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If you had a choice between a better, faster cell phone signal and an accurate weather forecast, which would you pick?That’s the question facing federal officials as they decide whether to auction off more of the wireless spectrum or heed meteorologists who say that such a move could throw US weather forecasting into chaos.On Capitol Hill Thursday, NOAA’s acting chief, Neil Jacobs, said that interference from 5G wireless phones could reduce the accuracy of forecasts by 30 percent.That's equivalent, he said, to the quality of weather predictions four decades ago.“If you look back in time to see when our forecast scale was roughly 30 percent less than today, it was 1980,” Jacobs told the House Subcommittee on the Environment.That reduction would give coastal residents two or three fewer days to prepare for a hurricane, and it could lead to incorrect predictions of the storms’ final path to land, Jacobs said.
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German industrial group Siemens on Wednesday unveiled its first artificial intelligence (AI) lab outside of Germany in Beijing, which comes as the urgency for applicable solutions using core technologies reaches fever pitch in key industries.The company’s first industrial AI hub in the Asia Pacific region, the lab will be staffed with 50 data scientists, and around 800 Siemens researchers and engineers around the globe will be available virtually to offer applied AI solutions for Chinese clients.The industrial giant has 21 research and development (R) hubs with 5,000 technological staff in China as of fiscal 2018.“Artificial intelligence is a core technology for a successful digital transformation and offers tremendous opportunities for all industries.We are excited to work with Chinese customers on their most urgent topics to make production more efficient and raise the availability of systems like machines or trains,” said Dr Roland Busch, chief operating officer and chief technology officer at Siemens AG.The Chinese manufacturing industries are facing serious downward pressures amid an intensified trade war with the US.
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Remove this ad space by subscribing.Facebook is looking at alternative ways to enter the blocked off Chinese market, including taking minority stakes in local tech firms, Reuters Breakingviews reports, citing people familiar with the matter.The social network has been in discussions with investment funds and other companies, according to the sources, but progress has been slow.Facebook’s services were blocked in China in 2009, shortly after riots in the country’s western Xinjiang province.
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Game live-streaming platform Huya saw surging total revenues and gross profit in the first quarter of 2019, driven primarily by a substantial year-on-year increase in the number of paying users.Total net revenues increased by 93% year-on-year, reaching RMB 1.63 billion ($243 million).Around 95% of net revenues came from the company’s livestreaming business, which grew by 95.8% year-on-year.According to Huya, the growth was powered primarily by increases in the number of paying users and their average spending.The number paying users reached 5.4 million, representing a 57.4% year-on-year increase, of which more than 70% are mobile users, CFO Sha Dachuan said.However, they still account for just around 4% of the platform’s average MAUs, which reached 123.8 million in the first quarter of 2019.
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After seven days of freedom, US Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning is back behind bars for refusing to testify before a secret federal grand jury investigating WikiLeaks.District Court Judge Anthony Trenga ordered Manning back to prison, and said she will, in addition, be fined $500 a day for the first 30 days in the clink, and $1,000 a day after that, until she testifies.Manning previously served 63 days in the cooler for refusing to talk, 28 of which were in solitary confinement.“We are of course disappointed with the outcome of today’s hearing, but I anticipate it will be exactly as coercive as the previous sanction — which is to say not at all,” her attorney Moira Meltzer-Cohen said in a statement on Thursday.“In 2010 Chelsea made a principled decision to let the world see the true nature modern asymmetric warfare.It is telling that the United States has always been more concerned with the disclosure of those documents than with the damning substance of the disclosures.”
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And for those that flop, it’s typically the headline we start with when trying to diagnose the cause of our failures.AI could gather facts, write simple reports, and publish with a dizzying frequency human writers could never touch, but they weren’t as creative.They were, in fact, a complete failure at writing human-centric copy, the sort of prose that dances off the page, keeping readers engaged from beginning to end.Primer, an AI company, recently built a tool capable of writing headlines that look like those a human would produce.It’s not perfect, but in speaking with Axios, the examples it came up with were often quite good — those that didn’t miss the mark entirely, that is.Axios’ Kaveh Waddell put the robot to work, asking Primer to generate headlines based on past work.
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Flash automaker insists victim 'immediately removed his hands from the wheel'In a preliminary report issued on Thursday, the US National Transportation Safety Board on said that a Tesla 3 crash on March 1 in Delray Beach, Florida, occurred while the vehicle's Autopilot system was active."From less than 8 seconds before the crash to the time of impact, the vehicle did not detect the driver’s hands on the steering wheel.Preliminary vehicle data show that the Tesla was traveling about 68 mph when it struck the semitrailer.Neither the preliminary data nor the videos indicate that the driver or [Autopilot] executed evasive maneuvers."The first was in Williston, Florida, on May 7, 2016 and the situation was similar – a Tesla Model S drove into truck without driver or system intervention.
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UCLA bioengineers and their colleagues have developed a new type of insulin that could help prevent hypoglycemia in people who use the drug to manage diabetes.The study was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.Insulin is a hormone naturally produced in the pancreas.It helps the body regulate glucose, which is consumed through food and provides the body with energy.Generally, people who need to use insulin monitor their blood sugar levels with a glucose meter or continuous glucose monitoring system and then calculate their insulin dose accordingly.Both of these requirements are necessarily subject to human error, which can have potentially devastating consequences.
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It has some high-end specs and a gadget-tactic camera, but still costs a lot less than the priciest phones from Huawei, Samsung and Apple.There are two Asus ZenFone 6 highlights, and they are linked, like siblings.Its back is Gorilla Glass 6, the sides are aluminium.And the front glass only has a slight 2.5D-style bend at the extreme edges, not the grand swoop of a Samsung Galaxy S10 or Huawei P30 Pro.It also has a headphone jack, which feels like hitting the jackpot now that so few phones have one.It’s a 2340 x 1080 pixel IPS screen, a level below the best in a couple of respects.
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We always thought Amazon's entry-level tablet, the Fire 7 ($50, £50), was a good value, particularly when it was discounted by $10 or even $15 during flash sales.Now Amazon is updating it with a faster processor and bumping the base storage from 8GB to 16GB.The "all-new" Fire 7 is available for preorder now and will ship June 7.The other addition Amazon is highlighting is support for hands-free Alexa.That means that instead hitting a virtual button on the screen to activate Alexa, you simply say "Alexa" like you would with an Echo device -- so long as you're on Wi-Fi.The feature can be toggled off in the settings menu.
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Microtransaction-based free games like Fortnite are also massively popular, with Epic’s game sitting at about 250 million players.Despite that, it has never suffered a single layoff.Company founder Jesse Schell wasn’t new to the technology.By never putting all of its eggs in one basket, Schell Games has avoided some of the valleys that inevitably follow the peaks in the game industry.The passion for creating games was still there for Schell, however, who founded Schell Games initially as a consultancy to assist other companies before heading into development on its own.In its early years, Schell Games worked on 3D games designed for web browsers, but as it grew and continued to evolve, the studio created a much more diverse catalog of titles.
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When you download a Netflix movie or show onto your iPad, you can watch it any time you want, even without internet access.Netflix programs downloaded onto an iPad will expire after a few days, so make sure you renew them if you know you're going to want some entertainment without going online in the coming days.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.In truth, Netflix shows downloaded onto my son's iPad have been the saving grace of many a long road trip.There's only so long that he can draw, read, or chat with us parents up in the front seats before we all agree it's time for the headphones to go on and for him to enjoy an episode or three of "Octonauts" or "Inspector Gadget."Downloading Netflix shows onto an iPad is easy, and it allows you to view the show any time you want, even without access to the web.
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The company will quadruple its investments in its IoT business and is developing an all-in-one enterprise IoT solution bundle that combines hardware, software, and services.The IoT investment is "the single largest investment the company is going to make this year," according to Wilfredo Sotolongo, VP and chief customer officer for Lenovo's Data Center Group, per CRN.Here's what it means: Lenovo sees IoT as an opportunity to grow beyond its core personal computer (PC) business, and it can leverage its existing enterprise relationships to do so.Currently, Lenovo is a giant in the stagnating PC market.The company was one of the top PC vendors by shipments in 2018, neck and neck with HP.In an effort to diversify, Lenovo is making significant IoT investments to win over enterprise IoT clients, especially from among its existing customer relationships and contracts.
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While it may feel like chatbots are still an emerging technology, they’ve actually already emerged further than you might think.In fact, by next year, about 80 percent of businesses will be utilizing them.Why are so many companies jumping on board?Simple dollars and cents, mostly.Chatbots are expected to save companies about $8 billion a year by 2022, according to Juniper Research.With that kind of demand, you can reap the benefits of being a go-to chatbot creator with the training found in the IBM Certificate Program: Building Chatbots Powered By AI.
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A House of Lords committee having another of those long and hard looks at HS2 has warned that costs are already out of control, and says the government should admit as much and come up with some alternative plans to reign in spending.It's not so much about the money itself, though.What really worries the Economic Affairs Committee is that the two-stage build approach of HS2 could see so much money poured into stage one – London to Birmingham – that there won't be anything left in the pot for the second stage, which is currently planned as the Y-shaped branches from Birmingham up to Manchester and Leeds.This menace, which has been raised before, would massively reduce the impact and entire point of HS2, the committee says, and it would therefore be better to combine Phase Two with the Northern Powerhouse Rail project to guarantee that at least some HS2 cash goes above Birmingham.Or they could make the trains run slower to save build costs, which would be a fittingly Brexit solution to the problem of a costly high-speed line.EAC chair Lord Forsyth said: "The costs of HS2 do not appear to be under control.
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Meat has no season, really; it's braised, slow cooked and roasted to comforting perfection in the colder months, and seared over open flames on grills across America all summer.But if you don't have a reliable butcher (or good grocery store meat department), or if you're just constantly pressed for time and have trouble getting errands done, meat delivery services are here to help make your life easier and more delicious.Whether you're looking for a great value, specifically seeking out humanely raised and eco-friendly meat, or hungry to try the latest and greatest cuts (hello, American Wagyu), there is a best meat delivery service out there to fit your needs.These products and services are independently chosen by our editors.It makes a point of mentioning that it works with "the best possible meat processing facilities" and believe in fair labor practices too.In any case, you select from two different box sizes depending on how many people you're feeding (or how big your freezer is).
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Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi’s finalized a strategic partnership agreement with State Grid EV Service for its electric vehicle (EV) initiative today.State Grid EV Service is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the State Grid of China, the country’s largest state-owned electric utility entity.Under the partnership, State Grid’s nationwide network of charging stations will be connected to Didi’s open auto-solutions platform, Xiaoju Automobile Solutions, to provide integrated mobility, recharging, and energy-related services, according to an emailed statement from the company.The cooperation will roll out first in key central and southeast provinces including Zhejiang, Fujian, Jiangsu, Shandong, Shaanxi, Hunan, and Jiangxi.Didi has been attaching more strategic importance to auto-related services as it tries to move beyond its core ride-hailing business.In April 2018, the company invested $1 billion in Xiaoju Automobile Solutions.
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Black has spent the past few years lavishing praise on Trump and even wrote a book calling him a “president like no other.”HuffPost is part of Oath.Oath and our partners need your consent to access your device and use your data (including location) to understand your interests, and provide and measure personalised ads.Oath will also provide you with personalised ads on partner products.Select 'OK' to continue and allow Oath and our partners to use your data, or select 'Manage options' to view your choices.
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Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei responded on Wednesday to news of President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration.Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday declaring a national emergency over "threats against information and communications technology and services" in the US.Soon after, the US Commerce Department said it would add Huawei to its "entity list," preventing the company from buying parts and components from American companies without US government approval.It added that it was willing to "engage with the US government" to come up with solutions to security concerns, but said a ban on its business in the US would only serve to hurt US interests.Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei on Wednesday responded to news of President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration and subsequent placement of Huawei on the US Commerce Department's "entity list," which bans the company from buying parts from US vendors without US government approval.The US has long voiced concerns that Huawei technology — along with technology from fellow Chinese telecom company ZTE — could pose a security risk, fearing that the company's technology could act as a backdoor for spying for the Chinese government.
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There was much that was familiar about CBS’ upfront presentation on Wednesday afternoon, including the location (New York’s Carnegie Hall), the pitch to advertisers (once again, it’s the most-watched network on TV in total viewers) and the mix of new shows (procedurals, spinoffs of popular franchises and broad-skewing comedies).But there was also a huge difference this year: For the first time in two decades, the upfront did not include former CEO Leslie Moonves, who departed the company in September, after more than a dozen accusations of sexual harassment and inappropriate conduct.The changes to the company’s executive team were addressed at the very beginning of the presentation by the network’s NFL announcers Jim Nantz and Tony Romo, who introduced the new lineup as if it were a football team.That included a mention of Moonves’ replacement, Joseph Ianniello, whose acting CEO role was just extended through the end of the year, as CBS’ new “head coach,” to loud applause from the crowd of buyers and CBS affiliate members.As Jo Ann Ross, CBS’ president and chief advertising revenue officer, told Adweek a week ago, Moonves’ lack of presence at the company and the upfront doesn’t change its mission.Ross didn’t name check her former boss onstage, where she kept with the opening sports theme and appeared in costume, dressed up as a football quarterback with a bedazzled helmet, jersey and sparkly boots.
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