Day: September 30, 2020

Google officially joins the 5G game with new flagship phone

Google on Wednesday launched the $699 (£599, AU$999) Pixel 5, its first phone with 5G wireless capabilities. 

a laptop on a bed: The Pixel 5, Google's newest premium phone. Google

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The Pixel 5, Google’s newest premium phone. Google

The release marks the first time the search giant will take advantage of the technology, which boasts anywhere from 10 to 100 times the speed of 4G cellular networks. Virtually all other Android phone makers, including Samsung , LG and Motorola , have introduced 5G phones over the past year and a half. Apple ‘s upcoming iPhone 12 is expected to be 5G as well.


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Google is also releasing a new version of the Pixel 4A , the midtier phone it announced last month, that can connect to 5G networks, too. The Pixel 4A 5G costs $499 (£499, AU$799), or $150 more than the non-5G version. Google showed off the new phones during a virtual event on Wednesday, when

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National Liaison Officers and Assistants from Europe and Central Asia Discuss Strengthening Regional Technical Cooperation Programme

The day-long event was attended by 46 NLOs and NLAs from across Europe and Central Asia. (Photo: O. Yusuf/IAEA)

At the meeting, presentations were delivered on the current implementation status of the ongoing 2020–2021 TC programme, with a particular focus on the challenges faced, and mitigation measures taken, in delivering services to Member States during the pandemic.

An update on planning for the 2022–2023 TC cycle was provided, covering important actions and milestones to come in the months ahead. Participants were also given a short overview of the Agency’s new Zoonotic Disease Integrated Action project, an initiative launched in June 2020 to help countries prevent pandemics caused by bacteria, parasites, fungi or viruses that originate in animals and can be transmitted to humans.  

During the meeting, participants raised several issues, including how best to further strengthen project implementation in view of the ongoing global pandemic. National Liaison Officers play a

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Disney Shares Slump On Plans to Cut 28,000 Theme Park Jobs

Walt Disney Co.  (DIS) – Get Report shares slumped lower Wednesday after the entertainment giant said it would lay off tens of thousands of workers at its theme parks.

Disney said around 28,000 people will be affected by the decision, most of them part-time workers, following the closure of theme parks in California, and limited capacity elsewhere as a result of the global coronavirus pandemic. Third quarter revenues for the division, in fact, fell 85% from last year owing to the shutdowns.

“For the last several months, our management team has worked tirelessly to avoid having to separate anyone from the company,” Disney’s parks unit chairman Josh D’Amaro said in a letter to employees. “We’ve cut expenses, suspended capital projects, furloughed our cast members while still paying benefits, and modified our operations to run as efficiently as possible, however, we simply cannot responsibly stay fully staffed while operating

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Facebook Integrates Messenger Chat With Instagram

Facebook  (FB) – Get Report said on Wednesday that it would incorporate its Messenger service with Instagram’s direct messages, enabling the apps’ users to directly communicate with each other through calls and chats.

Users can also control where and whether they receive messages and calls — in their chats or message requests, or not at all according to the company’s privacy control policies, the Menlo Park, Calif., social-media giant said in a statement.

With the new update, Facebook is changing how users can control their privacy, including tools that will enable them to report suspicious activity.

Facebook said it would first integrate those features on Instagram and Messenger in a few countries and then expand globally.

With the update, users can stay connected with their friends and family without deciding which app to use to communicate. Instagram users can decide if they want to update to the new

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U.S. and U.K. armies align science and technology modernization plans | Article

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Sept. 30, 2020) – Army Futures Command (AFC) is supporting the Army’s efforts to ensure its own technology can operate seamlessly with the technology of its international allied partners on future battlefields out as far as 2035.During a recent virtual network workshop, the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) Center – a component of AFC’s Combat Capabilities Development Command – along with attendees from across the Army and the U.K. Ministry of Defence, collaborated on their respective science and technology capabilities to find potential areas to build interoperability into their systems from the onset.The workshop series is an effort to refocus the long-term U.S.-U.K. relationship in support of a recent Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed between the U.S. Secretary of the Army and the U.K. Minister of Defence. The MOA, which emphasizes increased U.S.-U.K. technical interoperability as well as joint designs for

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Is Your Company Embracing These Employee Well-Being Trends?

As the competition among employers for top tier talent grows ever fiercer, so does the importance placed on employee benefits. After all, why go with Company A when Company B offers an equal salary but a few extra bells and whistles? Among these benefits is a focus on employee health and well-being. A healthy workforce can mean lower stress and fewer employees calling out sick, which means increased wins for the business overall.

Initiatives that place an emphasis on employee health are needed perhaps more than ever, too. It’s reported that 63% of adults in the U.K. are overweight and it’s not much better in the United States, amounting to a problem in the billions for healthcare. Employers are taking notice of the need for robust health programs for team members and according to a survey by Society for Human Resource Management, wellness benefits increased more than any other area … Read More

Most South American CEOs report advances in access to AI skills

Most business leaders in South America have made inroads in terms of access to skilled professionals to lead initiatives that involve the adoption of technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), according to a new report by KPMG.

According to the CEO Outlook report, 87% of chief executives in the region have accelerated the creation of digital offerings to ensure delivery to their customers. Of all the leaders polled in the region, 57% of executives said they advanced significantly in terms of hiring professionals to deal with projects focused on automation and AI systems.

Of the executives in the region who have reported digital progress, 23% said that in order to achieve such results, it was necessary to overcome obstacles relating to a previous lack of vision around future operational scenarios.

According to a study carried out by Brazilian think-tank Fundação Getúlio Vargas commissioned by Microsoft, which investigated the impact of

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Duke Safety Michael Carter II on Virginia Tech

Duke faces Virginia Tech at home on Saturday as the Blue Devils try to turn around an 0-3 start to the 2020 season.

“I think most importantly, we’ve just got to practice like we play,” safety Michael Carter II said. “I think we did a good job of getting into that mindset (Tuesday)—practice like it’s a game. Every rep is a game rep. What you want to see on Saturday is ultimately what you get on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. Just kind of put those game reps on film in practice so we’re ready to go Saturday.”

After playing three straight teams who were opening their season, Duke finally has an opponent who has game film available, after Virginia Tech beat NC State last week.

“The past few weeks, we haven’t really had much film on a lot of teams,” Carter said. “This week, now that we’ve seen them play,

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From Nest Audio to the Pixel 5, here’s everything Google announced at Launch Night In

The Techtober train is still running, with a current stop at the Google Launch Night In Event. That means new Pixel phones, a Chromecast and a Nest speaker.

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And Google packed all of this into a quick 30-minute event. The Pixel 4a 5G, as expected, is an upgraded version of the Pixel 4a. Back in August, we called it the best affordable Android phone. The 4a 5G adds in support for 5G networks (Sub6 and mmWave standards), features a slightly bigger display and is $499. The Pixel 5 continues the 5G party with the same dual camera setup on the back, a slightly smaller display and more color options. It also features IP68 resistance and reverse wireless charging.


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The new Chromecast finally has a dedicated remote and feels like a full-fledged streaming box. It’s running Google TV, which delivers a whole new layout with

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Metro Health adds robotic technology for early lung cancer detection

WYOMING, MI — Metro Health – University of Michigan Health, as a part of the Cancer Network of West Michigan, is pioneering the use of robotic technology to diagnose lung cancer earlier.

The Grand Rapids-area health system’s use of the West Michigan’s first Ion robotic-assisted bronchoscopy tool will help diagnose lung cancer at the earliest, hardest-to-reach stages, according to news release Wednesday announcing the technology.

Health officials expect this new tool to improve hope for survival from lung cancer, the No. 1 cause of cancer death.

“Historically, most lung cancer diagnoses were late,” said Dr. Mounir Ghali, director of Interventional Pulmonology at Metro Health. “When we are able to detect, diagnose and treat sooner, we can help a patient outlive the cancer.”

Ghali is equipped, since Sept. 21, with the world’s most advanced tool for fast, safe and accurate diagnosis, according to Dr. Peter Hahn, president and CEO of Metro

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