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Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Instagram plans to launch its TikTok clone in the US and more than 50 other countries within weeks, NBC News reported this morning. Instagram later confirmed to TechCrunch that the feature will launch in “early August” in the US and more. The feature, called Reels, is Instagram’s attempt to recreate the short musical video format that thrives on TikTok. Reels will let users record and edit 15-second video clips set to music, or users will be able to reuse audio from another person’s video, as is commonly done on TikTok. So far, the feature is only available in a few countries, including India and Brazil. Reels will be part of Instagram Stories Instagram — like its owner, Facebook — has a history of replicating popular features from other... Continue reading…
Unless we live alone on a desert island, relationships are some of the most important elements of our lives. According to the Mental Health Foundation, those of us who are well connected socially to family, friends or our community are healthier - both physically and mentally; happier, and tend to live longer than people who are less connected.This is the topic of our latest episode of Deal With It, brought to you by Corsodyl Toothpaste, who are on a mission to get us talking about the uncomfortable issues we choose to ignore – whether that’s bleeding gums or bleeding relationships!Oliver Burkeman chats to host Ellie Taylor on Deal With It. Also listen on Spotify or Apple Podcasts.Relationships of all kinds are often central to our happiness and sense of wellbeing. That’s not to say that they are effortless (and the coronavirus pandemic lockdown has tested many of them to the limit) or free from conflict. As we’ll see, effective communication and keeping ourselves grounded in the real world can help us understand others and thrive in our relationships.Host Ellie Taylor got insights from Oliver Burkeman, bestselling author and psychology columnist into some of the trickier 21st-century relationship issues.Dating in the digital ageBumble, Tinder, Grindr, Hinge… the potential for finding friends, fun or perhaps your soulmate is sitting right there in your phone. But there are many pitfalls: the number of ‘fish in the sea’ can feel overwhelming; social etiquette gets lost online; contacts can be obnoxious. The chemistry of meeting someone in person is lost online: “It’s not always great to make connections on the basis of how someone chose to present themselves,” says Oliver. Self-esteem can take a hit with constant disappointment or rejection, and it’s important to remember that dating apps are designed for failure so people go back and try again. Better to keep a social balance of friends and family connections, with dating apps just one of several avenues to meet people.Broaching personal grooming and hygieneYou’ve found that special person and things seem to be going well with your relationship. However, there are some aspects of them that are starting to grate on you. Perhaps you cringe when they tuck their shirt into tightly belted trousers, or insist on wearing comfy old trainers on date nights out. They let their nails grow too long and perhaps don’t floss their teeth, leaving something to be desired in the minty freshness department. What can you do? You don’t want to descend into a relationship of daily criticism, nagging and fights. The best advice is to focus on those issues that affect you personally: nails are scratchy but a tucked shirt cannot harm you. Bad breath because of poor oral hygiene affects you and everyone around and may be a sign of gum disease; gentle communication to brush teeth regularly (ideally with gum-loving Corsodyl toothpaste) does everyone a favour.When it gets complicated: make up or break up?When a relationship feels stale, under strain, or you have that uneasy feeling it might not be working, how do you make the decision that ending it is for the best? The benchmark for evaluating a relationship used to be how ‘happy’ it made you, but as Oliver points out, “you can’t just navigate through life on happiness because that might end up not making you very happy”. Rather ask, “is the relationship growing me as a person, or shrivelling me up from the inside?” Nine times out of ten, we instinctively know the answer and what we have to do.  When you make the choice to break up, Oliver advises taking a mature approach, and no contact for the first months: “Make the break really clear and make sure the people you’re reaching out to for support are your friends and not the person you’re separating from.”All by myself: lonelinessLoneliness can increase your likelihood of dying by 26%. This startling statistic is usually accompanied by a picture of an elderly person, but in fact a third of millennials report feeling always or often lonely, making the social media generation the loneliest generation.“It’s all bound up with social comparison, and the sense that everybody’s hanging out without you, and not only that, but that they’re having a really good time and doing things in a much more accomplished fashion, so you get this effect that it seems as if you’re missing out on a lot more than you are - FOMO” explains Oliver. The relentless nature of social media means you only get to see the highlights of people’s lives, not the humdrum normality that makes up 90% of the rest.  It’s easy to compare and feel inadequate.Loneliness is relative: gregarious people deprived of social contact will feel more lonely than natural introverts who are generally happy with their own company. Rather than craving a deep and meaningful relationship to combat loneliness, says Oliver, “we need human contact, but we don’t necessarily need the human contact you think you need… it actually really matters to deal with somebody at the Post Office or to chat over the fence for 30 seconds with a neighbour. These things count, they can really make a difference to your emotions for the day”. And while the advice to volunteer, or join clubs and societies and to meet more people is sound, it’s unrealistic to expect these to magically transform our social circles overnight. It’s the little interactions that have the greatest impact.Give yourself some slackAs well as being kind to others, we need to be kind to ourselves. Oliver leaves us with a final thought: ‘If we treated our friends how we treat ourselves, a lot of the time we would be incredibly bad, mean friends. A lot of people are generally a lot nicer to other people than they are to themselves.’Check out the latest Deal With It podcast on Spotify or Apple PodcastsAnd don’t go neglecting your relationship with your gums! Gum disease affects nearly 50% of adults, it can cause bad breath and bleeding gums and if left untreated can lead to receding gums and eventually tooth loss. Two thirds of sufferers ignore this serious problem but Corsodyl toothpaste is here to help. When used twice daily it is clinically proven to help stop and prevent bleeding gums, so get on with it and deal with it. Find out more…
Video content marketing starts with goal setting, understanding your audience, identifying topics, and creating a schedule — often in the form of an editorial calendar. Once you've completed these first steps, it is time to produce, edit, and publish your videos. The post A 5-step Plan for Video Production and Distribution appeared first on Practical Ecommerce.
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Facebook removed more than 200 white supremacist organizations from its platform for violating both terrorism and hate speech community standards, a Facebook representative told Digital Trends, as part of a broader crackdown on harmful content.“If you are a member or a leader of one of these groups, you cannot have a presence on Facebook,” Sarah Pollack, a Facebook company spokesperson, said Wednesday.The classifications of “terrorism” and “hate speech” are based on behavior, she said.“Based on their behavior, some of the white supremacist organizations we’ve banned under our Dangerous Individuals and Organizations policy were banned as terrorist organizations, the others were banned as organized hate groups.”Previously, Facebook concentrated on ISIS, Al-Qaeda, and their affiliates, and now has expanded the definition, meaning some white supremacist groups are now included.In total, Facebook says it removed more than 22.8 million pieces of content from Facebook and around 4.4 million posts from Instagram in the second and third quarter of 2019 for violating their community standards, according to its fourth-ever Community Standard Enforcement Report that was released Wednesday.
At night, the illuminated signs of Sinopec gas stations cast a red glow over newly built highways.Ringed by the world's tallest mountain ranges, the region long known as "the rooftop of the world" is now in the crosshairs of China's latest modernization push, marked by multiplying skyscrapers and expanding high-speed rail lines.But this time, there's a difference: The Chinese government also wants to set limits on the region's growth in order to design its own version of one of the U.S.'s proudest legacies — a national park system.Among other goals, China aims to build its own Yellowstone on the Tibetan plateau.Chinese officials also have visited U.S. national parks, including Yellowstone and Yosemite, and sought input from varied organizations, including the Chicago-based Paulson Institute and the Nature Conservancy.Yellowstone is widely considered the world's first national park.
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One of the often-cited consequences of modifying an Android experience too much is that updates take longer to test.That’s what testers of the Android 10 Beta for Samsung’s latest Galaxy flagships have discovered to their dismay.Worry not because Samsung has now made available a special version of the Samsung DeX app for PCs and Macs to address exactly that.When Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 10, it introduced one special feature that expanded its rather unique DeX experience.Rather than having to fumble with an external monitor, keyboard, and mouse, users can simply connect their phone to a Windows or Mac computer and have the customized Android desktop run seamlessly on top.Samsung recently updates the Galaxy S10 to support that feature but a few owners of these two families of phones are running into some problems.
the Mood in the market is different now,” says Pär-Jörgen Pärson, partner at Northzone.As a partner of Northzone, sitting Peer-Jörgen Pärson in the front row.His venture capital firm, is known to have declined for two out of the last few years, the most successful of the Swedish techbolag, Spotify and Izettle, up to an initial public offering or sell in a year.I think we're on the top now, and it may have changed.And the tops of the Email, in which Northzone is a major shareholder, a list of the companies that raised the most money this year and 5.5 billion.the Mood in the market is different now and have learned quite a lot.”
The Hollywood Reporter recently ran an article by Eriq Gardner entitled “Real-Life ‘Terminator’: Major Studios Face Sweeping Loss of Iconic ’80s Film Franchise Rights,” which is certainly an attention-demanding headline.Some of the franchise properties referred to in Gardner’s piece are worth – without exaggeration – billions of dollars to the studios.Before we dive deeper into those particular film instances, we should back up a bit and look at the larger context of the two termination sections of Title 17 of the U.S. Code (comprising the US copyright statute) and what Congress had in mind when they inserted them.Back in the years when they were young artists, just trying to break in and get their music in front of bigger audiences, while maybe also struggling to put food in their mouths and gasoline in their cars to get to gigs, they signed what was put in front of them and took the money (no matter how small), sealing the deal.A lot of black people have been exploited — white people too, but more black people in the entertainment world as far as record royalties.Esther Phillips and Jackie Wilson and Joe Tex and Big Mama Thornton — some of those people couldn’t be buried, they didn’t have no money, couldn’t even be buried in a $200 casket and they’ve sold millions of dollars’ worth of records and didn’t get no money.
When Universal said it was going to reimagine its iconic monsters, it wasn’t kidding.Entertainment Weekly reports that the film, which stars Elizabeth Moss and Oliver Jackson-Cohen, is about domestic abuse.Moss plays Cecilia, a woman in an abusive relationship with a scientist, played by Jackson-Cohen.One night, Cecilia runs away, only to later hear the scientist has died by suicide and left her his money.That was odd enough but Cecilia soon has a feeling he’s not actually gone when scary, horrific stuff begins to happen to her and her friends.The idea of an abusive ex stalking you, seemingly from beyond the grave, adds a whole other level of terror to the idea of The Invisible Man.
Researchers at the University of California San Diego and the Allen Institute of Cell Science have developed a new computational method that can measure the forces cells exert on each other by analyzing time-lapse videos of cell colonies.The method could enable researchers to gain fundamental insights into what role intercellular forces play in cellular biology and how they differ in healthy and diseased states.The forces that cells generate are of interest to researchers because they drive and regulate various processes in cell and tissue development.Information about these forces provides a framework for engineering artificial tissues and understanding how cancer cells develop and spread.However, measuring intercellular forces has been an ongoing technical challenge in the field.Many existing techniques are invasive--they require physical intervention and can alter cell behavior after taking measurements.
Proteins are key molecules in living cells.They are responsible for nearly every task of cellular life and are essential for the maintenance of the structure, function, and regulation of tissues and organs in the human body.Scientists have now produced a co-regulation map of the human proteome, which was able to capture relationships between proteins that do not physically interact or co-localize.Many of the functions of human proteins are still unknown, but researchers at the Wellcome Centre for Cell Biology, University of Edinburgh and the Institute of Biotechnology, Technische Universität Berlin have applied large scale quantitative proteomics and machine-learning to produce a protein covariation dataset of the human proteome.The dataset forms the basis of a co-regulation map which can be used to predict the potential function of uncharacterized human proteins."In this study, we took thousands of mass spectrometry experiments that other laboratories had published over the past few years and re-purposed them in a way that was completely unrelated to what the original authors had intended.
The MIT team found that coating nanoparticles with the right-handed form of the amino acid cysteine helped the particles to avoid being destroyed by enzymes in the body.This finding could help researchers to design more effective carriers for drugs to treat cancer and other diseases, says Robert Langer, the David H. Koch Institute Professor at MIT and a member of the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research.Ana Jaklenec, a research scientist at the Koch Institute, is also a senior author of the paper, which appears in Advanced Materials on Nov. 4.Other authors of the paper are former MIT postdocs Pedro Guimaraes and Kevin McHugh, MIT postdoc Quanyin Hu, and Koch Institute research affiliate Michael Mitchell.For example, naturally occurring amino acids are always "L" enantiomers, while DNA and glucose are usually "D.""Chirality is ubiquitous in nature, imparting uniqueness and specificity to the biological and chemical properties of materials," Yeom says.
Investment company Resolve Group was appointed as its administrator on 31 October 2019, it announced yesterday in a statement.Skills Matter coordinated a variety of tech workshops, lectures, seminars and peer events within a dedicated venue in London.It also provided a networking platform for companies to share their "insights and experience" on developing technologies for the past 15 years."The Administrators are currently seeking to establish interest in purchasing the business and assets," said Resolve in a statement.The CEO confirmed the move, tweeting: "To all the people @skillsmatter who made us who we were, I'm very sad and sorry that @skillsmatter has gone in administration."The company said it had secured £2.5m in funding as recently as six weeks ago.
Närmare nio av tio svenskar är positiva, majoriteten tror däremot inte att det lär ske inom den närmaste framtiden.Under 1950- till 1970-talet skedde en succesiv arbetstidsförkortning i Sverige, från 48 till 40 timmar per vecka.Under den här perioden introducerades även fem dagars arbetsvecka, även den en förkortning från tidigare sex dagar.I Sverige har diskussionen om en ny arbetstidsförkortning nästan uteslutande handlat om sex timmars arbetsdag.Enligt en ny undersökning från molntjänstföretaget Citrix(1) skulle hela 88 procent ta chansen till en fyradagarsvecka om de fick frågan av sin arbetsgivare.Majoriteten av dem (77 %) vill emellertid ha bibehållen lön medan bara 11 procent villigt kan gå ner i lön för en fyradagarsvecka.
The AirPods Pro went on sale this week and initial reviews are looking very favorable for the wireless earbuds.At $249, they are $50 more expensive than the previous generation of AirPods bundled with a wireless charging case.These include noise cancellation, a new in-ear design with interchangeable tips and water resistance.Once you've put AirPods in your ears, the mics and algorithm work together to measure if the sound level matches what's coming from the speaker driver.On an iOS device, go to Settings > Bluetooth and tap the "i" icon next to AirPods Pro to run the ear tip fit test.The AirPods come with three tip sizes included, so this test should avoid you having to play a guessing game to find the best one, like you have to do with other wireless earbuds.
Toyota has announced a new partnership with Weathernews that’ll involve its connected cars, specifically their windshield wiper data.By using this information and pairing it with existing weather data, Toyota aims to improve the accuracy of weather forecasts and help improve safety for drivers.The test is being conducted in Aichi, Tokyo, and Osaka.A ‘verification test’ between the two companies kicked off on November 1, according to Toyota, which says data on the operation status of connected cars’ windshield wipers will be contrasted with weather information for the same area.Simply put, Toyota is keeping an eye on when windshield wipers are being used because that typically indicates that it is raining.Though radar can be used to generally detect the weather, there may be instances of isolated rain showers in areas that can’t be picked up by traditional technology.
Is there a feeling worse than accidentally deleting your important files?Fortunately, all is not lost.Instead of sulking, you’ve got a great chance to recover the files using Disk Drill Pro 4.This expert-level software can find lost files in almost any system, and it’s likely much cheaper than overpaying some tech guy to do the same thing.Disk Drill can recover over 200 types of files on your computer or even on external drives when you connect to a computer.It can even find whole missing partitions.
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