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Harrison is putting up a formidable fight in deep-red South Carolina, narrowly outpacing Graham in fundraising and tying him in recent polls.
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Former Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats is calling on Congress to create an election oversight commission.
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Tech in Asia held a special webinar to compare and contrast two of Southeast Asia’s most promising markets and their respective startup ecosystems.
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VW previously said we'd see the new EV in late September. Now, mark your calendars for Sept. 23.
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Arlo's latest video doorbell can be hardwired -- or run on a rechargeable battery.
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It has raised around 25% of its target and is expected to make its first investment before the end of the year.
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Then hired some of them back on lower wages IBM systematically sought to sack older workers, according to the United States Equal Opportunity and Opportunity Commission (EOOC).…
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China's dominant smartphone makers have suffered setbacks from Covid-19 and the US-China trade war. Is 5G the light at the end of the tunnel?
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Tune in starting Wednesday, September 16, for conversations with Reed Hastings, Brie Larson, and more.
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One of the most hazardous conditions for drivers is dense fog. Researchers at Stanford have created a new device that can see through clouds and fog that could be extremely important for future autonomous vehicles. Stanford’s technology uses technology similar to tech found on autonomous cars improved with a highly efficient algorithm developed by the researchers. The algorithm can reconstruct … Continue reading
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Only accessible through underwater tunnel attached to Casino (and a few years behind the back-blocks of Cambodia) Apple has opened a store housed in a floating glass dome in Singapore's Marina Bay.…
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Dealing damage with explosive gas cans in Fortnite is a straightforward premise, but tricky to execute. Here, we'll show you how to complete week 3's challenge.
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Skip the toilet paper and upgrade to a bidet seat. The Brondell Swash SE600 is discounted by $120 for Prime members from Woot.
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Now it seems it’s up to Michael and her friends to remind the future of what the Federation has fought hard to stand for.
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Google says thank you to all the hard-working laborers across the nation.
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It isn't just cars that are a source of emissions – it's also the roads under them.
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With meat supplies dwindling, it can be a little tricky to track down beef, pork, poultry, and more right now. Here's where we've been shopping.
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If there’s one thing the lockdown has taught small business owners, it’s to be fearless in the face of changes to your business. Some retailers shifted to online platforms, others started to incorporate virtual sessions and appointments and businesses and customers alike realised the potential and convenience of going cashless and contactless (not to mention the safety benefits in a pandemic world).Here are 10 small changes that business owners adopted in lockdown and beyond - that could transform your own business.1. Organise new softwareAs the owner of Balanced Osteopathy, an osteopathy centre in Farringdon, Rebecca Root knew her business would have to pivot dramatically once lockdown was imposed. She introduced video consultations for her clients when the business’s doors were shut, and invested in some new software to make remote treatments as thorough and successful as possible. “We emailed rehab programmes to patients with videos and posted videos on YouTube - historically, I would demonstrate in the clinic,” says Root. “We used Rehab My Patient and Primico as we moved towards telehealth.”This approach meant that patients were able to work on things at home and continue their treatments, even though they couldn’t come in for face-to-face appointments.“On the business side of things I was quite surprised how much people can be helped by video. To have that extra string in our bow is really useful. Post-lockdown, it’s such a bonus to now be able to offer up services remotely, too, when people are away travelling or competing,” she says.  2. Cashless is kingCambourne-based Sam Corban runs 400 Degrees, known for delicious, wood-fired pizzas that he sells from a mobile van at a local cricket pavilion on Friday evenings. Rather than making dramatic changes when lockdown set in, Corban found he’d already had many of the necessary ingredients in place to get through lockdown and beyond.“The bit that I’ve taken away from it is that it validated the stuff that I’ve put a lot of effort into before any of this happened that others were chasing to catch up. Namely, for the past two to two-and-a-half years, I’ve been cash-free,” he says. Cashless payments aren’t just convenient for shoppers, who can pay with their phones, but have made those going out post-lockdown feel more secure about minimising contact with staff.3. Go contactlessBusinesses like London’s Harley Health Centre, which offers private GP care and is managed by Alya Shakir, quickly realised that offering contactless payment options would be essential - for both convenience and safety, when the clinic reopened post-lockdown. “From a tech point of view, it has helped us push forward improvements and more efficient processes that we perhaps would have taken longer to implement,” she tells us.Changing the payment platform at the clinic was a big one: the new system from Square allows for contactless and Apple Pay payments, as well as giving patients the opportunity to pay for treatments in advance. 4. Diversify your business model Root from Balanced Osteopathy didn’t just introduce video services to her business over lockdown: she became a retailer as well as a clinic.“I am now starting to sell bits and pieces at the clinic like rehab tools. I’ve realised that it’s important to have a couple of different avenues,” she tells HuffPost UK.She’s not the only one who has realised the benefits of diversifying her offerings and revenue streams in this period, as cafes have become places to stock up on local beers, produce and even small gifts. 5. Prioritise tech-related issuesWhether we were working from home or running a business, having tech that worked was critical through lockdown - and continues to be an essential factor in keeping everything running smoothing. It’s worth the extra time - and financial investment - to ensure you’ve got the best technology systems in place.“We learned that it is important to address technology-related inefficiencies without delay as it greatly improves the service experience for patients and the working experience for staff,” says Harley Health Centre’s Shakir, whose clinic also rolled out video consultations to get through lockdown. 6. Give your customers a DIY experienceFood and beverage retailers found creative ways to pivot in lockdown to give customers the activities they craved while also staying true to their core business models.Customers at 400 Degrees pizzeria were able to order home pizza making kits for a DIY experience, which promised an afternoon of fun for families who were keen on home baking during lockdown.Corban also stocked his van with dry goods like flour and pasta, acting as a mini mobile market delivering to those who were shielding.  7. Get mobile with business One quick way that retailers adapted during the pandemic was by getting more mobile, starting delivery services of everything from dry goods to produce to baked goods. Retailers looking to keep business going through this period, like toy shops and lifestyle stores, also offered home deliveries - welcomed by those needing new entertainment items and birthday gifts. 8. Click and collectA small change adopted by various business owners was launching click and collect services - these have been such a success that many small businesses are continuing with them post-pandemic, as they allow people a contactless, pay-ahead experience when ordering takeaways. 9. Create an online as well as a physical presenceRetailers with physical stores who pivoted their businesses online saw business spike as people sought to replicate the retail experience via online purchases at home. Similarly, food and beverage businesses who had an online presence found that it was much more convenient for customers to order what they needed - not to mention that it helped to minimise food waste.“I’ve been gently nudging my customers to order online, and gone through three different online options,” 400 Degrees’ Corban says. “Square’s online ordering system is solid and works very well - we’ve tweaked and streamlined it to make it efficient, and it’s been a solid platform for us to work from.”Beauty businesses also found that online shops were useful for selling gift vouchers to keep business going through lockdown. The online portals now work to allow customers to book and pay online for treatments in advance. 10. Be sure to connect with customers Over lockdown, people found success by reaching out to customers remotely and asking them exactly what it was they needed. Keeping up that communication was key as it allowed those running businesses to make tweaks that would pay off in the long run, from experimenting with new recipes in signature dishes to ensuring items that were in high demand were well-stocked.“Pineapple definitely stayed off the menu,” laughs Corban, when asked what new pizza ideas he experimented with. Artichoke, however, was a surprise hit with customers.
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The new stimulus plan represents 4% of French GDP, and is "one of the largest in Europe" relative to the size of the economy.
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"There's a lot of enthusiasm about the tech sector that might eventually begin to deflate, but it's not a bubble in the classic sense of the word."
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Bumble could seek an initial-public-offering valuation of $6 billion to $8 billion, Bloomberg reported.
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Spanish telecoms group Telefónica officially switched on its 5G signal today and promised three quarters of the population will have access by the end of the year.
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Upgrade from your standard keyboard and defeat your enemies -- or at least make losing more enjoyable with the finest switches, lights and knobs.
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gRPC is a Google-created, open source, schema-first remote procedure call (RPC) framework that takes advantage of HTTP/2 protocol to transport binary messages. These messages are serialized and deserialized using Protocol Buffers, a binary serialization protocol also from Google. gRPC takes advantage of Protocol Buffers as its Interface Definition Language (IDL).This article presents an overview of gRPC and how we can work with it in ASP.NET Core. In this article we’ll introduce gRPC, discuss why we need it, and implement both a gRPC server and a gRPC client. [ Also on InfoWorld: Black developers tell how the US tech industry could do better ] What is gRPC?  Initially designed by Google, gRPC has become extremely popular for building distributed systems. gRPC supports several programming languages including C#, C++, Java, Objective-C, Python, Ruby, Go, and Node.js — and the list is growing. Support for gRPC was introduced in .NET Core 3.0, which makes gRPC a first-class citizen in the .NET Core ecosystem.To read this article in full, please click here
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NASA and Boeing are making progress towards conducting the second uncrewed flight for the CST-100 Starliner spacecraft. That second uncrewed flight has to happen before the Boeing spacecraft can take astronauts to the ISS as part of the NASA Commercial Crew Program. Currently, the target date for the uncrewed Orbital Flight Test-2 is no earlier than December 2020. Hitting that … Continue reading
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Boone’s confident that The New Mutants is the only thing like it in the game.
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The top articles for the week: Sea’s food delivery business in Vietnam, Razer’s profitable H1 and Ex-Honestbee staff who want their money back
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So you like our media brand Growth Quarters? You should join our Growth Quarters event track at TNW2020, where you’ll hear how the most successful founders kickstarted and grew their companies. I know what you might think: “Not me. I’m not the kind of person to burnout! I know how to manage my stress. I know how to manage challenges. I’m in the control of my life!” Burnout is only for the others… till it hit you. I experienced a severe form of burnout at the beginning of my career, as I was mentioning in this article about stress. I… This story continues at The Next Web
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It includes fixes for printer errors, headphone problems and bugs in Outlook and Edge.
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The Active Denial System is billed as "nonlethal," but tests show it can cause severe burns. It was last deployed by the US military in Afghanistan.
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