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Some of the best Prime Day deals of 2019 are on Amazon devices like Echos and Fire TVs and services like Audible.Save $100 on the Fire TV Recast (usually $229.99), try 4 months of Amazon Music Unlimited for only $0.99 (save $31), and try 3 months of Kindle Unlimited for free (save $30).For any unanswered questions you may still have, email us at insiderpicks@businessinsider.com.Everyone we know juggles multiple ways to get their favorite TV shows and movies.By combining seven common appliances into one device, it saves space, money, and clean-up time.Wear it at night and it'll also track how you're sleeping.
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Back at E3 2019, Ubisoft revealed its plans to begin offering a subscription service of its own, joining other companies like Microsoft and Electronic Arts.At the time, Ubisoft simply said that the service would offer more than 100 games, revealing just a few of those titles in the trailer you see below.Today, Ubisoft published a list of all the games that will be available through Uplay+, and the roster seems to include most of the games Ubisoft has released throughout the years.Some of the list’s highlights, which you can check out at Ubisoft’s website, include what seems to be the entire Assassin’s Creed franchise, so if you’ve missed out on some of the many games in that particular series, Uplay+ will be a good way to play them.As you’d expect, there are also a good number of Tom Clancy games, from the original Rainbow Six to the upcoming Ghost Recon Breakpoint.In addition to granting access to Ubisoft’s existing library of games, it’ll also let subscribers play new games as they’re released.
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A young girl sits rapt in front of a black-and-white television screen as John F. Kennedy gives an impassioned speech about traveling to space to find “new hopes for knowledge and peace.” The U.S. will take on this world-changing goal “not because it is easy, but because it is hard.”That heralded talk, dubbed “We Choose to Go to the Moon” from 1962, serves as the spine of a commercial for an augmented reality app that recreates the Apollo 11 journey and highlights the former president as a visionary and prime mover in the space program.The spot, called “Full Circle,” shows the same youngster as a teen-ager watching the Saturn V rocket launch in 1969 on a slightly updated but still colorless TV.Then in her current-day adult life, she relives that historic moment and shares it with the next awe-struck generation via AR.The ad aims to show “one woman’s fascination with space throughout her lifetime,” creators say, and link JFK to the Apollo 11 mission “through one of the many people he inspired.”The campaign, from Digitas and Unit9, will air through the summer in AMC theaters.
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The 48-hour sales event is almost over but there are still plenty of great beauty tech deals for men and women.If you’re looking to improve your skincare routine, take a look at these offers from Clarisonic and Foreo, two of the top best-selling facial cleansers.Maintaining a skincare routine with the right exfoliating devices for your face and body is the perfect recipe for better skin.And since our face is the part of our body most exposed to the sun, especially during outdoor summer activities, taking care of it is worth investing in with great face products.A recommended skincare regimen is to exfoliate about twice a week.Using just your hands isn’t enough to rid your face of the pore-clogging sweat and dirt accumulated throughout the day.
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Perhaps more critically, the research team of geoscientists found that the percentage of high-magnitude earthquakes increases with depth, and may create -- although fewer in number -- greater magnitude earthquakes years after injection rates decline or stop altogether.It shows that in areas such as Oklahoma and southern Kansas there is evidence that oilfield wastewater injected underground into the Arbuckle formation has a much higher density than natural fluids occurring within the deeper seismogenic zone faults."Earthquakes are now common in the central United States where the number of magnitude-3 or greater earthquakes increased from about 19 per year before 2008 to more than 400 per year since," said Pollyea, an assistant professor of geosciences and director of the Computational Geofluids Laboratory at Virginia Tech."As wastewater is injected deep underground, fluid pressure builds up and migrates away from injection wells.This destabilizes faults and causes 'injection-induced' earthquakes, such as the damaging 5.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Pawnee, Oklahoma, in 2016."By analyzing earthquake data, the researchers found that the number of earthquakes greater than a magnitude 4 increased more than 150 percent from 2017 to 2018 while the number of earthquakes with magnitude 2.5 or greater decreased 35 percent during the same period.
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Over the past decade, a major trend in electronics has been the development of sensors, displays and smart devices which are seamlessly integrated onto the human body.Most of these wearable devices are singularly connected to a user's smart phone and transmit all data via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi signals.But as consumers wear increasing numbers of wearable devices, and as the data they transmit increases in sophistication, more innovative connection methods are being sought after.This 'wireless body sensor network' allows devices to transmit data with 1,000 times stronger signal than conventional technologies, meaning the battery life of all devices is dramatically improved.Wireless networks of these wearable devices on a body have future applications in health monitoring, medical interventions and human-machine interfaces.Better data transmission, greater privacy
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Modeling the shape and movement of near-Earth asteroids is now up to 25 times faster thanks to new Washington State University research.The WSU scientists improved the software used to track thousands of near-Earth asteroids and comets, which are defined as being within 121 million miles or about 1.3 times the distance to the sun.Their work provides a valuable new tool for studying asteroids and determining which of them might be on a collision course with Earth.Matt Engels, a PhD student who has been working with Professor Scott Hudson in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at WSU Tri-Cities, is lead author of a paper on the research in the July issue of Astronomy and Computing.The rocks also can provide valuable scientific information, answering fundamental questions about the creation of our solar system and providing a glimpse into our planetary past.NASA maintains a catalog that includes information on more than 20,000 near-earth asteroids and comets.
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Sony has revealed its latest full-frame camera, the Sony A7R IV, packing a hefty 61-megapixel sensor and a whopping 15 stops of dynamic range.The new camera is the latest in Sony’s series of popular interchangeable lens models, and it debuts the company’s – and the world’s – first 35mm 61MP BSI sensor.Sony A7R IV photography and AFIt’s a huge step up from what Sony used on the A7R III, which topped out at 42.4-megapixels, and it leaves the A7R IV apparently capable of the same sort of image quality as you might expect from a medium-format camera.In the A7R IV, the sensor is paired with 5-axis optical in-body image stabilization – which Sony claims has a 5.5 step shutter speed advantage – together with a number of focus systems.There are 567 phase-detection AF points for 74-percent coverage, along with real-time Eye AF for Still, Movie, Human, and Animal.
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The European Union's competition commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, will launch a formal investigation into Amazon within days, Bloomberg reported Tuesday.Amazon's role as both a seller and a platform for other merchantshas become one of the most contentious areas of the business, with the Federal Trade Commission also looking at the practice.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Amazon is reportedly facing an antitrust probe in the EU.According to a report from Bloomberg, the EU's competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager — a formidable force when it comes to scrutinizing big tech — will launch a "full-blown" investigation into Amazon withing days.Vestager said last year that her team had started to look into how Amazon was using the data from sales of its third-party sellers on the platform.
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Researchers from BYU and the Netherlands' Delft University of Technology may have figured out the secret to get people to buy more fresh produce: dress veggies up in black.A new study by industrial design professor Bryan Howell and Dutch colleague Hendrick Schifferstein looks at how the backgrounds of grocery store displays impact the attractiveness of vegetables.After testing an array of colors and neutral shades, they found the best bet is to go back in black."If the goal is to boost sales of fresh produce in retail stores, it makes sense that vendors present them in an attractive and appetizing manner," Howell said."In the design world, black has always been the cool color, but I didn't know it would carry over into the vegetable world."The study participants gave attractiveness and perceived expensiveness ratings for each veggie -- mushroom, bell pepper, carrot, tomato, eggplant -- against each background.
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Designed by PluginHUMAN art duo, Dr Betty Sargeant and Justin Dwyer, the system involves an interactive bed and ambient music controlled by the artists, and kaleidoscopic visuals controlled by the user with their own brainwaves, via EEG.With each brain frequency assigned a different colour and brainwave intensity tied to movement, each person's brain activity generates unique imagery.PhD researcher with RMIT University's Exertion Games Lab, Natahan Semertzidis, has now assessed the system for inducing pre-sleep states and general mental wellbeing."Our findings flip that notion upside down and show how technology can also aid rest and relaxation."Analysis of physiological and psychological data along with user interviews were recently presented at the premier international conference of Human-Computer Interaction, CHI 2019."Results demonstrated statistically significant decreases in pre-sleep cognitive arousal and negative emotion," Semertzidis says.
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Recording the movements of people and animals (including birds and insects) has become very easy because of the development of small and inexpensive GPS devices and video cameras.However, it is still difficult to infer what triggers such movements (for example, external stimuli and/or their mental processes) from the behavioral records.In this study, Shuhei Yamazaki and colleagues have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) technology, first, to estimate an animal's behavioral state, such as "resting", "feeding", or "traveling", without human classification, and, next, to explore the characteristics of each behavioral state by comparing responses under different conditions, such as before and after experiencing a certain stimulus.This method, termed STEFTR (state estimation and feature extraction of animal behavior), enabled the researchers to estimate the behavioral states of roundworms and penguins that move approximately 1 cm in 10 min in a petri dish and several kilometers in 1 day or more in the Antarctic Ocean, respectively, by analyzing them in exactly the same way.Notably, they achieved > 90% accuracy using only tens of animal trajectories, although traditionally researchers used prior knowledge of specialists about the animal's movement and/or millions of video images of animal behavior to train AI.revealed experience-dependent (i.e., "learning"-dependent) changes in specific behavioral aspects in worms and bats, and sexual pheromone-dependent changes in fruit flies.
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Welcome to Hard Fork Basics, a collection of tips, tricks, guides, and info to keep you up to date in the cryptocurrency and blockchain world.Google ‘cryptocurrency’ and the likelihood is you’ll see ‘exit scam’ somewhere in the results.To do so, the scammers typically launch a new cryptocurrency based on a promising concept.Then, they raise money from investors through an ICO.The business may or may not operate for some time, but eventually the scammers who collected the funds disappear leaving unsuspecting victims in the lurch.Having said this, consider these tips before making any decisions:
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At a recent postmortem for the so-called Twitter tax break, the divisive San Francisco policy that drew tech companies to a beleaguered stretch of downtown, the tone at City Hall was chilly.“I’ve seen the number of people who are sleeping on the street increase.“We're just a particularly good fishbowl to observe the problem,” Dennison tells me after the hearing.It’s gotten dystopian out there—even the techies themselves are saying it.If the real estate agents are to be believed, the rest of us will soon drown in the melt of ice swans discarded after multimillion-dollar condo showings.Three tech-focused tax proposals have emerged this year: a per-ride levy on Uber and Lyft rides; a so-called IPO tax to increase the rate on stock-based compensation; and a tax on companies based on the ratio of their CEOs’ pay to ordinary employees.
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Embattled cryptocurrency exchange Bitpoint has revealed that roughly half of its 110,000 users were affected by last week’s $3.02 billion yen ($28 million) hack, reports The Mainchi.Speaking at a Tokyo press conference, Bitpoint president Genki Oda noted that of the 3.02 billion yen stolen, customers owned 2.06 billion yen ($19 million), while 960 million yen ($8.9 million) consisted of the company’s own holdings.According to Oda, customer losses represented 13 percent of the total amount of cryptocurrency users had kept on Bitpoint.He also pledged to repay victims (in cryptocurrency) once standard trade resumes.The theft, which included sums of Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin, and Ripple, was disclosed last Thursday.Originally reported to have totalled $32 million, those losses were later revised to a slightly smaller number of $28 million.
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The topic of insider threat is fast rising up on the corporate agenda.While you might think a company’s own employees would be less likely to pose security risks than external attackers, analysis by Computing has found that insider threat was a factor in half of reported breaches, writes Josh Lefkowitz, CEO, Flashpoint.When breaches caused by insider threat are disclosed, they can be particularly damaging to a company’s reputation, implying poor company culture, negligence, and thereby eroding trust in the organisation.Even if a breach doesn’t become public knowledge, if it involves the theft of intellectual property or other critical assets it can harm the company’s competitive position.Whether arising from disgruntled employees, acts of carelessness, or systematically malicious actors, insider threat is a particularly complex risk to manage.These might include user and entity behaviour analytics (UEBA), data loss prevention (DLP) tools, network logs and endpoint device activity.
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Martin created can turn their attention to the yet-to-be-published final two books in the series.Not that fans haven’t been doing that for a while now, of course...but it should come as no surprise that the author isn’t planning on speeding up his pace.Martin’s fourth book in the series, A Dance With Dragons, came out eight years ago this month, right around the time the hit HBO show debuted.“I felt a tremendous amount of pressure for years now,” Martin told Entertainment Weekly.There was a point when the show was coming out in April and my editors said if I could finish the book by December they’d rush it out.And the pressure I felt that fall was the greatest pressure I’ve ever felt and then at a certain point it became apparent I’m not going to finish it by then.
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Inadequate understanding of blockchain applications is the greatest barrier to adoption of the technology in the Asia-Pacific region, according to the majority of respondents to a recent poll by consulting firm Ernst & Young.Why it matters: Despite banning cryptocurrency activities, China wants to be a front-runner in blockchain development.Businesses in China are encouraged to develop and apply blockchain solutions which fall within regulatory compliance.However, the survey results signal potential for a gap between policy goals and widespread industry adoption.Chinese tech giants including Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent, and JD have been experimenting and applying blockchain solutions to areas such as electronic invoicing, gaming, medical prescriptions, financial services, and logistics.“Trust is a key factor and current barrier for companies in Asia-Pacific.
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Microsoft emitted a fresh build of October's Windows 10 last night with tweaks that should bring a smile to the face of Jeff Bezos.Windows 10, now with extra Amazon Alexa (if you want)The build, 18362.10005, is also known as 19H2 and aimed at Windows Insiders currently languishing in the Slow Ring.Back when 19H2 finally dropped, Microsoft announced the code would turn up as a Cumulative Update rather than a full release, much to the relief of users exhausted by the near-hysterical pace at which Windows 10 releases were being flung.With 19H2, third-party digital assistants will be able to voice activate above the lock screen.In other words, you will be able to bellow "Alexa, order me a MacBook" at your laptop.
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Russia's veteran Proton-M launcher finally left launch pad 81 of the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 15:30:57 Moscow time on 13 July.While the comparatively lightweight observatory, Spektr-RG, only weighed in at 2,712kg, it has quite a trek ahead of it.The X-ray facility will be stationed at the L2 Lagrangian point, approximately 1.5 million kilometres from Earth, after a three-month cruise.A planned launch on Friday was scrapped due to more technical issues with the rocket.The SpektrRG observatory successfully separated from the upper stage!Next stage: 3 months after launch — cruise to L2, positioning, calibration and testing, test observations pic.twitter.com/jr2JcV09hx
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