Day: October 3, 2020

Djokovic wants line judges replaced by technology

PARIS (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic’s relationship with line officials has been difficult of late and the Serbian risked their wrath again on Saturday when he suggested they were unnecessary.

The 33-year-old world number one was dramatically defaulted in the U.S. Open fourth round after inadvertently hitting a female line judge in the throat with a loose ball.

Now he believes their job should be done by Hawkeye technology.

“With all my respect for the tradition and the culture we have in this sport, when it comes to people present on the court during a match, including line (judges), I really don’t see a reason why every single tournament in this world, in this technological advanced era, would not have what we had during the Cincinnati/New York tournaments,” Djokovic said.

The COVID-19 pandemic meant the majority of courts at the U.S. Open, part from the main show courts, dispensed with line

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ASU launches new Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory

The laboratory will incorporate new colleges, research and more in the under construction ISTB7

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Computer render of Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building Seven (ISTB-7). The building will house the College of Global Futures.

ASU’s Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory has launched but must wait for the completion of its building, Interdisciplinary Science and Technology 7. 

The new building, which is expected to open in December 2021, will bring together the new College of Global Futures and several programs dedicated to creating a sustainable future. 

The Global Futures Laboratory aims to take an interdisciplinary approach to the future of the planet in a humanities-based direction. 

The lab is being spearheaded by Peter Schlosser, vice president and vice provost of the Global Futures Initiative. Schlosser is an expert Earth scientist and has spent his career studying the

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Virginia Tech football runs over Duke behind Khalil Herbert’s big night for first 2020 road win | Virginia Tech

The first half also amounted to a series of missed opportunities for Virginia Tech’s offense.

Burmeister threw a 12-yard touchdown to tie the game with 4:26 left in the first quarter, but he went 7 of 18 in the first half and threw an interception in the final minute of the second half that cut short a promising drive in Duke territory. The ball was a badly under-thrown attempt to Raheem Blackshear that went right into the arms of Duke cornerback Jeremiah Lewis.

Tech had to settle for a 21-yard field goal from Brian Johnson — his sixteenth straight without a miss — on the offense’s most productive drive of the half, a 16-play, 76-yard drive that lasted more than seven and a half minutes. The Hokies converted two third down attempts on the drive and a fourth and short inside the 20-yard line.

Blackshear had a pair of long

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U.Va. and Virginia Tech are motivated by embarrassing losses last season against Clemson, Duke

Never has the glare of stadium lights or the intrusive eye of television cameras made Virginia cornerback Nick Grant feel quite so naked on an athletic field as he did in December in a 62-17 loss to Clemson in the ACC championship.

More than two months earlier in Blacksburg, Virginia Tech linebacker Alan Tisdale had a similar experience. All the humiliation of Virginia Tech’s 45-10 loss at home to Duke last season hasn’t escaped Tisdale’s memories, but like Grant and his Virginia teammates, Tisdale and Tech will have their chances Saturday to redeem themselves.

“I feel like that was the first time a lot of us got truly embarrassed like that on national television, especially on a big stage in an ACC championship,” Grant said. “We understand now going into this season, no matter what … all roads lead to Clemson to win the ACC, so it’s just another step

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NASA launches new $23 million space toilet to ISS. It should arrive Monday

A recently designed space toilet that better accommodates women is headed to the International Space Station. The new loo was packed inside a cargo ship that successfully blasted off Friday evening at 6:16 p.m. PT from  NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia. The astronauts will give the toilet a test run for the next few months.



This unusual-looking space toilet will be tested by the astronauts on ISS. NASA


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This unusual-looking space toilet will be tested by the astronauts on ISS. NASA



Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti shows off the hose on the current toilet for when you need to pee. 


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Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti shows off the hose on the current toilet for when you need to pee. 


Weighing almost 100 pounds (45 kilograms) and measuring 28 inches (71 centimeters) tall, the new toilet is about half as big as the two Russian-built toilets already in use at the ISS. This new toilet is 65% smaller and almost half as light than current ISS toilets in use.

The new, smaller

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YouTube 4K has now come to Apple TV, iPhone and iPad, but no HDR or 60fps on TV

“A big frustration with the Apple TV 4K is about to be history,” my colleague Chris Welch wrote, when we learned that Apple’s premiere set-top box would finally be able play 4K YouTube videos at their native resolution instead of being stuck at 1080p. These days, even a $40 dongle can do better than that.

But though Apple’s latest software updates did bring YouTube 4K to the Apple TV 4K, the frustrations aren’t necessarily over. It turns out you’re limited to watching 4K at 30fps, instead of a smooth 60 frames per second, and without the depth of color and contrast that High Dynamic Range (HDR) provides. That’s what 9to5Mac noticed yesterday, and we’ve confirmed with Google that — for now — Apple TV only supports 4K at 30fps with SDR content.

On the plus side, the latest iPhones and iPads do

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Trump’s positive COVID-19 test throws markets pre-election curveball

LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Investors already skittish ahead of U.S. elections in November now have another thing to worry about: the president’s health.

FILE PHOTO: A TV reporter stands in front of a large screen showing stock prices at the Tokyo Stock Exchange after market opens in Tokyo, Japan October 2, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo

News of Donald Trump’s positive coronavirus test on Friday triggered a decline in oil prices and stocks.

U.S. equities cut some of their losses by the end of the volatile session as investors digested the news and weighed the prospect that lawmakers would agree on a long-awaited coronavirus relief bill before the election.

Where investors go from here could rest on how Trump copes with a disease that has killed more than a million people around the world, more than 207,000 of them in the United States.

“This is a

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Shoppers Might Just Love Amazon’s Contactless Checkout Technology

It would be easy to chalk up technological developments from Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) as par for the course. The company is perpetually throwing spaghetti on the wall to see what sticks.



a hand holding a cellphone: Survey Says: Shoppers Might Just Love Amazon's Contactless Checkout Technology


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Survey Says: Shoppers Might Just Love Amazon’s Contactless Checkout Technology

A recent product unveiling, however, may mean far more than most realize.

The new device is the Amazon One, which can be used for contactless payments and is up and running in two Amazon Go stores. The device facilitates a completely hands-free interaction. Amazon says the palm print reader could also be utilized for things like granting access to restricted areas or in place of a loyalty card. Amazon is using it for its own purposes right now, but plans to sell the tech to third parties in the future.

Amazon One puts the e-commerce giant smack in the middle of a contactless

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Case closed: California judge ends SpaceX’s lawsuit against the U.S. Air Force

The judge said the Air Force’s actions were not arbitrary, capricious, or in violation of the law, and that SpaceX was not entitled to any relief in this action.”

WASHINGTON — A California judge Oct. 2 officially ended SpaceX’s 18-month-long lawsuit against the U.S. Air Force. Following a Sept. 24 ruling denying SpaceX’s claim, the judge on Friday ordered the case to be closed. 

U.S. District Court Judge Judge Otis Wright II of the Central District of California on Sept. 24 ruled against SpaceX in its legal complaint over contracts the U.S. Air Force awarded in October 2018 to United Launch Alliance, Northrop Grumman and Blue Origin. 

The judge’s Sept. 24 order, first reported by Reuters, was sealed by the court because it contained sensitive information.

In the Oct. 2 motion to close the case, the judge noted that his Sept. 24 order denied SpaceX’s claim, “concluding that the

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Microsoft Ignites 2020 With New Services And Tools For Business Resiliency

Another week, another virtual tech conference come and gone. This time it was Microsoft and its annual Ignite conference, where the company showcases its latest and upcoming solutions for its ecosystem of developers and IT professionals. We’re all getting used to the digital conference song and dance by now, and Microsoft, of course, pulled it off without a hitch. I tuned in to the event last week and wanted to share some takeaways, which I’ll break into two different blogs. The first will be a flyover of sorts, while the second will be a more in-depth look at some of the news around Microsoft’s Power Platform. Let’s dive in! 

Introducing Azure Communication Services 

Microsoft took the occasion to announce Azure Communication Services, which it touts as the world’s first fully managed communication platform available from a leading cloud provider. The offering seeks to save developers from the hassle of building

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