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From spreadsheets to gaming, the Lepow Portable Monitor has been a lifesaver.
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The phone maker has able to close the gap through strong growth in China
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It will launch on Steam and the Epic Games Store
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Now to figure out how to make and store the gas, and fit fuel cells into bit barns Microsoft has revealed that it ran racks full of servers for 48 hours using electricity generated by hydrogen fuel cells, but the company's aspiration to use the tech again needs careful scrutiny.…
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Next.js, a framework for building applications that leverage the React JavaScript UI library, is getting a refresh. Next.js 9.5 adds capabilities including incremental static regeneration and rewrites/redirects support.Incremental static regeneration updates pages by re-rendering them in the background as traffic flows in. Traffic is served uninterrupted, statically, with the newly built page pushed only after it is done generating. Benefits include no spikes in latency and pages never going offline.To read this article in full, please click here
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The Rs 349 plan sits between the Rs 199 and Rs 499 basic plans and offers some benefits of the standard Rs 699 plan.
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More cars could get new features, like advanced driver assistance and infotainment systems, through OTA updates rather than forcing drivers to trade in for a new model, as automotive suppliers double-down on the idea of the modern vehicle being a computer on wheels. Automotive supplier Bosch has announced it’s pulling down the walls between some of its biggest divisions, aiming … Continue reading
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Ant is reportedly seeking a valuation of more than US$200 billion in a Hong Kong IPO.
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(Regenstrief Institute) Three telehealth services within the VA -- TeleNeurology, TelePain and TeleGeriatric Resources for Assessment and Care of Elders -- are being enabled and evaluated by VA, Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University researchers to increase veteran access to care. The work is supported by a new $5.1 million five-year VA grant.
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Angelica Song is a rising college senior at UC Berkeley who landed a coveted summer internship at Google earlier this year, as part of the company's US consumer payments marketing team. Due to the pandemic, she's doing her internship virtually while sheltering in place with her family in Austin, Texas.  Internship perks have included livestreams with celebrities, a virtual magic show, digital DJ sets, a bartending class, and industry talks with Google's C-suite executives. Also an avid content creator on TikTok, Song recently launched her own brand, urCollegeSis, which is a resource for college, work, and life advice for Gen Zers. Her days are spent working with other Googlers, attending virtual talks and Q&As, filming and editing TikTok videos, and cooking and enjoying time with her family. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Angelica Song is an incoming senior at UC Berkeley studying business administration. When the college switched to remote instruction in mid-March because of the pandemic, Song went home to shelter in place with her family in Austin, Texas.  On June 1, she started her virtual summer internship as an associate product marketing intern at Google. On top of her internship, Song also creates TikTok videos for 113,000 followers and is launching her own brand that offers guidance on all things college and building new careers. Here's a look into how Song is spending her days during the pandemic.SEE ALSO: A day in the life of a COVID-19 tester in South Carolina, where new cases surged to a record-breaking daily high this week Although she's not a morning person, Song likes to wake up early to be more productive. She catches up on the news and social media, and writes down a mix of work duties and important meetings for the day in her bullet journal.  "I really enjoy journaling in the morning to brain dump everything that's on my mind. I'll write anything down from work tasks to my personal errands," Song told Business Insider.  At 10 a.m., the Google internship starts, and she begins remote meetings with her manager and team members. At Google, Song is on a team of eight Googlers on the US consumer payments marketing team, but also works with a larger team of over 40 people in cross-functional roles. As a product marketing intern, she works on projects in consumer research and market strategy.  "When people think of 'intern,' they might think of the stereotypical coffee- and donut-fetching intern. But, at Google, they trust their interns with important projects and responsibilities. Google and my team have given me lots of things to lead and take initiative on. I've been learning a lot from working and collaborating with extremely talented individuals. Because of my personal experience as a content creator, it's also been amazing to contribute and consult on social media marketing projects," said Song.  A big part of Google's culture is having cool perks and events for their employees. Although employees can't currently experience the free food and fancy gym in person, the company has been hosting plenty of virtual events including livestreams with celebrities, cooking and bartending lessons, magic shows, yoga classes, mental health sessions, and more. So far, she's attended HIIT workout classes, a magic show, a digital DJ set, a celebrity Q&A with a singer and actress, a bartending class, and industry expert talks with senior and C-suite executives at Google.  One recent talk was with Google's chief internet evangelist, Vinton Cerf, who discussed his work with internet architecture, internet evangelism, and product accessibility. She also participated in an interactive Q&A chat with Google's CMO, Lorraine Twohill.  Song said Google is doing a lot to give interns a sense of the company culture, even at home. "They sent us a really awesome swag box with a backpack, cool stickers, and the famous Google Intern hat," she told Business Insider. In the afternoon, Song takes a break to film TikToks. She started making TikToks for fun in November 2019. After making a variety of dance to comedy, she noticed there was an even bigger need for lifestyle and college content among users in the space, and decided to curate this niche and started growing her account in January 2020, and became inspired to publish content on other platforms as well, like YouTube and Instagram. During the pandemic, she has been filming TikToks almost every day. As of July 13, she had over 113,000 followers and 3.3 million likes. "I always tell people, 'It's never too late to start building a professional social media presence. It's just like starting a business — building a brand, picking a niche, bringing unique value. I know it's terrifying at first, but quickly you'll get the hang of it,'" Song said. "The key to growing my audience was being consistent and always trying new things. I'd also recommend people to become a heavy consumer of the platform they want to be on. You'll be able to learn the trends, and see what works and what doesn't." Although TikToks videos are only 15 seconds to one minute long, Song said she spends anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours filming, editing, and uploading each new TikTok. After work and dinner, she spends time creating content for her social media accounts. During her junior year of college, Song says she saw a gap in the market for a space and community for Gen Z students and young adults developing professional skills and personal growth. Inspired by the #girlboss movement by Sophia Amoruso, she wanted to create something for younger audiences, ages 13 to 22. She's currently working to develop the #urCollegeSis hashtag created on TikTok into a virtual community and extension of her personal lifestyle accounts.  Her goal is to make urCollegeSis into a movement to empower the next generation of inclusive, thoughtful leaders. On top of the free resources and tips on her social pages, Song offers her services for college consulting, and plans to expand even more with workshops, virtual events, and a podcast.  Song uses her time before work, her lunch break, and her evenings to spend time with her parents and her younger brother, who is also home from college. She and her parents — who own a small poke restaurant in Austin that has stayed open during the pandemic for takeout only — use the morning as an opportunity to exercise together by taking a bike ride or a walk through their neighborhood. Around midday, she and her brother cook lunch together, usually something healthy like a salmon dish with veggies or chickpea pasta. "It's really important to me that I create a healthy balance in my physical and mental health. I spend a couple hours before bed each night to decompress and self-care before the new day starts again," said Song.  She's also FaceTiming regularly and attending virtual movies nights, game nights, and cocktail hours to stay socially connected to friends. Song said she's been able to balance everything due to the extra free time she's had during the pandemic. Her social media presence might not have taken off during a normal spring semester of college, she told Business Insider, because she would have been much busier with school on campus. For others who might be hoping to land an internship this summer or fall, Song has one main piece of advice: "Find hobbies and interests that speak to you. This was really important when applying to my role at Google."
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(Pohang University of Science & Technology (POSTECH)) The research team took a new approach by using the Josephson junctions to spatially resolve the supercurrent flow and to show that WTe2 does indeed appear to have hinge states and be a higher-order topological insulator. They have identified a new higher-order topological insulator. It is a layered two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenide (TMDC) called WTe2. This is a famous material in condensed matter physics that displays a variety of exotic properties from titanic magnetoresistance to quantized spin hall effect.
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Jeffrey Epstein’s former girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell, will remain behind bars until trial next year after she was denied bail as a risk to flee rather than face charges she recruited girls for the financier to sexually abuse more than two decades ago.Two Epstein accusers implored the judge to keep the British socialite detained after she pleaded not guilty to the charges during a video court hearing in Manhattan.US district judge Alison Nathan said even the most restrictive form of release would be insufficient to ensure Maxwell would not flee, particularly now that she has seen the strength of the evidence and realises that she could face up to 35 years in prison if she is convicted.As the judge explained her reasoning for denying bail, Maxwell dropped her head repeatedly, appearing dejected.At one point, she appeared to wipe a tear from underneath one eye.Maxwell, 58, has been held without bail since her July 2 arrest at her million-dollar New Hampshire estate, where prosecutors say she refused to open the door for FBI agents, who broke through to find that she had retreated to an interior room.Her lawyer, Mark S Cohen, told the judge that Maxwell was in her pyjamas and had been told that security protocol called for her to retreat to her room if there was any disturbance outside her doors.The judge rejected Cohen’s claim that Maxwell was hiding from the public and the media rather than investigators when she purchased a one million US dollars mansion late last year.Assistant US attorney Alison Moe said Maxwell posed as a journalist, Jen Marshall, under another name when she bought the New Hampshire estate.Maxwell was charged with recruiting at least three girls, one as young as 14, for Epstein to abuse between 1994 and 1997.As part of the government’s presentation, Moe read aloud a statement by one female accuser while another, Annie Farmer, gave a very short statement by phone asking the court to detain Maxwell.Farmer said Maxwell was a “sexual predator who groomed and abused me”.She said Maxwell “lied under oath and tormented her survivors.”An indictment alleged that she helped groom the victims to endure sexual abuse and was sometimes there when Epstein abused them.It also alleged that she lied during a 2016 deposition in a civil case stemming from Epstein’s abuse of girls and women.Epstein killed himself in August 2019, several weeks after he was also confronted by two accusers at a bail hearing who insisted that he should remain in jail while awaiting sex trafficking charges that alleged he abused girls at his Manhattan and Florida mansions in the early 2000s.In court papers, Maxwell’s lawyers argued that Epstein’s death left the media “wrongly trying to substitute her for Epstein — even though she’d had no contact with Epstein for more than a decade, had never been charged with a crime or been found liable in any civil litigation, and has always denied any allegations of claimed misconduct”.Prosecutors said in court that Maxwell was a flight risk because of her “undisclosed wealth” and “extensive international ties” that could put her out of the reach of extradition.“She has the ability to live off the grid indefinitely,” Moe said, citing Maxwell’s access to millions of dollars and the scant information about her finances provided by her lawyers.Maxwell’s lawyers pushed to have her released on $5 million bail. They said she “vigorously denies the charges, intends to fight them, and is entitled to the presumption of innocence.”The judge set a trial date for July 2021.Epstein had a wide circle of friends including Prince Andrew, Donald Trump and former US president Bill Clinton.Andrew, who denies any wrongdoing, has since been urged to provide information to the investigation by a US attorney.Afterwards, some accusers praised the decision to keep Maxwell detained.In a statement, Virginia Roberts Giuffre said she was “thrilled”.“Without Ghislaine, Jeffrey Epstein would not have been able to fulfil his sick desires,” Giuffre said.“Ghislaine preyed on me when I was a child.“As with every other of her and Jeffrey Epstein’s victims, I will have to live with what she did to me for the rest of my life.“The rest of her life should be spent behind bars.”
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(RMIT University) Accurate positioning is a critical function in industries such as transport, infrastructure and space, but current technical solutions are expensive, large or energy-hungry.A major new collaboration will cut the cost of ultra high-performance gyroscopes by 85% and shrink them to the size of a coffee cup.
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TLDR: Easy website creation for visual builders is the calling card of this Sparkle Pro Website Builder lifetime subscription offer. Website builder apps have a tough job. They need a robust set of cutting edge features and customization options to keep web development pros happy, while being simple enough that a first-time user can get a good looking site completed without pulling their hair out.  That’s a finer line than you might realize. Many apps and services are either too simplistic and short of creative options for the diehards, or head-swimmingly complicated for the newbies. However, Mac owners have been… This story continues at The Next Web
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Employers are apt to invest more often in cash premiums for noncertified tech skills compared to certifications. Here are a few they’re coveting the most now and going forward.
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Days after the re-launched Galaxy Fold went on sale in China, embattled Huawei today released its Foldable Mate X for sale in its home country – China.The 16,999 yuan (US$2,403) priced Huawei Mate X was earlier today available for sale on Vmall, and from the look of its, it got the much-needed reception from its Chinese fans.The Chinese firm also announced a 50% discount on the first time display replacement of Huawei Mate X.Much like the Fold from its main rival – Samsung, the Huawei MateX according to Huawei sold out under a minute.It, however, didn’t disclose the number of units sold but admitted that very limited units were available for sale.The second and next sale is scheduled for November 22 at 10:08 China time.
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The technology continues to evolve, but 3D printing is still mostly used for creating prototypes or parts that won’t have to endure tremendous stresses or rigorous wear and tear.That might not always be the case, however, as researchers at Rice University found a way to 3D print complex patterns resulting in plastic objects that are almost as hard and durable as diamond.The complex crisscrossing and zig-zagging patterns that are used to build up the structures of these polymer cubes are far from random; they’re strategically calculated and engineered to give these objects their incredible strength, but can be tweaked and tuned to exhibit other amazing properties as well.The patterns are based on tubulanes, which are theoretical microscopic structures made of crosslinked carbon nanotubes that were predicted to have remarkable properties in 1993 by chemist Ray Baughman and physicist Douglas Galvão.Tubulanes could be used to manufacture revolutionary materials that are both strong and lightweight but to date, the structures haven’t been successfully created given the challenging logistics of manufacturing with carbon nanotubes.A compression test showed that tubulane-based materials developed at Rice University handled pressure well, collapsing without cracking.
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Samsung reportedly teased the W20 5G device earlier this year, showing what appeared to be a foldable design and not much more.We weren’t sure whether this was an all-new Samsung device with a foldable display or an entry in its overpriced China-only clamshell smartphone series.The listed model name suggests it’s the Samsung W20 5G, and images (seen in the featured spot above) show that it could simply be a rebranded Galaxy Fold.We’ve got the same Galaxy Fold design here, showing a traditional candybar shape when folded and folding out to reveal a tablet-sized display.You can also make out a similar rear triple camera setup and hinge design as Samsung’s first foldable phone.The only real difference here is the presence of a Chinese-language logo at the bottom rear of the device.
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Disney announced on Wednesday that Disney Plus had 10 million sign-ups since launching on Tuesday.Disney Plus had 1.9 million preorders in the US by Sunday, a few days before launch, according to data provided to Business Insider by analytics company Jumpshot.Disney Plus faced technical issues on launch day, which Disney blamed on "consumer demand" that "exceeded our highest expectations."Disney executives have projected Disney Plus to reach "between 60 million and 90 million global subscribers by 2024," according to The Hollywood Reporter.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Disney announced on Wednesday that its new streaming service, Disney Plus, had snagged 10 million sign-ups since launching on Tuesday.
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On Monday, November 11, Mercury will make a rare transit between the Earth and the Sun, something that will look like the planet skating past our star from our perspective on Earth.According to NASA, this transit only takes place around 13 times every century; the next pass won’t happen until the year 2032.Most people on Earth will be able to witness the pass, though seeing it for yourself will be a bit tricky.First things first, NASA is reminding the public that it is very dangerous to look directly at the Sun — doing so puts the person at risk of permanent vision damage.It’s important to use a Sun filter from a reputable vendor; you’ll also need a telescope that is capable of at least a 50x zoom.Mercury is the smallest planet in our Solar System; compared to the Sun, the planet will look like a tiny black dot smoothly sailing past the face of our star.
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According to Mobile World Live news, Huawei CSO, Andy Purdy, warns that the US government’s tough stance on Huawei will hurt the country.According to him, this will lead to the loss of jobs and will cause Huawei to replace US suppliers.This directly harms US interests.Andy said that the current situation is that many American companies “hope to sell products to Huawei, but the government does not allow it.” He refers to an export ban, and the US has repeatedly said that the trade license will be “sent soon”.There is no practical action.Huawei CSO pointed out that the government’s “sealed lips” do not talk about Huawei’s security risks to the United States, which is frustrating for suppliers.
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Michael Pratt, the principal owner of the GirlsDoPorn website, is already facing criminal charges for sex trafficking involving adult women.A new indictment, unsealed Thursday, has added child pornography charges.For years, Pratt has been recruiting young women to San Diego to shoot pornographic videos.Dozens of women say that Pratt and his colleagues lied to them and used physical coercion to induce them to participate—claims that led to federal sex trafficking charges last month.Feds hit GirlsDoPorn owners with criminal sex trafficking chargesNow prosecutors say that Pratt flew a 16-year-old girl to Southern California to have sex on camera.
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What would you do if Niantic closed their doors tomorrow, and there was no more Pokemon GO?This is the overarching issue with video games in general, but doubly so when the entirety of said game is played on servers at some remote location: After it’s done, what’s left?Pokemon GO is a very time-consuming game.When it began, back in June of 2016, I wrote an article called Pokemon GO is the best game EVER: here’s why.What I should have written instead, I’ve realized, is “Pokemon GO is the most distracting game EVER: here’s why.”If all of life is a struggle to avoid discomfort, then Pokemon GO should be a tool for good.
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GitHub’s annual Octoverse report is out today.It found that Microsoft’s Visual Studio Code or VSCode (19.1K), Azure Docs (14K), and Flutter (13K) were the top open source projects in total contributors on GitHub in the last year, followed by projects like Google’s TensorFlow (9.9K), Kubernetes (6.9K), and the React Native framework created by Facebook.The annual report that looks at trends and milestones for the code repository acquired by Microsoft last year also found that repositories with topics like “deep learning,” “natural language processing,” and “machine learning” grew in popularity over the course of the past year.GitHub is now used by more than 40 million developers worldwide, a statistic it first shared this summer.The majority of repository contributions have come from outside the United States since 2014, but the latest Octoverse report says more than 80% of repository contributions now come from outside the U.S.A total of 44 million repositories were made in the last year.
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In order to keep its social network free of malicious bots, Facebook keeps trying out new tactics.In its latest test, it’s deploying facial recognition tech to spot fake profiles.The feature, spotted by app researcher Jane Manchun Wong, asks you to take a video selfie and turn your head from side to side in order to verify that you’re not a bot.The text in app screenshots posted by Wong reads, “We need a short video of you turning your head in different directions.This helps us confirm your identity and check you’re a real person.”This is how Facebook's Facial Recognition-based Identity Verification looks likeIt asks me to look at several directions within the circle
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On Sunday, the Kenyan runner Geoffrey Kamworor won the New York City Marathon, completing the course in 2 hours, 8 minutes, 13 seconds.Last month, Eliud Kipchoge completed a marathon in under two hours — the shortest time ever — but the feat didn't officially count as a world record.The International Association of Athletics Federations is looking into whether the Vaporfly sneakers confer an unfair advantage.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.His time — 2 hours, 8 minutes, 13 seconds in the men's event — was a mere seven minutes above the world record and less than 10 minutes behind the fastest marathon time ever recorded."From the start of the race, I was feeling OK," Kamworor said in a news release.
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Robotic Process Automation (RPA) has been a hot commodity in recent years as it helps automate tedious manual workflows inside large organizations.Robocorp, a San Francisco startup, wants to bring open source and RPA together.Benchmark led the round, with participation from Slow Ventures, firstminute Capital, Bret Taylor (president and chief product officer at Salesforce) and Docker CEO Rob Bearden.In addition, Benchmark’s Peter Fenton will be joining the company’s board.Robocorp co-founder and CEO Antti Karjalainen has been around open-source projects for years, and he saw an enterprise software category that was lacking in open-source options.“We actually have a unique angle on RPA, where we are introducing open source and cloud native technology into the market and focusing on developer-led technologies,” Karjalainen said.
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Developed by DeepMind, the system is ranked above the 99.8 percentile of active players on Battle.net, the official game server of StarCraft II.UK-based DeepMind, which is owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc., previously developed systems capable of playing chess, Go, and shogi at a superhuman level, but StarCraft II presented an entirely different set of challenges.Released by Blizzard Entertainment in 2010, StarCraft II is a science fiction-themed real-time strategy video game in which two players compete against each other.Gamers can choose to play as one of three alien species – Terrans, Protoss, and Zerg – each with their own strengths, weaknesses, and idiosyncrasies.“I’ve found AlphaStar’s gameplay incredibly impressive – the system is very skilled at assessing its strategic position, and knows exactly when to engage or disengage with its opponent.”StarCraft II has attracted the interest of AI researchers owing to its complex and open-ended gameplay.
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Borderlands 3 is now available to purchase for Mac gamers, although just as with the Windows 10 version, you’ll be buying from the Epic Games Store.That is, of course, because Epic paid for the exclusive on Borderlands 3, and it won’t be out on Steam until April 2020 – although that has hardly damaged its sales on PC.In fact it has officially become the best-selling PC game in 2K history since its launch back in September.Borderlands 3 is now available on Mac!Get it here: https://t.co/A5KX8BOwfY pic.twitter.com/yvg0YcviUgOctober 30, 2019Anyway, at least those with a Mac who fancy getting sucked into the shooter can now do so.Currently those who buy Borderlands 3 get a free Fortnite Psycho Bundle Pack comprising of the Psycho Bandit Outfit, Claptrap Pet and Psycho Buzz Axes (which can be claimed the next time you log in to Fortnite post-purchase).
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