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Office Depot means business this year.It wasn't the first retailer to announce its Black Friday lineup in 2018, but it's making a splash with some of the lowest prices we've seen yet on a handful of laptops and PCs.Possibly one of the best deals though is Office Depot's HP laptop that is packed with a seventh-gen Intel Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive -- all for $450.Office Depot's Black Friday sale kicks off online on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, at 12:01 a.m.You'll be able to pick up your purchases in stores when they open at 8 a.m. local time on Black Friday, Nov. 23.And members of Office Depot's loyalty program will be eligible for additional rewards and special deals on printers and printer paper starting on Wednesday, Nov. 21.
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That's the word from the social network's former chief of security, Alex Stamos, who aired his views in a Washington Post opinion piece Saturday, three days after a front-page report in The New York Times threw a nasty light on Facebook and its top execs.The Times story said that last year, as Russian trolls worked Facebook to spread disinformation and sow discord during the US presidential election, CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg "ignored warning signs and then sought to conceal them from public view."The two were also distracted and delegated critical decisions to subordinates, the Times said.Stamos agreed that Facebook "stuck to a public-communications strategy of minimization and denial" and "should have responded to these threats much earlier and handled disclosure in a more transparent manner."He also said the world's largest social network wasn't alone in making mistakes."The massive US intelligence community failed to provide actionable intelligence on Russia's information-warfare goals and capabilities before the election and offered a dearth of assistance afterward," Stamos wrote.
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Samsung 860 EVO 1TB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD for $130Samsung's best-selling solid state drive for consumers is $130 for Black Friday.This drive will not only speed up booting the system and launching games and software, but with 1TB storage, you're not sacrificing storage for speed.The deal begins Thanksgiving Day at 5 p.m.WD Easystore 10TB external hard drive with 32GB USB drive for $180This 10TB external USB 3.0 hard drive paired with a 32GB Easystore USB flash drive normally runs about $300 but is knocked down to only $180 for Black Friday.
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HBO With the increase of capital in Silicon Valley, venture firms are bringing on more partners.Some entrepreneurs say that the process of raising capital from bigger firms has grown increasingly bureaucratic.A new report from compensation data firm J.Thelander Consulting shows that 80% of venture capital and private equity firms brought on new members in 2018, a 14% uptick from last year.Much of this has to do with the amount of money flooding Silicon Valley's funds, as a vanguard of established firms rake in several billions to be deployed over the course of the next few years.For founders, the addition of more partners to venture firms often means more opportunities to pitch their fledgling businesses.One founder who declined to be named told Business Insider that he had pitched a top tier firm multiple times in the hopes of securing funding.
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But outside the official ratings, how deep can these phones really go?To raise the stakes, we took a new iPhone XR and the same XS that survived our initial pool test to Monterey Bay in California.We strapped the two phones to the front of the Trident, an underwater drone from OpenROV.To help get our phones under the water without them drifting away, OpenROV built a custom mount just for us with flotations to hold the phones side-by-side in front of the lens.Watch the video on this page for the full rundown of what happened -- and check out the epic underwater footage!The first dive: 2 meters
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The strange case of a US couple who raised $400,000 (around £311,500) on GoFundMe for a homeless good Samaritan appears to be skidding into a surprise ending.NBC Philadelphia obtained a copy of a complaint by Burlington County prosecutors that accuses Mark D’Amico and Kate McClure of conspiring with Johnny Bobbitt Jr. to deceive GoFundMe users into making donations.A source familiar with the case told NBC that D’Amico and McClure had already turned themselves in but did not confirm if Bobbitt had done the same.According to the report, the three made up the story that inspired 14,000 contributors to raise $400,000 (£311, 500) for Bobbitt.In October of 2017, McClure started a GoFundMe campaign that claimed she’d run out of gas on the interstate when Bobbitt, who was allegedly homeless, approached her car.She said that he told her to sit tight and proceeded to use his last $20 to get her fuel.
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If nothing but the best smartphone camera will do, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are your phones.They may "only" have one lens on the back, but Google's software is so good, it puts dual-, triple- and quad-camera phones to shame.Luckily for you, the Black Friday and Cyber Monday crush is the perfect time to pick up a Pixel 3 phone, and while there isn't the multitude of deals you see for Apple's iPhones, the Galaxy Note and Galaxy S9 phones and for other excellent OnePlus 6T and top LG models, they're actually valuable offers.Remember that Verizon is the only US carrier that sells the Pixel 3 phones, but you can also buy it unlocked from Google's online store.CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.We link to the current listing at the retailer's website when one is available, but you may not see sale pricing reflected on the page until the sale begins.
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To a consumer, a social network might be a place to share memes, cat photos and selfies.But to a business, a social network is a place to bolster and defend branding, share product information, interact with customers and participate in relevant conversations with the world.Because social is where the customers are, and where customers go to praise or complain about companies to each other — or to find out information about products and services.[ Take this mobile device management course from PluralSight and learn how to secure devices in your company without degrading the user experience. ]If you post something, and the conversation is hijacked by malicious users seeking to ruin your reputation, there’s nothing you can do about it.A company blog post this week denied Facebook tasked Definers to write fake articles and said Facebook fired the firm this week.
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We’ve yelled ourselves hoarse cautioning people to not look too deeply at benchmark performance, but for Best of Android 2018, we’re ignoring our own advice a little bit.The problem with benchmarks is many people don’t have a good idea what all of those numbers mean — sometimes they don’t actually mean anything at all.In addition to all that, manufacturers cheating benchmarks this year means confidence in these metrics is at an all-time low.Beyond that, picking the “best” performance is a little sticky, given folks use their smartphones for drastically different things.We’ll post our test results below with a little bit of context, and mark them against the 2018 average so you can see what’s the cream of the crop.The Huawei Mate 20 Pro’s Kirin 980 has the best performance, with caveats
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An unusually large asteroid crater measuring 19 miles wide has been discovered under a continental ice sheet in Greenland.Roughly the size of Paris, it’s now among the 25 biggest asteroid craters on Earth.An iron-rich asteroid measuring nearly a kilometre wide (0.6 miles) struck Greenland’s ice-covered surface at some point between 3 million and 12,000 years ago, according to a new study published this week in Science Advances.The impact would’ve flung horrific amounts of water vapour and debris into the atmosphere, while sending torrents of meltwater into the North Atlantic—events that likely triggered global cooling (a phenomenon sometimes referred to as a nuclear or volcanic winter).Over time, however, the gaping hole was obscured by a 1,000-metre-tall (3,200-foot) layer of ice, where it remained hidden for thousands of years.“In other words, it was a coincidence that the crater was discovered.”
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As part of Amazon's Early Black Friday offerings, many of its devices, including Echo and Fire TV products, are already on sale.To potentially save more on Black Friday, you can visit Business Insider Coupons to find up-to-date promo codes for a range of online stores.Each one uses Alexa to accomplish any number of tasks, from answering questions to reordering supplies on Amazon.Echo Dot (2nd Gen, Certified Refurbished), $29.99 (originally $39.99) [You save $10]: A small, compact way to add Alexa to any room.Echo Dot Kids, 3 for $99.97 (originally $209.97) [You save $110]: Features a kid-friendly version of Alexa, parental controls, and a year of FreeTime Unlimited (Amazon's educational content subscription).Echo Look (Certified Refurbished), $89.99 (originally $169.99) [You save $80]: A style assistant that helps you discover, decide on, and share outfits.
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A newborn baby's brain responds to being touched on the face, according to new research co-led by UCL.Babies use this sense of touch - facial somatosensation - to find and latch onto their mother's nipple, and should have this ability from birth.Premature babies often have difficulty feeding, and underdevelopment of their facial sensitivity may be one of the main causes.Researchers from UCL, Imperial College London, UCLH and Universitá Campus Bio-Medico di Roma developed a new method to study this sense of touch in babies and how their brains reacted using electroencephalography (EEG).The report, 'A novel sensor design for accurate measurement of facial somatosensation in pre-term infants', is published in the journal PLOS ONE.Facial somatosensation is necessary for breastfeeding; for example if a newborn baby's right cheek is lying on their mother's breast, the baby uses this information to turn its head to the right in order to feed (rooting).
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Google apparently isn't done with its Pixel 3 smartphone just yet, as a "budget" that costs between $400 and $500 could have just been leaked via Russian tech site Rozetked.me.To compare prices, Google's flagship Pixel 3 lineup starts at $800 for the regular Pixel 3, and $900 for the larger Pixel 3XL.Indeed, the rumored device has "lite" specs compared to the full-fat Pixel 3 phones that Google released last month.But overall, the new phone looks pretty similar.That is, of course, if this thing is a real product that will actually be released into the world, which is up in the air.Check out some of the leaked photos, specs, and details of the Pixel 3 Lite:
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"Our company published the many proofs of concept for the applications of modern AI in drug discovery and completed many pilots.Several pharmaceutical companies are claiming to have hundreds of data scientists and the many petabytes of legacy data that will help them turn into the data companies.But so far with no tangible results coming out of these efforts.It is time to unveil our end-to-end drug discovery pipeline and offer rare disease foundations a chance to collect the data required for this pipeline and get the targets and molecules for testing.", saids Alex Zhavoronkov, PhD, Founder, and CEO of Insilico Medicine, Inc."Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques, such as deep learning (DL), reinforcement learning (RL), and generative adversarial networks (GANs) play a pivotal role in studying the biology of aging on many levels.
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A Berlin-based security researcher has discovered an unsecured database containing tens of millions of text messages including password reset links, two-factor authentication codes and more.The server itself belongs to the communications company Voxox (formerly Telcentris) which failed to secure it and the data it holds with a password.This made it possible for anyone who knew where it was located online to have a look and see a near-real-time stream of incoming text messages.Security researcher Sébastien Kaul found the server easily on Shodan, a search engine for publicly available devices and databases.The database was running on Amazon's Elasticsearch and was configured with a Kibana front-end which made the data it held easy to read and search for names, phone numbers and even the contents of the text messages it stored.Businesses have begun to employ two-factor authentication to better secure their services and although firms such as Telesign and Nexmo are used to verify phone numbers or send out authentication codes, Voxox and other companies are responsible for converting these codes into text messages.
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“Projects owned by individual users or small organizations, and much more likely to be written in JavaScript, Java, or Python”GitHub the source code management and sharing platform now hosts over 96 million user-created repositories.In GitHub’s Octoverse report the repository notes that one in three of all GitHub repositories were created this year.The report found that Microsoft’s Azure Docs are one of the fastest growing open source projects on the platform, beside Facebook’s PyTorch (an open source machine learning library for Python) and MIT’s Godot (an open source 2D and 3D game engine.(Above: last year’s winner of GitHub’s Game Off: A game by Securas, Daemon vs Demon, made on Godot, the third-fastest growing repository).The highest influx of new sign-ups to the platform are coming from the United States, which also holds the title of most contributors, followed by China, India and the UK in fourth place.
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A team of researchers from Siberian Federal University (SFU) obtained thin copper/gold and iron/palladium films and studied the reactions that take place in them upon heating.Knowing these processes, scientists will be able to improve the properties of materials currently used in microelectronics.Materials based on thin metal films are widely used in microelectronics (e.g.Nanomaterials based on iron and palladium have unique magnetic properties and potentially can be used for high-density magnetic recording of information.One of the main factors that affects the properties of thin film materials is alteration of the phase composition as a result of chemical reactions and atomic structure realignment.The work of the researchers covers solid phase reactions in two-layer thin metal films - copper/gold (Cu/Au) and iro/palladium (Fe/Pl).
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The games, titled "Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu!"", are the first Pokémon games in the main series to be released in high definition — and the updated visuals reflect how far the franchise has come since 1996.The new games are retellings of the original Game Boy Pokémon games, "Red, Blue, and Yellow."While "Let's Go" stays true to the aesthetics of "Red, Blue, and Yellow," the extra visual flair and common-sense improvements to the game create a fresh, modern experience amid non-stop waves of nostalgia.Seeing the games side by side is an exciting reminder of how much games have changed in the last 22 years, and how the designs of the original Pokémon games have become timeless.let you choose your gender and skin color, a big change from the original protagonist of "Pokémon: Yellow."
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Apple touted the camera's new features during its big September event, and it's expected to be excellent.But what I found still surprised me.I excepted it to be great camera, but I was also expecting to be unimpressed by portrait mode, which has never quite been perfect, and the colors in general, which sometimes look too warm for my taste.(It's worth noting that photos may appear slightly compressed due to a bug with Business Insider's website — we're working on it!)It captured the fall colors well, and overall, it's pretty sharp — check out those people in a rowboat on the left.It was a nice sunny day when I captured this photo, but we were walking underneath a canopy of trees, and it wasn't particularly bright on this path.
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Last week, we reported that nearly 20,000 Pakistani debit cards were put up for sale on the dark web.Now, cybersecurity firm Group-IB has found out that earlier this week, a new dump of whooping 177,878 appeared on the dark web.The report noted that the new dump appeared on the dark website Joker Stash on November 13.From the total number of cards, there were 150,632 cards of Pakistani banks, 16,227 cards of other regions’ banks, and 11,019 cards of undefined banks.The report further notes cards issued by Habib Bank accounted for nearly 20 percent of the dump.“Card dumps are usually obtained by using skimming devices and through Trojans infecting workstations connected to POS terminals.
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