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Uber is launching a new category of ride called Comfort that sits between the top tier Uber Black service and the more popular Uber X option.As its name cleverly suggests, Uber Comfort offers a few extras to ensure maximum well-being during your ride.Or at least, that’s the idea.Specifically, if you request an Uber Comfort ride you’ll be guaranteed a newer, mid-size car with minimum legroom requirements — perfect if your pins are longer than average, or if you simply want reassurance that you won’t be taking your trip with your knees around your ears.Uber Comfort also offers several options that you can choose via the app when you book your ride.These include the ability to request a temperature setting so that the car’s interior feels just right at the very start of the journey.
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A US federal court has ruled today that President Donald Trump can’t block his haters on Twitter.The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit situated in New York said that since Trump uses the social network to communicate matters related to government affairs, he can’t bar some Americans from accessing that information.A three-judge bench ruled unanimously in favor of the verdict.Judge Barrington D. Parker wrote in the ruling that the first amendment bars any official who uses social media to communicate with common folk can’t exclude people from an “otherwise open online dialogue.”President Trump, who has nearly 62 million followers on Twitter, has expressed his political opinions about the US and the world fairly consistently on a daily basis on the platform.He has come under fire several times for incendiary tweets, with people demanding the social network suspend his account.
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Amazon keeps on pouring on pre-Prime Day 2019 deals so early shoppers win, and competitors have to run to their pricing sheets to see what they can do.These signs of aggressive early pricing indicate Prime Day 2019 deals will be amazing, especially for smart home devices.The Duo60 is a 7-in-1 multi-use pressure cooker that can also function as a slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté, yogurt maker, and food warmer.The Duo line is the most popular Instant Pot version and the 6-quart size the right size for preparing meals for four to six people, making it the best-selling size.Even though there will be blowout deals when Prime Day officially starts July 15, we recommend not waiting for a better price on this model because even without the coupon it’s on sale for less than we’ve ever seen.There are 14 built-in Smart Programs accessible via one-touch buttons on the Duo60’s control panel.
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Nothing quite refreshes more than a glass of cold fruit juice or smoothie on a hot day.Nowadays, blenders don’t just make frozen beverages.These versatile kitchen appliances can also purée vegetables, grind coffee and nuts, make frozen treats, and can often serve as a food processor.If you’re looking into buying one, the Vitamix Ascent A2500 smart blender is an excellent option.The Vitamix Ascent A2500 has three program settings that let you make either smoothies, hot soups, or frozen desserts.These settings have varying blending speeds that allow you to fine-tune every texture from smooth purées to chunky pasta sauces, and everything in between.
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Scientists at the RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research (BDR) in Japan have developed the first microchip valve powered by living cells.Earthworm muscle tissue allowed for a high contractile force that could be sustained for minutes, and unlike electrically controlled valves, did not require any external power source such as batteries.For several decades, researchers have been trying to combine microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) with living material.The team of researchers from RIKEN BDR and Tokyo Denki University have been developing a bio-MEMS that is driven by real muscle, which could be useful in surgical implants.Building on their on-chip micropump design, the new study is the proof-of-concept for an on-chip muscle-driven valve.In mechanics, an actuator is the part of a machine that controls a mechanism by making it move, such as the opening and closing of a valve.
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If you’re in need of a printer that can produce photos that are as stunningly realistic as they appear on screen, your most viable option is a professional inkjet printer.These printers are capable of printing at such high resolution, sharp details, and vivid colors that they are the go-to printers of professional photographers.As of the moment, the Canon Pixma Pro-100 is available on Amazon as part of their early Prime Day deals for the great price of $323 , 35% less than its normal retail price of $500.It uses an eight-ink dye based ChromaLife100+ system that provides a high-quality output that Canon claims are as good as the images you capture.The Pixma Pro-100 is capable of printing on various media up to 13 inches x 19 inches in size, at 4,800 x 2,400 dots per inch.Among the eight dye-based inks that it uses, three are monochrome inks (black, gray, and light gray) that deliver deep black density.
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Samsung’s next-generation flagship tablet has been exposed in some real images.The Galaxy Tab S4’s successor name is not Galaxy Tab S5, but as Samsung Galaxy Tab S6, it is worth mentioning that Samsung has previously released a Mid-range tablet, Galaxy Tab S5e.According to recent reports, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 will come with the latest Snapdragon 855 processor.Geekbench data shows that it will have 6GB of RAM and run Android 9 Pie with a 10.5-inch display.The report also said that the Galaxy Tab S6 will skip 64GB of storage, starting directly with 128GB of storage, while providing a 256GB storage version.The Galaxy Tab S6 will also be equipped with a stylus and a slot in the back.
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Just ahead of Prime Day, Best Buy is giving out a cool $100 price off on Dyson TP01 Pure Cool Tower Air Purifier and Fan.It captures 99.97% of particles as small as 0.3 microns using its high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter.Allergens like mold, dust, pollen, and pet dander will be decimated for a cleaner and healthier air you will breathe.Standing at 40.1 inches tall, this air purifier can clean up to 172 square feet of recommended room size.With its sleek design, it can nicely fit in a corner of any room without taking up much space.It has a fan but it’s blade-less.
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Osaka, Japan -- A "vacuum" is generally thought to be nothing but empty space.But in fact, a vacuum is filled with "virtual particle-antiparticle pairs" of electrons and positrons that are continuously created and annihilated in unimaginably short time-scales.The quest for a better understanding of vacuum physics will lead to the elucidation of fundamental questions in modern physics, which is integral in unravelling the mysteries of space exploration such as the Big Bang.This field intensity is the so-called "Schwinger limit", named a half century ago after the American Nobel laureate, Julian Schwinger.Scientists at Osaka University discovered a novel mechanism which they refer to as microbubble implosion (MBI) in 2018.In MBI, super-high energy hydrogen ions (relativistic protons) are emitted at the moment when bubbles shrink to atomic size through the irradiation of hydrides with micron-sized spherical bubbles by ultraintense, ultrashort laser pulses.
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OPPO Spin-off Realme is launching the Realme X in India later this month.But that isn’t the only phone planned for launch at the July 15 India event.The company earlier today teased the imminent launch of the Realme 3i, without many details.And now, the Realme 3i has surfaced on the popular Geekbench spilling the bean on a few of its specs.The Benchmark site reveals the device will ditch the Helio P70 on the Realme 3 for a lower-end SoC.The listing points to an octa-core Helio P60 chipset with 4GB of RAM and runs Android 9 Pie.
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In Gallium Nitride (GaN) implanted with a small amount of magnesium (Mg), NIMS succeeded for the first time in visualizing the distribution and optical behavior of the implanted Mg at the nanoscale which may help in improving electrical performance of GaN based devices.Some of the mechanisms by which introduced Mg ions convert GaN into a p-type semiconductor are also revealed.The development of GaN based power devices--a promising energy-saving technology--requires fabrication of both n- and p-type GaN semiconductors.p-type GaN semiconductors can be mass produced by introducing Mg ions into GaN wafers and subjecting the wafers to thermal treatment.However, no method existed for assessing the effect of Mg concentrations and thermal treatment temperature on the distribution and optical behavior of Mg implanted into GaN at nanoscale dimensions.These issues had been hindering the development of technologies enabling mass production of GaN devices.
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“This really touched me and moved me into thinking of how I can help provide a solution in the country.”One in every ten girls in Sub-Saharan Africa miss school during menstruation and this could affect the goal number four on quality education of the UN’s Agenda 2030 on sustainable development, according to the UNESCO.When Mwangi moved to Nairobi and visited schools in the city’s informal settlement areas, her interactions with girls confirmed that majority of them lacked access to sanitary pads.As a result they could skip classes during their menses,” Mwangi narrated to SciDev.Net.Additionally, Gearbox got me a grant through a philanthropist to actualize my design and have vending machines that are available and accessible 24 hours a day.”Gearbox is a hardware accelerator venture in Kenya that helps potential inventors such as Mwangi to get space for hardware design, training, mentorship and finally actualize ideas.
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To read the full article, simply click here to claim your deal and get access to all exclusive Business Insider PRIME content.Ken Glueck, Oracle's top executive in Washington DC, accused Amazon of propagating a narrow "one-size fits all" view of cloud computing in the $10 billion JEDI Pentagon cloud contract.The tech giant's legal protest is set to go before a judge this week.The top Oracle executive leading the charge against the Pentagon's $10 billion JEDI contract on Monday accused Amazon of pushing a narrow, self-serving view of cloud computing.This one-size fits all idea is, I think, limited to JEDI and promoted by Amazon, because it fits Amazon's needs."The project is expected to become one of the biggest public cloud projects ever, which is why it sparked heated competition among the top cloud providers, including Amazon, Microsoft, Google, IBM and Oracle.
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The company has taken the wraps off of the latest addition to the Snapdragon 200 series — the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 215.The new chip is aimed at offering more advanced features in a budget chip, and acts as the successor to the Snapdragon 212.According to Qualcomm, the chip introduces new tech that previously hasn’t been available in the 200 series, including the fact that it’s the first 64-bit processor in the series.When it comes to raw processing power, the Snapdragon 212 is a hefty 50% faster than the previous-generation Snapdragon 212, meaning that budget handsets may be able to handle a lot more at a time.Processing power aside, however, the chip supports some more advanced features, too — like dual image signaling processors, meaning that it can support a dual-sensor camera.That’s also a first for a 200-series processor.
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The startup was founded in 2013 and insiders say its massive growth is partly thanks to the fierce but quiet ambition of 39-year-old CEO and cofounder Will Shu.Shu founded Deliveroo out of his Chelsea flat and put in 100-hour weeks in the firm's early days, according to sources.He expects similar levels of commitment from his 2,500-strong staff, with insiders describing an intense culture focused on growth.Insiders said some hiring decisions had been divisive and there was an HR complaint about its former CTO.It is officially worth $2.1 billion — almost certainly more now — and won rare strategic investment from Amazon as part of a giant $575 million funding round announced in May.The company was born out of a simple idea from CEO Will Shu, who was unable to get hold of good takeaway food while working long hours as a banker in London.
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Of course, there is nothing to save.However, we are challenged by proprietary, or less open, public clouds that lead to lock-in.I would love to see all the public cloud providers offer tested and supported interoperability with their competitors, but the reality is going to be much different.| Also: InfoWorld helps you identify the right tools for the job: AWS cloud services guide.• Google Cloud Platform services guide.It creates the problem of vendor lock-in, where a user’s projects are so reliant on one vendor’s cloud environment and services that it becomes incredibly hard to transition to another provider.
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Didi announced on Monday that it will raise ride fares in the capital city of Beijing beginning July 11 to attract more qualified drivers as shortages become a major concern for ride-hailing services.Why it matters: Didi’s challenges mount as competition intensifies and regulation remains strict, prompting concerns that it will further cede share to other players.The Chinese ride-hailing giant spent nearly a third of its commission revenue on driver subsidies in the fourth quarter of 2018.However, around a fifth of total ride demand on its lower-cost Express ride-hailing service goes unmet on weekday mornings in Beijing due to labor shortages, Didi said in an announcement.“The disparity between supply and demand in Beijing has grown severe despite taking a series of measures to ease the situation.”Details: Base fares for Beijing riders will increase RMB 1 to RMB 14 (around $2) during morning and evening peak times, as well as for late night service.
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Bosch is putting cloud-based swarm intelligence in charge of monitoring how quickly electric car batteries age.This cutting-edge technology has the potential to keep electric cars on the road for longer by reducing battery cell wear, which will ultimately save motorists money.It’s currently being tested as part of a pilot program.Think about your last laptop or smartphone; you likely noticed the battery lost its ability to hold a charge as it aged.Electric cars inevitably suffer from the same problem, and it’s precisely what Bosch hopes to address with its battery-in-the-cloud technology.Several factors and situations cause a battery cell to age prematurely.
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They can be just as boring as the cars they now handily outsell, with worse gas mileage and handling, to boot.That’s certainly not the case with the 2019 Hyundai Kona.Hyundai swung for the fences with the Kona’s exterior styling, creating a vehicle that looks like nothing else on the road.With an as-tested price of $30,005 (including destination) our Kona was a big step up from the base front-wheel drive Kona SE, which starts at $20,970.The long hood and helmet-shaped roof give the Kona a sleek, car-like silhouette while the gray plastic body cladding and jacked-up ride height add a dose of ruggedness.Our test car had the optional 8.0-inch touchscreen display (lower-level models get smaller screens).
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As of not too long ago, America’s oldest hacking collective was best known not for its work but its alumni or, more specifically, a particular alumnus and current presidential candidate: Beto O’Rourke.This certainly marks a milestone in both American politics and culture, but it wasn’t the primary motivation for Joseph Menn to write his new book about the Cult of the Dead Cow (better known as cDc), the group that O’Rourke hails from.The work, Cult of the Dead Cow: How the Original Hacking Super Group Might Just Save the World, takes up the lofty task it lays out in its subtitle, at least insofar as the security of the world’s digital systems is concerned.Anyone who has seen breach headline after breach headline can likely corroborate this.“But I had not seen any readable, enjoyable book that pointed to a way forward.”When we asked him what drove him to call to mind the storied hacker collective now, and for audiences that may not know about them, he pointed to the insurrection of rank-and-file tech sector employees in the absence of principled leadership from industry titans.
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