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MIT has taken inspiration from the way a cucumber plant grows to create contracting fibers that imitate the coiling-and-pulling mechanisms that the cucumber plant uses to pull itself upwards to get the most sunlight.The team says that the contracting fibers could be used as artificial muscles for robots or used in prosthetic limbs or other mechanical and biomedical applications.The new fiber-based system MIT has developed is extremely lightweight and can respond very quickly.The key to the process is mating two materials together that have very different thermal expansion coefficients.The two materials have different rates of expansion when they are heated, MIT notes this is the same principle used in many thermostats.With two different polymers bonded together, a highly stretchable cyclic copolymer elastomer and much stiffer thermoplastic polyethylene, the team created a fiber that could be stretched to several times its length.
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(Reuters) — A Republican lawmaker on Monday introduced legislation to boost the presence of U.S. firms in global industry standards bodies to combat China’s rising influence in next-generation 5G cellular network technology.The bill, from U.S. Representative Michael McCaul of Texas, presses the secretary of state to boost the “representation and leadership” of the United States at international telecommunication organizations that create standards for the 5G cellular network.That will be necessary to combat attempts by China to gain influence in those groups, the legislation says.The bill does not ask for additional funding but requests the State Department use its existing appropriations to fund the effort.The bipartisan bill is cosponsored by Representative Henry Cuellar, a Democrat from Texas.“China’s majority control of the world’s 5G networks, interconnected devices and cloud storage is a risk we cannot accept,” McCaul said in a statement to Reuters.
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Amazon announced Thursday that it will spend up to $700 million over the next six years retraining 100,000 of its US employees, mostly in technical skills like software engineering and IT support.Amazon is already one of the largest employers in the country, with almost 300,000 workers (and many more contractors) and it’s particularly hungry for more new talent.“The purpose isn’t really to create a job ladder from fulfillment center to CEO, but rather to meet employees where they are and to create opportunities for them to build on the skills that they have,” Ardine Williams, Amazon’s vice president of workforce development, said in an interview Thursday morning.Amazon joins a number of other companies who have announced multimillion-dollar investments in retraining in recent years, as a tightening labor market and technological change forces businesses to evolve.CEO Jeff Bezos said in a shareholder letter last year that more than 12,000 US employees have participated in the program since it began in 2012.In addition, some of Amazon’s new retraining initiatives include: Associate2Tech, a 90-day program for warehouse workers who want to learn IT skills; Amazon Technical Academy, a coding bootcamp designed to transition corporate non-technical employees into software engineering roles; and Machine Learning University, for engineers who already have a background in technology and want to learn machine learning and AI skills.
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A new project from Google’s in-house incubator, Area 120, aims to help people find things to do and others who share your same interests.Through a new app called Shoelace — a name designed to make you think of tying things together — users can browse through a set of hand-picked activities, or add their own to a map.For example, someone who wanted to connect with fellow dog owners could start an activity for a doggie playdate at the park, then start a group chat to coordinate the details and make new friends.The end result feels a bit like a mashup of Facebook Events with a WhatsApp group chat, perhaps.But it’s wrapped in a clean, modern design that appeals more to the millennial or Gen Z user.Like Meetup and others in the space, Shoelace’s focus is not on building yet another social networking app, but rather on leveraging a social app to inspire real-world connections.
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"We've retained the iconic shape and focus on the details," says the Minis-Jacopo Marchetti.But if you have a bulky battery into a small car, not really a solution, as the bar itself. the Mini was the answer to the mobilitetsutmaningarna of his time, and we would like to, once again, to be a part of the solution, the solution at this time.the drive Train of the car is derived from BMW, the i3, though slightly modified.Instead of a rear-wheel drive, is the drive up and in, instead of just over 42 kWh of battery power, it is a 32 kilowatt-hour, which comes to it.What is the shape of the battery pack, it is T-shaped and modified the gear, " says Jacopo Marchetti, product manager for the electric mini made.
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The convenience is just too alluring.But how can smaller coffee shops compete?Building and maintaining an app of your own is a massive endeavor — and that’s before you start trying to convince customers to install yet another app.It highlights the nearby coffee shops that are part of the service, presents their menus and lets you tweak your drink to your liking before sending your order on its way.Tipping is handled through the app, and there’s a built-in rewards system to encourage people to keep coming back.The more that number grows, though, the more the concept makes sense.
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Luckin Coffee has taken the wraps off a new tea drink brand dubbed Xiaolu Tea, meaning “Fawn Tea” in Chinese, joining Starbucks in expanding into country’s already crowded bubble tea market.The company wiill gradually roll out a range of tea-based beverages, including cheese tea and more traditional styles across its 3,000 stores spanning 40 cities from Thursday, Luckin said at a press conference on Monday in Beijing.Co-founder and Senior Vice President Guo Jinyi pointed out that coffee and tea drinks are the two most popular types of drinks among China’s young office worker segment and the move represents “a sound strategy for Luckin.”As always, the Xiamen-based coffee upstart plans to give out generous freebies and discounts to attract quick adopters for the brand.It’s worth noting that Yang’s Monday speech marked a rare public appearance for the controversial marketing figure who has been absent from the company’s corporate filings and press conferences after coming under scrutiny early this year over his previous imprisonment.Obviously, Luckin’s tea ambitions have been brewing for months since it already rolled out four fruity summer drinks, also named “Fawn Tea” in April.
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Music video sharing app TikTok is again under investigation on how it collects, handles, and uses the personal information of kids, raising fresh concerns about the dangers that children face online.Elizabeth Denham, head of the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in the United Kingdom, said July 2 in a parliamentary hearing that the ICO has launched an investigation into whether TikTok was in violation of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation.The data privacy law requires companies to implement initiatives to protect the personal data of children.Denham also pointed out how the open messaging system of TikTok allowed any adult to communicate with children on the platform, possibly without their parents knowing about it.“We are looking at the transparency tools for children, said Denham said.“We’re looking at the messaging system, which is completely open, we’re looking at the kind of videos that are collected and shared by children online.
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And something like Fantastic Fest—the annual Austin, Texas, genre film event that brought us alien love documentaries, Anne Hathaway as kaiju, and a film entirely set in a 911 dispatch center—can practically top my anticipation rankings every year.Netflix's Mindhunter originally seemed like a quick but forgettable green light: grab a dude from Hamilton, make him some kind of authority figure in a crime thing, and darken up the story a bit.Stranger Things without Spoiler Things: It’s dark, different, and still delightfulJonathan Groff (the Hamilton guy) plays upstart FBI agent Holden Ford, a man obsessed with the job and with making his way up the bureau food chain.His odd-couple (err, trio) team of Bill Tench (Holt McCallany as a grizzled, skeptical FBI vet) and Wendy Carr (Anna Torv as an academic psychologist in it for the research data) sizzles every time they're interacting in a scene.That's saying something considering how dynamite Ford's direct interactions with killers can be (Cameron Britton is a revelation as serial killer Ed Kemper, an intimidating physical presence happy to indulge in a little narcissistic "talk about yourself" exercise regularly).
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Vodafone has officially switched on its 5G network in the UK, with seven cities treated to the next generation of connectivity to start with - and there's no premium to pay to access it.The carrier hosted a 5G switch-on event in London to mark the day, with the capital along with Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Cardiff and Bristol all getting 5G from today, July 3, 2019.Interestingly though, Vodafone says it won't charge customers more for its 5G plans, keeping them the same price as 4G plans.Vodafone also has launched new unlimited data plans as well, with three different price tiers with different top speeds.If you want the best 5G speeds, and unlimited data, you'll be paying £30 per month with the new Unlimited Max plan.For those on tighter budgets, or with less demanding usage, you also have the choice of Unlimited Lite (for £23 per month), which offers speeds of just 2Mbps aimed at those who only use their phones for basic actions such as social media.
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When you’re watching videos, no matter if it’s on TV or on your phone, you probably don’t want to be distracted by anything else.On streaming media, in particular, user interfaces should get out of the way when not needed and be as unobtrusive as possible when they do get summoned.At the same time, however, they should also offer as much information necessary that viewers might want to quickly see at a glance.It’s a very delicate balancing act and YouTube TV’s latest update tries to achieve that.YouTube TV’s unannounced and unexpected update mostly focuses on the “Now Playing” screen, the user interfaces that appear when you’re actually playing a video.According to users who have reported the surprising changes, the changes seemed to be geared to minimize the real estate those controls take up.
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Insurance might not be the first category you think of for emotional storytelling.Insurance advertising tends to trade in absurdist humor (see: Geico) rather than dramatic attempts to touch on human emotions.It’s more likely to be remembered for tonedeaf misfires than for successfully channeling human emotion.And yet Travelers Insurance does the unexpected in its “Stories of Care” campaign from agency of record TBWA\Chiat\Day New York and Park Pictures director Lance Accord, who also helmed Nike’s “Dream Crazy” and was named to Adweek’s Creative 100.The cinematic ads take a look at a series of families, each narrative unfolding over a series of years and filled with emotional moments that challenge homeowners and small business owners but ultimately lead to moments of reconciliation.In each case the role of Travelers is implied but never explicitly stated, with the ads instead focusing on the emotional moments that follow.
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AT's 5G network is continuing to grow, though it still remains limited to business users.On Thursday the wireless carrier announced that it has turned on 5G in Las Vegas, its twentieth city to get its 5G mmWave network (what AT calls "5G+").Exactly where the 5G network will appear in the city isn't known.AT says it will have 5G in "parts of Las Vegas" but did not provide a coverage map or any details on particular locations.At twenty live cities, AT has grown a sizeable, early lead on rivals Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint though all three rival carriers either have launched consumer 5G networks or plan to do so this week.As with prior cities, AT has limited sales of its first 5G phone, the Galaxy S10 5G, to only business users right now.
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For people with the debilitating gut condition Crohn’s disease, there’s often little that can be done to completely prevent their recurring episodes of painful gastrointestinal symptoms.But a new case study out this month suggests that one patient has been able to achieve a full remission of his symptoms for two years by switching to a plant-based diet.Its symptoms can vary, depending on where along the digestive system it strikes, but typically include diarrhoea, weight loss, intense stomach cramps after eating, and even joint pain.Ultimately, many sufferers get surgery to remove parts of their damaged gut, which can lead to some improvement.But even then, only a few ever experience a long-term remission of symptoms.According to the case study, published this June in the journal Nutrients, the 25-year-old man had first been diagnosed with Crohn’s in 2014.
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Nya innovationer inom AI och maskininlärning blir en allt viktigare del av övervakningsverktygen.Det ger en effektivare larm- och incidenthantering och möjligheten för företag att arbeta proaktivt med sin IT-miljö.Att helt enkelt hitta felen innan de inträffar.Att till exempel hitta relationer för att möjliggöra ett proaktivt arbete och därmed effektivisera driften står högt på agendan hos de flesta av våra kunder, säger Niklas Håkansson, chefsarkitekt på Compose IT.Compose IT – ett svenskt företag som tillhandahåller lösningar och tjänster inom IT Operations och IT Service Management – har nu snabbt och enkelt tillgång till en stor mängd verktyg och tillämpningar som använder maskininlärning.- Till exempel har en av våra partners, IBM, gjort funktioner från deras välkända AI, Jeopardy vinnaren Watson, allmänt tillgängliga i och med produkten Predictive Insights.
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Slated for release, y’know, when it’s finished, CBS All Access is working on a 10-part adaptation of Stephen King’s apocalyptic epic, The Stand, the story of a plague that ravages the world and the people, good and evil, who survive it.Collider recently revealed some information about the casting for the series, which is being written by Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) and Ben Cavell (Justified).According to them, James Marsden is in advanced talks for the major role of Stu Redman, the Texas man who finds he’s immune to the terrible virus that overwhelms the planet.Amber Heard (Aquaman), meanwhile, is on track to play Nadine Cross, a private school teacher who ends up embroiled with the (possible Antichrist) Randall Flagg.Whoopi Goldberg is also in talks to play Mother Abagail, spiritual leader of the good survivors.Greg Kinnear is in talks to play Glen Bateman, a professor who joins up with Stu on his journey, Odessa Young (Assassination Nation) is in advanced negotiations to play Frannie Goldsmith, a pregnant woman who falls in love with Stu, and Henry Zaga (The New Mutants) is set to play Nick Andros, a young grifter.
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The Raspberry Pi single board computer or SBC was originally designed to be used in education.That purpose formed its features and, most importantly, its price.Seven years later, however, the Raspberry Pi has grown to become one of the most popular and most loved computer by educators, hackers, and makers but it has more or less retained its relatively modest capabilities.The new Raspberry Pi 4 breaks away from the tradition by making a huge jump in hardware but miraculously still manages to keep its base price tag the same since 2012.The previous Raspberry Pis were admittedly underpowered for other ARM-based devices of their times but that was fine.The SBC wasn’t exactly designed to be a powerful computer but that didn’t stop makers and even other companies for putting it to use in ways the original RPi makers probably didn’t imagine.
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The last major design change in Apple's MacBook Pro line came in 2016, when the company added a second Touch Bar display, a butterfly keyboard and a Space Grey color option.But 2019 will also see a major shakeup in the iconic laptop's lineup, as industry analyst Jeff Lin predicts a new 16-inch MacBook Pro.The report, obtained by Forbes, states that the laptop would feature an LG panel with 3,072x1,920 pixels and will go into mass production in September.Currently, Apple offers 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros, in addition to its 12-inch MacBook and 13-inch MacBook Air.It would be the first plus-sized laptop since the 17-inch MacBook Pro was discontinued in 2012.Lin, who represents IHS Markit, is a display-industry analyst, thus the prediction being centered around screen specifications.
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The Canadian cryptocurrency exchange QuadrigaCX appears to have been playing with fire long before it collapsed – and took $134 million with it – earlier this year.It failed to follow basic business processes, maintain financial accounts, and manage user and company funds appropriately.Adding insult to injury, EY identified that Cotten exploited his position as CEO and used alias accounts, on his own platform, to make fake deposits and trades.This resulted in “inflated revenue figures, artificial trades with [real] users,” and let Cotten withdraw users’ cryptocurrency to personal accounts.What’s more, EY say that QuadrigaCX did not maintain users’ cryptocurrency exclusively in its own hot or cold wallets.Instead, it transferred “significant volumes” off platform to accounts on competitor exchanges controlled by Cotten.
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