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The 2020 Hyundai Sonata made its official US debut at the New York Auto Show on Wednesday, and it's a real looker.Historically, the leaders in the affordable midsize sedan segment have come from Honda and Toyota, and both the Accord and Camry are as good as they've ever been.The same can be said of the newly turbocharged Mazda6, which is also really the only car in the segment that can compare to the Sonata on looks alone.Speaking of faces, if you want the Sonata with a turbocharged engine, you have to settle for a weird, sad, droopy face sans chrome trim.The naturally aspirated engine option for the Sonata is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that produces a relatively healthy 191 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque.By comparison, the newly turbocharged Mazda6 makes 250 horsepower on 93 octane fuel and 300 lb-ft of torque.
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Thomas Kurian, who had worked at Oracle for over two decades, has served as Google Cloud's CEO for about three months now.Last week, Google Cloud made announcements at its Next conference signalling a commitment to open source software and a strategy of allowing customers to use multiple clouds.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.But in September, he would take an extended leave of absence, and sources say it was because he butted heads with Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison over cloud strategy.And at Google Cloud's annual conference, the company made big waves by launching Anthos, which allows customers to run their work not only on Google Cloud and their own data centers, but also any other cloud they want — including AWS and Microsoft Azure.Last November, Business Insider spoke with various executives at other companies on what they thought about Kurian becoming Google Cloud's new CEO, and many echoed the same sentiments: that he has his work cut out for him.
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When Boston Dynamics shares a new robot video, my robophobia levels increase just a little bit.It's fascinating because here are a bunch of robots pulling a truck (not a pickup truck—a real truck).Perhaps the best way to calm myself is to consider the physics.The physics is mostly about friction.If you want to pull this massive truck, you both need high friction and you need low friction—yes, at the same time.There is the static friction between the pet robots' feet (maybe they aren't pets) and then there is the rolling friction between the tires of the truck and the road.
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Epic Games may be gearing up to release a new Fortnite item similar to the Shadow Stones launched in the game’s Season 6.Though those stones have been removed, players may get access to them — or something similar — as a consumable item that’ll take up an inventory slot.A leak has revealed audio for the item, which was marked by the file name ‘Shadow Bomb.’The Shadow Stone was small glowing cube found in various places around the Fortnite battle royale island.This element was added back in September 2018 when the large Cube was traveling the map.Players who picked up a Shadow Stone would be transformed into a shadow, which allowed them to move quickly and (mostly) invisibly.
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Some speeches happen at podiums.Others are better held in submersibles.That’s the choice Seychelles President Danny Faure made during a live address he gave Sunday.He sat in a mobile glass dome more than 400 feet beneath the Indian Ocean looking cosy as hell.And his message was clear: The oceans need protecting, and we humans are seriously failing them.It keeps us alive, and it is clear to me that it is under threat like never before.”
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Insider Picks writes about products and services to help you navigate when shopping online.Insider Inc. receives a commission from our affiliate partners when you buy through our links, but our reporting and recommendations are always independent and objective.For a limited time, Amazon is discounting almost all its devices, so you can get them for an even better price.Whether you're looking for an Amazon Echo smart speaker, a Fire TV streaming device, a Kindle ebook reader, or a Fire tablet, there's sure to be a deal for you.Amazon has made a massive push into hardware over the past few years with much success.Not only does the company sell the highly rated Echo series of smart speakers and smart displays, but it also has some great tablets, streaming devices, and ebook readers.
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Atlassian beat Wall Street's expectations on Wednesday as it reported revenues of $309.3 million, up from 38% a year ago.However, the stock was down a hair over 9% in after-hours trading at the time of writing.Atlassian delivered yet another quarter of growth, seeing its revenue spike 38% from last year and surpassing Wall Street's expectations on both the top and bottom lines."We achieved a strong third quarter and wrapped up another successful Atlassian Summit, our flagship user conference," Mike Cannon-Brookes, Atlassian's co-founder and co-CEO, said in a statement.However, shares of Atlassian were down just over 9% in after-hours trading at the time of writing, after telling investors that its earnings per share for the next quarter will be short of Wall Street expectations, though revenue is tracking ahead of guidance.Analysts were expecting $304.65 million.
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Microsoft’s most affordable Surface computer just got a bit more wallet-friendly today.As part of an Amazon promotion, Microsoft’s Surface Go tablet is now priced at just under $400 — a $100 discount off of the slate’s normal $499 retail price.If you need a lightweight PC for travel, the Surface Go doesn’t disappoint.Supporting Microsoft’s full Windows 10 operating system on its Intel Pentium Gold processor, this tablet will be able to handle all your computing needs.At that price, you’re getting a tablet with 4GB of memory and 128GB of storage.The Surface Go boasts nine hours of battery life in a form factor that weighs just 1.15 pounds, making it competitive with other consumer slates, like Google’s Pixel Slate and Apple’s iPad.
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Origami-based structures have been used to create deployable solar arrays for space, adaptable acoustic systems for symphony halls and even crash protection systems for flying drones.The research, which was supported by the National Science Foundation and is to be published April 19 in the journal Physical Review Letters, could unlock new types of origami-based structures or metamaterials that leverage the characteristics of two types of origami.The Miura-ori looks like rows of folded zig-zags, while the eggbox pattern resembles a mountain range with repeating peaks and valleys.Both are capable of being compressed into a very small space, but when expanded they behave differently from one another in how they respond to bending.The eggbox pattern resembles a dome when bent, and the Miura-ori takes the shape of a saddle."Traditionally, if you have an eggbox pattern, you are locked into the characteristics of that particular pattern," said Paulino, who is also the Raymond Allen Jones Chair of Engineering in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
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Ubisoft today announced it’d be giving away Assassin’s Creed Unity away for free, as a tribute to the damaged Notre-Dame and to give gamers “the chance to experience the majesty and beauty of the cathedral” in the wake of the fire.Unity, which is set during the French Revolution and stars a rebellious aristocrat-turned-Assassin named Arno, features a painstaking replica of Notre-Dame — a recreation so thorough that it could be a valuable resource to the French government when reconstruction gets underway.The artist in charge of the design spent two years working on just the cathedral, in order to ensure it felt like the real thing.A spokesperson has told Kotaku it’s not a precise duplicate of the real thing: “While we wanted to be very precise with details, there are some differences in terms of scale and with some elements.” But it’s still pretty damned close.The company stated they’d spent a large amount of time in Paris during the development of the game, in particular Notre-Dame, which is painstakingly recreated within the game.“We hope, with this small gesture, we can provide everyone an opportunity to appreciate our virtual homage to this monumental piece of architecture.” It’s a pity the game doesn’t have the Discovery Tour exploration mode available in later Assassin’s Creed games, but gamers can still climb around every inch of the interior and exterior with Arno.
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Coinbase, one of the longest serving exchanges in the cryptocurrency ecosystem, is expanding its services across Latin America and Southeast Asia.As a result of the expansion, cryptocurrency enthusiasts in Argentina, Mexico, Peru, Colombia, Chile, India, Hong Kong, South Korea, Indonesia, the Philippines, and New Zealand will now be able to access the company’s crypto-to-crypto trading services.The expansion means Coinbase is now available to customers in 53 countries.In December last year, Coinbase expanded its services into Andorra, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Lithuania, and Iceland.Today’s news comes approximately a week after the San Francisco-based company announced the launch of a cryptocurrency debit card in the UK, following well-documented criticism in the aftermath of its Neutrino acquisition several weeks ago.Hard Fork has its own stage at TNW2019, our tech conference in Amsterdam.
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Indian IT outsourcing giant Wipro has confirmed its internal IT systems have been hacked, after it was reported that its servers are being used to launch attacks against it own customers.The Wipro hack was first reported by KrebsOnSecurity, who said that it had been contacted by “multiple sources”, and that Wipro had refused to respond to questions about the alleged incident.Wipro then confirmed to the India Times that it had discovered an intrusion and that it had hired an outside security firm to investigate.KrebsOnSecurity reported that it had heard independently from two trusted sources that Wipro was dealing with a multi-month intrusion from an assumed state-sponsored attacker.Both of those sources told the security website that Wipro’s systems were seen being used as jumping-off points for digital fishing expeditions targeting at least a dozen Wipro customer systems.KrebsOnSecurity had reported that Wipro was in the process of building a ‘new private email network’ after the attackers apparently compromised Wipro’s corporate email system.
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] -- Researchers have designed a new type of adhesive patch that can be placed directly on the heart and may one day help to reduce the stretching of heart muscle that often occurs after a heart attack.The patch, made from a water-based hydrogel material, was developed using computer simulations of heart function in order to fine tune the material's mechanical properties.The research also showed that the computer-optimized patch outperformed patches whose mechanical properties had been selected on an ad hoc basis."Part of the reason that it's hard for the heart to recover after a heart attack is that it has to keep pumping," said Huajian Gao, a professor of engineering at Brown and a co-author on the paper.As a result, the thickness and stiffness of potential patches varies widely."If the material is to hard or stiff, then you could confine the movement of the heart so that it can't expand to the volume it needs to," he said.
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Luxury sedans are great ways to shuffle executives around, but outside the US, the luxury minivan takes all the trimmings of a usual four-door and throws in a heapin' helpin' of interior volume, making it an even roomier way to get dropped off plane-side.Lexus has officially joined this exclusive fray with its new LM.Lexus this week introduced the new LM at the Shanghai Motor Show.It will eventually go on sale in China and select other markets, but it's pretty unlikely that we'd see anything like it in the US.It's meant for executive transport, as opposed to minivans in the US, which are largely built to spend their days in Target parking lots.The LM is about as wildly styled as a minivan can be.
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With industry experts predicting this year’s automotive sales to dip below 17 million vehicles for the first time since 2014, car dealerships now face a major challenge, one that’s also an opportunity in disguise.Consumers don’t correlate dealerships with seamless experiences.It’s time for car dealers to market themselves as experience businesses.Get the dealership experience rightIn “129 Cars,” This American Life’s deep-dive into the relentless world of car dealership sales, a manager remarks that customers don’t come to car dealers “because the coffee’s good … the coffee here’s not good.Jordan’s Furniture is renowned for its ingenious “shoppertainment” concept.
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It looks like a multi-billion-pound class action lawsuit against MasterCard in the UK is going ahead, and if it succeeds, pretty much all of us could be in for a payout.The case was originally blocked by the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) in 2017, but this week, the court of appeal ordered the CAT to reconsider its decision.The class action hinged on the argument that MasterCard's apparently excessive fees caused shops to pass on costs to consumers, meaning that prices were higher for everyone – whether you had a MasterCard or not.That last point means that if the CAT allows the action to go ahead, every adult who was in the UK between 1992 and 2008 could get a payout of up to £300 to make up for the higher prices we paid in shops, even if you've never had a MasterCard.All you'd need to do is prove you were in the country during those 16 years.The £14bn case has become the biggest class action in British legal history, led by former financial ombudsman Walter Merricks.
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Crypto, directed by John Stalberg Jr., had the makings of a blockbuster, with an all-star-ish cast including Kurt Russell, Alexis Bledel, and that other Hemsworth brother.Beau Knapp plays Morton, a bank compliance officer whose “patriotic” adherence to anti-money-laundering laws gets him kicked out of HQ in New York.Relocated to the local branch in his upstate hometown, Morton finds the place beset by modernity.A cold snap has taken out his father's potato farm.Instead, it’s preoccupied with eulogizing the loss of hometown innocence, following a set of tired themes: drugs, crime, climate change, foreigners.What did we mean when we talked about Bitcoin circa Thanksgiving 2017?
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Like the sudden popularity of avocado toast, CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is everywhere.It’s in trendy beverages geared towards millennials like Recess and in creams and other types of topicals that are entering the mainstream at retailers like Sephora, Ulta and CVS.Since the CBD market shows no signs of slowing down, we thought it would be a good idea to learn more about it.Enter: Dr. Alex Capano, chief science officer at Ananda Hemp, a CBD company, who helps explain what CBD is, the types of health benefits it offers and how it actually ends up in all these products.Watch above to finally learn what all the CBD hype is about.
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Microsoft decided against selling facial recognition technology to a California law enforcement agency because it'd likely result in innocent women and minorities being held for questioning more often, a report said.Brad Smith, the company's president, noted that the unnamed agency wanted to run a face scan on anyone they pulled over, Reuters reported Tuesday.Since the tech's artificial intelligence (AI) is trained primarily on white men, there are more cases of mistaken identity with women and minorities.Microsoft also turned down a deal to add the tech to cameras in the capital city of a country deemed not free by the nonprofit Freedom House.The company didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
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Huawei has cast doubt on its founder’s claims that the company could supply rival Apple with 5G modem chips.The Chinese mobile giant has an in-house semiconductor division that creates chipsets for Huawei mobile phones and other products, including the Balong 5000 5G modem detailed in January.However, Huawei has repeatedly claimed it has no intention of becoming a major chipset vendor that would compete with Intel and Qualcomm.But with Apple’s efforts to launch a 5G version of the iPhone by 2020 reportedly being hampered by Intel missing deadlines for the development of its own XMM 8160 5G modem chip, it has been suggested another firm could enter the fray.Qualcomm was the sole supplier of iPhone modem chips between 2011 and 2016, before Apple split the contract with Intel.Intel became the exclusive provider to the iPhone in 2018.
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