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The company announced earlier this month that it has raised $62 million, which it plans to use toexpand in the US and triple its user base in the country.Depop CEO Maria Raga told Business Insider that its data shows that US teens are more entrepreneurially minded that their UK equivalents.There are plenty of things keeping Depop CEO Maria Rega up at night, but recruiting US teens to use the shopping app isn't one of them.This is because data shows that the 5 million or so teens that are already using the app in the US are actually more business-minded than their UK counterparts.Raga told Business Insider in a recent conversation that, on average, US teens are listing more items to sell and are referring more people than their UK equivalents.But this is particularly relevant as Depop begins its quest to triple its user base in the US after raising $62 million in a recent round of funding.
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While printers remain essential, sometimes printing documents just isn’t enough.Normally $549, it is now available for only $239, which is a savings of $310.The Xerox WorkCentre 6515/DN is a compact printer that supports letter- and legal-size media.You can print or scan from any USB memory device thanks to its USB port on the front.This printer is ideal for a small office with two to seven people.This printer uses the Xerox EA Toner formulation for enhanced dot reproducibility, less energy consumption, and less toner waste.
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Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff.We’re all used to typing emoji on our smartphones and tablets, but not so much on our PCs.I certainly don’t know of any desktop or laptop keyboards with an emoji button.But shouldn’t we be able to be as expressive on our primary computers?It used to be that you had to access emoji via a virtual keyboard, download a third party app, or copy and paste them from the web.Thankfully, in 2017, Microsoft added an emoji picker accessible via a simple keyboard shortcut: Win + .
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Microsoft is most responsible for the advent of the modern 2-in-1 in which laptops can morph from clamshell to tablet and a couple of modes in between.That makes the company’s refreshed Surface Laptop 2 an odd bird when compared to a 2-in-1 like the HP Spectre x360 13.Look at the Spectre x360 from just about any angle, and you’ll see a resemblance to a finely cut jewel.The aluminum chassis and Alcantara fabric on the keyboard deck come in one of four colors: Platinum, Burgundy, Cobalt Blue, and Black.You won’t find fault with either of these laptop’s build quality.They both sport rigid aluminum chassis with virtually no flexing or bending.
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Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff.Nine-square grid collages on Instagram aren’t new, but the trend of doing a year-end best-of really kicked off in 2018, with big names like Beyonce and Kim Kardashian doing them.And no matter what time of year you do it, it’s still a charming little recap of your best photos.There are two primary options, both of which work pretty much the same way.With Top9, you enter your IG handle and your email address, and the website automatically generates your most-liked nine posts.Here’s what it looks like:
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Whether you listen to music through terrestrial FM, digital satellite, MP3, CD, DVD-Audio, or even lossless high-resolution files like FLAC, or DSD, the original recording was probably created in stereo, that familiar, two-channel mix of sound that has been with us for decades.Dolby says it has created an entirely new recording format for its popular Dolby Atmos 3D-sound format, called Dolby Atmos Music, which goes way beyond two-channel stereo.You may already be aware of Dolby Atmos for movies and TV shows — if not, we have a great explainer and a detailed how-to guide — but Dolby Atmos Music is its own beast.But that same recording technique can be used with music for a similar result: Total sonic immersion.But Atmos Music isn’t a conversion of stereo into multichannel surround — it’s a scratch-made recording that utilizes these extra channels in a whole new way.It’s an unprecedented degree of control for producers, and much like the 3D effect in movies, it might feel jarring or even cheesy if it were executed in a ham-fisted way.
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An alligator with a knife stuck in its skull was recently spotted in Fort Bend County, Texas, shocking local residents.ABC13 reports that the unfortunate gator was spotted swimming in a lake at the Orchard Lakes Estate.Erin Weaver photographed the alligator and the images sparked concern for the animal when they were circulated on social media, according to ABC13.ALLIGATOR BITES BIGGER, BELLOWING GATOR IN FLORIDA, VIDEO SHOWS: ‘IT WAS EXCITING TO SEE’"I saw him swimming and then I saw him turn, like swimming towards me, and I saw something sticking out of his head," Weaver told ABC13."It looked like a steak knife that was sticking out of his head, I don't know if it was in his eye, but it looked, if it wasn't in his eye it was very close to his eye."
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The idea makes practically no sense at all.Full works of long-form literary fiction uploaded to … Instagram?And specifically to Instagram Stories, a format known for its fast and fleeting posts about nights on the town and outfits of the day?But the New York Public Library pulled it off, thanks to the creativity, persistence and problem-solving of agency Mother New York.The “Insta Novels” project they created together quickly proved to be a publicity coup for the library, which became the subject of international media attention—and saw its Instagram follower base grow by 155,000, or roughly 75%.For Richert Schnorr, director of digital media for the library, the copious praise and engagement around Insta Novels shows that a longstanding brand—in this case, one that’s more than 120 years old—can pleasantly surprise its fans by embracing technology in exciting ways.
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If you've been thinking about making a TV upgrade, now is a good time to put those wishful thoughts into action.Whether shopping for yourself or looking to go big at the last minute for Father's Day, there are some tempting TV deals out there.For dads reading this, you've got the perfect route to a new TV -- tell the family they need not bother showering you with gifts because you would be perfectly happy to treat yourself to a new TV.Yes, most of these are 2018 models, but don't worry: You're getting a much better deal, and many of the newer models have only incremental picture quality improvements.Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products featured on this page.RCA 50-inch RTRU5027-W Roku Smart LED TV: $260
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Bethesda revealed at this year’s E3 it would be offering something called Orion — a solution for game streaming that promises to make game streaming more feasible for those without the high-speed internet cloud gaming demands.Given that the whole industry seems to be pushing in that direction, this and similar solutions could be immeasurably helpful.According to the company, its purpose is to reduce the amount of bandwidth a game requires and reduce latency.To do this, a company licensing a game engine would have to license Orion as well and incorporate it into the engine.Bethesda claims it can, “achieve dramatic latency reductions of up to 20% per frame as well as up to a 40% reduction in required bandwidth.” It also promises Orion will allow stream providers to reach “a bigger audience, at reduced costs, with a superior level of service.”Of all the companies to start offering solutions to game developers who might otherwise be turned off by the likes of Stadia, Bethesda isn’t the one I’d have thought would be the first — but good for them.
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In the wake of Huawei’s US export ban, its easy to forget that the company was due to launch one of the first folding phones to hit the market.The $2,600 Mate X was set to go head-to-head with Samsung’s Galaxy Fold, but after the Korean giant delayed the device due to mishaps with early review units, Huawei says it wants to avoid the same mistakes.The Mate X was originally announced in February and rumored to launch in June, but a Huawei spokesperson told CNBC the launch will now take place in September.It’s worth noting Huawei had not announced an official release date, but the spokesperson did note the company was doing extra testing to make sure apps work when the device is fully unfolded.The company is being “cautious” after multiple build-quality issues surfaced around initial review units of the Galaxy Fold.The spokesperson said Huawei doesn’t “want to launch a product to destroy our reputation.”
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The 24 Hours of Le Mans ranks at the top of nearly every motorsport enthusiast's yearly watch list -- as it should -- but if you're in the US, streaming the race is typically a bit of a challenge.In the past, it meant that you'd have to hop between several services depending on the time of day.But this year, things are quite a bit simpler, and that's awesome.Here's the good news: MotorTrend TV is streaming Le Mans in its entirety, and you can watch it via your cable provider or, if you're a cord-cutter, via MotorTrendOnDemand.com or through the MotorTrend app.If you're not already signed up, you get a 14-day free trial, and after that it's only $5.99 per month or $59.99 per year to subscribe.The bad news is that MT is pretty much the only game in town unless you want to get into using a VPN service to try and trick the European streaming services into thinking you're on the continent, but that's more complicated than we're willing to deal with and sketchier than we're willing to endorse.
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What are healthy emotions, relationships and values?And in an era of toxic masculinity, how can fathers, grandfathers and other male role models help reinforce positive behavior rather than merely discouraging the worst?Another is from James Vlahos, who in 2017 created a chatbot based on his father who was dying of cancer.In another corner, visitors can listen to short audio messages of people who answered the prompt: “What would you tell a boy growing up today?” Some answers: happiness “can’t be found in a product that someone sells you”; “don’t ever break someone’s trust”; be a “gentle warrior.” Elsewhere, visitors can watch animated versions of stories on Fatherly’s website.“We thought it would be appropriate to make this a bit of a brand moment and to talk specifically about how men can step up and have often-difficult conversations with the boys in their life,” said Fatherly CEO and founder Michael Rothman.“About what it means to be a good dude, or even why be a good dude in a world that often challenges conventional thinking.”
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PHILADELPHIA--The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Alexander and Margaret Stewart Trust announced today the 2019 class members of the Pew-Stewart Scholars Program for Cancer Research.The seven early-career scholars who make up the 2019 class are spearheading innovative research efforts designed to find cures for cancer, with each receiving a four-year grant to advance these initiatives.This is the sixth year that the Alexander and Margaret Stewart Trust has partnered with Pew to support researchers pursuing groundbreaking work focused on better understanding the origins, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer."Pew is proud to support researchers who have dedicated their careers to this noble cause."The class of 2019 is examining several promising areas of cancer research, including strategies to reprogram tumor-associated immune cells, investigate a mutant protein in lung cancer, and develop methods to treat acute myeloid leukemia, among other topics."Curing cancer demands curiosity, ingenuity, and perseverance from researchers," said Peter M. Howley, M.D., chair of the Pew-Stewart national advisory committee.
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Not only does it support Motorola’s range of Moto Mods, it’s also hundreds of dollars cheaper than most flagships, being priced at just $500.But it’s not expendable just because it’s cheaper than the Galaxy S10 or iPhone XS, and you’ll want to keep it safe from scratches, chips, and — heaven forbid — shattered glass after a drop.While your phone can never truly become invulnerable from harm, a good protective case can offer a strong barrier against damage.Here are some of the best Moto Z4 cases you can buy to reduce the chances of needing to replace your phone.It’s made from a hard and protective polycarbonate shell combined with a synthetic rubber slipcover that provides extra grip for your fingers.It’s the lighter and slimmer version of the Commuter Series, which means it’s perfect for everyday use, and is easy to slip into and out of a pocket or bag.
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Uber and Lyft drivers are colluding to crank up fares for passengers, ABC's ABC7 reports.They are able to trigger the "surge" pricing by simultaneously turning their apps off and on.Drivers told ABC7 that they feel like they've been forced into inflating prices because the company is not paying them enough.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Uber and Lyft drivers have worked out how to game their companies' "surge" pricing system to run up fares for passengers.ABC7 reports that drivers have been sharing on YouTube how they collaborate to drive up surge prices.
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Children are screaming, wheels are screeching, horns are beeping, and people are wheezing.Fortunately, it can all be blocked out with a good set of wireless noise-canceling headphones — and there are none better than the Sony WH-1000XM3, which are now on sale for $289 (down $60).We’ve been massive fans of the WH-1000XM3 for as long as we can remember, naming them the best headphones of 2018 and awarding them a coveted score of nine out of ten in our review.The noise-canceling is superb, too — making them the perfect all-around travel companion.The noise-canceling is so good in fact that it’s not only capable of blocking out static sound coming from vehicles, like aircraft, buses, and trains, but also variable noises commonly heard in an office environment.When an airline attendant, coworker, to travel mate approach, for example, you can wrap your hand over the right earcup to instantly pause the song; subsequently allowing sound from the surrounding area to ooze in, so you can hear exactly what they have to say.
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Tesla loses key Autopilot engineer to self-driving truck start-up Embark – CNBCWhat happened: Zeljko Popovic, Tesla’s Autopilot team lead, has stepped down and will join Embark, a self-driving truck startup in San Francisco.Popovic reportedly built and managed the perception team for the EV giant’s suite of advanced driver-assistance features, leading the development of highly accurate US highway maps for Tesla vehicles.He also created a set of perception software solutions that collect data from sensors and radars which offers a simulated “view” of the surroundings for the vehicles.Embark confirmed the hire, according to the CNBC report.Why it’s important: The departure comes just two months after Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk said it will run 1 million robo-taxis on the road next year.
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Created by Chinese developer Drodo Studios, the game made its way onto the DOTA 2 arcade, competing for player’s attention with thousands of other custom mods.Despite its name, the only similarity to real chess is the checkered board.You select and place units of different classes and races on your board, which then automatically battle against other players’ pieces.This motivated developer Drodo Studios to release its own official mobile version with help from Dragonest and ImbaTV.Still challenging and compelling, Auto Chess mobile is definitely worth your attention, so let’s get started!If you don’t feel like going through the Dragonest process of submitting your phone number and waiting for a verification code, we recommend you go the Facebook or Google route.
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Facebook has begun assembling a who’s who of big tech companies to back its soon to be unveiled cryptocurrency, GlobalCoin.The likes of Mastercard, Visa, Uber, and PayPal are all backing the social media giant’s upcoming digital coin due to be unveiled later this month, and officially rolled out next year, reports The Wall St Journal.Each of these firms will invest a reported $10 million to help support GlobalCoin, and to be part of the coin‘s governing consortium called the Libra Association.Fintech firm Stripe, Booking.com, and Argentinian ecommerce site MercadoLibre have also signed up to support the project, however, their involvement is unclear.Previous reports about GlobalCoin have said it will be accepted by merchants all over the world, in this case, these partners might be a hint at things to come.Facebook will officially publish the GlobalCoin white paper next week, it has asked partnering companies to cosign the paper.
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