line. IN 3RD PLACE: The 2020 Porsche 911 Turbo S. I drove a $224,000 example of the eighth generation of the greatest sports car in the world Read the review. The 911's unmistakable design has been more or less unchanged since the early 1960s. Over the decades, however, the styling has become sleeker and more aggressive. A variable front spoiler lip and active cooling vents make maximum use of the torrents the 911 Turbo S generates from its impressive speed. Zero to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds, according to Porsche, and possibly 2.5, according to me. An incredibly potent 640-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter flat-six lives at the 911's rear. It makes 590 pound-feet of torque. Both numbers are significant increases on the previous-generation Turbo S: 60 more horses and 37 more pound-feet. The power is sent to the all-wheel-drive system though an eight-speed dual clutch transmission. The slate-gray leather interior is rather minimalist for a car this expensive. Other tones are limited to brushed metal and piano-black surfaces, as well as some Alcantara. 911s aren't noted for cargo capacity. The front trunk can handle — maybe — a pair of overnight bags. The Turbo S is the top dog in the 911 hierarchy, sitting atop the Carrera and GTS ranges. The $200,000-plus price tag is daunting, but for the most serious drivers, the Turbo and Turbo S are the pinnacle of Porsche-ness. IN 2ND PLACE: The 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S. I drove a 2020 model, priced at $140,830 — the latest version of the world's greatest sports car. Read the review. My 911 Carrera 4S tester wore a "Gentian Blue Metallic" paint job. Again, the shape has been essentially unchanged for decades. But Porsche has refined and refined. Our bug-eyed buddy grew out of the People's Car of postwar Germany — it's the snazzier older brother of the VW Beetle. The rear-engine design goes back to the era before the first 911s of the early 1960s. In the 4S, it's the classic boxer six, but with twin turbochargers, making 443 horsepower with 390 pound-feet of torque. As with the Turbo S, the power is sent through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission to the superb all-wheel-drive system. Same gray interior as the Turbo S, same purposeful layout. And same extremely cozy back seat. Same frunk, too. You don't expect to tote a lot of gear in a 911. Adding it all up, the 911 Carrera 4S is perfect. And by "perfect," I mean there's never been a better Porsche 911. This one is the finest I've ever driven, besting even its big brother, the Turbo S. IN 1ST PLACE: The 2020 Porsche 718 Spyder. My 2020 tester, in "GT Silver Metallic," cost $106,000. I've always taken a chilly attitude toward the mid-engine Porsche sports cars, the better to continue a cultish devotion to my beloved 911. But the Spyder, with its six-cylinder — no turbo! — engine, changed my tune. O.M.G. The car actually left me struggling for words and wondering if I still want a Targa someday. Read about my love for the Targa. In continuous production since the early 1960s, the 911 has a critical design flaw — the rear-engine setup is cockamamie — but Porsche's engineers have perfected imperfection. The Spyder's mid-engine layout, by contrast, still offers a bit of wildness. The 4.0-liter six-cylinder engine makes a succulent 414 horsepower and 309 pound-feet of torque. And I can't say enough good things about the six-speed manual transmission — except that with an 8,000-rpm redline, that's three gears too many! If the Spyder has a drawback, it's that the distinctive semi-mechanical soft top is a bit of an ordeal to take down. It involves multiple steps to stow it in a compartment behind the seats. Are we used to the frunks yet? The Spyder has one — but thankfully, because it's a two-seater, it also has decent cargo space beneath its rear hatch. Summarizing my top choice, the 2020 718 Spyder is probably the best drop-top sports car you can buy today. There are some cheaper options, but the Spyder is so good at everything that it has relegated even the perfect 911 4S to second place in my roundup, if not in my heart.
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Quibi is working with bloggers to create content around its original programming.  The mobile-video startup, which launched in April, has a deal with Static Media's content studio that resulted in paid posts about Quibi programming on entertainment sites like Looper and Nicki Swift. Other streaming services including Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video have had similar deals with publishers to promote their programming over the years. Do you have a tip about Quibi? Email this reporter at [email protected] or message her on the encrypted messaging at Signal at +1-347-770-5933. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Quibi is paying for bloggers to write about its original programming.  The mobile-video startup, which launched in April, inked a deal with Static Media's studio to create content focused on Quibi shows. Static's pop-culture blog, Looper, published nine posts between June 30 and July 21 that were marked "paid for by Quibi and created by Looper," based on Business Insider's review of the website. NickiSwift.com, another Static brand, also published four posts in roughly the same time period that were marked "paid for by Quibi." The posts focused on shows including "Reno 911," "Dummy," "Most Dangerous Game," "The Stranger," "Nikki Fre$h," "Kirby Jenner," and "Chrissy's Court," which began rolling out in April or May. Quibi characterized the content to Business Insider as market research to find topics that were popular with consumers. It said it has a broad range of partnerships, like others in the industry. Quibi, which raised $1.8 billion ahead of launch, has ramped up its efforts to get people talking about its programming since the platform was released. The subscription service debuted to disappointing user uptake, though Quibi previously told Business Insider it was proud of its launch. Analytics firm Antenna, which measures churn and other metrics for subscription businesses, estimated that 27% of people who signed up for Quibi's 90-day free trial on the first day it was available stuck around, and started paying for the service when their trials ended in July. The retention rate was lower than that of other recent streaming entrants, including Disney Plus. But Quibi didn't have the benefit of the established Disney brand and its broad back catalog of content. One Quibi investor recently told Business Insider that word-of-mouth around Quibi content, much of which stars big names like Kevin Hart, Liam Hemsworth, and Anna Kendrick, will be crucial to the platform gaining more traction. On top of pushing new titles like the Kevin Hart-starring "Die Hart" and its upcoming "The Fugitive" series," Quibi is also still marketing its first slate of shows, as the recent Looper and Nicki Swift content suggests. Some of Quibi's series performed solidly among critics on Rotten Tomatoes, but failed to break through into the broader cultural conversation. Other streaming services have also turned to sponsored content to get people talking about their originals. Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon have paid publishers from PopSugar to The Atlantic to promote their programming over the years. The trend goes back to at least 2013, when Netflix sponsored an op-ed in the New York Times about women in the prison system to promote "Orange Is the New Black," one of its first hit original series.  Netflix has also worked with Static's Looper. In one example, Looper published an article titled, "Hidden mystery gems on Netflix you need to watch," which was also published as a video in partnership with Looper on Netflix's film-focused YouTube account. (Netflix declined to comment on the partnership.) Working with bloggers appears to be part of a larger strategy to get more attention for Quibi's content Working with bloggers appears to be one part of a larger strategy to get more attention for Quibi's programming.  Quibi has been more active on social media in recent weeks, sharing more clips of its programming and organic articles about the content. In June, Quibi tweeted one Looper article about "Most Dangerous Game," with a self-effacing joke that nodded at the mixed reception its content had gotten. "See guys we have a good show," the tweet said. That particular Looper article was not paid for by Quibi, according to Looper, though the subsequent marked articles were. ˢᵉᵉ ᵍᵘʸˢ ʷᵉ ʰᵃᵛᵉ ᵃ ᵍᵒᵒᵈ ˢʰᵒʷ — Quibi (@Quibi) June 24, 2020   Quibi also enabled screenshotting within its mobile platform this week, opening the door for people to generate memes and otherwise share moments from Quibi shows.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: How waste is dealt with on the world's largest cruise ship
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Join us as we look back at the hottest cosplay we saw at San Diego Comic-Con over the last three years, from Harley Quinn to Hulkbuster, Davy Jones and Miles Morales.
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Today was an important day for all gaming smartphone enthusiasts out there. We got two new gaming phones from Lenovo and Asus. The first released ... The post Black Shark 3S teased by CEO, it may come with Snapdragon 865+ appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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People can have COVID-19 without knowing it -- and that's a huge threat to public health.
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"If a security program bases vulnerability prioritization solely on CVSS scores, it could waste resources patching a vulnerable asset protected by layers upon layers of defense–in–depth security controls" The post World on Track to See 20,000 Vulnerability Reports in 2020: Where Do You Start to Patch? appeared first on Computer Business Review.
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Online trading service Robinhood announced it won’t launch its app in the UK as planned. “The world has changed a lot over the past several months and we’re adapting with it,” said the Robinhood UK team in an email shared by The Guardian. “On a company level, we’ve come to recognize that our efforts are currently best spent on strengthening our core business in the US and making further investments in our foundational systems.” Late last year, Robinhood said it expected to roll out in the UK during the first quarter of 2020. The Menlo Park-based firm was founded back in… This story continues at The Next Web
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Oxford researchers have developed a potential vaccine for COVID-19. Early testing in more than 1,000 clinical trial participants indicates the treatment is both safe and effective. Epidemiology breakthroughs aren’t our usual subject matter here at TNW, but the opportunity to finally publish some actual good news about the COVID-19 pandemic was just too much for us to pass up. The team, which included researchers from Oxford, and the Philipps University of  Marburg, Germany, developed the vaccine, called chimpanzee adenovirus-vectored vaccine (ChAdOx1 nCoV-19), by genetically-engineering a different virus known to cause the common cold in chimpanzees. While ChAdOx1nCoV-19 isn’t the first or… This story continues at The Next Web
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Seven letters from Florence Nightingale have been discovered in a family’s Victorian-era desk.
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A bit of HTML code leaked today from Sony official showing a few key details on the near-future of PlayStation. The PlayStation 5 will launch in the holiday season, 2020, and today a few bits of info leaked on pre-orders through the official PlayStation Shop. This leak appeared via the PlayStation Direct Shop, showing references to PlayStation 5 console pre-orders … Continue reading
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A perfect balance of quality, size, and price, Tamron's new telephoto zoom lens is a must-have for Sony shooters.
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A tiny Windows laptop that may appeal to micro businesses.
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Nothing bad ever happens at Disney. Or, at least, that’s the message the family-friendly company leads people to believe.
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Here's everything we know about The Mandalorian's breakout star, Baby Yoda, including his history and powers.
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Samsung has unveiled the Sound Tower, Q Series Sound Bar along with T Series Sound Bars in India
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“Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it earns it… he who doesn’t… pays it,” Albert Einstein once said. For those who aren’t financial gurus, allow me to put this quote in layman’s terms: everyone who’s able to save up a little, and is patient enough, can get wealthy. It’s not how celebrities get rich, it’s how the millionaire next door gets born. So how does it work? To become this achievable millionaire next door, you don’t have to win the lottery, or have an IQ as high as Einstein’s. All you have to understand… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google
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Apple’s plan to build Macs featuring its own chips with an ARM-based instruction set is getting a thumbs-up from Linux and Git creator Linus Torvalds.Speaking during last week’s onine Linux Foundation Open Source Summit and Embedded Linux Conference, Torvalds said he believes Apple’s moving to ARM will help the ARM ecosystem from a software development standpoint. He said he has been disappointed with previous ARM laptops, which have not been competition for Intel x86 systems. Torvalds said he is hopeful that, in a few years, there will be an ARM desktop system powerful enough to be used for development.To read this article in full, please click here
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”Det här skapar jobb i Sverige”, säger rymdminister Matilda Ernkrans.Förra året presenterade regeringen en nationell strategi för att utveckla svensk rymdforskning och rymdindustri.I regeringens budgetförslag för 2020, som har stöd av Centerpartiet och Liberalerna, kommer pengarna som ska göra slag i saken.– Det är ganska enkelt.Det skapar jobb här i Sverige, ger oss teknikutveckling, stärker vår rymdforskning och hjälper oss att hantera livet på jorden.Som exempel på rymdteknik som också används på jorden nämner hon teknik för att spåra plastavfall i havet, mäta koldioxidhalten i atmosfären och att upptäcka och övervaka skogsbränder.
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New Jersey is the latest state to say Uber's drivers should be classified as employees rather than independent contractors.The state's Department of Labor and Workforce Development said that because of this misclassification, the ride-hailing company owes it roughly $650 million in unemployment taxes and disability insurance, according to Bloomberg Law.The Department of Labor reportedly has been trying to get unpaid employment taxes from Uber going back as far as 2015, according to documents obtained by Bloomberg Law.It said the company owed the state $523 million in overdue taxes along with another $119 million in interest and penalties for the last four years.Driver classification is an issue that government regulators have been taking a closer look at over the past year.California passed a law in September that could require Uber and other on-demand companies to reclassify their drivers as employees instead of independent contractors.
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Exactly 10 years ago, on stage at a TechCrunch event, Alexa von Tobel launched her startup, LearnVest, an online financial planning company that aimed to give people access to more affordable financial planning services.LearnVest went on to raise roughly $70 million from investors, then to sell for a reported $250 million to the insurance giant Northwestern Mutual in 2015.Four days later, von Tobel had her first child, then she headed back to Northwestern where she ran LearnVest as a separate unit, became Northwestern’s chief innovation officer, and ultimately headed up its venture arm, Northwest Mutual Future Ventures.Fast forward a bit, and one gathers von Tobel has no plans to slow down.Days after it was announced in January that she was leaving Northwestern, she filed paperwork with the SEC for a new fund with a $200 million target called Inspired Capital.In April came another baby, followed by some recruiting, fundraising, and investing, and today, von Tobel is officially taking the wraps off that debut fund — it hit its $200 million target — along with Inspired’s small but growing portfolio of investments and its full team.
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World of Warcraft: Shadowlands marks the eighth major expansion pack for the storied MMO.It's hard to get a sense of an entire World of Warcraft expansion from 30 minutes of play.In my short demo, I recreated my main (a Beast Mastery Hunter) and played through the introductory quests from the Bastion zone, a heaven-like plane from Azeroth's afterlife.The minute-to-minute gameplay very much followed the formula of modern WoW questing, with a variety of tasks like challenging specific enemies to duels, helping craft things in timed minigames, and of course, killing 10 rats (well, not rats, but they might as well be).From what I could tell, not much had changed about my character's build; my DPS rotation was the same as it is in Battle for Azeroth.Taking it to a new (well, old) level
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Just in time for the holidays, you can get the best-selling Fitbit Versa smartwatch on sale for $140 at Amazon.That's a $60 price cut and the best price we've found for the feature-rich activity tracker.The Fitbit smartwatch would be a perfect gift for anyone on your list, and this is a fantastic opportunity to not only get a head start on your holiday shopping but also snag a deal before the craziness of Amazon's Black Friday sale officially begins.The Fitbit Versa is loaded with health-focused features while also keeping you connected.The Versa tracks workouts, calories burned, and even sleep and includes heart rate monitoring and even offers guided breathing sessions based on your heart rate.The smartwatch can store 300+ songs and connect to Bluetooth headphones so you can listen to your favorite tunes wire-free.
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