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Adobe's Lightroom photo editing tool is about to get way more useful on Apple's iPad with the ability to import photos directly from a memory card into the photo editing tool.Apple's tablet doesn't have all the same features as Lightroom on a personal computer, but direct import is a crucial step for those who want to leave their laptops at home.Adobe is testing direct photo import now and will ship it later this year, Tom Hogarty, Adobe's photography product management leader, told CNET in an exclusive interview.Lightroom is widely used software for editing and cataloging tool, and Adobe has offered a tablet version for years.But it often functioned more as an accessory to Lightroom on a laptop than as a standalone tool.Adobe also just released an iPad version of Photoshop, although to mixed reviews, with an Illustrator version to come.
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We’ve been hearing rumors about a 16-inch MacBook Pro since at least the beginning of the year, but have seen little to prove it was actually coming.Now it seems the 16-inch model is the real deal, and could be set to replace the 15-inch model soon.As in, as maybe as soon as tomorrow.The news comes via Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman, who has a strong track record with Apple rumors.The new device will purportedly feature a larger, higher resolution screen and an overall spec bump, but cost the same as the current 15-inch model.We know precious little else about the device.
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Those bright lights marching slowly in a straight line across the sky this week aren't comets or meteors -- although there was also this bright meteor -- but the second batch of SpaceX Starlink broadband satellites.Elon Musk's space company launched 60 of the small internet routers aboard a Falcon 9 rocket Monday and within hours they were being spotted around the world, flying in formation.The sight looks like a train of staggered lights or bright stars, moving in a straight line through space.Spotters from California to Maryland to Japan uploaded video evidence of the odd spectacle, which again raised concerns from astronomers.SpaceX launched its first flock of 60 Starlink birds in May, and a number of scientists sounded the alarm that the company's plans to launch thousands of the reflective objects could have an adverse effect on astronomical observations.It soon became clear the satellites become much less visible as they gain altitude and orient themselves for operation.
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Learn how a horizontal approach can help you squeeze out the promise of AI, how leaders can build a strategic vision around elevating every part of your enterprise, and transform your company, in this VB Live event.“Business leaders are often exposed to a keynote, a speech, or a good article talking about how AI is going to change the world, [and so] have a very high level of awareness about AI – but it’s not deep enough to take action yet,” says Filippo Catalano, group CIO at Fortune 500 food and beverage company Nestlé.“The first thing a business leader needs to do is go one level deeper in his/her own understanding in order to be able then to evangelize on some of the benefits that AI can bring to their own organization.”AI isn’t just a technological implementation — it’s a deeply, deeply strategic one from a cultural standpoint, and it starts with the highest-level stakeholders.“A successful AI ploy comes from understanding your organization dynamic, the type of organization you play in,” Catalano explains.“Maybe you create a global set of expectations for AI, or maybe you create AI champions around the business units.
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The Indian government has played down fears of mass surveillance in response to concerns that its proposed facial recognition system lacks adequate oversight.Replying to a legal notice filed by the Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF), a Delhi-based non-profit that works on digital liberties, the country’s National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) defended the move, stating it doesn’t interfere with privacy of citizens as it “only automates the existing police procedure of comparing suspects’ photos with those listed in LEA’s [Law Enforcement Agency] databases.”It also dismissed concerns of misidentification and discriminatory profiling, and said the project will only be used to identify missing people and unidentified dead bodies.The need for facial recognitionThe move comes after NCRB opened bids from private companies in June to help develop a facial recognition system — dubbed National Automated Facial Recognition System (NAFRS) — that would allow law enforcement to match people of interest against an existing database of facial images.“This would greatly facilitate the investigation of crime and detection of criminals and provide information for easier and faster analysis,” the tender document said.
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Failure is always disappointing, but two things can help take the sting away: Dispassion and money.As the head of X, Alphabet's so-called moonshot factory, Astro Teller has plenty of both.Funded by parent company Alphabet to the tune of billions each year, X is dedicated to ambitious and sometimes wacky research and development projects.“Running the experiments is itself hard,” Teller said onstage Friday during the WIRED25 Festival in San Francisco.That sounds like an easy enough approach, but it has to be coupled that special X touch: A long time horizon,and a willingness to give employees the space and time to pound away at hard ideas and truly learn.Add those together, and you have the secret to X’s success, says Teller.
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Chinese phone maker Honor just released a new special variant of the Honor 9X, the Honor of Kings Custom Gift Box Edition.The Custom Gift Box Edition does obviously feature a new packaging design, plus we find a toy figure of a character from the videogame and a special canvas bag.Honor 9X Honor of Kings Custom Gift Box Edition now on SaleSince it’s only a Custom Gift Box Edition, the smartphone is the same as the ordinary model, which means we find a large 6.59-inch LCD display with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 and a real full screen design; no notches or holes on the screen.The front camera is indeed hidden in a pop-up mechanism in which we have a 16MP image sensor.Meanwhile as far as the rear cameras are concerned, the Honor 9X packs a primary 48MP sensor with f/1.8 aperture, a secondary snapper with 2MP resolution and ultra wide lens.
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For people looking to enjoy an isolated listening experience or concentrate on daily tasks without getting distracted, there’s no better alternative than the use of noise-canceling headphones.Their technology is specifically geared for drowning out the sound of the outside world, such as a busy street, a screaming baby, or an airplane engine noise.If you are planning to get your hands on a quality pair of noise-canceling cans, Sony is one of the best options on the market.They even received a near-perfect score from the Digital Trends review team, with commendations on design, comfort, features, and performance.Equipped with Sony’s industry-leading noise cancellation processor QN1, you’ll be able to hear every word, tune, and note with superb clarity regardless of the environment you’re in.There are additional microphones as well that help isolate sound while you talk on the phone, resulting in enhanced call quality.
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During the 30th anniversary CPhI Worldwide exhibition, BIOCAD employees held more than 60 meetings with representatives of the pharmaceutical industry in Europe, China, the Middle East, North Africa, Asia and Latin America.At a large-scale international venue that brought together more than 60 000 people from all over the world, BIOCAD introduced two new original drugs based on monoclonal antibodies - an interleukin-17 inhibitor (inn - netakimab) and a PD-1 inhibitor (inn - progolimab).Netakimab was registered under the trade name Efleira in Russia for the treatment of psoriasis in April 2019, and in July it was already approved by the commission of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation for inclusion in the essential drug list (EDL).Also at the CPhI BIOCAD publicly announced plans to introduce netakimab and prololimab to the European market and start of the clinical trials in Europe.The company has already received permission to conduct an international multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial of prololimab for non-small cell lung cancer in Slovakia and Hungary.The study will include at least 292 patients who will be recruited within a period of 12 months in European Union, Russian Federation, and China.
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I went to the show and covered it, and I was curious to see if the show would divulge into one giant protest.Blizzard found itself swept up in controversy when it punished Blitzchung, a pro player for Blizzard’s Hearthstone card game, who supported the Hong Kong protests against the Chinese government in a post-match interview.Leaks suggested that Blizzard would reveal major new games at the show, including Overwatch 2 and Diablo IV.But even a couple of weeks can be a long time in the gaming world.But there was still the threat that it could get hot again.When I was walking to the convention for its first day, I came across protesters.
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Coveo, an enterprise software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform that meshes unified search, analytics, and machine learning to unlock insights contained within big data for businesses, has raised $227 million in a round of funding led by Omers, with participation from Evergreen Coast Capital, FSTQ, and IQ, among others.The company didn’t reveal its current valuation, except to say it’s now a “unicorn” (valued at over $1 billion), so the figure is likely at least 3 times more than its $370 million valuation last year.Moreover, Coveo revealed that Omers and other existing shareholders now own 15.5% of the company.Founded out of Quebec, Canada in 2005, Coveo can connect to data from myriad sources, including cloud storage services — Gmail, Lithium, Microsoft Dynamics, Salesforce, Twitter, Zendesk, and YouTube — to help companies index all their content so it’s searchable from a single interface.Moreover, the technology allows online businesses, such as ecommerce platforms, to tailor their stores by combining visitor data with data from their existing databases, which can mean better personalized recommendations — less churn and more profit.Elsewhere, Coveo can help companies improve search through their own intranets and internal applications.
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Dozens of gigabytes of data can now be encoded on a virtually indestructible glass hard drive that’s the size and shape of a drink coaster.Microsoft just revealed a proof of concept.It’s a thin square of glass that’s been laser-etched with microscopic geometric shapes called “voxels” that contain a combined 75.6 gigabytes of data, which contains the 1978 film Superman in its entirety.The announcement is a publicity stunt, sure, but the idea of storing our most important data on slices of glass is undeniably poignant – and practical.This week’s announcement happened in partnership with Warner Bros., the major Hollywood movie studio that produced said Superman movie.According to the company’s press release, these little glass coasters could help Warner Bros. transition its archives from vulnerable 35-millimetre film onto a medium that could last centuries.
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Automatic speech recognition, or ASR, is a foundational part of not only assistants like Apple’s Siri, but dictation software such as Nuance’s Dragon and customer support platforms like Google’s Contact Center AI.Perhaps it goes without saying that ASR is an intense area of study for Facebook, whose conversational tech is used to power Portal’s speech recognition and who is broadening the use of AI to classify content on its platform.Facebook claims it achieves state-of-the-art results on a popular benchmark while using two orders of magnitude less training data and that it demonstrates a 22% error reduction over the leading character-based speech recognition system, Deep Speech 2.Additionally, it hopes to improve its existing systems that proactively identify posts in violation of its community guidelines.“Wav2vec represents a step forward for ASR systems, and it’s a promising direction for recognizing speech in languages that do not have extensive data sets for training AI systems,” wrote Facebook research scientists and software engineers Michael Auli, Siddhartha Shah, Alexei Baevski, and Christian Fuegen in a blog post.“But it’s also part of our long-term vision for self-supervised training, an approach that takes advantage of unlabeled training examples and enables us to move beyond the comparatively limited number of data sets that have been gathered and annotated specifically for training AI systems.”
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The Optoma HD143X is the 2018 successor to the Optoma HD142X, which David Katzmaier praised for offering "a huge, hella impressive picture for a small price."The newer model, meanwhile, has mostly lingered around $450 -- until today.For a limited time, and while supplies last, the Optoma HD143X 1080p projector is $399, the lowest price I've seen and just an all-around great deal on a 1080p projector.Shouldn't you get a 4K model instead?If money is no object, definitely.And such models typically start at $1,000 and rise from there.
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Random bit sequences are key ingredients of various tasks in modern life and especially in secure communication.In a new study researchers have determined that generating true random bit sequences, classical or quantum, is an impossible mission.Based on these findings, they have demonstrated a new method of classified secure communication.The mathematical definition of a random bit sequence is so simple that it can be summarized in one sentence: A sequence of bits whose next bit is equal to 0 or 1 with equal probability, independent of previous ones.Although the definition is very simple, the practical certification of a process as random is much more complicated but crucial, for example, in secure communication, where information must be scrambled in order to prevent hackers from predicting a bit stream.In an article to be published on November 5, 2019 in the journal Europhysics Letters, researchers at Bar-Ilan University demonstrate that long sequences with certified randomness by the US National Institute of Standard and Technology (NIST) are far from being truly random.
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Google is dealing and rats are wheeling, but first: a cartoon about the lie of inbox zero.Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.Want to receive this two-minute roundup as an email every weekday?Google needs Fitbit for its own bigger ambitionsAfter a week of rumors, Google announced it has purchased fitness tracker giant Fitbit for a cool $2.1 billion.The move makes a whole lot of sense for the company that wants to be everywhere—and it will give Google a much-needed boost to catch up to Apple, which dominates the wearable market.
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Scientists have debuted a theory using the explosions seen in industrial accidents to understand supernovae in a new paper.Destructive explosions typically involve several different kinds of processes: deflagration, or flames igniting a medium slower than the speed of sound, and detonation, faster-than-sound shockwaves compressing and igniting the fuel Initiating a detonation hard, especially in a system without any confining boundaries – like an open-air industrial accident or, say, a supernova.Using simulations, theory, and even an experiment, the scientists realised that flames interacting with an intensely turbulent environment can set off one of these unconfined detonations, though.The study’s first author, Alexei Poludnenko from Texas A in the US, started out as an astrophysicist by training, working on a longstanding problem in our understanding of supernova: how does an unconfined ball of gas detonate, without the force just whiffing it away?“My thinking was that maybe astrophysicists weren’t talking to combustion physicists who deal with these things every day,” Poludnenko told Gizmodo.He and others began working on a unified theory of these explosions, and began running numerical models simulating unconfined explosions on supercomputers.
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Snap-happy handset also packs massive 5,170mAh batteryPhone launches are usually leakier than an Ikea colander, and the release of the upcoming Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro is no exception.Pictures of the handset, which Xiaomi will formally launch next week, have already been leaked by Chinese regulatory agency TENAA – the country's equivalent of the FCC – showing a handset with five lenses, a curved display and what appears to be a notch.In reality, most of the details pertaining to the handset have already slipped through the mobile rumour mill.We know, for example, that the device will include Samsung's bonkers ISOCELL Bright HMX sensor, which can take daylight photos with a bonkers 108MP resolution.This means that the sensor is physically larger than previous efforts, measuring 1/1.33-inches.
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It seems like Apple is preparing to launch a trio of 5G iPhones next year, after leaving the next-generation wireless technology out of this year's iPhone 11 lineup.The modem will be designed by Qualcomm, Nikkei reported Wednesday.The Cupertino, California, company intends to ship at least 80 million of the 5G iPhone models and "has set an aggressive sales target" to try to overtake Huawei as the world's second biggest phone maker, according to the Japanese outlet.The embattled Chinese company overtook Apple in 2018.The three iPhones will apparently use Qualcomm's X55 modem chips, after the two companies settled a two-year battle over patent licensing back in April.Over the summer, a report suggested that Apple will have its own modem chips available for its 2021 iPhones, after it snapped up Intel's modem business in a $1 billion deal.
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The Federal Communications Commission will hold a vote whether to ban US carriers from receiving federal subsidies when purchasing equipment from Chinese telecom equipment makers Huawei and ZTE, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.Why it matters: If passed, the move would eliminate Huawei’s and ZTE’s sales to US carriers —primarily rural carriers that source cheaper equipment.The Rural Wireless Association trade group said that the move could cost its members between $800 million and $1 billion to replace Huawei and ZTE products.The US federal government subsidizes companies that offer broadband services in rural areas via the $8-billion-a-year Universal Service Fund supported by fees tacked onto individual phone bills.Details: FCC chairman Ajit Pai proposed the order on Monday which names Huawei and ZTE as national security threats, and creates a process by which to designate other companies which pose a threat.The proposal would bar US firms from buying equipment from the two Chinese companies using money from the federal fund.
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GameClub, the subscription service that revives long-forgotten iOS games, launched this week.Now, for the same price as an Apple Arcade subscription, you can access some of the classic games of iPhones past.Older games frequently perished in the extinction level events also known as “iOS updates.” Others ceased to be profitable enough for their original developers to justify supporting them.In any case, lots of previously well-known, well-regarded games vanished since the App Store first started hosting games in 2008.GameClub’s purpose is to bring those games back, by MacGuyvering the original source code of these sometimes-ancient titles to work with the latest version of iOS.You can find our entire library on the App Store by searching for "GameClub", but the best starting point is our app which serves as a hub for the GameClub experience: https://t.co/w11HgP7dvK
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Nvidia is once again planning the launch of Super versions of its graphics cards in an effort to thwart AMD’s Navi plans.Following the announcement of the RX 5500 and 5500 XT, leaks and rumors have appeared of a new pair of Nvidia’s Super graphics cards, this time bolstering the range of GTX 16-series GPUs.New benchmark results for a GTX 1660 Super have appeared online, suggesting the cards are getting very close to release.The Super series is here and offers stiff competition to AMD’s best midrange cards.Specifications for Nvidia’s GTX 1660 first leaked out of JD.com in mid-October, with other sources confirming them and those of the GTX 1650 Super a few days later, via Videocardz.com.The 1660 Super features almost identical specifications to that of the standard 1660, but with faster memory (14Gbps versus 8Gbps), which leads to a 75% improvement in memory bandwidth.
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Supermarket giant Sainsbury's is being widely praised this morning for not selling something, thanks to bosses taking a decision not to stock any fireworks across the entire group ahead of this year's bonfire night parties.Sainsbury's isn't saying exactly why it's not bothering with fireworks this year, although it's presumably at least partly in response to a petition from last year that took more than 300,000 signatures from people asking for the sale of the things to be literally banned nationwide.Pick your own reason from the usual list of reasons for the actual reason, like them panicking animals, burning kids, irritating local councillors, being a nightmare to store safely, having to display them really far away from the cigarettes, the need to verify age before purchase and the like.Let's hope this ban doesn't push the sale of fireworks underground and encourage YouTubers to research DIY firework recipes that could incinerate them.No wait, that's another "pro."
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From the traditional record management system to the AI screening chatbot, human resources tech has progressed by leaps and bounds, growing to become a US$400 billion industry worldwide.In May, the country’s Minister of State for Manpower, Zaqy Mohamed, announced the formation of the HR Industry Transformation Advisory Panel (HRTAP).Composed of HR and business leaders, representatives from the industry, and tripartite partners, the entity will build on the governments HR plan, formulate strategies, and lead efforts to further develop the sector in Singapore.Players like DBS Bank have deployed Jim, a virtual recruiter that helps the company hire wealth planning managers more efficiently.There are also several local and emerging startups in play, such as HReasily, Swingvy, and StaffAny.But having said that, Singapore is still a small country vis-a-vis its neighbors.
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From the start of Netflix black comedy Living With Yourself, which streams on Oct. 18, you know you're in for some weird, funny Rudd.Once an award-winning "branding bard," he now misses meetings and deadlines and has dark circles under his eyes and dribbles of toothpaste on his dark shirts.Thus, we get New Miles, who's bursting with creative inspiration and has smoother skin, better hair and more colorful shirts than Original Miles.But at its core, the thoroughly enjoyable Living With Yourself -- created by Timothy Greenberg, an Emmy-winning former producer of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart -- is about the ways we battle ourselves.It's about the voices in our heads telling us we're not good enough or smart enough or attractive enough or lovable enough, and an exploration of what enough really is anyway.Thing is, while the schlocky scientists who perform the treatment usually kill off the person who's been cloned, they don't succeed this time.
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But Juul is confronting challenges that include warnings from national regulators, investigations by members of Congress, state- and country-wide bans, and questions about its products' long-term health impacts.A trove of images collected by Stanford researchers suggested that the campaign focused on a young audience.The Pritzkers also founded and expanded the Hyatt Hotels chain.National news outlets including National Public Radio, USA Today, and Business Insider reported that the Juul had a loyal and growing following among young people.April 2018: Led by Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, the US Food and Drug Administration starts an 'undercover blitz' to crack down on sales of the Juul to minors.In what the FDA said was the largest coordinated enforcement effort in agency history, the FDA issued more than 1,300 warning letters and fines to retailers who it said were illegally selling Juuls and other e-cigarettes to minors.
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Logitech on Tuesday launched a new wireless keyboard and mouse built for Google's Chrome OS: the Logitech K580 Slim Multi-Device Wireless Keyboard, Chrome OS Edition, and the Logitech M355 Portable Wireless Mouse.The "Made for Google" devices pair well with the Google Pixelbook, Logitech said in a release.The keyboard features a Google Assistant key, a row of Chrome OS shortcut keys and a number pad, as well as slim keys with scissor switches.Users can place their Android or Pixel phone in a cradle at the top to switch typing between up to three devices using Logitech Easy-Switch.The keyboard has a battery life of up to 36 months, and an auto-sleep feature puts the device into battery saving mode when not being used.The mouse is light and slim and has more than 90 percent noise reduction, Logitech says.
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“The HP Pavilion x360 14's performance and build quality are top-notch for the price.”Keyboard is great to type onScreen is bland and mutedNot everyone has thousands of dollars to spend on a new laptop, and the new HP Pavilion x360 14 is a prime example of a budget laptop that aspires for more.The Pavilion x360 is an attractive laptop as well, coming in a huge variety of colors including Natural Silver, Mineral Silver, Warm Gold, Cloud Blue, and Pale Gold.Still, I wouldn’t quite call the Pavilion sleek.
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Buying a pair of wireless headphones can be expensive, especially if you're looking for something stylish; however, a good deal can make the difference between breaking the bank and getting the headphones you want at a wallet-friendly price.We usually see the best headphone deals around Black Friday, but this fantastic Amazon deal sees the price of the Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones slashed in half.These Beats headphones were the first fruits of Apple's deal to buy Dr. Dre's Beats brand, and first came out in 2016, so they aren't the most up-to-date headphones on the market.If you're an audiophile looking for pure audio fidelity, these probably aren't the headphones for you; with a very bassy presentation, they're mainly suited to dance music.However, they still have lots of the modern conveniences you would expect from a pair of wireless headphones, including excellent Bluetooth connectivity, and up to 40 hours of battery life.You can check out the deal below.
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In addition to the Surface Neo, the Surface Duo, and other exciting new Surface products, Microsoft also released the Surface Earbuds a few days ago.In fact, this is a competing product to the Apple AirPods and can be used with any voice assistant.Unlike the Surface Headphones, the Surface Earbuds works with any virtual assistant, including Cortana, Google Assistant, Alexa, and more.If you set up these headphones with a Windows 10 device, you can use Cortana to control its commands.By default, it will launch Siri on iOS, and Android will vary depending on the phone brand.For example, unless changes are made, the Surface Earbuds will launch Google Assistant on the Pixel phone and Bixby on the Samsung phone.
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