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As brand recognition front-runner for robotic vacuum cleaners, iRobot offers a wide range of Roomba models.Whether you’re shopping for a gift for Father’s Day, an upcoming wedding, or need a little extra help around the house, these six robot vacuum deals can help you save up to $200.Equipped with iRobot’s latest navigation technology, 3-stage cleaning mechanism, and strongest suction power, the Roomba i7 is impressively independent once the navigation system has thoroughly mapped your house.You can use the i7’s Alexa and Google Assistant skills to clean specific rooms with voice commands, identifying each room by name.If you want one of the best Roombas, This is a great chance to save $100 on a powerful machine.The Roomba i7+ shares all the cleaning features in the Roomba i7 but adds a feature unique to the line: self-emptying.
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Best Buy is bringing high-tech home fitness to its stores.As of Tuesday, the electronics retailer will be selling NordicTrack running machines, Flywheel bikes, and Hydrow rowing machines online.The products will be available to buy in 100 Best Buy stores by year-end.Visit BusinessInsider.com for more stories.Best Buy is now selling high-tech home fitness equipment.As of Tuesday, the electronics retailer will be selling high-tech NordicTrack running machines, Flywheel bikes, and Hydrow running machines online.
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Facebook has announced a new cryptocurrency, Libra, and set up a digital wallet subsidiary called Calibra to let people spend and save the currency.Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has promised that Calibra will not put peoples' money or privacy at risk, and that transaction data would not be shared with Facebook.This isn't strictly true if you read Calibra's terms and conditions, which state Facebook may use some data to prevent crime and improve products.Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has personally promised that his company's proposed new digital wallet, Calibra, and Libra cryptocurrency will not put peoples' money or privacy at risk.The chief executive's pledge comes after the social network approaches two years of near-endless privacy and governance scandals, including the Cambridge Analytica data breach, playing a prominent role in electoral disinformation, and the exposure of its data-sharing agreements with Chinese phone makers.Facebook on Tuesday announced investment partners such as Spotify and eBay who will help keep the currency afloat and govern it.
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Ping An’s OneConnect leaning towards New York over Hong Kong for IPO: sources – ReutersWhat happened: Ping An Insurance’s fintech unit OneConnect is leaning towards New York as the destination for its initial public offering (IPO), which could take place as early as in September.The fintech company is pondering a listing in the US in the hope to achieve a higher valuation, according to sources cited by Reuters.Why it’s important: OneConnect had been planning its Hong Kong listing since the beginning of the year.It could raise up to $1 billion and achieve a valuation of $8 billion.Hong Kong has become an attractive destination for Chinese tech company IPOs, thanks in part to the stock exchange’s listing reforms last year.
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The foldable phone revolution has hit a series of speed bumps that threaten to derail what was once heralded as one of the biggest leaps for mobile phones.Instead, we got a lot of flash and -- so far -- little substance.Samsung delayed the Fold when the screens on some reviewers' test phones kept breaking (ours didn't).What happens next may make a difference in whether foldable phone designs ultimately fail or succeed.A foldable phone has to use flexible plastic, which make them especially vulnerable to nicks and gouges, pressure damage and bulges formed by debris tunneling under the display.The screen issues don't come as a total surprise.
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Facebook announced its global cryptocurrency Libra will launch in 2020, making transactions with the cryptocurrency available through a subsidiary company called Calibra, which will live inside Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and a standalone app, The Verge reported.Payments companies such as Mastercard, PayPal, PayU, Stripe, and Visa were recruited to become founding members of the Libra Association, which oversees the coin’s development, alongside companies such as ride-hailing giant Uber, online travel Booking Holdings, music streaming platform Spotify, and Hong Kong’s bitcoin wallet Xapo.The social media company also looks to add more members to the Libra Association before the token officially launches next year.“You’ll see banks on this between now and next year, because if we bring on another billion people, they’ll need savings accounts, loans, and things banks are very good at,” said Facebook’s blockchain chief David Marcus, adding that the company plans to work with financial institutions with Libra, instead of against them.
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Secretive Magic Leap Says Ex-Engineer Copied Headset for China – BloombergWhat happened: Florida-based augmented reality (AR) startup Magic Leap has sued a former engineer and Chinese national, claiming that he stole technology to develop his own AR headset.Xu Chi left Magic Leap in 2016 and founded his own company in Beijing, known as Nreal.Xu’s firm revealed an AR headset at a tradeshow in January, less than six months after Magic Leap’s device came to market.The Alibaba- and Google-backed company accused Xu of “neglecting his work duties,” as he was stealing proprietary information and plotting to start his own firm.Magic Leap points to the fact that Xu’s company released a headset in less than two years, saying its own product was deployed after seven years of development and $2 billion of investment.
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Facebook has finally revealed plans to launch its new digital currency Libra next year.The tech giant said users would be able to use the coin through its apps and on Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp.Once it’s launched, users will be able to purchase Libra and store it in its own digital wallet called Calibra.The website for Calibra was also launched earlier today.“Over the coming months, the association and its members will be recruiting additional members to further diversify and support the network.We will also be raising money in a private placement to help jumpstart the ecosystem and drive adoption,” a company statement reads.
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Facebook has finally taken the wraps off its worst-kept secret: Libra.Libra also has some built-in safeguards, which have been used in the real world, to make sure the value of the cryptocurrency stays stable.It's the project of the Libra Association, which Facebook co-founded.In May, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said at F8, the company's annual developer's gathering, that sending money online should be as simple as sending photos.Analysts at RBC Capital Markets say those services will likely include games and commerce.Other founding members include MasterCard, Visa, PayPal, Uber, eBay, Vodafone and Mercy Corps.
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And what are people pilfering their 401Ks for?The classic NSX’s values have doubled over the last 6 years, and images of the cars are currently adorning countless walls, garages, and phone screens everywhere.They (and “they” here means the automotive press at large) say the new one, while great to drive, is too convoluted.For every positive you hear about the original NSX, there is an equal and opposite reaction for the new model.The similarities between the cars go far beyond the badge, and I believe this new model is a future classic.Once again, while very fun to drive, the car had a “mere 270 hp.” And it made “only 210 pound-feet of torque at 5300 rpm.” These are “Respectable numbers, but not extraordinary.” It was “Fast, but not a record setter.” The bodywork was “not truly distinctive.” Finally, “who wants to have to explain to the Ferrari-owning cardiologist at the country club why you bought a $70,000 Honda?”
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More than four weeks after the Trump administration placed Huawei on a trade blacklist, the stock market is still reacting.Tech companies in China and the United States alike have seen share prices fall.Huawei’s suppliers and competitors have lost share value since the Trump administration’s ban.Chipmakers NeoPhotonics and Lumentum, and semiconductor firm Qorvo have been hit the worst.NeoPhotonics relies on Huawei for 47% of its revenue, Lumentum and Qorvo for 11%, according to Goldman Sachs data analyzed by Reuters.Huawei’s American chip suppliers in blue and red; those which depend on Huawei for more than 10% of their revenue in red.
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Named 718 Cayman GT4 and 718 Spyder, respectively, the mid-engined duo was designed for enthusiasts who want the ultimate in aural, visual, and physical driving enjoyment.Porsche tapped into its Motorsport department’s vast expertise to create the special 718s.In lieu of the turbocharged flat-four that powers the tamer models, the GT4 and the Spyder receive a naturally-aspirated, 4.0-liter flat-six tuned to deliver 414 horsepower and 309 pound-feet of torque.It revs to 8,000 rpm, exhales through a special exhaust, and spins the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission.Sorry, but you’re out of luck.Porsche added a model-specific suspension that’s firmer and lower than normal to deliver a more dynamic driving experience with less lean in corners.
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The UN World Food Programme has released a 60-second PSA that vividly brings to life the planet’s hunger crisis, which is particularly severe in war-torn countries like Syria.Created by The Garage Soho, the incubator formed by BBH co-founder John Hegarty, the short film will air on cinema screens in more than 30 countries thanks to a tie-up with SAWA, the Global Cinema Advertising Association.The spot will run from September through November of this year.The “Feed Our Future” campaign features a group of children singing a rendition of “How Can I Tell You” by Cat Stevens while rubble and destruction surround them.As the film plays out, the kids begin to disappear within the blink of an eye, until there’s only one little girl left.It concludes by reminding viewers that 3 million children die of hunger each year, and encourages them to visit the World Food Programme’s website to help.
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After a number of videos showing car fires involving electric cars have gone viral online in China, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) is urging electric vehicle (EV) makers to launch immediate investigations into the fires, and conduct follow-up checks using “all possible means.”The ministry is requiring EV companies in a file released Monday to start investigations and report results “in a timely and faithful manner.” Authorities will require recalls if investigations confirm any quality issues, and punishment will be doled out for hiding any problems, the ministry said.Authorities also urged EV makers to conduct a “complete” safety check on cars including those already sold, including testing key components such as batteries and charging devices and submitting a report by the end of October.Companies will also need to establish 24-hour crisis hotlines to address incidents, notify affected customers, and report to the government when necessary.The requirements follow shortly after a Nio ES8 caught fire in a parking space on the street in the central Chinese city of Wuhan on Friday.The incident was the third incident involving one of its vehicles combusting in the past two months, the company confirmed.
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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.Previously, if your Instagram account was taken over by an attacker, recovering it would require wading through choppy customer support, or calling for assistance from white-hat hackers.Now, Instagram is rolling out new measures to help you get your account back more easilyHere’s what you have to do in case your account gets hacked:Open the Instagram app, and go to the login page.Tap on ‘Need more help’.
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There’s no doubt about it: Now is the best time to purchase a 4K TV.Networks all around the world are churning out 4K content at warp speed and prices of 4K televisions, which are of course needed to showcase the material, are on the decline.Walmart has knocked $200 off the 65-inch LG 65UK6090PUA, a color-rich, crisp 4K TV that’s filled to the brim with useful smarts, sending the price tumbling down to a more affordable $600 — or $59 per month for twelve months.The LG 65UK6090PUA has all the basic features found on almost all 4K TVs, like an Upscale Engine, which spins HD and Full HD content into a higher 4K Ultra HD resolution, and multi-format HDR for sprucing up low-light scenes.What’s more, it’s decked out with the firm’s fan-favorite WebOS smart software, a one-stop shop for all the top-tier streaming platforms, including Amazon Prime Video and Netflix, as well as a number of live TV services, like Sling TV and YouTube TV.Those looking to J.A.R.V.I.S.-ify (context: Iron Man’s digital assistant) their home entertainment setup also have the option to hook the television up to either an Amazon Echo or Google Home in order to take advantage of voice commands.
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NASA's Mars InSight lander and Curiosity rover have been doing a lot of skygazing and sending back lovely views of wispy clouds.It doesn't rain on Mars, but we might be closer to figuring out how the cold, barren planet can have such scenic cloudy days.A research team led by Victoria Hartwick, a graduate student at the University of Colorado Boulder, took a closer look at the mysterious clouds that form in Mars' middle atmosphere, about 18 miles (30 kilometers) above the ground."Clouds don't just form on their own," Hartwick said."They need something that they can condense on to."The secret might be "meteoric smoke," icy dust that forms when space rocks fly into the planet's atmosphere.
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MIT researchers at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) have created a predictive AI that allows robots to link multiple senses in much the same way humans do.“While our sense of touch gives us a channel to feel the physical world, our eyes help us immediately understand the full picture of these tactile signals,” writes Rachel Gordon, of MIT CSAIL.In an effort to bridge the gap, researchers developed a predictive AI capable of learning to “see by touching” and “feel by seeing,” a means of linking senses of sight and touch in future robots.Using a KUKA robot arm with a tactile sensor called GelSight (another MIT creation), the team recorded nearly 200 objects with a web cam.These included tools, fabrics, household products and other every day materials humans come into contact with regularly.The team used the robotic arm to touch the items more than 12,000 times, breaking each of these video clips into static frames for further analysis.
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But given that this "shopping holiday" has grown into a veritable summertime Black Friday-like , Amazon has already cut prices on lots of devices, including Echo speakers, Fire tablets and Kindle e-readers.But rest assured, the event will again offer sitewide discounts on par with Black Friday.Based on the past few years, here's what we can expect:Prime Day 2019 will almost certainly happen in mid-July.In 2017, Prime Day started late on a Monday and ended early on Wednesday.The biggest discounts are likely to apply to Amazon's own products and brands, including the full range of Echo speakers, Fire tablets and Fire TV streamers, Kindle readers, Blink cameras and so on.
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Nissan’s next performance flagship could run on electricity rather than horsepower, according to one of the brand’s top executives.The Japanese firm is experimenting with ways to reliably extract jaw-dropping power figures from its battery-electric components, and we could see the result in showrooms — as well as on the race track — during the 2020s.The original Leaf hatchback released in 2010 stood out as the first modern, mass-market electric car.Nissan focused on affordability, range, and practicality at the expense of performance when it designed the second-generation model, but a team within its go-fast Nismo division is trying to unlock its potential.The company is testing the Leaf-derived RC 02 on a makeshift race track in Japan to explore which components should remain at the prototype stage, and which ones are eligible to make the transition to production.On paper, the RC 02 (pictured) has already planted its flag in supercar territory.
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