Technology and Money

Pinguy OS Puts On a Happier GNOME 3 Face
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Pinguy OS 18.04 is an Ubuntu-based distribution that offers a non-standard GNOME desktop environment intended to be friendlier for new Linux users. This distro is a solid Linux OS with a focus on simple and straightforward usability for the non-geek desktop user. If you do not like tinkering with settings or having numerous power-grabbing fancy […]

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Uber partners with Cargo to help drivers make money by selling stuff to riders
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Uber has teamed up with Cargo, a startup that makes it easy for ride-share drivers to sell goods to their passengers. Cargo works by giving drivers free boxes, filled with goods like gum, phone chargers and snacks, to sell to passengers from the center of the car console. Cargo, which has partnered with brands like […]

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Lifebit raises $3M to scale-up AI-powered analysis of DNA data
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Making sense of DNA data is a two-step process, namely the biochemical-sequencing of the DNA and the analyzing and extracting insights from the sequenced DNA data. As of today in 2018, the first part of this process is now almost fully automated requiring minimal human intervention. Even sequencing costs have dropped below $1,000 and soon […]

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2019 Ford Edge ST gets pricing info, finally     – Roadshow
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Ford hopes the Edge ST will compete with the performance crossovers from Europe, and is charging accordingly.

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Leaked Documents Show Facebook's 'Threshold' For Deleting Pages, Groups
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Facebook has repeatedly referenced to lawmakers a “threshold” that must be reached before the platform decides to ban a particular page for violating the site’s policies, but it hasn’t discussed its guidelines publicly. Motherboard has obtained internal Facebook documents laying out what this threshold is for multiple types of different content, including some instances of […]

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“An almond doesn’t lactate:” FDA to crack down on use of the word “milk”
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Almond milk (credit: Amazing Almonds) The US Food and Drug Administration seems to have soured on nondairy milk-alternative products that use the term “milk” in their marketing and labeling—like popular soy and almond milk products. In a talk hosted by Politico, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced Tuesday that the FDA will soon issue a new guidance […]

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AI plus a chemistry robot finds all the reactions that will work
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Simple robots have been part of chemistry for years. (credit: Greg Russ) Chemistry is a sort of applied physics, with the behavior of electrons and their orbitals dictating a set of rules for which reactions can take place and what products will remain stable. At a very rough level, the basics of these rules are […]

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Spotify users still can't block followers, but that could change
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Spotify isn't as much of a haven from harassment as many might like. Since the service shares your plays with followers by default, it's possible for harassers to keep up with your listening habits and exploit that to their advantage (say, by findin…

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VR standard promises an end to headset connector headaches
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If you've used a wired VR headset, you probably know the connector situation is inconsistent and messy: you frequently have to plug multiple cables into your PC, which is space consuming at best and potentially impractical if you have a laptop. That…

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