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Less than a week debuting a free, ad-supported version of Amazon Music for its assistant, Alexa, Amazon might be planning its next big thing.The company could potentially be working with large music rights-holders to create a high-fidelity music streaming platform, Music Business Worldwide reported Thursday.The move would help Alexa better compete with companies like TIDAL, Deezer, Spotify and Apple.Amazon wasn't immediately available for comment, but MWB reported the rumor from "several high-placed music industry sources."Those sources said Amazon's hi-def service would cost about $15 per month and launch before the end of the year.The price would be cheaper than TIDAL and Deezer's subscriptions, which cost $19.99 per month.
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Researchers from The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability at Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Chalmers University of Technology and KTH Royal Institute of Technology have identified 9 gene targets which upon combinatorial silencing improve protein production in engineered yeast cells by 2.2-fold."The concept can be extended to other yeast protein producers, even some filamentous fungi and mammalian cell factories.Any organization that works with superior protein producers can use these findings," says first-author Postdoc Guokun Wang from The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability at DTU.The method was used to improve the yeast's production of α-amylase - a model protein which indicates overall production values of sought-for proteins (recombinant proteins) in the cell.Silencing is a powerful toolThe optimized yeast strain was achieved by determining several gene targets suitable for silencing via RNA interference (RNAi).
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Widely dubbed as his "suicide note," the final message that Adolf Hitler ever wrote has surfaced and is set to go up for auction later this month.In the letter, the leader of the Nazi party during World War II Germany shows his defiance and insists that he will remain in the country while helping "set a good example to all those remaining.""I shall remain in Berlin, so as to take part, in honorable fashion, in the decisive battle for Germany, and to set a good example to all those remaining," Hitler wrote in the April 24, 1945 letter to Field Marshal Ferdinand Schörner. "AUTOGRAPH OF EVIL: HITLER-SIGNED COPY OF 'MEIN KAMPF' SURFACESThe German Fuhrer continued: "For the rest of you, every effort must be made to win the struggle for Berlin.You can there help decisively, by pushing northwards as early as possible..."
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Indian court lifts ban on TikTok video-sharing app in victory for China’s Bytedance – South China Morning PostWhat happened: An Indian state court lifted a ban on Bytedance’s short video app TikTok on Wednesday, South China Morning Post reported, citing two lawyers involved in the case.After hearing Bytedance’s plea during a hearing that day, the state court reversed the Apr.3 decision to ban the app.A senior Indian government official said that once the IT ministry receives the court order, it will ask Apple and Google to reinstate TikTok on their app stores.A TikTok spokesperson said that the company welcomed the court’s decision, adding that the app is “committed to continuously enhancing” its safety features.
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If you think that all gaming laptops are clunky and heavy beasts, Dell wants to change your mind.Even though its XPS 15 — based off of the XPS 13, which is arguably one of the best Windows laptops — can already support discrete graphics, Dell announced that the larger XPS notebook has been updated to include the latest silicons on the market today.This means that the XPS 15 can support up to Intel’s latest 9th-Generation mobile Core i9 processor alongside Nvidia’s new GTX 1650 graphics.Alongside those internal updates, the XPS 15 is also undergoing a slight redesign that will make it more appealing to users.In particular, game streamers and those who rely on the built-in webcam on the notebook will be happy to know that the XPS 15 will, like this year’s XPS 13, feature the camera above the display, rather than below the screen as on previous iterations of this notebook.Popular mainstay features — like a beefy 97Wh battery and a selection of full-size ports — will remain on the redesigned XPS 15, according to The Verge.
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For two periods last year, those using preview builds of Windows 10 could access to a feature called Sets: a tabbed interface that was eventually to allow tabs to be put in the titlebar of just about any window.These tabs would allow both multiple copies of the same application to be combined—a tabbed Explorer or Command Prompt, say—and multiple disparate windows to be grouped—combining, say, a browser window containing research with the Word window.However, both times the feature was enabled only for a few weeks, so Microsoft could gather data, before disabling it.Sets aren't in the Windows 10 May 2019 update.It seems now that Sets are unlikely to ever materialize.Rich Turner, who oversees Microsoft's revamping of the Windows command-line infrastructure and the Windows Subsystem for Linux tweeted that the interface "is no more."
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During a company event on Monday, Musk said once Tesla's cars are fully self-driving, Tesla owners will be able to use their cars on the Tesla Network and make money.Because of this, Musk said it would be "financially insane" for anyone to buy anything other than a Tesla.Elon Musk said he is convinced Tesla vehicles are on track to be so far ahead of other vehicles in terms of self-driving technology, it wouldn't make sense for buyers to consider other cars.It will be like owning a horse in three years.I mean, fine if you want to own a horse.But you should go into it with that expectation," the Tesla CEO said on Monday.
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Ambitious ride-hailing startup Go-Jek’s Southeast Asia expansion plan suffered a blow when it lost the leadership team behind its business in Vietnam, but now it has replaced them with the former head of Facebook in the country.Christy Trang Le, who led Facebook’s business in Vietnam for nine months before quitting for family reasons in early 2019, has become general manager of Go-Viet, which is the name of Go-Jek business in the country.Le is best known as a co-founder of Misfit, the U.S-Vietnam wearable startup that was acquired by Fossil for $260 million in 2015 — indeed, Misfit CEO Sonny Vu is her husband.Le, who was previously CFO/COO of Misfit before becoming head of Fossil Vietnam, replaces Nguyen Vu Duc and Nguyen Bao Linh who left their positions as general director and deputy general director, respectively, at the end of March.Go-Jek said that the duo are staying on as “advisors” but their exit sparked suggestions that Go-Jek’s expansion to Vietnam, the first market it moved into beyond its Indonesia homeland, isn’t going as well as had been assumed.Go-Jek is valued at $9.5 billion and it has also expanded to Thailand and Singapore with the Philippines in its plans.
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Given how many years it has been working on a foldable phone, you can’t really say that Samsung was in a rush to get something out.In fact, you could almost wonder how it still managed to botch it up so terribly after all that time.Needless to say, it is feeling the burn of the Galaxy Fold screen fallout and now it is indefinitely putting some of its planned activities on hold while it tries to tackle its latest mess.It could perhaps argue that Samsung rushed the phone to market after it had announced it without paying attention to the fine details.Like warning users not to remove the plastic protective coating on the screen.Needless to say, the Galaxy Fold has a critical problem with its most important component and, contrary to what it had intended to do earlier, it seems that it’s not hitting the brakes on some of its Galaxy Fold activities.
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Italian artist Federico Borella has been crowned the overall winner in the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards.Borella's series Five Degrees, which documents male suicide in the farming community of Tamil Nadu, Southern India, was praised by the judges for its "sensitivity, technical excellence and artistry in bringing to light a global concern."He walked away with $25,000, together with photographic kit courtesy of the competition sponsor Sony.Borella was one of 10 Professional competition category winners.The full list is as follows:Architecture: Stephan Zirwes, Germany, for series Cut Outs - Pools 2018
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The Fight for 15 has gone from a pipe dream to the law of the land in New York and California over the last seven years, with the backing of the Service Employees International Union.SEIU president Mary Kay Henry says that Fight for 15's goals remain the same — a $15 minimum wage and a union — but that the movement is addressing new issues, such as sexual harassment and automation."But, workers need to be a part of the design and the transition.That's what fast-food workers have said."Henry is one of Business Insider's 100 people transforming business in 2019.Sign up for our best stories delivered to your inbox
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In a Twitter thread Thursday, Tock founder and Chief Technology Officer Brian Fitzpatrick shared one of his top pieces of advice for booking a table at a busy restaurant: make a reservation for four instead of two.But when he realized they were spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on reservation management and losing even more in no-shows, he cobbled together a rough system to track and manage diners more efficiently.Kokonas joined forces with Brian Fitzpatrick, founder of Google's engineering office in Chicago, to turn the homemade system into a viable business for restaurants to track and manage guest reservations, called Tock.According to Crunchbase, Tock has raised $17.5 million since Kokonas and Fitzpatrick founded the company in 2014, and most recently closed $9.5 million Series B funding round in December 2018.Read More:Chase is pushing Chase Pay adoptionIn a Twitter thread Thursday, Fitzpatrick, now the company's Chief Technology Officer, shared one of his top pieces of advice for booking a table at a busy restaurant: make a reservation for four instead of two.
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I was not content [that the Cabinet] did not have access safely to secure mobile technology”Security officials have begun to deliver custom-built secure mobile phones and desktops to senior government figures under the much-delayed project Foxhound.The Cabinet Office-led project was dubbed a “very significant cybersecurity delivery breakthrough” by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)’s CEO Ciaran Martin in oral evidence to the Public Accounts Select committee this month.He was among the civil servants facing a grilling from MPs over cybersecurity project delivery, following a row over the opacity of the government’s National Cyber Security Programme and questions over its performance management.Foxhound was put forward as an example of a recent cybersecurity success.It involves highly secure, encrypted handsets for members of the Cabinet, amid an ongoing push to modernise government security.
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Yesterday was Disney’s “Investor Day 2019,” which for fans basically translates to “finally, we’re gonna reveal some solid intel about that streaming service we’ve been teasing for years.” And indeed, we learned a lot more about all the programming coming to Disney+Disney’s entire “Signature Collection” of its classic animated movies (including Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, and Beauty and the Beast) will be available on the first day of the launch, along with all of Pixar’s theatrical shorts.All of Pixar’s features will hit Disney+ within its first year.New content will include a documentary series charting the making of Frozen 2, going behind the scenes of the animated sequel (which hits cinemas in November).There will also be a new shorts series from Pixar, Forky Asks a Question, starring a new character that will debut in Toy Story 4 (out in June), and fan-favourite Toy Story character Bo Peep will also get her own short, titled Lamp Life.Live-action Disney films heading straight to Disney+ include a pair of previously-announced films: Noelle, a variation on the “Santa Claus in the real world” genre starring Anna Kendrick as Kris Kringle’s daughter; and the live-action Lady and the Tramp, with a voice cast that includes Tessa Thomson and Justin Theroux, which will be available when Disney+ launches.
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Guangzhou, China-based self-driving startup Pony.ai is in line for a capital infusion from Chinese game publisher Kunlun.As spotted by TechCrunch this morning, Beijing Kunlun Wanwei, which has also backed Musical.ly, live-streaming company Inke, dating app Grindr, and microlender Qudian, revealed this week in a filing with the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) that it plans to invest $50 million in the driverless car company for a 3% stake.The company previously raked in $102 million last July from lead investors ClearVue Partners and Eight Roads (Fidelity International Limited’s investment arm), bringing its total raised to $214 million and bringing its valuation to over $1 billion.Since last January, Pony.ai has tripled its headcount, conducted pilot tests in the Bay Area and China, and rolled out autonomous cars in Guangzhou (the site of its Chinese headquarters) that have given thousands of rides.It’s also secured an autonomous vehicle testing license in the city — only the second granted by the government — by logging more than 3,107 miles, demonstrating 39 capabilities across six categories of tests, and completing 10 days of “holistic” safety and operations evaluations.CEO James Peng, the former chief architect at Chinese search engine Baidu, cofounded Pony.ai in 2016 with Tiancheng Lou, who worked at Google X’s autonomous car project before it was spun off into Waymo.
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För PostNord, som är ett företag under ständig transformation, är IT ett viktigt område.Här har medarbetarna möjlighet att bidra till bolagets förändringsresa och att själva utvecklas i sin yrkesroll.Per Gustavsson arbetar som chef för området Identity & Access Management (IAM) och ansvarar för två team; kundmötande leverans och intern leverans.Vi arbetar med den allra senaste tekniken och bygger tillsammans digitaliserade tjänster.IAM är ett ramverk för hantering av digitala identiteter och accesser.– IAM är en kritisk resurs och möjliggör säker åtkomst av data från mobila enheter för både företagets anställda och för våra kunder.
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Google Pixel phones were able to achieve something no Nexus was able to do.While both offered a pure Android experience, only one achieved mainstream popularity that directly pit it against not just Apple’s iPhones but even other Android brands as well.If that were the only measure of its success, then Google has enough reason so celebrate.Unfortunately, one research reveals that as far trying to get iPhone users to convert, the Pixel phones might be a flop.Of course, that’s not exactly the stated goal of the Pixel 3 but almost all OEMs, including the likes of OnePlus and even Samsung, always have iPhone users in their crosshairs.But according to the study done by Counterpoint Research, 51% of those who moved to a Google Pixel 3 in Q4 2018 came from Samsung.
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Amazon has thousands of workers around the world listening to recordings of conversations between users and the Alexa voice assistant,in the name of improving its ability to understand human speech, according to Bloomberg.Amazon tells Bloomberg that it only tasks humans with reviewing "an extremely small sample of Alexa voice recordings."The moderators reportedly have a chatroom where they can ask for help, or just share "amusing" recordings.The moderators also occasionally hear more upsetting things: Two workers told Bloomberg that they heard a recording of what they believed to be a sexual assault.A new report from Bloomberg highlights the human labor that goes into making Amazon's Alexa voice assistant — which comes built in to every Amazon Echo speaker — a little smarter.The company has a mix of contractors and full-time employees all over the globe reviewing and transcribing clips of conversations between users and Alexa, according to Bloomberg.
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The Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) has given even the stodgiest Toyota vehicles a fresh breath of life, and we've been impressed with what the automaker's put on that platform thus far.Now, it appears the automaker hopes to strike gold by applying this method to trucks, as well.Toyota intends to move the next-generation Tundra and Tacoma onto a single platform, which will then spread to all of Toyota's global pickups, Automotive News reports, citing sources within the company.Toyota declined to comment to both Roadshow and AN.Efficiency is a big reason for this decision, if it turns out to be true.As AN's report notes, some Tacoma and Tundra models are built at the same plant in Texas, but there are 37 cab and powertrain variants between the two trucks.
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In contrast, evidence for the identify of dark matter has behaved in an opposite manner: every thing we've done to look for it has come up empty.The latest bit of emptiness was published this week, and it seemingly puts an end to one of the possible remaining explanations for dark matter: black holes that formed shortly after the Big Bang and have been structuring the Universe ever since.While earlier studies have seemingly ruled out larger versions of these primordial black holes, the new study closes the window on anything more massive than a large asteroid.So it's not clear whether large numbers of black holes could somehow go undetected.We've identified a number of cases where massive objects twist the fabric of space in a way that forms a lens, magnifying galaxies in the distance beyond the lens-forming object.Smaller objects can do this on a smaller scale, causing a temporary brightening of individual stars.
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