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07-13-2020 Religion
Facial Recognition Fail: Technology Linked to Another Wrongful Arrest by the Detroit Police

In the past weeks, big companies like Microsoft and Amazon have announced that they will no longer provide facial recognition technology to police departments across the United States as it could be used wrongly, such as the wrongful arrest by an innocent man in Detroit. The Wrongful Arrest of Michael Oliver In a report by Engadget, a false facial recognition match led the Detroit police to arrest the wrong man, the second-known case to have happened in the U.S. up to date. Based on the report, the police in Detroit was looking for a man who reached into someone's car to get their phone and then threw it on the ground, breaking the case and the screen in the process. The crime happened in May 2019 The police department then used facial recognition software to catch the culprit, but it flagged an innocent man named Michael Oliver as a possible suspect, who the police caught and charged with a felony count of larceny after the victim identified him in a photo lineup. Nevertheless, Oliver insisted that he was innocent, and he did not do the crime, and evidence was in favor of him. For one, the suspect in the video did not look like Oliver, especially as the perpetrator had a tattoo on his arm, while the man they caught obviously did not have them. According to the Detroit Free Press, the man was soon discharged after his attorneys took photos of him and brought them to the victim and the assistant prosecutor, who both agreed he had been misidentified, and soon, a judge dismissed the case. The Two Cases of Facial Recognition Fail Apparently, this was not the first time a facial recognition technology has made the same mistake. Based on the news outlet, a man named Robert Williams was detained for almost 30 hours for a crime he did not commit when facial recognition technology also flagged him as a possible suspect on a high-profile case that was filed earlier this year. These two cases appear to be the first and only ones reported in the U.S., and both Oliver and Williams were black men. Changing the Rules Oliver's arrest happened before the Detroit police changed their rules. Facial recognition technology will only be used for violent crimes, especially as Detroit Police Chief James Craig said the tech is not accurate. "If we were just to use the technology by itself, to identify someone, I would say 96 percent of the time it would misidentify," the police chief said in a public meeting held late last month. Additionally, Wayne County's top prosecutor will also be reviewing all the facial recognition cases if charges will be laid to avoid any other misidentification that would put an innocent man to jail. ...

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07-13-2020 General
Ubisoft sexual harassment probe claims three more executives

The second most powerful executive at French gaming company Ubisoft is among more senior staff to have left the firm as it pursues an internal investigation into sexual harassment allegations. Last month the company, one of the world’s largest video game publishers with a portfolio including Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry, launched a probe after allegations of sexual misconduct were shared online. Serge Hascoet, chief creative officer and the company’s second-in-command, has resigned, as has the human resources director, Cecile Cornet, and the managing director of the Canadian branch, Yannis Mallat, Ubisoft said on Sunday. “The recent allegations that have come to light in Canada against multiple employees make it impossible for [Mallat] to continue in this position,” it said. Another two top executives left earlier in July after current and former employees used social media to denounce predatory behaviour by managers. “Ubisoft has fallen short in its obligation to guarantee a safe and inclusive workplace environment for its employees,” its chief executive and co-founder, Yves Guillemot, said. “This is unacceptable as toxic behaviours are in direct contrast to values on which I have never compromised – and never will,” he said. He was “committed to implementing profound changes across the company to improve and strengthen our workplace culture”. Guillemot would take over Hascoet’s role temporarily as he oversaw a staffing overhaul. Ubisoft has 18,000 employees worldwide and is the latest video game company to face sexual harassment allegations. The global game industry has been dogged by criticism over its treatment of women in both games and real life. This was encapsulated in the so-called “gamergate” controversy in the United States in 2014, which saw critics of the way women were depicted in games receive death and rape threats, prompting calls to reform the industry’s culture.

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07-13-2020 Cars
Elon Musk: Tesla German-built Model Y is going to be ‘a revolution in auto body engineering’

Elon Musk is hyping up the upcoming German-built Tesla Model Y, which he claims is going to be “a revolution in automotive body engineering.” As we explained this morning in our post about Volvo importing a Model Y in Europe to reverse engineer it, the electric SUV is Tesla’s first vehicle that will only launch in Europe and China once it is being locally produced there. The new production capacity being deployed at brand new factories is giving Tesla the opportunity to improve on the SUV, which is currently being produced at the automaker’s Fremont factory for the North American market. CEO Elon Musk has talked before about Tesla building “the most-advanced paint shop” at Gigafactory Berlin in order to release new multi-layered paint options for Model Y. Now, Musk is now teasing a “revolution in automotive body engineering” with the Model Y produced in Germany. The CEO wrote on Twitter today: “Berlin Model Y is the one to watch. That is a revolution in automotive body engineering (finally).” In a follow-up comment, he hinted at improvements in casting for Model Y: We previously reported on the Model Y built in Fremont featuring massive cast parts in the rear of the SUV enabled by a mega casting manufacturing breakthrough. ...

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07-13-2020 Science&Technology
Should you buy the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ in 2020?

Should you buy the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ in mid-2020 when the Galaxy Note 20 is just weeks' away from becoming reality? The Galaxy Note 20 is just around the corner and it's quite the promising device: a Galaxy S20 Ultra-like camera system with a superb hardware setup and the ubiquitous S Pen stylus on deck. But... isn't last year's Galaxy Note 10+ still a promising device? I've been using it on and off for a couple of months and can finally provide an answer to this question. I admit that I was pretty skeptical towards the Note 10+ back in 2019, when I expressed my controversial opinion that it was a downgrade in comparison with the Galaxy Note 9, but after I used it for a month or so, my view changed and I fell for the phone. Not literally, of course. Should you get the Galaxy Note 10+ in 2020? Getting a Note 10+ in 2020 is definitely not a dumb move, on the contrary - this Samsung flagship still feels as fresh as the day it was announced. Surprisingly, I like it much more than the current Galaxy S20-series and not only because of the S Pen; the sleek overall design, the large display, and standout suite of Galaxy Note features made an excellent phone. The Galaxy Note 10+ indicated a paradigm shift for Samsung as it was its first modern phone to drop the headphone jack and the first Note device that finally embraced the bezel-less trend. It was also the first Galaxy Note phone that strayed away from the strict business design language and spiced things up in the exterior with vivid colors and shapes, making it a device that broke away from its family legacy just as much as it tried to stay true to its identity. Galaxy Note 10+: The good stuff The Note 10+ has aged like a fine wine. True, it's technically not even a year old, but in the mobile market, such a window of time can be perceived as eternity in the sense of technology improvement. Yet, I can't say the Note 10+ is lacking in any department. Performance-wise, the phone still feels pretty much excelling in any task that you throw at it, and that's... hardly surprising. There's a chance that you are an Android power-user if you're using the Note 10+ or at least considering getting one, so rest assured that the phone can keep up with your demanding requirements as a user. I'd know, since I like to regard myself as a power-user, just like you. I have often found myself watching a picture-in-picture video while multitasking in split screen mode, and while that's an extremely niche thing to do, I have never felt like I'm stretching the Note 10+'s capabilities thin. On the contrary, it always feels more than ready to be used and abused; if it could talk, it'd probably scream "Spank me, daddy!" ...

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07-13-2020 Science&Technology
The Fate of TikTok: Amazon Issues Latest Decision on Ban from Employees' Phones

Within a few hours last Friday, online selling marketplace Amazon prohibited, then unbanned the video sharing platform TikTok from mobile devices of employees. The latest: Amazon officials called the decision a "mistake," Epoch Times reported. During the decision to ban, the news gained media attention for the social media app after the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated that the United States wants to, once and for all ban TikTok, since it seems to be sharing information from Chinese authorities, particularly government information. The initial decision had tech specialists baffled about the reason why. However, the media have reported that this was due to "security reasons." Eventually, the decision to prohibit TikTok in the workplace was reversed, an email forwarded to the company employees clarified. Confused business partners Earlier during the week, Wells Fargo has already sent a memo to employees asking them to uninstall the app from their devices because of the issue and the decision. "Due to concerns about TikTok's privacy and security controls and practices, and because corporate-owned devices should be used for company business only, we have directed those employees to remove the app from their devices," Wells Fargo released the statement. According to a TikTok spokesman, they have not been contacted or coordinated with by Wells Fargo, "but as with any organization that has concerns, we are open to engaging with them constructively and letting them know about the actions we have taken to protect data security for our users." Handling of data issues TikTok is owned by ByteDance, a firm based in China, and has recently been situated under scrutiny for data handling across its worldwide users. It is one of the fastest growing platforms across the globe. It could be remembered that India also banned TikTok last month. In particular, the app said their user data is stored in the U.S., and while this is the case, it had a backup copy located in Singapore. In Virginia state, the user data is within the data center in the Google Cloud. With regards to this, TikTok has not commented. As of press time, Google has not issued a statement, either. Is this an issue? Yes, if data handling will be looked at closely. "Only if you want your private information in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party," Pompeo added. In previous reports, TikTok users were recognized and upheld in the media to be the participants in the Trump campaign rally at Tulsa. Now, the government is taking a stance against TikTok. For instance, the Democratic National Committee on Friday requested for its members to avoid downloading the app. Amazon will not be banning TikTok from employees' phones. However, the industry is in tune for possible changes and updates.

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07-13-2020 Science&Technology
Google Nest teases that ‘something special’ is coming on Monday

On Thursday, Google officially showed its rumored Nest speaker after the device was inadvertently revealed by a regulatory agency. Google Nest today is back with another tease for “something special,” thought it’s not clear if the two things are related. At 9 a.m. PT, Google Nest on Twitter and Facebook posted the following tweet with an accompanying video: Take a deep breath and prepare. Something special is coming this Monday. The four-second long clip features comedian Fred Armisen in a long, white wig that could be straight out of sketch comedy series Portlandia. I can’t quite make out what he’s mouthing, but we then jump to a side shot of the funny man that reveals he is sitting cross-legged on a stole in a meditation-esque pose that fits the “deep breath” aspect of this teaser. People are immediately jumping to the conclusion that the “something special” in question is the Nest speaker given how recently that occurred. A one-off hardware announcement is possible, but it would chip away at what could be announced — presumably — in the fall. That said, in the US and Japan, the speakers have received the necessary regulatory approvals to go on sale, while Google could always announce and ship later. If Monday doesn’t see a hardware announcement, then software is the other possibility. Given the nature of the tease, Google Assistant and Nest devices could be getting some kind of relaxation/meditation feature, while one long shot is an Armisen celebrity Assistant voice. John Legend departed last year leaving Issa Rae.

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07-13-2020 Health
U.S. coronavirus cases continue record surge as some states consider rolling back re-opening plans

At least 134,000 people in the U.S. have died since the start of the outbreak in March, and more than 3 million cases have been reported across the country, according to data from the Johns Hopkins University. The country hit more than 66,000 new cases on Friday, though the numbers of deaths have only begun to show signs of ticking up. In Texas, which has seen continued records for new virus deaths and hospitalizations throughout the week, Gov. Greg Abbott has warned of a second lockdown if people kept flouting the statewide mask mandate and cases keep rising. The U.S. continues to report record breaking new coronavirus cases as outbreaks surge in states in the South and West. The country reported a record 66,627 new cases on Friday, the second day in a row new cases have exceeded 60,000. The rise in cases is due partly to expanded testing that is uncovering more infections. However, many states that re-opened after the nation saw a lull in infections have since experienced a significant resurgence of the virus. Florida, a major epicenter of U.S. outbreak, reported 10,383 new cases as of Saturday morning after logging more than 11,000 cases the day prior, according to the state health department. A total of 19 states reported record daily new case averages Friday. Even as cases have more than doubled since mid-May, the daily death toll from Covid-19 in the U.S. declined or remained stable for weeks. However, the daily fatality count now appears to be on the rise again. Arizona, California, Florida and Texas -- hotspots for the virus -- have all seen their average daily death tolls hit record highs in recent days. Epidemiologists in Florida and Texas say they expect deaths to continue to rise for at least several weeks. In Texas, which has seen continued records for new virus deaths and hospitalizations throughout the week, Gov. Greg Abbott has warned of a second lockdown if people keep flouting the statewide mask mandate and cases keep rising. “The worst is yet to come as we work our way through that massive increase in people testing positive,” Abbott said in a local television interview. In Georgia, where cases surged by more than 4,000 on Friday, Atlanta officials are reverting back to Phase 1 guidelines, in which residents are required to stay home except for essential outings. “Georgia reopened in a reckless manner and the people of our city and state are suffering the consequences,” Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said on Friday. The Atlanta mayor’s guidance directly clashes with Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, who has pushed an aggressive reopening and dismissed mask mandates as “unenforceable.” At least 134,130 people in the U.S. have died since the start of the outbreak in March, and more than 3 million cases have been reported across the country, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. ...

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07-13-2020 Politics
Trump wears mask in public setting for the first time during visit to hospital

President Donald Trump on Saturday wore a mask in a public setting for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic struck the nation in earnest in March. Trump wore a black mask during a visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. The institution requires mask-wearing as a means of preventing spread of COVID-19, but the president has not always abided by such requirements. In a visit to a Ford vehicle manufacturing plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan, on May 21, the company said it made its mandatory mask policy clear to the White House, but Trump wore one only part of tour, and not in front of cameras. "I didn't want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it," he said. Mask-wearing has become a political issue as some of the president's followers have made wearing one a sign of submission to liberal opposition. Trump has not called for a national mask mandate even as some of the administration's own medical experts, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, have suggested mask-wearing is key to preventing the virus from spreading. The United States has seen nearly 3,250,000 cases and over 135,000 deaths through Saturday, according to NBC News' tally. People wearing masks has been cited as a key component of success against the virus in places like Japan and South Korea. Andrew Bates, spokesman for the former Vice President Joe Biden the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate, said in a statement that while Biden has "led by example" by wearing a mask in public, Trump has made safety into a political issue.

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02-06-2020 Science&Technology
How Hoop hit #2 with its Tinder for Snapchat

Snapchat’s developer platform is blowing up as a gateway to teen social app users. Hoop is the latest Snap Kit blockbuster, rocketing to No. 2 on the overall App Store charts this month with its Tinder -esque swiping interface for discovering people and asking to message with them over Snapchat. Within a week of going viral, unfunded French startup Dazz saw Hoop score 2.5 million downloads. The fact that such a dumbfoundingly simple and already ubiquitous style of app was able to climb the charts so fast demonstrates the potential of Snap Kit to drive user lock-in for Snapchat. Because the developer platform lets other apps piggyback on its login system and Bitmoji avatars, it creates new reasons for users to set up a Snapchat account and keep using it. It’s the same strategy that made Facebook an entrenched part of the internet, but this time it’s for a younger crowd. In the first-ever interview about Hoop, Dazz’s 26-year-old co-founders Lucas Gervais and Alexi Pourret reveal that the idea came from watching user patterns in their previous experiment on the Snap Kit platform. They built an app called Dazz in 2018 that let users create polls and get anonymous answers from friends, but they noticed their 250,000 users “always ended up adding each other on Snap. So we decided to create Hoop, the app to make new Snap friends,” Gervais tells me. Gervais and Pourret have been friends since age two, growing up in small town in France. They met their two developers in high school, and are now marketing students at university. With Hoop, they say the goal was to “meet everyone’s needs, from connecting people from different cultures to helping lonely people to feel better to simply growing your Snapchat community.” ...

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02-06-2020 Science&Technology
Nvidia GeForce Now Finally on Beta; What Makes it Stand Out Over Stadia?

Nvidia's big game-streaming competitor to Google Stadia and Microsoft Project xCloud, GeForce Now, is officially out of beta today and is available for users in Europe and North America. GeForce Now lets you play PC video games, with minimum fuss, on any PC, MacOS, or Android device. Want to play Overwatch to your Samsung cellphone or Red Dead Redemption 2 for your MacBook Air? The idea is, you log in and go. GeForce Now vs. Competitors: What's the Difference? Some people ask this question: What makes GeForce Now stand out from its other game-streaming competitors? GeForce Now is a service that connects into your existing game stores accounts such as Blizzard, Epic, GoG, and Steam. So, if the service ever dies, you'll still have your games kept-though you could lose saves in case you don't have cloud saves enabled for every respective carrier. This updated service now feels more stable compared to Stadia and Project xCloud, which both have a fewer game selection and require specific controllers. Nvidia's GeForce Now has a significantly more massive games library than Google's Stadia. Microsoft's Project xCloud game streaming app could also make the same claim. ALSO READ: All Xbox Games Will Be Playable On xCloud Streaming Service - Yes, All Generations Of Xbox Brief History of Ndivia's GeForce Now However, GeForce Now has been "a little inconsistent." A similar provider called GeForce Now allowed you to play a selection of video games offered by using Nvidia or streamed without delay out of your PC. The service was launched as Nvidia Grid lower back in 2013. The game-streaming application turned into rebranded GeForce Now in 2015, and the beta became available on Nvidia's Android set-top box, the Nvidia Shield. A new provider was released into beta in 2017 with an identical name. The users could play any game they have in other PC gaming stores instead of playing a small selection of games offered by Nvidia. GeForce Now Allows Cross-Playing with PC, Mac, Chromebooks, Android Smartphones, Nvidia shield. The GeForce Now has progressed over the years as the current version no longer has connectivity issues. You could smoothly play with your games through GeForce Now by log in to your account. You will be able to play games on a wide variety of devices - including mobile devices, the Nvidia Shield media streaming device for TVs, Macs, and PCs. However, Nvidia has not mentioned whether GeForce Now will work with Apple iPhones. GeForce Now gamers, unlike other game streaming applications, are not limited to other players who are also playing games on GeForce Now. For example, the users could be playing a game on GeForce Now while playing against someone running a game locally on their PC. ...

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02-06-2020 Cars
Tesla CEO Elon Musk teases possible new Texas gigafactory

Tesla has been on a tear lately, and it looks like CEO Elon Musk is trying to think of new ways to spend some money. Tonight he dropped a hint that, in addition to current gigafactory projects in China and Germany, Tesla is considering one in Texas. Tesla’s Shanghai gigafactory is already up and running with a current capacity of 150,000 vehicles per year. Tesla plans to expand it more this year, including adding local Model Y production for the China market. And the purchase contract has been signed on Tesla’s gigafactory in Germany, with construction beginning on access roads, despite some local protests. Tesla has also announced plans to open design centers in both Germany and China. Tesla’s current design center is in Hawthorne, California. Finally, Tesla has another factory in Buffalo, New York. This factory is mainly focused on “Tesla Energy” products, and was part of Tesla’s SolarCity merger. The original gigafactory got that name to denote its massive size. “Giga” is the metric prefix for “billion,” and it seemed that Tesla wanted to signify that their battery factory would reach the capacity to produce a billion cells. Tesla’s first gigafactory in Nevada is one of the largest buildings in the world by floor area and footprint. The gigafactory name took off, and now Tesla is just calling everything a gigafactory, whether it be for batteries or otherwise. For a while Tesla named all these factories sequentially — gigafactory 1, 2, 3, 4. But that started to get confusing as Tesla added more factories, so Tesla is now using the naming convention “Giga (area).” So these have been renamed Giga Nevada, Giga New York, Giga Shanghai, and Giga Berlin. Now those four might get another addition in Giga Texas. Tesla CEO Elon Musk put up a poll today, asking simply, “Giga Texas?” As of press time, people seem pretty excited about the idea: Texas has been in Musk’s thoughts recently. On Monday, he announced an AI hackathon amid a recruiting effort for Tesla’s autopilot team, stating that Tesla is also looking for “world-class” chip designers to join Tesla’s team in Palo Alto, California, or Austin. The Texas capital has become quite a tech hub recently, attracting a lot of young tech talent who are looking for somewhere to get away from Silicon Valley’s insanely high cost of living. While Musk didn’t specify where Giga Texas would be, we could imagine that somewhere near Austin would work well, to take advantage of the growing tech industry there. Musk also did not specify what products would be made in Texas (beyond the note about chip designers), so we’ll have to wait for more news on that. That said, Texas also currently bans Tesla from selling their cars in the state, and even recently tried to stop the company from even servicing cars in-state. That effort thankfully failed, but Texas has not yet rolled out the welcome mat for Tesla. We’ll see if that changes with this talk of a possible factory.

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02-06-2020 Science&Technology
WATCH | This is How 99 Phones Could Change Traffic Flow in Google Maps

Google Maps has modified how people navigate the world. However, Google's influence is merely going beyond just locating and navigating. A whole flood of latest businesses, experiences, and ideas have grown up around the ability to zoom and pan around only a virtual version of a map. However, with incredible power comes great responsibility. One "hack" showed how clear it turned into play Google's system and altered the flow. Although a few would possibly argue that Waze, which is also owned by way of Google now, does a higher job at navigating roads and displaying traffic information, Google Maps has, over time, incorporating a number of those into its very own app. The innovation enables human beings to catch up without having to switch between apps for specific information. German used 99 mobile phones to hack Google Maps Simon Weckert currently took gain of the opportunity with a "hack" - as he calls it - for Google Maps. To accomplish this, he loaded 99 smartphones right into a wagon and turned all of them onto Maps navigation. As he walks down an avenue, Google acknowledges the high awareness of "users" and the slow-moving "site visitors" and marks that street as having bad site visitors. Somewhat hilariously, this would virtually cause other drivers in the place using Maps to be rerouted to avoid the "visitors" resulting from this otherwise innocent prank. Weckert even took the collection of smartphones proper outside of Google's Berlin places of work to create the virtual visitors' jam.

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01-01-2020 Science&Technology
Hands-On With Salt's Apple TV Remote Replacement

The Apple TV 4K is a fantastic little set-top box that has an easy-to-use interface, an App Store, and options to watch all kinds of content, but there's one major flaw with the device - the Siri Remote. Apple unveiled its ¿Siri¿ (or ¿Apple TV¿) Remote with touch surface in 2015 alongside the fourth-generation ¿Apple TV¿, and it's never been a particularly popular accessory. With that in mind, Swiss company Salt created an alternative ¿Apple TV¿ Remote, which we managed to get our hands on. Salt is a Swiss telecommunications company that offers the ¿Apple TV¿ 4K in a broadband TV bundle for its customers. There's no way to order this remote in the United States or countries other than Switzerland - it's designed only for Salt customers. According to Salt, the Salt Remote was designed in close collaboration with Apple after the Salt TV customer base complained about the poor usability of the default remote that comes with the ¿Apple TV¿. Available for just under 20 Swiss francs, the Salt Remote looks more like a traditional remote than Apple's version, and it's made from a simple black plastic with buttons for controlling multiple functions. It is designed to connect to the ¿Apple TV¿ out of the box and requires no pairing to set up. It's both wider and longer than the ¿Siri¿ Remote, so it's harder to lose, which is probably a good thing for most people given how easy it is to misplace the ¿Siri¿ Remote. ...

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01-01-2020 Games
Pokémon GO Buddy Adventure: How to Increase Buddy Levels and Unlock Other Perks

In a December blog post, Niantic introduced an all-new feature on their hit AR video game: the Pokémon GO Buddy Adventure. Set to roll out worldwide in 2020, the Buddy Adventure feature lets Trainers explore the Pokémon GO universe side by side with their Buddy Pokémon like never before. "Since launching Pokémon GO, this might be the most collaborative feature we have had with The Pokémon Company," said Ryuta Hiroi, Niantic's lead product manager on the project. "Even with your phone in your pocket, you'll feel like your buddy is right beside you!" Lena Verstappen, their tech artist on the project, shared that they created each Pokémon in a "deeply respectful way." "It's almost as if each Pokémon were a family member!" she said. "How they eat, how they walk, and even where the Best Buddy Ribbon should be placed on each Pokémon's body-all of this and more was taken into account when crafting an as-immersive-as-possible experience." Buddy Adventure in a Nutshell In a press release published by the Pokémon GO Team, Buddy Adventure is an elevated bonding experience where Trainers and their chosen buddies can explore the world and grow side by side as they journey in a richer Pokémon world. Watch the promo video below: The Buddy Levels Here are the Buddy Levels you can unlock: Good Buddy: On this level, you'll see your buddy on the map following right behind you. Great Buddy: On this level, you'll be able to tap your buddy for help, like bringing your items in Pokémon encounters. Ultra Buddy: On this level, your buddy can point you to interesting places nearby and bring you Souvenirs. Best Buddy: On this level, you and your buddy will have a Best Buddy Ribbon. Your Best Buddy can get a CP boost in combat as long as they're assigned as your Buddy Pokémon. How to Increase Buddy Levels For starters, Trainers have to feed their buddies Berries to increase their Buddy Level to Good Buddy. You can increase your Buddy Level by doing the following: Playing With Your Buddy Pokémon Feeding Your Buddy Pokémon Treats Battling and Exploring With Your Buddy Pokémon How to Unlock Other Buddy Adventure Perks Your buddy has various moods. When you reach the highest mood (excited), you as a Trainer can unlock the following Perks: Cut the Distance It Takes for Your Buddy to Find Candy Double the Number of Hearts Earned per Action Earn Bonus Hearts Buddy Adventure Playing Tips Feed Your Buddy - To feed and interact with your buddy, click the Play button on the new buddy profile page. Play With Your Buddy - Apart from feeding them, you can also play with your buddies. Turn on your AR+ feature to see what your buddy does when you interact with it. Each Pokémon has its own quirks and ways to express itself, so watch closely to get acquainted with their expressions and movements. ...

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12-16-2019 Cars
Watch Ford F-250 Diesel 4x4 In Tug Of War Battle Against Tesla Model X

Can the diesel Ford-250 Super Duty out tug the Model X? While we wait for the official rematch between the Ford F-150 and Tesla Cybertruck, this tug of war challenge shows the Model X against Ford's F-250 four-wheel-drive diesel truck. The switch to a 250 instead of a 150 comes after news of the Cybertuck being classified as medium-duty surfaced. When Tesla debuted its Cybertruck, it released a video showing it beating a Ford F-150 in a tug-of-war contest. The challenge was not without controversy though and Tesla CEO Elon Musk agreed to repeat the test at a later time. Ford even chimed in and then the automaker backed down from the challenge. The official rematch has not taken place yet and perhaps it won't, but there's been no shortage of attempted retakes at pitting a Tesla against a Ford truck in some form or another. The video (skip forward to 3:30 for the tug of war action to begin) clearly shows us that this is indeed a four-wheel-drive Ford F-250 diesel truck. Perhaps even more importantly, the truck is put into 4-wheel-drive low, which provides it with the best chance of beating the Model X. Two tug-of-war challenges are shown in the video and each one has a different result. In the first tug off, the Model X, with its instant torque, wins the matchup. To make the second attempt a bit more fair (or unfair, as some will say), the diesel truck is revved up while holding the brake down. This puts the truck in its powerband. At go, the brakes are released and the F-250 easily takes the win. One win for the Tesla and one for the Ford. After watching the video it seems safe to conclude that the Cybertruck would likely beat the F-250 due to the fact that it should weigh considerably more than the Model X. At least that's how we see it, but let us know your thoughts in comments.

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12-14-2019 Games
Microsoft’s next Xbox is Xbox Series X, coming holiday 2020

Microsoft’s next-generation Xbox is officially called Xbox Series X. Microsoft revealed the name and console design on stage at the Game Awards today. The console itself looks far more like a PC than we’ve seen from previous Xbox consoles, and Microsoft’s trailer provides a brief glimpse at the new design. The console itself is designed to be used in both vertical and horizontal orientations, and Microsoft’s Xbox chief, Phil Spencer, promises that it will “deliver four times the processing power of Xbox One X in the most quiet and efficient way.” Microsoft used the Xbox Series X to showcase Hellbade 2, a new game from Ninja Theory that is being developed for its next Xbox console. While Microsoft has revealed the design here, the company isn’t revealing exact specs beyond what has been discussed previously. The Xbox Series X will include a custom-designed CPU based on AMD’s Zen 2 and Radeon RDNA architecture. Microsoft is also using an SSD on Xbox Series X, which promises to boost load times. Xbox Series X will also support 8K gaming, frame rates of up to 120 fps in games, ray tracing, and variable refresh rate support. Microsoft also revealed a new Xbox Wireless Controller today. “Its size and shape have been refined to accommodate an even wider range of people, and it also features a new Share button to make capturing screenshots and game clips simple,” explains Spencer. This updated controller will work with existing Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs, and will ship with every Xbox Series X.

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Trump’s Clemency Came After Displays of Loyalty by Stone

Trump Wears a Mask Publicly for the First Time

Cairo Badly Needed a Detox. Lockdown Supplied One, at a Steep Price.

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07-13-2020 |

Madeleine McCann Portuguese police search wells near where suspect parked van – report

Gilbert & George Artists quit Royal Academy over dashed hopes for major exhibition

'Very difficult' EU leaders split over pathway to coronavirus recovery

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07-13-2020 |

Galicia y Euskadi votan entre el temor a los brotes y a la abstención

Qué hizo bien Aragón y qué no hizo bien Lleida en el control del último brote

Auge y caída de J. K. Rowling

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07-13-2020 |

Cuarentena. El Gobierno se prepara para anunciar la vuelta a una fase 3

Espionaje. El juez Villena podría quedar complicado en la causa

Guzmán. "Hicimos el máximo esfuerzo y esperamos la respuesta de los acreedores"

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07-13-2020 |

Walt Disney World reopens after COVID-19 shutdown: What it was like

Mueller challenges Trump in column: Stone committed federal crimes

Fire destroys much of 249-year-old church in California

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07-13-2020 |

Brasil ultrapassa 70 mil mortes e 1,8 milhão de casos; São Paulo contou 324 mortes em um dia

Mulher de Queiroz se apresenta à polícia para cumprir prisão domiciliar

ANÁLISE: 'Se acabarem as fake news, acaba Jair Bolsonaro', diz especialista; 'temos um elenco de políticos eleitos a partir de notícias falsas'

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07-13-2020 |

LIVE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Four more COVID-19 cases emerge in Sydney hotel outbreak, pushing cluster to nine

How an NRL debutant's four tries almost left a pub with no beer

'Best of the season': Whales perform 'every trick in the book' off Sydney Harbour

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07-13-2020 |

FEDERAL POLITICS WE Charity lays off hundreds after deal with Trudeau government is cancelled

Surprise $60-million bid from NordStar locks up acquisition of Torstar

Susan Delacourt: Blindsided by the WE scandal, Liberal MPs wonder: How did Justin Trudeau get us into this mess?

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No. Newspaper / Country No. Newspaper / Country No. Newspaper / Country No. Newspaper / Country
1 The New York Times / United States 2 The Guardian / United Kingdom 3 The Daily Mail / United Kingdom 4 China Daily / China
5 The Washington Post / United States 6 The Telegraph / United Kingdom 7 The Wall Street Journal / United States 8 USA Today / United States
9 The Times of India / India 10 The Independent / United Kingdom 11 Los Angeles Times / United States 12 El País / Spain
13 Financial Times / United Kingdom 14 The People's Daily / China 15 United Daily News / China 16 The Economic Daily / China
17 Le Monde / France 18 Daily Mirror / United Kingdom 19 El Mundo / Spain 20 Daily News / United States
21 La Repubblica / Italy 22 Bild / Germany 23 Le Figaro / France 24 The Sydney Morning Herald / Australia
25 Houston Chronicle / United States 26 Hürriyet / Turkey 27 Chicago Tribune / United States 28 The Examiner / United States
29 New York Post / United States 30 Asahi Shimbun / Japan 31 Corriere della Sera / Italy 32 The Economic Times / India
33 Milliyet Gazetesi / Turkey 34 Marca / Spain 35 Liberty Times / Taiwan 36 Die Welt / Germany
37 The Globe and Mail / Canada 38 Nihon Keizai Shimbun / Japan 39 The Hollywood Reporter / United States 40 Sabah / Turkey
41 The Christian Science Monitor / United States 42 Daily Express / United Kingdom 43 Kompas / Indonesia 44 The Indian Express / India
45 Yomiuri Shimbun / Japan 46 Gazeta Wyborcza / Poland 47 The Hindu / India 48 The Toronto Star / Canada
49 The Sun / United Kingdom 50 The Age / Australia 51 The Boston Globe / United States 52 Philippine Daily Inquirer / Philippines
53 Süddeutsche Zeitung / Germany 54 The Washington Times / United States 55 Clarín / Argentina 56 Chosun Ilbo / Japan
57 Die Zeit / Germany 58 The Onion / United States 59 Metro / United Kingdom 60 ABC / Spain
61 The Seattle Times / United States 62 The Times / United Kingdom 63 La Gazzetta dello Sport / Italy 64 Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung / Germany
65 The Hill / United States 66 Dainik Bhaskar / India 67 The Philadelphia Inquirer / United States 68 The Oregonian / United States
69 The Dong-a Ilbo / Korea 70 La Nación / Argentina 71 The Hindustan Times / India 72 San Jose Mercury News / United States
73 The Dallas Morning News / United States 74 AS / Spain 75 The Australian / Australia 76 Star Tribune / United States
77 Qingdao News / China 78 The Jerusalem Post / Israel 79 The Plain Dealer / United States 80 L'Equipe / France
81 Komsomolskaya Pravda / Russia 82 The Denver Post / United States 83 Mladá fronta Dnes / Czech Republic 84 Libération / France
85 O Globo / Brazil 86 Aftonbladet / Sweden 87 The Japan Times / Japan 88 Business Standard / India
89 Le Nouvel Observateur / France 90 Kommersant / Russia 91 Le Parisien / France 92 The New Zealand Herald / New Zealand
93 Detroit Free Press / United States 94 Newsday / United States 95 The Baltimore Sun / United States 96 National Post / Canada
97 Il Sole 24 Ore / Italy 98 The Miami Herald / United States 99 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution / United States 100 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette / United States
101 The Irish Independent / Ireland 102 South China Morning Post / Hong Kong SAR 103 The Irish Times / Ireland 104 The Star Online / Malaysia
105 De Telegraaf / Netherlands 106 Dawn / Pakistan 107 Der Standaard / Austria 108 The Sacramento Bee / United States
109 20 Minutos / Spain 110 Mainichi Shimbun / Japan 111 Rossiyskaya Gazeta / Russia 112 Apple Daily / Taiwan
113 DNA - Daily News & Analysis / India 114 La Stampa / Italy 115 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / United States 116 20 Minutes / France
117 La Vanguardia / Spain 118 Evening Standard / United Kingdom 119 China Times / Taiwan 120 The Straits Times / Singapore
121 Orlando Sentinel / United States 122 Der Tagesspiegel / Germany 123 South Florida Sun-Sentinel / United States 124 Verdens Gang / Norway
125 Argumenti i Fakti / Russia 126 Boston Herald / United States 127 Infobae / Argentina 128 Dagbladet / Norway
129 Independent Online / South Africa 130 The New York Observer / United States 131 Yeni Safak / Turkey 132 Seattle Post-Intelligencer / United States
133 The Kansas City Star / United States 134 Al-Ahram / Egypt 135 The Scotsman / United Kingdom 136 Nikkan Sports / Japan
137 Deseret News / United States 138 Herald Sun / Australia 139 The Vancouver Sun / Canada 140 Yang Cheng Wan Bao / China
141 Les Échos / France 142 Gulf News / United Arab Emirates 143 Yedioth Aharonot / Israel 144 Sports Nippon / Japan
145 The Orange County Register / United States 146 Expressen / Sweden 147 St. Louis Post-Dispatch / United States 148 / Russia
149 Handelsblatt / Germany 150 The Daily Telegraph / Australia

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