Day: September 11, 2020

Itafos Announces Commencement of Technical Studies Related to Itafos Conda Organic Growth Projects

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TORONTO, Sep 10, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) —
TORONTO, Sept. 10, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Itafos (TSX-V: IFOS) (the “Company“) announced today that it has commenced technical studies related to Itafos Conda organic growth projects, including anhydrous hydrogen fluoride and precipitated silica (“AHF/PS“) by-product recovery and on-site ammonia production, as part of the Company’s strategic focus on optimizing Itafos Conda’s EBITDA generation capability. The Company expects to provide a further update on the respective technical studies by Q1 2021.

The AHF/PS by-product recovery initiative aims at improving Itafos Conda’s EBITDA generation capability by extracting and commercializing high-value by-products AHF and PS without impacting Itafos Conda’s manufacturing process. The initiative contemplates the extraction of fluoride, in the form of silico-fluoride, from the tailings pond water at Itafos Conda via continuous ion exchange (“

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Unreleased OnePlus phones exposed via official URLs

OnePlus Nord Angled macro close up of OnePlus logo
  • Several OnePlus.com URLs show what appear to be unreleased and unannounced OnePlus phones.
  • There are some expected ones in there, such as the OnePlus 8T and 8T Pro.
  • There are also some others, like two new Nord phones as well as a very mysterious “SS9805.”

We’re likely only a few weeks away from the expected launch of the OnePlus 8T. Today, thanks to serial leaker Evan Blass, we saw some official URLs connected to OnePlus.com that appear to show product names and model numbers for some unreleased devices.

Most of the URLs reference what are clearly OnePlus phones. One, however, is very mysterious; it’s likely a phone, but which one is difficult to say.

Unreleased OnePlus phones

It is unlikely the URLs will last long, but here they are:

The first two are obvious and expected. However, we are still on the fence about there being a OnePlus 8T

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Export Maker Space will feature a blend of old-school, modern technology

If someone in Export has a good idea for a project, Tom Spears wants to give them the tools to make it happen.

“We want to hit all the ‘maker’ markets,” said Spears, who will open the Export Maker Space on Kennedy Avenue in the fall.

Spears has taken the former home of International Motorcars of Pittsburgh and replaced the BMWs and Mercedes with table saws and tool benches.

“My day job is a lot of staring at computers and sending emails,” said Spears, who works as an electrical engineering manager for Westinghouse. “But I work on projects all the time, and I’ve been steadily collecting equipment.”

When W.A. Hoy Construction put the space up for rental, Spears knew he’d found a spot.

“It’s perfect,” he said. “We have the bike

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Apple Watch, Dell XPS 13, Microsoft Surface Pro

Labor Day may be over but we’re still seeing plenty of awesome tech deals lying around that are too good to miss. Right now, you can get the Blink XT2 security camera, Apple Watch Series 3, AirPods Pro, iPad Mini, Microsoft Surface Pro 7, 70-inch LG UN7070 4K TV, Dell XPS 13, and Samsung Galaxy S20 at Amazon, Best Buy, Dell, and Verizon for as much as $360 off.

Blink XT2 (2-Camera Bundle)

— $135, was $180

While the Arlo 2 is without a doubt the best home security camera right now, not everyone can afford its premium price tag. If you don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars for a security cam system on top of a hefty monthly subscription, the Blink XT2 is a fantastic low-cost option. This rugged home security camera can be placed both indoors and outdoors and features a 1080p live feed, mobile app control

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Report: Apple COO Williams Seen as Tim Cook’s ‘Heir Apparent’

Apple  (AAPL) – Get Report has been stepping up its succession planning efforts for Tim Cook and other senior company execs, Bloomberg reports.

Bloomberg notes that Cook, who’s now 59 and has been Apple’s CEO for more than nine years, has “given no indication he’s ready to retire.” However, it also states that COO Jeff Williams is now “seen as the heir apparent” to Cook.

Williams, 57, oversees Apple’s global operations, as well as customer service and support. Over the years, he has also taken on product management responsibilities, assuming oversight of the Apple Watch, Apple’s health efforts and (following Jony Ive’s departure in 2019) Apple’s hardware and software design work.

If Williams was named Cook’s successor, it would arguably be a sign that Apple doesn’t want to disrupt the managerial approach that has worked since Steve Jobs’ departure. Namely, of having the company led by a low-key,

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Salary and Benefits Trends During Covid-19

Employers have a growing list of concerns lately, including losing their top performers, new research from global staffing firm Robert Half shows. A large majority of senior managers surveyed (88%) said they are worried about their company’s ability to retain valued staff, with 47% being very worried. Of those who said they are worried, 39% attribute their concern to salary reductions or planned salary freezes for the near future.

New research from Robert Half reveals salary-related concerns among employers amid the pandemic.

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The research comes in conjunction with the release of the Robert Half 2021 Salary Guides, which provide starting salary ranges for more than 470 positions in the accounting, finance, technology, creative, legal and administrative support fields.

Among the 28 U.S. cities in the survey, Minneapolis (52%), Tampa (50%) and Portland (49%) have the highest percentages of senior managers who said they are concerned about retention because salaries have been slashed or raises are off the table for

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Russian, Chinese, and Iranian hackers are targeting the US election, says Microsoft

Hackers from Russia, China, and Iran are targeting individuals and organizations involved in both Donald Trump and Joe Biden’s presidential campaigns, according to a new security report from Microsoft. The tech giant says the “majority” of the attacks it’s detected have been unsuccessful, but it’s working with targets who have been compromised.

Notably, Microsoft says that the Russian hacking group known variously as Fancy Bear, Strontium, or APT28, which successfully targeted Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2016, has returned to look for new targets in the upcoming 2020 election. President Trump downplayed Russia’s connection to the Clinton hackers throughout the 2016 campaign, and recent reports indicate he has actively suppressed US intelligence reporting on Russian threats to the US election.

Microsoft says Strontium has targeted more than 200 organizations in total, including political consultants working for both Republicans

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To Stop Coronavirus’ Spread, We’ll Need New Testing Technology

In July, my brother planned a weekend trip to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with friends. The week of the trip, they all decided to get tested for COVID-19. Everyone in the group got their (negative) results back within a few days — except my brother.

It took seven days for him to get his (also negative) results. By that point, the day he’d planned to leave had come and gone, and he’d decided to stay home. It was a hard call, but the right one. He could have been infected earlier in the week and not have known it.

It didn’t matter what the results were. By the time they arrived, they were obsolete. 

Based on estimates from Harvard and the Rockefeller Foundation, the U.S. needs to administer at least 5 million tests per day with turnaround under two days to effectively contain COVID‑19 community spread. Currently, we’re at about

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Value Tech Stocks Better At Weathering Big Tech Sell Off?

Our indicative Theme of Value Tech Stocks includes a diverse set of technology companies with mature businesses that are trading at reasonable valuations. Investor preference for high-growth stocks has meant that these companies have underperformed, with the theme down by about -18% year-to-date, on an equally weighted basis, compared to the NASDAQ which has gained about 21% over the same period. However, the Value Tech Stocks theme has fared better than the broader market over the big technology-led sell-off over the last few days, declining by just about -4% versus a decline over -8% on the NASDAQ. Below, we provide a

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These 4 NYSE Gold And Silver Stocks Just Hit New 52-Week Highs

While well-known tech stocks were bouncing just a little off their recent sell-off lows, these little mentioned and mostly ignored miners managed to hit higher highs. They fall into the “materials” sector by those who keep track of genre, but these involve a different kind of material and fall into a class of their own: the precious metals stocks.

The underlying metal did not make a new high this week but these 4 gold mining stocks established brand new yearly high prices. That means they continued a run that has out-performed the mighty big tech stocks. Apple
AAPL
, Amazon
AMZN
, Microsoft
MSFT
, Google
GOOGL
and Tesla
TSLA
failed to make new highs this week.

Here are the 4 precious metals stocks that got

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