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05-21-2022 Science&Technology
NASA, Boeing hail Starliner space capsule launch success despite thruster glitch

Boeing's Starliner spacecraft is officially on its way to the International Space Station (ISS) after 2.5 years of delays. A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket launched from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida on Thursday (May 19) at 6:54 p.m. EDT (2254 GMT), carrying Starliner aloft on an uncrewed mission called Orbital Flight Test 2 (OFT-2). If all goes according to plan, Starliner will dock with the ISS on Friday evening (May 20) and spend four to five days attached to the orbiting lab before coming back to Earth for a parachute-aided landing in the western U.S. Success on all of those fronts would likely show that the Boeing spacecraft is ready to carry NASA astronauts to and from the station. https://www.space.com/nasa-boeing-hail-starliner-launch-success-despite-glitch Starliner got itself into the proper orbit after separating from the Atlas V on Thursday, a huge milestone for Boeing and NASA. After all, the capsule was unable to rendezvous with the ISS during the original OFT in December 2019 after suffering some software glitches shortly after launch. And it failed to get off the ground when OFT-2 first rolled out to the pad last summer; prelaunch checks revealed malfunctioning valves in Starliner's propulsion system, a problem that took about eight months to address. OFT-2's liftoff was a big milestone for ULA as well, marking the 150th launch for the rocket company, which is a joint effort of Lockheed Martin and Boeing. At a post-launch press conference on Thursday night, NASA and Boeing experts were quick to congratulate their various teams for the hard work that led to the successful launch. "Today was just a huge day for commercial crew," said Steve Stich, manager of NASA's Commercial Crew Program. As he listed the hurdles and launch milestones of the day’s events, he also mentioned one small Starliner malfunction. During the spacecraft’s orbital insertion burn, which occurred 31 minutes after liftoff, two of Starliner’s thrusters didn’t fire as expected. The first failed after only one second. Its backup immediately kicked on and was able to fire for another 25 seconds before it also failed. Redundancy failsafes activated a tertiary backup for the thruster group, and Starliner was able to complete the crucial burn without incident. The Boeing spacecraft is outfitted with four of these thruster groups on its aft section, referred to in industry nomenclature as "doghouses," which each contain three orbital maneuvering and attitude control (OMAC) thrusters used to perform significant maneuver burns like those that achieve orbital insertion. The two OMAC thrusters that malfunctioned, and the third that stepped in to compensate, were all in the same doghouse on Starliner’s aft section, Boeing representatives said. ...

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05-21-2022 Science&Technology
Samsung is launching Pokémon-themed Galaxy Buds 2

After the launch of its Pokémon-themed Galaxy Z Flip 3, Samsung is once again tapping into the Pokémon well. This time, the South Korean firm is focusing on its accessories, theming one of its more recent products, the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2. While there are few details about the upcoming Pokémon bundle, we get a lot to look at, as the Pokémon Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 already has an official product page with lots of pictures. The set will come with the Galaxy Buds 2, a Pokéball shell, and a Pokémon sticker. The Pokéball shell will house a standard Galaxy Buds 2 case, locking it in place once attached. After it is secured inside, users will be able to open the Pokéball with the press of a button. In addition to the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 and Pokéball, the set will also come with a sticker. That’s right, you won’t be getting the full set as you see in the promotional image. Instead, you will get one sticker inserted at random when you buy it. There are ten common stickers with characters like Pikachu, Squirtle, Jigglypuff, and more. If you’re lucky, you’ll get your hands on the one rare sticker out of the bunch, the hologram Mewtwo.

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05-21-2022 Cars
Renault Scenic Vision: Hydrogen Take on Classic Car, HYVIA to Provide Power Stations

Renault is reinventing a classic vehicle with modern technology, and while this is already a thing done by many automakers in recent times, it will focus on a new feature for all. It will focus on hydrogen power to make its systems function and bring the car to many places its range can take it, not going for the traditional battery-powered vehicle. Renault Scenic Vision: Company Reveals Hydrogen-Powered Concept Renault published a press release regarding its new concept vehicle, the Renault Scenic Vision, which focuses on a clean energy vehicle that brings hydrogen power instead of electricity from batteries. It came from Renault's recent showcase in an event that focuses on clean energy, called "Change NOW World." The French automaker decided to focus on its Scenic variant to bring the new concept car from the company, and it is their take on a clean energy vehicle that does not require fuel and combustion. The Scenic is 27 years old since its first production, and now, it focuses on a new direction for the vehicle towards clean energy with the Scenic Vision, soon to arrive in public. Renault Scenic Vision to Use HYVIA's Hydrogen Stations Hydrogen-powered vehicles are also sustainable like battery-powered cars, and it brings a chance for future car owners to choose among the many options for a clean energy vehicle. Renault's Hydrogen Scenic Vision will also need to charge its technology to provide power for the vehicle, and it will do it via HYVIA's Hydrogen charging stations. Renault and its Vehicle Productions Renault previously had an emissions raid on its factories before, and it all focused on how its cars are not good for the environment like the previous issue of Volkswagen. The company had to recall some 15,000 of its vehicles due to this issue and the company vowed to fix the problem and do better for its production cars when it releases in the future. Now, it is focusing on clean energy and is conceptualizing different takes on the future of vehicles, especially with battery-powered vehicles and their recent hydrogen-powered cars. The French automaker focuses on bringing a smart navigation system that it will use alongside Nissan, utilizing the Azure cloud for its driving venture in a project with Microsoft. All of these advancements are coming to the future cars of Renault, aiming to better its systems for its utilization and transportation features. The new Scenic Vision brings a take on the long-running variant from Renault to the present trend of looking into clean energy vehicles, that are not necessarily battery-powered. It will utilize hydrogen, and despite it not being a new venture for cars, it is still unique as most do not go along this path that Renault took for its latest concept.

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05-21-2022 Science&Technology
LG's latest 4K CineBeam projector pumps the brightness up to 3,700 lumens

LG, which helped kickstart the Ultra Short Throw (UST) laser projector craze with the original CineBeam, has just unveiled a new high-end model. The CineBeam HU915QE can project a 120-inch image from just 7-inches away as before, but it now does so with a scorching 3,700 ANSI lumens of brightness — well beyond rivals like the Optoma CinemaX P2. That should be enough for good picture quality in daytime with the blinds up, so it could replace a TV while offering a much bigger screen size. It also supposedly delivers a 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio, though I'd take that number with a humongous grain of salt as it depends on the type of screen, room brightness and more. You also get 4K HDR video via the three channel laser (likely with a TI DLP chip) that should eliminate any rainbow effect. Since LG doesn't mention Dolby Vision or HDR10+, we can safely assume it's limited to HDR10. LG/Yi Cheol It automatically adjusts brightness based on ambient light conditions, and uses HDR dynamic tone mapping to change brightness on a frame-by-frame basis. Another feature, adaptive contrast, supposedly delivers the optimal contrast for each individual scene. It's equipped with LG's webOS that trumps other smart platforms used by other brands like Optoma. That'll let you stream Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+, YouTube and Apple TV without the need for a Chromecast or other device. LG also promises stylish looks thanks to the 45 percent recycled wool texture from Danish textile company Kvadrat. The HU915QE CineBeam 4K laser UST projector will arrive in the first half of 2022, meaning in less than 40 days or so. LG didn't mention the price, but it is listed on pre-order at B&H Photo Video for around $6,000. ...

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05-21-2022 Science&Technology
Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1, for when flagship isn’t flagship enough

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 set the stage for the biggest Android smartphones of 2022, including Samsung’s flagship Galaxy — but it’s about to be surpassed by a better “Plus” version that’ll no doubt appear in buy-it-for-the-bragging-rights gaming phones and luxury handsets. It’s called the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1, which just rolls off the tongue, and Qualcomm says it’ll offer 10 percent faster CPU performance, 10 percent faster GPU clocks, and — get this — use 15 percent less power for “nearly 1 hour” of extra gameplay or, say, 50 minutes of social media browsing. Technically, Qualcomm says it’s achieved “up to 30 percent” better power efficiency from both the CPU and GPU, and 20 percent better AI performance per watt, but that doesn’t necessarily all transfer into more battery life — some of it’s about performance, too. Qualcomm is particularly touting better sustained performance from the new chip too — theoretically maintaining its clockspeed for longer as it heats up while gaming or tapping into 5G. Of course, that all depends on how phone manufacturers decide to cool the chip. The company’s not breaking down where the extra performance and efficiencies are coming from, but you can see some of the chip’s other features in the slide above, even though many of them (like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 10Gbps of theoretical 5G, and 8K HDR video capture) haven’t changed from the original Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Qualcomm says it’ll live alongside that older chip, so you can probably expect a price premium. ...

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05-21-2022 Science&Technology
Engineers Investigating NASA’s Voyager 1 Telemetry Data

While the spacecraft continues to return science data and otherwise operate as normal, the mission team is searching for the source of a system data issue. The engineering team with NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft is trying to solve a mystery: The interstellar explorer is operating normally, receiving and executing commands from Earth, along with gathering and returning science data. But readouts from the probe’s attitude articulation and control system (AACS) don’t reflect what’s actually happening onboard. The AACS controls the 45-year-old spacecraft’s orientation. Among other tasks, it keeps Voyager 1’s high-gain antenna pointed precisely at Earth, enabling it to send data home. All signs suggest the AACS is still working, but the telemetry data it’s returning is invalid. For instance, the data may appear to be randomly generated, or does not reflect any possible state the AACS could be in. The issue hasn’t triggered any onboard fault protection systems, which are designed to put the spacecraft into “safe mode” – a state where only essential operations are carried out, giving engineers time to diagnose an issue. Voyager 1’s signal hasn’t weakened, either, which suggests the high-gain antenna remains in its prescribed orientation with Earth. The team will continue to monitor the signal closely as they continue to determine whether the invalid data is coming directly from the AACS or another system involved in producing and sending telemetry data. Until the nature of the issue is better understood, the team cannot anticipate whether this might affect how long the spacecraft can collect and transmit science data. Voyager 1 is currently 14.5 billion miles (23.3 billion kilometers) from Earth, and it takes light 20 hours and 33 minutes to travel that difference. That means it takes roughly two days to send a message to Voyager 1 and get a response – a delay the mission team is well accustomed to. “A mystery like this is sort of par for the course at this stage of the Voyager mission,” said Suzanne Dodd, project manager for Voyager 1 and 2 at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California. “The spacecraft are both almost 45 years old, which is far beyond what the mission planners anticipated. We’re also in interstellar space – a high-radiation environment that no spacecraft have flown in before. So there are some big challenges for the engineering team. But I think if there’s a way to solve this issue with the AACS, our team will find it.” It’s possible the team may not find the source of the anomaly and will instead adapt to it, Dodd said. If they do find the source, they may be able to solve the issue through software changes or potentially by using one of the spacecraft’s redundant hardware systems. ...

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05-21-2022 Science&Technology
Google Photos update fixes one of its most annoying quirks for years

What you need to know Google Photos has picked up a pair of updates, both on Android and the web. You can now delete a photo directly from within an album on Android. A new date overlay has been added to the desktop version. While Google Photos has been a handy service for managing tons of photos and videos, it does have some annoying quirks, such as the lack of a straightforward way to delete a file from within an album. A new update now finally addresses that anomaly. As spotted by Android Police founder Artem Russakovskii, Google Photos on Android now allows you to trash a photo directly from within an album. The "move to trash" button is the last option in the action bar, which is displayed in an info sheet that can be accessed by swiping up. Prior to this update, you could only remove a file from an album, but not completely delete it. To do so, you'd have to first find it in a mountain of media files before trashing items you want to be gone from your library. It's a much-needed feature, especially for Android users, and its arrival should provide some relief. However, there's a big catch. The delete button is only available for private albums, meaning you still have to go through the old pesky method of trashing a file from within a shared album. On the other hand, the iOS version of the app already allows users to delete photos both from within private and shared albums. It's unclear why Google waited so long to add the button to one of the best photo editing apps for Android, given that it's already available on iOS and the web. Despite its late arrival, it's still a welcome change. Another handy update is the new date overlay for Photos on the web, which shows up in the top-left corner when you browse through the Photos tab, per 9to5Google. The overlay indicates when a particular photo or video was taken ¿— "today," "yesterday," or earlier. Older dates are marked as such. The location also shows up at the bottom of the action bar when you pull up the info sheet. It sits right above the image metadata, indicating where an image was taken. The new updates are the latest enhancements Google has pushed to the Photos service. In March, Photos gained tons of new features across all platforms, including new methods for managing on-device files and images stored in the cloud separately, among others. Jay Bonggolto Jay Bonggolto News Writer Jay Bonggolto always keeps a nose for news. He is a tech journalist based in the Philippines who has been writing about consumer tech for the past six years and has been using various Android phones since falling in love with Jelly Bean. When he's not writing, he likes to spend time outside, stealing scenes with his phone camera. ...

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05-21-2022 Science&Technology
Only a Whirlwind Can Save Mars Lander

NEWSER) – A NASA spacecraft on Mars is headed for a dusty demise. The InSight lander is losing power because of all the dust on its solar panels. NASA says it will keep using the spacecraft’s seismometer to register marsquakes until the power peters out, likely in July, the AP reports. Then flight controllers will monitor InSight until the end of this year, before calling everything off. "There really hasn't been too much doom and gloom on the team. We're really still focused on operating the spacecraft," says Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Bruce Banerdt, the principal scientist. Since landing on Mars in 2018, InSight has detected more than 1,300 marsquakes; the biggest one, a magnitude 5, occurred two weeks ago. It will be NASA's second Mars lander lost to dust: A global dust storm took out Opportunity in 2018. In InSight's case, it's been a gradual gathering of dust, especially over the past year. NASA's two other functioning spacecraft on the Martian surface—rovers Curiosity and Perseverance—are still going strong thanks to nuclear power. The space agency may rethink solar power in the future for Mars, said planetary science director Lori Glaze, or at least experiment with new panel-clearing tech or aim for the less-stormy seasons. InSight currently is generating one-tenth of the power from the sun that it did upon arrival. The InSight team anticipated this much dust buildup, but hoped a gust of wind or dust devil might clean off the solar panels. That has yet to happen, despite several thousand whirlwinds coming close. "None of them have quite hit us dead-on yet enough to blow the dust off the panels," Banerdt says. Another science instrument, dubbed the mole, was supposed to burrow 16 feet underground to measure the internal temperature of Mars. But the German digger never got deeper than a couple feet because of the unexpected composition of the red dirt, and it was finally declared dead at the beginning of last year. (Read more Mars stories.) ...

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05-20-2022 Science&Technology
Mars lander losing power because of dust on solar panels

NASA is being forced to end its Mars lander mission early because of dust. Officials announced Tuesday the InSight spacecraft is slowly losing power because its two solar panels are covered in dust. Morever, the dust levels in the atmosphere are only increasing and sunlight is decreasing as Mars enters winter, which is speeding up the loss of power. Power levels will likely die out in July -- effectively ending operations -- and, by the end of the year, project leaders expect InSight will be "inoperative." "People can obviously relate to, in their own homes, they have to dust because dust settles," Chuck Scott, InSight’s project manager, told ABC News. "It's the same sort of thing with these solar panels. We have dust in the Mars atmosphere that gets kicked up because of the local weather ... storms where you get the dust kicked up because you have lot of wind." "Since Mars's atmosphere is thinner, it goes up into the upper atmosphere and it can get distributed more widely than it would on Earth and it'll deposit back down on whatever's below including our spacecraft and the solar panels," he added. InSight is currently generating about one-tenth of the power it was when it landed on Mars in November 2018. When the spacecraft first landed, the solar panels were producing 5,000 watt-hour for each Martian day, enough to power an electric oven for an hour and 40 minutes, NASA said. Currently, the panels are producing 500 watt-hour per Martian day, only enough to power an electric oven for 10 minutes. Project leaders had expected the gradual dust buildup on the solar panels, but had hoped passing whirlwinds on Mars might have cleaned some of it off, but none have so far. "Two rovers we sent back in 2003, they both experienced what we would call 'natural cleaning' or 'dust cleaning events,'" Scott said. "Those winds went over the vehicles and cleared a lot fo the dust off the solar panels of those vehicles. We were were kind of hoping this would occur with a stationary lander." ...

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05-20-2022 Science&Technology
e-Ink iPhone display could combine Apple quality with near-zero impact on battery life

A report this morning says that we may see in the future an e-Ink iPhone display, as a secondary screen on a folding iPhone. The most likely interpretation of a follow-up tweet is that Apple is testing a type of color e-ink display that offers crisper text, brighter displays, and richer colors than conventional technology … Background e-Ink or ePaper displays are best known for their use in Amazon Kindles, and other ebook readers. They are designed to combine the benefits of paper-like appearance with extremely low power consumption. The first generations of e-ink displays were mono – black on white, or vice-versa – but color is now supported. The main drawback of e-Ink displays is a very slow refresh. This is acceptable for ebook usage, when you’re only going to be “turning the page” every 30 seconds or so, but not suitable for the type of dynamic usage needed for things like the primary displays of smartphones or laptops (even if one company disagrees). However, they can be suitable for secondary displays, with less dynamic content. How might an e-Ink iPhone display be used? Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that Apple’s interest is for foldable devices. The company is expected to launch a folding iPhone at some point, which typically calls for a secondary display visible while the device is folded. Typical uses for this are to display the time, and notifications. Existing folding smartphones use OLED for their external displays, but it would make a lot of sense to use an e-Ink one. The type of content displayed on a secondary display doesn’t change often, making the refresh rate unimportant. Typically, a user will only look at the display to quickly check the time, or to view a notification after an alert. The big advantage of this is that the secondary display would use only a trickle of battery power, compared to even the type of low-refresh rate OLED used for the always-on feature of recent and current Apple Watches. What e-Ink tech might Apple use? While e-Ink and ePaper are used as generic terms for this type of display, Kuo said in a follow-up tweet that he was referring to a specific company. ...

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05-20-2022 Science&Technology
'Wordle' today: Answer, hints for May 18

If 3 is a magic number, Wordle #333 must be the most magical puzzle yet, right? If you haven't found today's answer yet, we're not spoiling it... yet. But you can find it down the bottom of this post. If you just want a few clues to help you get the answer, keep reading for some background, tips and strategies we've reported on here at Mashable. Missed the start of the phenomenon? Wordle was originally created by former Reddit engineer Josh Wardle and went super-viral in late 2021, becoming a daily habit for thousands of players around the globe. The game was bought by the New York Times earlier this year for a very big number of dollars, and is now run by the paper's puzzles and games team. Some folks have wondered if Wordle is getting harder — it isn't. If anything, it's easier, as the Times has regularly been cutting more obscure words from the original list. But you can always switch Wordle to Hard Mode for an extra challenge. Not the day you're after? Here's the Wordle answer for May 17. What's a Heardle? A Dordle?? A Quordle?! Wordle's clean, addictive format has inspired plenty of knock-offs, but also an endless stream of fun clones and variations, such as the battle royale Squabble, music identification game Heardle, and combo styles like Dordle and Quordle that have you trying to guess multiple words at once. ...

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05-20-2022 Cars
Tesla cut from S&P 500 ESG Index, and Elon Musk tweets his fury

May 18 (Reuters) - An S&P Dow Jones Indices executive told Reuters on Wednesday it has removed electric carmaker Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) from the widely followed S&P 500 ESG Index (.SPXESUP)because of issues including claims of racial discrimination and crashes linked to its autopilot vehicles, and Tesla CEO Elon Musk responded with harsh tweets including that "ESG is a scam". In it changes, effective May 2, the sustainability index also added soon-to-be-Musk-controlled Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) and oil refiner Phillips 66 (PSX.N) while dropping Delta Air Lines and Chevron Corp, according to an announcement. The back-and-forth over the index changes reflects a wider debate about the metrics used to judge corporate performance on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, a growing area of investing. Tesla has become the most valuable auto industry company by pioneering EVs and expanding into battery storage for electric grids and solar-power systems. Factors contributing to its departure from the index included Tesla's lack of published details related to its low carbon strategy or business conduct codes, said Margaret Dorn, S&P Dow Jones Indices' head of ESG indices for North America, in an interview. Even though Tesla's products help cut planet-warming emissions, Dorn said, its other issues and lack of disclosures relative to industry peers should raise concerns for investors looking to judge the company across environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria. "You can't just take a company's mission statement at face value, you have to look at their practices across all those key dimensions," she said. Tesla representatives did not immediately respond to questions. The company has previously called ESG methodologies "fundamentally flawed." Musk tweeted that "Exxon is rated top ten best in world for environment, social & governance (ESG) by S&P 500, while Tesla didn’t make the list! ESG is a scam. It has been weaponized by phony social justice warriors." Asked about the tweet, a representative for the index provider said Musk may have been referring to a list on a company blog post of the largest 10 constituents by market cap of the S&P 500 ESG Index after the removal of Tesla and others. The list is "not a ranking of best companies by ESG score," the representative said. ...

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05-13-2022 Science&Technology
EU to Mandate CSAM Scanning for Child Protection in All Encrypted Messaging Service



A leaked European Union proposal reveals plans to mandate CSAM scanning for child protection in all encrypted messaging services. EU to Monitor CSAM In 2021, Apple agreed to halt its plans to introduce the Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) technology after the tech giant faced severe criticism of its dangers to all privacy, according to Apple Insider. Notably, the UK government backed Apple's plans, albeit after the tech giant had withdrawn them, chiefly as part of its own wish to get backdoors into end-to-end encryption. Now, it seems that many of the UK's former fellow EU member countries have been planning their own CSAM measures. These types of plans have been such that the EU intends to impose a single pan-European solution, both to standardize the measures and because it says that the voluntary ones have not been enough. Also Read: Apple's CSAM Catches San Francisco Doctor With Child Exploitative Images on His iCloud Alec Muffett, a security consultant, posted a copy of a draft EU proposal about laying down rules to prevent and combat child sexual abuse on Twitter. According to the proposal, despite the important contribution made by certain providers, the voluntary action has proven insufficient to address the misuse of online services for the purposes of child sexual abuse. The proposal continues that, as a consequence, several Member States have started preparing and adopting national rules to fight against online child sexual abuse, according to iMore. The proposal also reports that divergent national requirements over CSAM would also lead to an influx in the fragmentation of the Digital Single Market for services. Therefore, EU regulators propose imposing rules to guarantee the fundamental rights of children and establish a fair balance over the right of privacy for users, according to EuroNews. The plan is for an EU Center, which would create, maintain, and operate databases of online child sexual abuse indicators that service providers will be required to use. Using End to End Encryption Technology No specific services are mentioned in the proposal, but it does state that these measures should be taken regardless of the technologies used by the providers concerned in connection to the provision of their services. ...

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05-13-2022 Science&Technology
05-13-2022 Science&Technology
Google I/O 2022 recap: Pixel 6a, Pixel Watch, Android 13 and all the big announcements



For an event that tends to focus on software, the Google I/O keynote today (May 11) wound up featuring a whole lot of hardware news, though we're in for a bit of a wait before any of the new products arrive. As you would expect from an opening keynote at a developers conference, Google did spend some time talking about Android 13, though most of the information shared has been known since the public beta of the software update became available. Instead, the more eye-catching parts of the Google I/O keynote centered around new Pixel products. Here's what got announced: Pixel 6a: Google's budget phone will still cost $449, and will feature the Tensor chip in the Pixel 6. That will enable new features like Magic Eraser. The phone arrives July 28, with pre-orders staring July 21. Pixel Buds Pro: These wireless earbuds feature active noise cancellation. They'll cost $199, and like the Pixel 6a, you'll be able to place an order on July 21 in advance of their sale on July 28. Pixel Watch: Google's first smartwatch will run Wear OS and incorporate FitBit features like sleep tracking, heart rate monitoring and other exercise tracking capabilities. You'll be able to control smart home devices from your wrist, too. The Pixel 7 isn't coming until the fall. Pixel 7: We don't know much about the Pixel 7, but we do know what it will look like now that Google has given us a sneak peek at the device. The horizontal camera bar remains, but the lenses look a lot different on the model coming this fall. Pixel Tablet: We know even less about the Pixel tablet slated for a 2023 release. It looks like one of Google's smart screens with the base cut off, though. It's being touted as a complement to Google's Pixel phones. Even with that hardware focus, there were plenty of updates on software and services beyond the cursory Android 13 update. Google Maps is getting a cool immersive search feature, while Search will introduce an expansion of its recently launched multisearch feature that incorporates location. We were also impressed by the new scene exploration tool coming to Google Search. Google Assistant is getting updates, too, that allow you to interact with the assistant without first having to say, "Hey Google." You can watch a replay of the Google I/O keynote on YouTube that we've embedded below Google I/O continues to stream on the event's website. If you missed our live blog, you can get a minute-by-minute recap of all the announcements below. ...

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05-10-2022 Security
London Thieves Are Targeting Digital Currency Investors in a Wave of Crypto Muggings



ByteDance, the China-based owner of the famous social media platform TikTok, had added Douyin to its subsidiaries' names, including one based in Hong Kong, where the company was reportedly considering floating part of its business before it was put on hold due to China's regulations. ByteDance Adds Douyin to Subsidiaries ByteDance Limited established back in 2012 under its parent company based in Beijing, was renamed Douyin Group Limited. The change took effect on May 6, according to the company's information on the Companies Regulatory of Hong Kong. Douyin is the Chinese counterpart of TikTok. As reported by SCMP, some other entities under ByteDance have also been renamed, according to China's National Enterprise Credit Information Publicity System. Beijing ByteDance Technology Limited, which was established in 2012, is now called Beijing Douyin Information Service Limited, while ByteDance Limited, which was founded in 2016, is now called Douyin Limited earlier this May according to Tianyancha. Jiemian first reported the changes, and it has renewed the speculation that ByteDance is planning an initial public offering for Douyin, as separating Douyin's operation in China from the overseas business of TikTok is seen as a precondition for the move. The company was previously said to be mulling an initial public offering or IPO of Douyin in Hong Kong, according to Reuters. However, the IPO was put on hold until late 2022, after China tightened its regulatory scrutiny on the tech industry and imposed strict cybersecurity for offshore listings. In 2021, ByteDance denied that it had any IPO plans, and it did not comment on whether it is currently planning a public listing. In April, the company appointed veteran corporate lawyer Julie Gao as its chief financial officer. She has advised a lot of Chinese technology companies on public listings and other transactions. In November 2021, ByteDance announced a reorganization that would see its algorithm-driven operations divided into six different business groups, with TikTok and Douyin being two different units, as the company navigates the regulatory demands in China and the United States. Douyin, which has similar features to TikTok, is one of the most popular apps in China. The platform has more than 600 million users and counting. The app competes mainly with Kuaishou, a rival backed by Tencent Holdings. Still, the recent expansion into the e-commerce sector has put Douyin in direct competition against JD.com, Pinduoduo, and Alibaba Group Holding, owner of the Post. ByteDance Launches New Music Streaming Service ByteDance has launched a new music streaming service in China called Qishui Yinyue, according to Music Business Worldwide. The company's entrance into the music streaming industry in China marks the arrival of a new challenger to music platforms run by Tencent Holdings and NetEase. ...

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Top 150 World Newspapers (*)

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 Pravda.ru / Russia
149 Handelsblatt / Germany 150 The Daily Telegraph / Australia

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