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We talk about movie magic, but sometimes the magic's real.The Rise of Skywalker will focus on the new generation of Star Wars heroes, but Carrie Fisher, who died in 2016, will once again make an appearance as General (formerly Princess) Leia Organa.Vanity Fair shared the news on Monday that Leia will share scenes with Resistance fighter Lieutenant Connix, played by Fisher's daughter Billie Lourd.Lourd appeared in the role in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.The Vanity Fair feature also includes a new batch of images from the film that gives a first look at the new characters.Director J.J. Abrams found unused footage of Fisher from The Force Awakens and wrote new scenes around the dialogue.
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Huawei is in deep trouble this week after the U.S. government slapped it with a trade ban, affecting all U.S. companies dealing with the Chinese manufacturer.The move means Huawei loses out on important smartphone components, as well as Google’s services on Android.The latter was particularly troubling news, as all upcoming Huawei phones aren’t allowed to ship with Google’s apps (e.g.the Play Store, Search, Maps) and the Google Mobile Services framework that underpins Android in the west.However, veteran chip company Arm is also reportedly cutting ties with the Chinese firm — and that’s a far bigger blow than losing Google’s services.The way a smartphone thinks and processes things?
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The American Dental Association says manual toothbrushes clean your teeth and remove plaque just as well as powered ones, but an electric toothbrush might help you hit harder-to-reach spots, brush for longer or brush with more ease.The right toothbrush for you depends on your personal preference and budget.How to choose an electric toothbrushWhen choosing an electric toothbrush, you'll want to consider a few factors.One the lower end, you can get an electric toothbrush for $20-50, but they won't have too many features.Many people won't want to spend more than $40 or so on a toothbrush, but if you've got extra money to spend, investing in a higher-ticket toothbrush in the $100-200 range with more features may be worth it in the long run, especially if it helps you have fewer cavities and dentist visits.
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The 3-in-1 printer by Canon not only offers features that allow you to print, scan, and make copies, but saves time and money so you can be more productive at home or in the office.The Canon ImageCLASS MF232w laser printer has the ability to print up to 24 pages per minute at a resolution of 1,200 x 1,200 dots per inch.The LCD panel is user friendly so browsing through the main menu is quick.It’s also customizable and easy to read.The main paper tray holds 250 sheets of paper, which is a great size.As a 3-in-1 printer, the Canon ImageCLASS MF232w laser printer has wireless connectivity, giving you the ability to print from anywhere.
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This morning marks the start of Microsoft’s annual SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas, and the Seattle company wasted no time detailing the features heading to Microsoft 365, its lineup of productivity-focused, cloud-hosted software and subscription services.“To drive faster, more responsive intelligence and insights, we’ve worked so that content you add or modify is searchable in seconds,” wrote Microsoft corporate vice president Jeff Teper in a blog post.“We continue to invest in capabilities that enable IT organizations to govern users, devices, and content with industry-leading security and compliance controls.”The first item on the agenda was SharePoint Home Sites, which Microsoft describes as “employee experience[s]” that integrate with the mega-menu in SharePoint intranet portals.News published on home sites is marked visually to indicate that it’s official news, Microsoft says, and syndicated to all users with access.SharePoint Home Sites are connected to the enhanced SharePoint Start Page (formerly known as SharePoint Home), which features improved navigation, activity insights across sites, document views, and content saved for later.
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Temporary General License buys time for Chinese tech giant, customers, suppliersThe US government on Monday gave Huawei permission to obtain technology from American organizations so that the Chinese giant can continue to maintain existing deployments of its products around the world, and push US-sourced software updates to people's phones.Last week, Uncle Sam banned Huawei and dozens of its affiliates from sourcing American components and code for its equipment, effectively cutting the Middle Kingdom manufacturer off from US-designed chips, software, and other components.By placing Huawei on a so-called Entity List, the US government required American organizations to get export licenses before doing any further business with the Chinese corporation, thus bringing chunks of the equipment maker's supply chain to a sudden shuddering halt.That meant Huawei phones already out in people's hands, or base stations and other networking kit deployed in the field globally, would be cut off from software updates and repairs and other parts that originated from America – such as Android operating system and app updates, or electronics.The ramifications were potentially huge: crucial telecommunications equipment out in the wild couldn't be easily repaired, security patches couldn't be issued, and so on.
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The battle between drones and anti-drone technology is heating up.As drones are now highly maneuverable, special technologies are being developed to neutralize them for reasons of security and even for military applications.And even the public has been known to take down drones by shooting at them.Most drones just aren’t very good at avoiding incoming objects, especially if those objects are moving fast.Drones can often avoid static obstacles like buildings or trees, but even the most advanced drones struggle to react to dynamic objects and adjust their trajectories accordingly.This makes them vulnerable to being shot down or interfered with, but it also means they are not great at avoiding collisions with other drones or with people or aircraft.
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It hovers just above her palm, wings beating rapidly to keep it airborne, but otherwise remaining perfectly stationary.While it currently has to be tethered to the ground to provide power and stability, the team responsible for creating it is excited that they may have finally cracked one of the natural world’s most unusual modes of flying.“[The] hummingbird is a unique species whose size is in between insects and other birds,” Deng told Digital Trends.Hummingbirds can do both, and their stable and agile flight makes them nature’s little flying wonders.It does what engineers often refer to as “reverse-engineering,” meaning to take an existing product apart to see how it works and how it can be recreated.Only in this case it’s not about disassembling a smartphone or other gadget developed by a rival manufacturer and figuring out how to replicate its functionality.
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We’ve all been there: you park your car on some random street or in a nondescript garage and go about your business.Then, an hour or two later, you find yourself wandering around without the foggiest recollection of where you left your vehicle.Don’t let yourself get lost again.Your smartphone can help you find your parking spot — or any other location, for that matter.Open up Google Maps on your iOS or Android device, and get ready to find your way to smarter location saving.Saving your parking location is actually quite simple in Google Maps on iOS, though the associated options are somewhat limited compared to Android.
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(Reuters) — Tesla’s Autopilot feature was engaged during a fatal March 1 crash of a 2018 Model 3 in Delray Beach, Florida, in at least the third fatal U.S. crash reported involving the driver-assistance system, the National Transportation Safety Board said on Thursday.The NTSB’s preliminary report said the driver engaged Autopilot about 10 seconds before crashing into a semitrailer, and the system did not detect the driver’s hands on the wheel for fewer than eight seconds before the crash.The vehicle was traveling at about 68 miles (109 km) per hour (mph) on a highway with a 55-mph (89-kph) speed limit, and neither the system nor the driver made any evasive maneuvers, the agency said.Tesla said in a statement that soon after the crash it shared information with regulators about the Autopilot status and said after the driver engaged the system he “immediately removed his hands from the wheel.Autopilot had not been used at any other time during that drive.”The company added that “Tesla drivers have logged more than one billion miles with Autopilot engaged, and our data shows that, when used properly by an attentive driver who is prepared to take control at all times, drivers supported by Autopilot are safer than those operating without assistance.”
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The much awaited OnePlus 7 series was announced just a while back at an event in Bengaluru, India.The OnePlus 7 Pro is the top-end variant out of the lot and comes with a notch-free QHD+ display with 90Hz refresh rate, triple camera setup and top-of-the-line performance courtesy of Snapdragon 855.Interested buyers will definitely need to pay a premium for the tech it packs in which is something that takes the Pro variant of the phone out of the affordable category.OnePlus 7 Pro starts at Rs 48,999 for 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage while the variant with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage costs Rs 52,999.The phone tops at 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage for which a buyer will need to shell out Rs 57,999.With the first flash sale scheduled for May 17 (May 16, if you're an Amazon Prime subscriber), it can be a hit or a miss situation as far as flash sales are considered.
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Som rubriken lyder har Master & Dynamic presenterat sina nya hörlurar MW65 och det handlar om en rejäl uppgradering på funktionsfronten jämfört med föregångarna MW60.Hörlurarna har bantat rejält och väger endast 250 gram, ner från 350 gram som MW60 vägde, och Master & Dynamic har petat in flådigheter som justerbar brusreducering och uppdaterat USB-porten till USB-C.Master & Dynamic gillar flådiga material och samma verkar gälla med MW65.Kuddarna i kåporna är fyllda med memory foam och är omslutna i lammskinn medan bågen är klädd i ordentlig läder.Utöver det används en hel del anodiserad aluminium för att göra lurarna robusta, men samtidigt lätta.Batteritiden ligger på 24 timmar och beryllium-elementen ligger på 40mm och ska enligt Master & Dynamic leverera ett rikt och fylligt ljud.
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If you ever owned a Nokia dumb phone from the 90s, you probably played the hell out of Snake, which came pre-loaded on most models back then.Now, Seattle-based indie studio Stovetop has a wacky take on the original that replaces the pixel-width snake with a bus, and scales the environment up to an entire city.It’s called Snakeybus, and it promises to test your reflexes and foresight as you drive through Paris, Miami, or a suburban area at breakneck speeds.As you pick up passengers along the way, your bus will elongate, and you’ll have to do your best to avoid colliding into the tail.From the teasers that have been released so far, Snakeybus looks like a ton of fun that you can jump into at a moment’s notice, just like a casual mobile arcade game.The developers noted that it’ll cost between $8 and $12, and will arrive on Steam on May 15 for Windows and macOS.
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Netflix has added a brand-new feature that will appeal to those with nice soundbars or surround sound setups: High-quality audio.It all started with season 2 of the company’s popular series Stranger Things, which begins with a car chase.When watching the first episode in a living room environment, show creators Matt and Ross Duffer noticed that the audio wasn’t coming through as crisply or cleanly as it did on the final sound stage in which it was mixed.They turned to Netflix to solve this problem, and the streaming giant not only obliged, but put a team of engineers on the task of improving sound quality throughout the company’s programming.It took a while, but today the high-quality audio feature has been given to the masses, allowing those of us who take sound quality as seriously as we take image quality an even more immersive listening experience when watching our favorite flicks.The high-quality audio feature works by improving the bit rate at which the company streams audio to TVs and connected devices with support for 5.1 or Dolby Atmos audio.
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If you’re looking for a smart speaker that features booming sound, look no further than the Google Home Max.Normally priced at $399, the Google Home Max costs just $299 when you buy it from Google Express.If you’ve never used Google Express before, think of it as an aggregate virtual storefront that sells products from many retailers.In this case, you’d be getting the Home Max from the Google Store.That means you can get free delivery by this Friday, May 2 if you order early enough today.As for the Home Max itself, this speaker isn’t messing around.
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Internet discussion sections are perennially problematic for publishers, particularly when they’re anonymous.In a 2012 study, researchers found that commentators who chose not to reveal their identities tended to pen more “contrarian” and “extreme” replies than those who used their real names, and scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison report that the nastier the feedback about an article, the more polarized readers tend to become about that article’s contents.The sad state of affairs prompted Ishay Green, Nadav Shoval, and Roee Goldberg to investigate a solution to foster healthier online interactions.Their brainchild — Spot.im, a provider of cloud-based community creation and moderation tools — launched in 2012, and went on to attract clients like Microsoft, Aol, NBC, Refinery, Huffington Post, Time, Fox News, Little Things, Advertising Age, and USA Today Sport.Now, it’s gearing up for its next stage of growth.Spot.im today announced that it’s secured $25 million in series D financing led by Insight Venture Partners, with contributions from Millhouse Capital, AltaIR Capital, Cerca, and Jonah Goodhart.
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Elon Musk has agreed to more specific oversight on his tweets about Tesla.After weeks of negotiation, Musk and the Securities and Exchange Commission decided Friday that Musk must have a company lawyer pre-approve tweets about Tesla’s financial health, sales, or delivery numbers — estimated or otherwise — as well as other specific subjects, according to a new court filing.The two sides filed late Friday to amend the settlement agreement reached last year over the “funding secured” debacle, which originally prompted the SEC to attempt to install oversight over Musk’s tweets.US District Court Judge Alison Nathan, who presided over the case, still needs to approve Friday’s amendment.On February 19th, Musk tweeted Tesla would make “around” 500,000 Model 3s this year, which clashed with the company’s official guidance of 360,000 to 400,000 cars total in 2019 (including Model S and Model X).The agency found out that Musk had not had any of his tweets about Tesla pre-approved by the in-house lawyer since the settlement went into effect in December.
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Photo: Film Frame / Marvel StudiosWhile MoviePass continues to experiment with ways to prevent going out of business, competing movie theater subscription service Sinemia is calling it quits ahead of what is shaping up to be one of the biggest theatrical events of all time.Just as Avengers: Endgame has started breaking box office records on its first day, Sinemia says it is ceasing operations in the US due to mounting pressure from competing subscriptions from theater chains and legal action brought against the company for its pricing tactics.The news confirms a report from Bloomberg earlier this week that said Sinemia was considering closing its consumer business to focus more on building membership programs for existing theater chains.“Today, with a heavy heart, we’re announcing that Sinemia is closing its doors and ending operations in the US effective immediately,” the company said in a statement that pops up when you visit its website.The competition in the US market and the core economics of what it costs to deliver Sinemia’s end-to-end experience ultimately lead us to the decision of discontinuing our US operations.”
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Education Technology, or ed-tech, is experiencing a resurgence thanks to a new crop of startups building powerful tools for the millions of teachers in classrooms.Some of these startups are graduates of prestigious Silicon Valley startup programs like Y Combinator.After disrupting taxis and hotels, Silicon Valley set its sights on the classroom.On Tuesday, a pension fund in Canada announced a new investment group focused solely on startups creating tecj for teachers.Although the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan hasn't' yet set an allocation target for its Teachers Innovation Platform, the move is a sign of growing momentum in a new "ed-tech" boom.Education technology took off years ago with products to help parents bolster their children's education, especially in areas where schools sometimes fell short like science and engineering.
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Just hours after Apple and Qualcomm announced a settlement in their long-running patent battle earlier this month, Intel said it would exit the 5G phone modem business.But the chip giant didn't say at the time whether its decision was based on the settlement.It apparently was, according to a Wall Street Journal interview with Intel CEO Bob Swan."In light of the announcement of Apple and Qualcomm, we assessed the prospects for us to make money while delivering this technology for smartphones and concluded at the time that we just didn't see a path," Swan told the newspaper.Intel on April 16 said it plans to cease working on modems for 5G, the next-generation of wireless technology expected to supercharge mobile connections.It had been working on a processor for Apple, with the chip expected to be in iPhones in 2020.
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