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Global Technology News for 11 Dec 2018

Uber Eats Pool could makeIf you're looking to get around town and aren't keen on getting price gouged by taxi cabs, you can't really go wrong with Uber Pool. As you're likely familiar with by now, Uber Pool offers passengers... incredibly cheap rates because it gives riders going in a similar direction the ability to split the fare. And now comes word that Uber is looking to employ that same strategy to Uber Eats, the company's food delivery arm. Originally brought to light by TechCrunch, the ride sharing giant has confirmed that it's been busy testing a new service dubbed Uber Pool Eats. As the name somewhat implies, Uber Pool Eats will enable drivers to pick up multiple orders from a single restaurant and deliver the food to customers who live in the same vicinity. The obvious question, though, is what happens if a...
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Samsung Kills Headphone JackSamsung today introduced its latest smartphone, the Galaxy A8s. It is Samsung's first smartphone with an Infinity-O display, which has a truly edge-to-edge, uninterrupted design beyond a small hole... for the front-facing camera. It is also Samsung's first smartphone without a headphone jack, much to the amusement of iPhone users, as Samsung has mocked Apple for over two years over its decision to remove the headphone jack from the iPhone 7 in 2016, a trend that has continued through to the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. While on stage unveiling the new Galaxy Note7 in 2016, for example, Samsung executive Justin Denison made sure to point out that the device came with a headphone jack. "Want to know what else it comes with?" he asked. "An audio jack. I'm just saying," he answered,...
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NASA's asteroid probe alreadyNASA's OSIRIS-REx asteroid probe only just arrived at its target a week ago but it's already making important scientific observations of the space rock known as Bennu. The mission seeks to learn as... much about the asteroid as possible and NASA thinks it might reveal clues about the early days of the solar system and the material that ultimately formed Earth and the planets in our neighborhood. Now, just days after the spacecraft arrived at the rock, NASA is announcing that it's already found evidence of water locked in some of Bennu's clay. This is a tantalizing hint at the asteroid's past but might actually raise more questions than it answers. "The presence of hydrated minerals across the asteroid confirms that Bennu, a remnant from early in the formation of the solar system, is an...
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YouTube Rewind 2018 is alreadySince 2010, YouTube has released a yearly wrap-up of its most popular videos and creators. It did the same thing this year with YouTube Rewind 2018. It featured the likes of Will Smith, plus creators... Molly Burke, Liza Koshy, and Simone Giertz in a predictably upbeat compilation released last Thursday. SEE ALSO: These senior citizen YouTubers are better than anyone else on this hellscape internet There's also an homage to K-pop, some late night show hosts doing Fortnite dances, and yes, more Fortnite references. Fast forward a few days, and the video has the distinct honor of becoming the second-most disliked video on YouTube, racking up an impressive 7.7 million dislikes since its debut.
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Woman's fatal brain-eatingPeople will try just about anything to combat a bad case of the sniffles. Whether it's from a cold or allergies, a runny or stuffy nose is incredibly annoying, and one of the at-home treatments that's... gained traction in recent years is the use of a "neti pot" to run water through the sinuses. Doing so can provide at least temporary relief, but doctors now believe that a Seattle woman's fatal brain condition may have been linked to her use of the product. In a paper published in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases, the 69-year-old woman's case is explained in detail. She performed sinus irrigation to help with a sinus infection, but used tap water to do so. That water is believed to have contained an amoeba that ultimately took her life many months later. The effectiveness of...
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Google CEO Denies the CompanySundar Pichai also described user privacy as "an essential part of our mission"
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Scientists just created tinyScientists at the University of Colorado Boulder have been able to create what they call tiny droplets of the ultra-hot matter that once filled the early universe. The matter they created formed three... distinct shapes and sizes including circles, ellipses, and triangles. The image below is a visualization of the expanding drops of quark gluon plasmas. A quark gluon plasma …
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An 890-word email was sent to Uber's executives that raised safety concerns about the company's autonomous vehicle program just days before an Uber vehicle killed a pedestrian in Arizona last March.... The email was sent to the head of Uber's autonomous vehicle division and other top executives and lawyers by a manager in the group. It was made public by The Information, which validated the assertions through interviews with current and former employees. The email complained about near misses that frequently weren't investigated properly or even ignore, and about backup drivers who lacked proper training and vetting. The email from Robbie Miller, an operations manager from the autonomous group, raised serious concerns about the backup...
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Egypt Gives Deadline for AppleEgypt has given Apple 60 days to end “unfair restrictions” on local product distributors. Government officials are angry over high iPhone prices.
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Mojave hints at new &AMD could be extending its lines of Radeon Pro Vega GPUs that could be used in a future Mac refresh early in 2019, according to identifiers in a recent macOS Mojave update.
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Leaked Galaxy S10 LiteAs we come ever closer to the end of 2018, the Galaxy S10 leaks have begun to spring up at such a rate that we're actually having trouble keeping up with all of them. Within the past seven days alone,... we've seen leaked benchmarks, multiple purported photos of the Galaxy S10+, and hints that the S10s will feature an in-display fingerprint sensor. But if that's not enough for you, yet another leak sprung on Tuesday morning. Prolific Twitter leaker Ice Universe shared a photo of what he claims is a "protective film" for the rumored Galaxy S10 Lite on Tuesday, which is expected to be the smaller, slightly more affordable model of the 2019 lineup. As has been reported, the display is flat, rather than curved, but still stretches to all four sides. This isn't quite as exciting as some of the...
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Disrupting Reproduction: TwoLast week, news of CRISPR-engineered babies launched a firestorm of debate on the future of human reproduction: Is it safe? Is it ethical? Do we now have the ability to "play God"? But even as... scientists, ethicists, and the general public struggled with the implications of a fundamentally-altered reproductive future, other teams released results that […]
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What do synapses actually look like? Or macrophages, the cleanup crew of the bloodstream? Can you picture the process of metastasis, the spread of cancerous cells through the body? Science can feel... pretty abstract in English: the words themselves don't teach you much about the concepts they describe. They're just necessary bits of jargon to be memorized. But some researchers are finding ways to translate this complex language and make it more accessible. Lorne Farovitch is a graduate student in translational biomedical sciences at the University of Rochester (a jargon-y sounding program if ever there was one), and he's working to turn science jargon on its head. Lorne is deaf -- his first language is American Sign Language, or ASL. For...
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Even this IRL store is anTally is a "shy" robot.  Unlike the gregarious, extroverted Pepper robot seen roaming in shopping malls and interacting with customers and answering questions, Tally quietly does its thing with the... occasional beeping sound.  SEE ALSO: Anki Vector review: A tiny robot with a big personality The unobtrusive self-driving machine can be spotted at the first U.S. location of the French sporting goods store Decathlon in downtown San Francisco. The lanky machine on wheels is the first fully autonomous inventory robot, meaning it roves aisles and tracks RFID chips on nearly 10,000 products.  It's not supposed to really interact with customers – that's a duty left to the store's workers. But it's friendly enough, with a short message on it that says "Hi, I'm Tally!" and digital eyes to give it...
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Giphy announced an update to its iOS app that will give users the ability to quickly share GIFs from the Giphy Keyboard extension within any app that supports multimedia. The company responsible for... providing GIFs in Instagram DMs is also launching a...
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The consumer version of the social networking service is being shut down faster than originally announced, but the enterprise version will live on.
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Can MakerBot's new, up-market 3D printer move the needle on the company's reputation? Is this the 3D printer businesses and departments have been waiting for? We put it all in perspective.
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Great way to make friends during procurement for a $10bn contract, eh Larry? Fresh from defeat at the hands of the US Government Accountability Office, Oracle has taken its battle against the... single-vendor Pentagon cloud contract to court....
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Blackberry CEO Says He Values Customer Privacy

The Mac Observer - 11 Dec 2018 16:44
Blackberry CEO Says He ValuesOn stage at the Toronto Global Forum, Blackberry CEO John Chen says he values customer privacy. Chen spoke about BlackBerry's emphasis on privacy and security-focused software services, as it has... moved away from competing with the likes of Google and Apple in the smartphone realm. The event took place the same morning that BlackBerry announced a new Security Credential Management System (SCMS) for cities and car companies, aimed at securing smart cities systems and autonomous vehicles. You can’t steal customer data if you don’t have any customers. Also, there’s no such thing as privacy in a smart city, and it sounds like Blackberry is moving into that area.
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Why artificial intelligence isArtificial neurons for deeply intelligent machines - this is the new artificial intelligence (AI) revolution, led by Geoffrey Hinton and his team since 2012. That year, Hinton, an expert in cognitive... science at the University of Toronto and a researcher at Google Brain, demonstrated the striking effectiveness of a deep neural network (DNN) in an image-categorisation task.
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Just 24 hours ago, a Chinese judge granted an injunction against Apple. Now, the Egyptian government is playing hardball with the tech giant as well, stating that Apple has just two months to end... "unfair restrictions" on regional product distributors. While the 60 day deadline doesn’t include the threat of a permanent sales ban, Egyptian officials are angry over the exceedingly difficult and high income requirements needed to purchase a iPhone in the country. Today's statement comes from Egypt's Official Gazette, which subsequently threatens to take legal action if changes aren't made by the end of the two month deadline. more… The post Egypt gives Apple 60 days to resolve 'unfair restrictions' from marked up iPhone prices appeared first on 9to5Mac.
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NASA OSIRIS-REx probe detectsThe spacecraft found traces of hydrogen and oxygen molecules, known as hydroxyls, embedded in the rocky surface of the asteroid
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New Firefox suggests ways toMozilla also builds better tab management abilities into Firefox 64.
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Linux.org Redirected to NSFWAdministrators lost control of the domain for several hours in a DNS hijacking incident.
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How climate impacts solar andOne of the challenges with solar and wind power is that, on any given day, the sun isn't always shining, and the wind isn't always blowing when we want it to. Now, zooming out, researchers at... Columbia's Earth Institute have found that the same could be true on the scale of years to decades.
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