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The union for one of Boeing’s biggest customers, Southwest Airlines, publicly rebuked the airline manufacturer only three days after announcing a timeline for the return of its grounded 737 Max 8 plane.In a letter to members, Southwest Airlines Pilots Association president Jon Weaks wrote, “The combination of arrogance, ignorance and greed should and will haunt Boeing for eternity.I strongly concur with Southwest exploring obtaining a different and perhaps non-Boeing aircraft for the best interest of all our futures.”The suggestion that Southwest could purchase aircraft from another manufacturer is notable, considering that Southwest exclusively flies Boeing jets.At least 5% of the airline’s fleet is made up of 737 Max 8s, which are currently experiencing the longest grounding in the history of the Federal Aviation Administration after the crashes of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 in March and Lion Air Flight 610 last October.In total, 346 passengers and crew members were killed.
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Yodel.io, an Austria-founded startup that’s developed a “digital receptionist” to help SMBs and other small teams handle in and outbound phone-calls, has picked up $1 million in “pre-seed” funding.It brings total funding to just over $1.8 million.This investment will be used to establish a New York office, in addition to the startup’s existing presence in Vienna, London and San Francisco.In development since 2016 and a Seedcamp alumni, Yodel’s tech acts as a digital phone receptionist that plugs into popular team chat applications such as Slack, Zapier, and Drift to help SMBs handle calls more efficiently.It is similar thinking to Google’s recently launched CallJoy, although Yodel argues its product is better and says it is already used by over 2,000 SMBs in 30 languages across 47 countries.Yodel and CallJoy both offer the ability to transcribe calls, manage inbounds through “human-like” answering, log calls, tag calls and record calls.
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AMD cards can’t do ray tracing.That’s what Nvidia would like you to think.But while they lack the RT cores that Nvidia’s high-end RTX cards have, AMD’s GPUs are more than capable of rendering ray-traced lighting effects; the game or demo just needs to be hardware agnostic.That’s what we can see with Crytek’s Neon Noir demo, which is now set to release to the public, letting AMD users see just how capable their red-team cards are at rendering ray-traced lighting.Spoiler, they’re actually not bad at it.If you want the cheat sheet, WCCFTech managed to get some hands-on time with the demo ahead of its public release and tested a number of Nvidia GTX and RTX, as well as AMD RX, graphics cards, to see how capable they are at ray tracing.
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In mid-August, some Twitter users noticed that they were able to follow curated topics using the company’s mobile app.The new feature was part of a test that helped users fill their feeds with the content they’re interested in, though most users didn’t have access to it.That has finally changed with a new announcement from the company: all Twitter users can now follow topics.Until now, users had a couple of options for getting tweets on the topics they liked: they could follow accounts that specialized in aggregating that kind of content, they could keep tabs on hashtags that were related, or they could manually follow a bunch of accounts related to it.Now you can follow specific topics to discover the Tweets you care about.Twitter now offers Topics, which are specific topics that can be directly followed by users.
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Everything points to the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor being unveiled in early December.So, it’s time for us to start learning more about its specifications.This happens today thanks to the well-known Chinese leaker Digital Chat Station.This is often a credible source of this kind of information and once again used his Weibo social network account to let us know some of the specifications of the Snapdragon 865.As previous leaks suggested, the Snapdragon 865 will have eight processing cores and one Adreno 650 GPU.The Qualcomm’s new SoC will consist of a Cortex A77 core running at 2.84GHz and another three running at 2.42GHz.
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After weeks of acquisition rumours, Canadian enterprise software pusher OpenText bit the bullet yesterday and swallowed cloud backup and storage service vendor Carbonite for a cool $1.42bn.Carbonite said in a statement that it had received a number of offers and the OpenText deal was "the best way to maximise shareholder value".The price is $23/share, a 78 per cent premium on Carbonite's stock price on 5 September, when whispers about a deal first began.OpenText will cover the acquisition cost from cash in hand and a revolving credit facility.CEO Mohamad Ali left Carbonite in July 2019, and is now running IDG, which, like his former firm, is also headquartered in Boston.Chairman Steve Munford then became the interim CEO.
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Collective[i]’s vision of the smart enterprise furthered with automated data capture into CRMNEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–November 12, 2019–Today, Collective[i], the first and largest global network devoted to helping companies around the world predict, manage and grow revenue using RPA and AI/ML to maximize the output of human talent, announced “Intelligent WriteBack ”.Intelligent WriteBack automates the time consuming and error ridden process of humans entering contact and sales activity data into CRM.Now companies can have perfect rigor without sacrificing productivity and a database of institutional knowledge that is both accurate and comprehensive.Even more impactful is the dynamic data stream that allows marketing and sales organizations to improve every other process related to this data source from list management to forecasting.
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We started the competition with 10 hardware startups vying to take home the Disrupt Hardware Battlefield cup at TechCrunch Shenzhen 2019.They all pitched their hearts out to our team of judges who deliberated at length and chose their four favorites, which came back on day 2 of the event to pitch to a brand new set of judges.After much deliberation from the judges, we’re pleased to announce the winner of Hardware Battlefield at TechCrunch Shenzhen 2019.Okra Solar is a modular energy startup that’s aiming to bring power to homes in rural areas via a plug-and-play solution that energy companies can easily deploy.The solution uses distributed energy technology that can bring micro-grids to rural communities via interconnected systems of solar panels and batteries.
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The company at fault for the tens of thousands of delayed text messages that were sent out early Thursday morning says that more messages were delayed than it originally believed.Syniverse, the company at fault, originally stated that 168,149 messages were delayed.It now says that the number was based on “preliminary data” and that further review shows the message total “is higher than initially reported.”Syniverse didn’t indicate how much higher the number might be or whether it would release final numbers once it had figured out the total.It’s worth remembering that the total number of people affected is at least double the number of delayed messages: there’s the sender, whose message was received months later at an odd hour of the night, and the receiver, who got the strange and sometimes disconcerting late-night message.The issue is now resolved and no more delayed messages are being sent, according to Syniverse.
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The research lab OpenAI has released the full version of a text-generating AI system that experts warned could be used for malicious purposes.The institute originally announced the system, GPT-2, in February this year, but withheld the full version of the program out of fear it would be used to spread fake news, spam, and disinformation.Since then it’s released smaller, less complex versions of [email protected] and studied their reception.The system was trained on eight million text documents scraped from the web and responds to text snippets supplied by users.It particularly suffers with the challenge of long-term coherence; for example, consistently using the names and attributes of characters in a story, or sticking to a single subject in a news article.The best way to get a feel for GPT-2’s abilities is to try it out yourself.
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The future impacts of automation and artificial intelligence (AI) on the lives of human beings will be one of the hot topics at a symposium on in Brisbane and supported by QUT next week.Humanising the Future is a public event being staged by the Australian Academy of the Humanities in South Brisbane on 13-15 November.Humanities experts from around Australia, the United States, France, The Netherlands, The UK and elsewhere will discuss the ramifications of the 'fourth industrial revolution'.Organisers aim to explore themes that go beyond the usual framework of 'existential threat' and 'revolutionary transformation' to drill deep into how the world can created a humanised future.They will address topics including how to create culturally smart cities, the intersection of cultural practice and technological development and how to enhance workforce development to meet technological challenges."Automation and AI are already playing a major role in our everyday lives and our public institutions, across health, social services, transport, and the media," said Professor Burgess who last month was named Associate Director of and a Chief Investigator at the new $31.8 million ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society.
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Microsoft’s revamped Edge browser (based on Chromium) is officially inbound for Linux, although quite when it will arrive isn’t clear – and equally, quite what Linux fans will make of it is similarly opaque.The long-rumored move was confirmed over at Microsoft’s Ignite conference, which is currently underway in Orlando, Florida, with a slide shown that listed Linux as one of the available platforms for Chromium-based Edge.Sadly no information was given on exactly how the implementation of the browser will work for Linux; all we know is that it’s inbound.While the new Edge is set to be released on January 15 next year, no date was given for the Linux version, with the slide noting that it will be “available in the future”.So we don’t have any timeframe at all, but presumably it will be following at a later date after the main launch in mid-January.As we’ve already noted, Edge coming for Linux is something which has been speculated about a lot in the past (we previously saw a slide at Build), particularly as Microsoft indicated from the get-go that it wanted to cover all platforms.
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Tencent is working with five international card network operators including Visa and Mastercard which will allow WeChat users to link international bank cards to the platform for mobile payments.Why it matters: China’s largest mobile payment operators WeChat Pay and Alipay are eager to tap into the lucrative opportunities brought by international consumers traveling to the country.Details: Tencent has been in talks with card-network operators Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover as well as Japan’s JCB to support the ability to bind overseas credit cards to WeChat Pay, according to an article (in Chinese) published on Tencent News on Tuesday.WeChat Pay will begin with a pilot program to test purchases using overseas credit cards on railway ticketing platform 12306.cn and Chinese ride-hailing service Didi Chuxing.After the pilot program, Tencent will open up the international card support for more usage scenarios which adhere to strict guidelines from regulators and anti-money laundering policies.US-based credit card service provider Visa posted a statement (in Chinese) on its WeChat official account in response to Tencent’s announcement, saying the company’s new international card scheme is “exhilarating” news for the entire payment industry.
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The fast, lightweight, open source Quarkus Java stack will graduate from its current beta designation and become available as a production release at the end of November.Sponsored by Red Hat, the microservices-oriented Java stack supports both reactive and imperative programming models.Quarkus is a Kubernetes-native Java stack for cloud-native and serverless application development.Quarkus promises faster startup times and lower memory consumption than traditional Java-based microservices frameworks.It features a reactive core based on Vert.x, a toolkit for building reactive applications based on the JVM, and the ability to automatically reflect code changes in running applications.Other features of Quarkus 1.0 include:
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Facebook is reportedly working on facial-recognition software that would verify the identities of users trying to access the app.Jane Manchun Wong, a technology blogger and app researcher who unlocks features before they launch, tweeted out a prototype of Facebook’s facial-recognition identity login on November 5.Users would be asked to take a selfie by looking in different directions for facial recognition.Facebook is working on Facial Recognition-based Identity Verification, asking users take selfie looking at different directions pic.twitter.com/w4kZHEpDeG— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) November 5, 2019Wong also tweeted that the video selfie that is taken will not be seen by anyone else and that it will be deleted 30 days after identity confirmation.
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A rapidly swelling pool of new startups is taking aim at the large incumbent institutions, complex processes and outdated unfriendly interfaces that mar billion dollar financial services verticals, such as insurtech, consumer lending, personal finance, or otherwise.In 2018, fintech companies were the source of close to 1,300 venture deals worth over $15 billion in North America and Europe alone according to data from Pitchbook.Over the same period, KPMG estimates that over $52 billion in investment pour into fintech initiatives globally.With the non-stop stream of venture capital flowing into the never-ending list of spaces that fall under the ‘fintech’ umbrella, we asked 12 leading fintech VCs who work at firms that span early to growth stages to share where they see the most opportunity and how they see the market evolving over the long-term.Charles Birnbaum, Partner at Bessemer Venture PartnersIan Sigalow, Co-founder & Partner at Greycroft
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Microsoft is unveiling a new Office app for iOS and Android today.While the software giant has had separate versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint available on both iOS and Android for years, this new Office app is designed to combine them into a single download.You’ll be able to access recent documents in the app or even create new ones using the ability to scan text or tables from your phone.I’ve been testing the new Office app on iOS for a few days, and it really feels like Microsoft has done a good job of combining all of the functionality from the separate Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps into a single Office app.The apps are identical, but they’re now in a single app that’s significantly smaller than the separate Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps.This new app now feels like a central hub for Microsoft to showcase all of the new features it has been gradually adding to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint in recent months.
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Later today, BlizzCon 2019 will kick off, and many of us are expecting it to be a big show.After an underwhelming BlizzCon 2018, rumor has it that Blizzard will pull out the big guns this year, revealing both Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2.When you consider that we’ll probably also see new announcements regarding World of Warcraft and Hearthstone, it should be a pretty big show.Those much of the content coming out of BlizzCon 2019 – such as the various panels Blizzard plans to host throughout the weekend – will be locked away behind the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, today’s opening ceremony will not be.That will be streamed live for anyone to watch, and Blizzard fans will definitely want to tune in because that’s where Blizzard will be making its bmajor announcements.There will be a couple of ways to watch the BlizzCon opening ceremony.
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Google has officially launched its open source Site Kit WordPress plugin that gives website owners insights into how people are using their websites, drawing from integrations with myriad Google products.This is a big deal because Google is a leading driver of internet traffic and website monetization, while WordPress underpins more than a third of all websites.Google first teased Site Kit last December, before introducing it in developer preview back in June.In a nutshell, Site Kit helps WordPress site developers connect Google services — including AdSense, PageSpeed Insights, Analytics, and Search Console — with a view to making data around audience, revenue, and performance easily accessible from a central dashboard.During the beta phase, Site Kit required some advanced web development knowledge, including familiarity with Google Cloud Platform verification and OAuth.For the public plugin launch, Site Kit has been iterated to make it easy for users to verify ownership of a site without having to dabble in the site’s code, using the Site Kit setup wizard.
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Electric vehicle owners may soon be able to pull into a fueling station, plug their car in, go to the restroom, get a cup of coffee and in 10 minutes, drive out with a fully charged battery, according to a team of engineers."We demonstrated that we can charge an electrical vehicle in ten minutes for a 200 to 300 mile range," said Chao-Yang Wang, William E. Diefenderfer Chair of mechanical engineering, professor of chemical engineering and professor of materials science and engineering, and director of the Electrochemical Engine Center at Penn State.Lithium-ion batteries degrade when rapidly charged at ambient temperatures under 50 degrees Fahrenheit because, rather than the lithium ions smoothly being inserted into the carbon anodes, the lithium deposits in spikes on the anode surface.Batteries heated above the lithium plating threshold, whether by external or internal heating, will not exhibit lithium plating.The researchers had previously developed their battery to charge at 50 degrees F in 15 minutes.Wang and his team realized that if the batteries could heat up to 140 degrees F for only 10 minutes and then rapidly cool to ambient temperatures, lithium spikes would not form and heat degradation of the battery would also not occur.
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The minister, speaker, and former college professor regaled the audience with key learnings from the “wisest person” he’d ever met—a third-grade dropout, who also happened to be his father.Despite his lack of formal education, Dr. Rigsby’s father rigorously pursued learning and growth, instilling a drive for excellence within his children and providing a light in the darkest of times.In the spirit of combining knowledge with wisdom to make an impact, I’ve pulled together a collection of motivational insights across three key areas from some of the industry’s best and brightest B2B [email protected]_Rose B2BContentMarketing Click To TweetAnd when it comes to your influencer marketing initiatives, you need to marry audience and influencer insights to hit the perfect point of impact.Finding ideal influencers for impact means discovering those with on-topic credibility, the ability to publish, and engaged network and a willingness to share.
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Airstream, the American company best known for its iconic silver bullet-shaped travel trailer, has unveiled its new Astrovan II, a shuttle that will be used to transport Boeing astronauts.The shuttle is a modified version of the company’s Atlas Touring Coach, offering a range of around 400 miles alongside the tagline, ‘Your ride is here.’The Astrovan II is officially known as a crew transport shuttle, one designed for Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner crew under the private space company’s Commercial Crew program.The vehicle will be used to transport up to eight astronauts at a time; they’ll catch the shuttle in Cape Canaveral and take it to the launch site after suiting up for future space trips.The Astrovan II has arrived to fill an important void as America returns to launching astronauts from US soil.Assuming there are no additional delays, Boeing anticipates launching a crew into space with its Starliner next year, potentially making it the first private company to carry astronauts to the International Space Station.
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TLDR: With this Sales Skills Mastery Course, you’ll learn what it takes to triple your closing rate in just 7 days for just $11.99.Some sales experts will tell you having the right call to action will help any salesman close more deals.Still others say understanding the true value of your product or even presenting as if a deal is already completed will boost conversions.And there are even some seasoned pros that will tell you the best way to close a sale…is to stop trying so hard to close a sale.Techniques for getting a customer to sign on the dotted line are as varied as the number of salesmen and women on the beat.However, there are some tried and true tactics that can lead to higher conversions and the uptick in sales that would make any salesperson smile.
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Last week, a photo of a page from a German gaming magazine was posted online.It was apparently an ad for an upcoming artbook called "The Art of Diablo", which is slated to launch at BlizzCon 2019.A short description reveals that it contains official artwork from all the games in the franchise.Now, a page taken from the aforementioned artbook gives fans a glimpse of one of the major antagonists.A report from TweakTown highlights the possible appearance of Lilith as one of the bosses in the game."Diablo IV" will likely follow the footsteps of its previous installments and pit players against demons who are out to wreak havoc in the mortal world.
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The here-and-now problem that needs to be solved is how to deploy 5G New Radio (NR) and the related infrastructure quickly, with high quality, and as cost-effectively as possible.A significant number of new sites, in many cases small cells, will be deployed as part of delivering higher 5G speeds using mmWave.Additionally, new service models that leverage 5G capabilities, such as CBRS/shared spectrum and private networks, will drive additional demands for broader RAN footprints.And finally, with 5G accelerating the move to multi-vendor, modular and open technology RAN networks, there will be increased complexity in planning, design, integration, commissioning, acceptance, verification and optimization.The scope of the 5G NR rollout challenge is massive, and traditional approaches will be far too slow, will not scale and will not be economically viable.Three main capabilities, outlined below, form the basis for being able to drive this level of step-change in RAN deployment, duration, and efficiency.
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Firefox 71 will include a built-in WebSocket Inspector, a tool to inspect WebSocket connections.The tool is already available in Firefox Developer Edition 70, an experimental version of the browser.Found in the Network UI panel in the Developer Edition network panel, the WebSocket Inspector lets users see actual data transferred in WebSocket frames.The WebSocket Inspector leverages the Socket.IO event-based communication engine and SockJS WebSocket emulation client.Payloads based on these protocols or plain JSON can be parsed and displayed in an expandable tree for inspection.Raw data sent over the wire can be seen as well.
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The phenomenon of a hurricane and an earthquake happening at the same time now has a name: Stormquake.Scientists discovered this natural disaster combo in a new study.The study, published in Geophysical Research Letters, says that during a stormquake, a hurricane causes the seafloor to rumble like a 3.5-magnitude earthquake.Apparently, it’s super common, but since no one is on the seafloor, it’s only noticeable with a special type of military sensor, the Associated Press reports.The study’s lead author, Wenyuan Fan, a seismologist at Florida State University, said a stormquake doesn’t pose a threat to people.The science behind stormquakes is this: When large storms occur over the sea, they cause a secondary type of wave that interacts directly with the seafloor in certain places that cause the seafloor to shake.
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The Vatican launched a smart wearable eRosary this week, Engadget reported.The rosary connects to an app on iPhone or Android devices via Bluetooth, and the app takes you through the steps to pray the rosary.Through the app, users can also see intentions from Pope Francis and find other prayers.The Vatican released a wearable smart rosary this week through the Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network, where users can pray for "peace in the world."The device, which can be worn as a bracelet, is made up of 10 black beads, plus a "smart cross" that stores data.The beads allude to the traditional design of a rosary, in which 10 beads make up one decade, or set of prayers.
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On November 15, 1988, the Soviet Union's first space shuttle, the Buran, blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in present-day Kazakhstan.With striking design similarities to the US space shuttle—prompting speculation that Soviet scientists had stolen or copied American plans—the Buran (Russian for "blizzard") was intended as the future of the Soviet space program.A year later, the Berlin Wall came down, followed in subsequent years by the dissolution of the USSR.The other two—including the shuttle that was scheduled to fly the second mission—are rotting away in an abandoned hangar in another part of the sprawling Baikonur complex.Over the years, local thieves have reportedly snuck into the hangar to harvest valuable metals and electronics.Among them is French photographer Jonk, who managed to sneak into the hangar in April 2018.
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NASA’s first all-female spacewalk will take place outside of the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday, October 18 — and you can watch the whole thing live right here on Earth.NASA will begin livestreaming coverage on NASA Television and the agency’s website beginning at 3:30 a.m. PT on Thursday.The first all-female spacewalk was originally set to take place in March, but had to be delayed because of an issue with spacesuit sizing and a lack of spare parts.Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir will be conducting the spacewalk, though there’s a chance it might be delayed once again.Assuming everything works out, the actual spacewalk should kick off at 4:50 a.m. PT on Friday, and you can watch it in the player below.The pair will venture outside of the ISS to make repairs — specifically, they’ll be installing new batteries.
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