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US Supreme Court is expected to take up reproductive rights in the near future thanks to harsh new anti-abortion laws in states like Georgia and Alabama.HuffPost is part of Oath.Oath and our partners need your consent to access your device and use your data (including location) to understand your interests, and provide and measure personalised ads.Oath will also provide you with personalised ads on partner products.Select 'OK' to continue and allow Oath and our partners to use your data, or select 'Manage options' to view your choices.
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The similarities between Star Wars: The Force Awakens and A New Hope are as plentiful as they are obvious, because even though the newest trilogy introduces a whole slew of new characters, the story being told about bringing balance to the Force is the same.Respecting the original Star Wars films was always an important part of J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy’s approach to telling stories in the franchise, but with The Rise of Skywalker, the filmmakers are ready to lean into some new filmmaking sensibilities.In a new interview with Vanity Fair, Abrams and Kennedy spoke at length about where The Rise of Skywalker fits in thematically and narratively within the whole of Star Wars, and how the film’s taking the franchise into directions that the previous films haven’t.Abrams explained that he approached The Force Awakens with the goal of trying to make what he thought a Star Wars film should be, and not necessarily the film he wanted to make.This time around, however, the director didn’t feel nearly as beholden to the original trilogy, which gave him the creative space to flex a bit more – all the while keeping the film’s focus on multiple generations of heroes and villains clashing:[The Rise of Skywalker] felt slightly more renegade; it felt slightly more like, you know, fuck it, I’m going to do the thing that feels right because it does, not because it adheres to something.
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Aviation regulators have no timeline on when Boeing's grounded 737 Max jet will return to flight, a Federal Aviation Administration official said Wednesday.Daniel Elwell, the FAA's acting chief, said the agency's technical experts will leave "no stone unturned" as they review Boeing's proposed solution to an issue linked to two fatal crashes since October."If it takes a year to find everything we need to give us the confidence to lift the order, then so be it," Elwell told reporters, according to a Bloomberg account of the discussion."If there is a crisis in confidence, we hope this will help to show the world that the world still talks together about aviation safety issues," he said.Boeing is eager to assure airlines and their passengers that its best-selling airplane is safe.The aircraft maker proposed an update in March to a flight control system that's at the center of investigations into crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia that killed 346 people.
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Microsoft’s Windows 10 May 2019 Update is available this week and ready to download.After an extended month of testing, Microsoft is making its latest Windows 10 update available for anyone to install.The Windows 10 May 2019 Update includes a new light theme, a Windows Sandbox feature, and even kaomoji like ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ and quicker access to symbols.You can find our 10 favorite new Windows 10 May 2019 Update features right here.Like previous updates, Microsoft is rolling this one out in stages, and you might not see it instantly on your machine.If it’s not listed, there is another way to force your PC to get the latest update.
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If climate change is allowed to continue at its current rate, the world may face a 6.5ft rise in ocean levels by the year 2100.The warning comes from nearly two dozen ice sheet experts who were quizzed on plausible sea level rise (SLR) based on anticipated ice sheet melting under global temperature increase projections.Such a drastic ocean level increase would be catastrophic for many coastal cities around the world.The new figure is a structured expert judgement (SEJ) formed by a team of scientists who spoke with 22 ice sheet experts.Based on plausible future sea level rises provided by these experts, the team led by the University of Bristol determined there is a ‘small but meaningful probability’ that sea levels could rise by 2 meters / 6.5 feet by the year 2100.That extreme sea level rise is estimated under the high global temperature increase scenario, meaning the extreme end of projections based on an unchecked climate change reality.
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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange scrubbed his computers before he was arrested after spending seven years in London's Ecuadorian embassy, the organization said."If anything surfaces, I can assure you it would've been planted," he said.Ecuadorian authorities took an inventory of what Assange left at the embassy and said they were doing so at the request of the US, which is seeking to extradite him on hacking charges.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Wikileaks founder Julian Assange cleared his computers before he was arrested at London's Ecuadorian embassy, the organization said as it pre-emptively said that the US may plant false evidence on him.Kristinn Hrafnsson, the editor-in-chief of Wikileaks, told The Associated Press in an interview that Assange scrubbed his computers and hard drives of all data, including information about Wikileaks' future plans, as he predicted that he would be evicted and arrested after spending seven years in the embassy.
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In an effort to prepare for Windows 7's End of Life early next year, South Korea has revealed that all of its government computers will soon make the switch from Windows to Linux.The official Windows 7 End of Life is set for January, 14 2020 and Microsoft has said that it will provide support for up to three years after that date though companies will need to pay.However, for governments such as South Korea which depend on Windows 7, the cost of extended support could quickly become too high to manage.For example, support for Windows Enterprise users using Windows 7 for the first year after the End of Life date will cost $25 per device.This price rises to $50 per device for year two and $100 for year three.Windows 7 end is coming - and Microsoft wants to make it easier to upgrade
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Investors are recognizing its promise; it recently secured a $60 million funding round that valued it at $1 billion that was co-led by Salesforce Ventures itself.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.When David Schmaier attended Salesforce's Dreamforce conference in fall 2013, he was hoping to find a startup to buy — not to found a company himself.Having done CRM customization before, he was convinced he was the best person to start a company that would focus on it for the future.So Schmaier got together with some of his former colleagues from Siebel and founded Vlocity.So, a telecommunications company might have a module that provides a graph their representatives can view that shows a customer's devices and service options.
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The final episode ever of Game of Thrones airs May 19, which means you'll need a new TV obsession to fill the giant, dragon-shaped hole left in your heart.The series centers around a character named Uhtred (Alexander Dreymon), a Saxon noble captured and raised by the Vikings who fights for the English.The Last Kingdom has plenty of family drama, power struggles, complicated relationships and bloody battles.Get ready for more Viking action.That means tons of spectacular martial arts battles among warriors, as well as power struggles between the barons who control the wealth, drugs and much-needed resources like water.Throw in lawless homicidal bandits, seductive prostitutes, duplicitous spies and a mysterious boy with dark chi powers and you have an addictively binge-worthy saga.
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Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are versatile compounds hosting nano-sized pores in their crystal structure.Because of their nanopores, MOFs are now used in a wide range of applications, including separating petrochemicals, mimicking DNA, and removing heavy metals, fluoride anions, hydrogen, and even gold from water.Gas separation in particular is of great interest to a number of industries, such as biogas production, enriching air in metal working, purifying natural gas, and recovering hydrogen from ammonia plants and oil refineries."The flexible 'lattice' structure of metal-organic frameworks soaks up gas molecules that are even larger than its pore window making it difficult to carry out efficient membrane-based separation," says Kumar Varoon Agrawal, who holds the GAZNAT Chair for Advanced Separations at EPFL Valais Wallis.Now, scientists from Agrawal's lab have greatly improved the gas separation by making the MOF lattice structure rigid.They did this by using a novel "post-synthetic rapid heat treatment" method, which basically involved baking a popular MOF called ZIF-8 (zeolitic imidazolate framework 8) at 360 C for a few seconds.
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The City of San Francisco has passed new rules which will significantly curb the abilities of public sector organisations to purchase and utilise facial recognition technologies.Opinions on newly emerging surveillance technologies have varied drastically, with some pointing to the benefits of safety and efficiency for intelligence and police forces, while others have bemoaned the crippling potential it could have on civil liberties and privacy.“The success of San Francisco’s FacialRecognition ban is owed to a vast grassroots coalition that has advocated for similar policies around the Bay Area for years,” said San Francisco Supervisor Aaron Peskin.New processes will also be introduced including a surveillance technology policy for the department which meet the demands of the Board, as well as a surveillance impact report.The department would also have to produce an in-depth annual report which would detail:How the technology was used
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iBuypower and Toyota Racing Development are creating a training center where professional NASCAR drivers can train on simulated race tracks.iBuypower will provide the computer hardware at the Toyota Performance Center in Cornelius, North Carolina, where race drivers can train on simulated race tracks.The gaming hardware area within the facility will provide both a recreational space for pro drivers as well as training simulators that will allow them to hone their real-life racing skillsiBuypower provided 21 gaming rigs including desktops, laptops, monitors and peripherals to complete the gaming center.Those PCs can be outfitted with racing game peripherals, but the main point is to get drivers familiar with all sorts of racing tracks. Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti – 11GB Turbo Video Card
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So he decided to ditch his smartphone permanently in favor of a "dumb" one that had just enough features to be useful: good call quality, no apps, and wireless hotspot capabilities.He immediately experienced major withdrawal symptoms — anxiety about missing important emails, getting lost without GPS, and awkward subway rides without the escape of his newsfeed — but within a few days, he started to accept his new reality.Ultimately, he found that life without a smartphone is not only possible for someone in tech, but it's made him a better, less distracted leader.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.I was the guy who checked emails before I even got out of bed in the morning.Read more: Pinterest's 2nd employee ever explains why becoming an early startup employee is a 'terrible' idea if you want to get rich
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Uppgradera till den senaste versionen av applikationen, är beskedet från Whatsapp.Detta sedan det avslöjats att användare fått avlyssningsprogram installerat när de använt sig av applikationens samtalsfunktion.Håll även operativsystemet i mobiltelefonen uppgraderat, för skydd mot spionprogram, är rådet från Whatsapp.– Vi jobbar helat tiden tillsammans med andra i branschen för att tillhandahålla de senaste säkerhetsförbättringarna för att hjälpa till att skydda våra användare, säger en talesperson för Whatsapp.Beskedet kommer sedan tidningen Financial Times rapporterat att Facebook-företaget Whatsapp i början av maj upptäckt att flera användares mobiltelefoner hade fått spionprogram installerat via applikationens samtalsfunktion.Oklart hur många som påverkats
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Den tyska börsjätten Delivery Hero förvärvar svenska Hungrig.se för en hemlig summa.Bolaget är en uppstickare på marknaden för matleveranser från restauranger.Under 2017 redovisade Hungrig.se en omsättning på 38 miljoner kronor och en vinst på 315 000 kronor.Delivery Hero ökar, i och med köpet, sin närvaro i södra Sverige.Med sin starka lokala närvaro och entreprenörsanda kompletterar man Delivery Hero perfekt”, säger Carl Tengberg, Nordenchef för Delivery Hero.Hungrig.se blir Delivery Heros tredje varumärke i Sverige, och det fjärde i Norden.
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Facebook is making changes to Messenger to get marketers to make more chatbots and spend more on advertising across all its apps.Building chatbots requires significant resources for marketers, and advertisers are leery about flooding messaging apps with ads, however.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.At Facebook's annual F8 developer conference, the message from executives is they'll have to add Messenger and eventually WhatsApp to their plans.Messenger is a core part of Facebook's move to encryption, and the app is slashing its size to encourage developers to build lightweight chatbots quickly.Read more: Facebook is taking aim at email and direct mail marketing with new tools and features it's bringing to Messenger
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Apple is opening a new retail space in Washington, DC's historic Carnegie Library.The store is set to open May 11 at 10 a.m.Apple will share the library with the DC History Center."[W]e are reimagining Apple Carnegie Library as a brand-new space to learn," Apple said in a release."Where everyone is welcome to come and discover all kinds of creativity, connect with new ideas, and share their stories."Apple CEO Tim Cook also tweeted about the opening of Apple Carnegie Library, saying "it's an honor to continue the legacy of this beautiful building as a place where people seek knowledge and a sense of community."
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A group of shareholders in Google's parent firm Alphabet has called for the company to be broken up, following a string of complaints against the firm regarding alleged human rights abuses and excessive founder dominance.The resolution, submitted by four members of consumer group Sumofus who hold around 130 Alphabet shares, will be debated at Alphabet's next shareholder meeting in June.It proposes that Alphabet study alternatives to its current structure that would make the company more manageable and its management more accountable to shareholders.It cites the tech giant's history with anti-competitive practices, having been fined three times by the European Commission in recent years to the sum of more than €8.2bn (£7bn).It also voiced concerns over privacy violations, data leaks, and illegal location tracking, as well as reports that Google continues to work on developing a censored search engine in China.A spokesperson for Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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Condensing down the giant price tags of the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro, the newest addition to the family - the Huawei P30 Lite - is bringing affordable price tags to Huawei's newest range.But as if the sub £20 monthly costs weren't already good enough, Carphone Warehouse is now offering an additional offer when you pre-order the device from them.With the tempting offer of a £40 voucher for Uber Eats, H, M or Tesco on any Huawei P30 Lite deal bought before May 9, Carphone Warehouse is taking a pretty impressive mobile phone deal and making it irresistible.Not to mention the fact that Carphone Warehouse is including a free pair of Huawei Freelaces with all P30 Lite pre-orders, an offer you can acquire from any retailer stocking the Huawei P30 Lite.That adds up to £139 in free incentives with this device.If you want this affordable handset with all of the added incentives, scroll down to see how to make use of this promotion and check out our guide to the best Carphone Warehouse deals.
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Samsung’s Q1 earnings are in and, as the company itself predicted, they don’t make for pretty reading.The Korean giant saw revenue for the three-month period fall by 13 percent year-on-year to 52.4 trillion KRW, around $45 billion.Meanwhile, operating profit for Q1 2019 came in at 6.2 trillion KRW, that’s a whopping $5.33 billion but it represents a decline of huge 60 percent drop from the same period last year.Samsung said that sales of its new Galaxy S10 smartphone were “solid” but it admitted that its memory chip and display businesses, so often the most lucrative units for the company, didn’t perform well and “weighed down” the company’s results overall.Despite those apparent S10 sales, the mobile division saw income drop “as competition intensified.” Meanwhile, the display business posted a loss “due to decreased demand for flexible displays and increasing market supplies for large displays.”That’s all about on par with what analysts were expecting following that overly-optimistic Q1 earnings forecast made earlier this month.
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