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Plus: Fujitsu and Veeam hook up, cloudy IBM upgrade, Iguazio on Azure, and moreStorage roundup It's a garage sale of storage info this morning, including faster IBM object storage, Rubrik hiring a Google veteran, Nakivo backup supporting Nutanix AHV systems and much, much more.WD and Toshiba extend flash JV to 2034Western Digital and Toshiba have agreed to extend their Flash Forward Joint Venture for over 15 years more - until 31 December 2034 - and fund the previously announced K1 fab at Kitakami, Iwate prefecture, in Japan.There are five construction phases: first the building's shell and then four cleanroom phases.The installation of equipment for a small production line in phase 1 of the cleanroom schedule will start in June with initial production starting in the first half of 2020.
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Mozilla has unleashed a new version of Firefox, which is claims is faster than ever thanks to a strategy it's calling 'procrastinate on purpose'.Unlike human procrastination (displacement activity like washing the dishes instead of completing a tax return), Mozilla's system involves creating a 'to-do' list and performing tasks at the optimal time.Features that are rarely used have been deprioritized, which means the page can be rendered more quickly.For example, the browser won't search for alternative style sheets until after the page has loaded, and won't load its auto-fill module until there's actually a form on the screen that will use it.If your system is running low on memory (below 400MB), Firefox will now suspend any tabs that you haven't used for a while.Any suspended tabs will reload when clicked.
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In a season of long-running shows bringing their stories to a (mostly satisfying) end, The Big Bang Theory did just that: wrap up the adventures of very smart people who live in a shared apartment and spend their free time playing Settlers of Catan.Along with physicists Sheldon and Leonard, we also said goodbye to a character who joined in season 3 and soon moved in to the Big Bang building permanently.Bespectacled neurobiologist Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler, alumni of Harvard and, spoiler, wife of Sheldon, represents the world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.Played by Mayim Bialik (of Blossom fame), Dr. Amy made her entrance as a love interest to socially inept child prodigy Sheldon Cooper, wooing him with lines like, "All forms of physical contact, up to and including coitus, are off the table."A true TV love story rivaling Jon Snow and Ygritte soon blossomed, though with less death and more intellectual discussion.Adept at both comedy and being really smart, Bialik is a neuroscientist in real life, having completed her Ph.D. at UCLA in 2007.
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Tokopedia, the Jakarta-headquartered ecommerce unicorn, is in talks to invest in Indonesian agritech startup Sayurbox, a source familiar with the matter confirmed to Tech in Asia.Tech in Asia has reached out to both companies about this story, but Tokopedia declined to comment.Sayurbox is a farm-to-table distribution platform for fresh produce in Indonesia (sayur means vegetables in Indonesian).Through the Sayurbox website, customers can order fresh vegetables and fruits (including organic and hydroponic produce) that are sourced directly from farmers, thus cutting out middlemen and any unfair pricing.Co-founder and CEO Amanda Cole founded Sayurbox in 2016.She had helped a farmer working her family’s land to optimize his process and eventually turn the land into a kale farm, with the produce sold directly to restaurants.
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Around 50 pet cats and two of their human keepers were infected with bovine tuberculosis late last year, prompting a recall of one particular brand of supposedly healthy "natural" cat food.The juicy meaty chunks in question were provided by Natural Instinct, which claims to make healthier animal feeds free from too much mechanical interference.In this case, though, the raw wild venison chunks used in one particular gourmet product were found to be carrying bovine tuberculosis, which, despite a recall, went on to trigger a spate of vet appointments across England when cats started displaying symptoms.Two owners might want to examine their in-home hygiene routines in the future too, as they also managed to pick up the disease from handling their beloved little animals' food trays.Professor Danielle Gunn-Moore from the University of Edinburgh's vet studies department said: "We found circumstantial evidence that these cases of TB in cats were linked to a particular brand of raw food diet.Not all animals that are infected with the bacteria will develop disease but we would encourage owners with concerns about their pets to get them checked by their local vet."
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A Civil Aviation Authority spokesman told Business Insider that it will begin with virtual tests, but in the future, it will look to do physical tests.Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos predicted that drone delivery would be in place by 2018 but his plans are yet to materialize.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.A UK government aviation agency is helping to make Amazon's dreams of high-speed drone delivery come true.On Tuesday, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) announced that its newly formed innovation team would be launching a virtual testing space, known as an "Innovation Sandbox," where a group of companies would have the chance to "discuss, explore, trial and test emerging concepts."A CAA spokesman told Business Insider that while the testing will begin virtually, it would eventually be done in a physical space.
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Tens of millions of Instagram influencers have reportedly had their private data exposed in an online database.The records were hosted by Amazon Web Services and apparently had no password protection.The database contained information such as phone numbers and email addresses for around 49 million Instagram influencers, celebrities, and brand accounts, according to a TechCrunch report on Monday.It also listed public data such as profile pictures and user locations.After receiving an alert from cybersecurity researcher Anurag Sen, TechCrunch examined the records and traced the database to Chtrbox, a social media marketing company based in Mumbai, India.Chtrbox pays influencers to place sponsored content on their Instagram accounts.
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China’s tech space was built on the back of growing affluence and the “consumption upgrade” of China’s increasingly connected population.However, as the giants have expanded and niche’s fill up, the number of new opportunities for growth in the consumer space is quickly dwindling.Ecosystem Alibaba, Tencent, and Bytedance are now eyeing the enterprise space in hopes of creating and taking advantage of the immature market.Surprising to realize, but much of the growth in the tech space had nothing to do with applying technology to business operations.Instead, companies were able to hire more people and wring extra productivity from them.Propelled by rising wages and increasing demand for work-life balance from their employees, China’s small and medium enterprises find themselves actually needing technology in their business.
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Small phones that fold out into big tablets and small laptops that fold out into bigger tablets.First, a whole slew of phone manufacturers showed off folding phones at CES and Mobile World Congress, and last week, Lenovo showed a prototype dual-screen PC.Frank Azor, who runs much of Dell’s consumer computer business, was candid in a conversation with Gizmodo last week about the challenges of designing foldable devices.“We experiment with it all the time,” he said, referring to the components currently available to laptop makers like Dell and its rivals Lenovo and HP.Typically these companies aren’t making every single component in a device and are instead somewhat reliant on component makers, especially if they want to keep the cost of products down.No one’s making it, and no computer company thinks it’s profitable enough to pay to develop one.
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The HP Chromebook 14 starts inexpensively at $270 for an AMD A4-9210 CPU, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of eMMC storage, and an HD (1,366 x 768) resolution 14-inch display.HP sent us the higher-end version with a Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) display that’s $330 at Walmart.Does that give it enough of an advantage to be worth investing your very limited budget?Its bezels are large and in charge, meaning that it’s not the most modern appearance.Colors, contrast, and brightness also matter, and while we can’t subject Chromebooks to our colorimeter for objective results, our subjective impressions were clear.We could watch Netflix by ourselves, and the experience was just fine, but trying to serve up TV and movies to a group would be a bit of a challenge.
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DENVER — You've seen the first close-up of a black hole.The international team responsible for the first-ever image of a black hole's shadow already has plans to take a better, more detailed image.And that image could reveal new details about the matter and magnetic fields wrapped around the supermassive, distant object at the center of galaxy Messier 87 (M87).More-detailed images, along with movies of the black hole that are already in the works, could help explain how black holes gobble up matter from the rings of hot gas swirling around them (called accretion disks) and how the objects produce bright jets of superfast matter on the scale of galaxies.[9 Ideas About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind]To image the M87 black hole in more detail, the researchers need to alter their approach, said Shep Doeleman, the Harvard University astronomer who lead the EHT team.
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British investors lost £27 million ($34.38 million) to cryptocurrency scams over the last financial year, according to one of the UK’s financial regulators.The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) reports that between April 1, 2018 and April 1, 2019 the average loss per victim was £14,600 ($18,500).While last year there were X cases reported, the FCA notes the number has gone up to 1,800 this year.The FCA’s announcement states that fraudsters often used social media to promote “get-rich-quick” schemes.The FCA’s description of how these scammers rip off their victims is an all too familiar story.Social media posts are used to grab the attention of potential investors, often containing fake celebrity endorsements the ads redirect to professional looking websites which further persuade users to invest.
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For instance, the first (humbling) item on my purchases page is “chicken fingers,” which I bought last night through the Seamless mobile app.CNBC first spotted this unsettlingly invasive way in which Google is tracking you, with the author noting that his purchases date back to at least 2012.That adds up, given a number of orders listed in my own purchases were certainly not made through any Google services, but through companies like Seamless, Sephora, the iTunes store, Etsy, and Amazon, to name a few.If you click on the item, it’ll show you when you purchased it, how much you spent, and even the delivery address.And it’s not just my own personal information documented through this.Each of their home addresses is saved on the item pages.
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“It is absolutely gillnets,” said Cynthia Smith, Executive Director for America's National Marine Mammal Foundation (NMMF).Gillnets are coarse nylon fishing nets popular in artisanal fisheries and used across the Gulf of California.On top of that, illegal fishing of the critically endangered totoaba fish has taken place since the late 1980s.The totoaba’s fish bladder, or “maw,” is in high demand in China and in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) markets around the world, where it can fetch more money than gold or cocaine.Like many species around the world, the porpoise was getting caught in the crosshairs of wildlife crime.Andrea Crosta is a crime intelligence expert and the Executive Director of the Elephant Action League (EAL), an organisation with a mission of protecting wildlife and the environment through intelligence and investigative operations.
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Google’s intended changes to how advertisers can target and track users in its market-leading Chrome browser were made apparent this month.The updates announced at Google Developer I/O will require publishers to declare their cookies as same-site or cross-site using the SameSite attribute, the latter category deemed as less respectful of a user’s privacy, per the web giant’s assessment.While this is in some way short of earlier fears that Google would turn on “Do Not Track” by default—a move that would emulate Apple’s stance in its Safari browser—its hardened stance on “opaque practices” will require an adjustment in the mindset of many advertisers, according to sources.Google’s latest updates are based on the tenets of transparency, control and crucially maintaining respect for the users’ choice on whether they are tracked by advertisers in the market-leading Chrome browser.“One way in which we’ll be doing this is reducing the ways in which browsers can be passively fingerprinted so that we can detect and intervene against active fingerprinting efforts as they happen,” reads a blog post co-written by Ben Galbraith, director, product management and Justin Schuh, director of engineering at Chrome.Nathan Woodman, CDO, Havas Media Group, said brands will have to devise methods that are less reliant on third-party data either by doubling down on a walled garden solution or partnering with an identity resolution provider.
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How adult penguins fish and the body condition of their chicks are directly linked to local fish abundance, and could potentially inform fishery management, a new study has found.The researchers studied an endangered African penguin colony during a rare three-year closure of commercial fisheries around Robben Island, South Africa, and their findings are published today in the Journal of Applied Ecology.Fishing is often considered to be one of the biggest drivers of biodiversity loss in the ocean.It is so widespread that we lack an understanding of the 'natural' relationships between marine predators and their prey, and thus the extent to which predators are disrupted by competition from fisheries.This is a critical knowledge gap since many marine predators such as penguins are considered indicator species: a species whose success indicates the condition of their habitat.Dr Kate Campbell, who led the research at the University of Cape Town as part of her PhD project, said: "Understanding how African penguins forage to feed their chicks in their variable marine environment can help us identify conservation measures for these endangered populations."
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The Nintendo Switch may be the darling of the console gaming market but when it comes to raw power, the Xbox One and PS4 are still the ones to beat.Especially the PS4 Pro, which unlike its Microsoft rival, is able to support VR experiences.the PS5, which has now been leaked to be powerful enough to provide an experience “without disconnections”, a.k.a.Sony and Microsoft used to be quite persistent in saying that they didn’t have a next-gen console planned yet.Last month, however, details of what is expected to be called the PlayStation 5 came out of the blue, courtesy of AMD.Since then, the Internet has been filled with rumors and leaks about the console that could launch within 12 months’ time.
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With all the focus on Huawei’s fate vis-a-vis the US ban, there has been less attention on other phones that are just coming out of the woodwork.Even less on phones that exist only in rumors and speculation.The Galaxy Note 10 belongs in the latter and now that the dust around Huawei has settled down a bit, there is a bit more room to talk about what could be Samsung’s oddest Galaxy Note yet in a long time.Perhaps nothing still beats the Galaxy Note Edge.Although curved edge screens are now Samsung’s mark for premium phones, a one-sided slope that is actually a separate display is still a pretty odd design.The Galaxy Note 10 could come second, changing the way Samsung has designed its phones for years.
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This article is from two episodes of Matrix Moments by Matrix Partners India, a podcast featuring candid conversations on what it really takes to survive the startup world.For the full interviews, go here and here.But it’s also one of the biggest issues founders or CEOs face when building their organization.There are almost always surprises down the road, and that leads to frustration, loss of time, and loss of productivity.The interview process generally reveals what are most commonly known as “extrinsics”: the person’s background, experience, education, projects, and challenges faced in the past.Moreover, one can fake a four- or six-hour interview, but it’s hard to fake the day-to-day output.
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Once seen as a clunky kitchen gadget, the Instant Pot has now become an indispensable item for many.The multi-functional programmable Instant Pot pressure cookers can steam, saute, slow-cook, warm, and more — making meal preparation easier and more intuitive than ever.The Instant Pot Lux may lack some of the fancier features of models like the Duo or the Ultra, but this baseline model still packs a powerful, pressure-cooked punch.12 built-in microprocessor-powered smart program include saute, steam, pressure cook, slow cook, and keep warm, in addition to food-specific settings for eggs, cake, soups, and more.The same microprocessor lets the Instant Pot adjust heating intensity and during, based on pressure and volume.The 6-Quart, Instant Pot Lux includes three temperature settings and one-touch controls, effectively taking the place of six traditional kitchen items.In addition to its high-pressure cooking techniques reducing meal preparation time by up to 70%, the Instant Pot Lux’s pressure-based system has recently been proven by science to be an effective form of sterilization.
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