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FaceTime chat ‘saves woman’s life’

Image copyright Opokua Kwapong Image caption Opokua Kwapong says FaceTime saved her life A woman who had a stroke while on a FaceTime video call with her sister, says the technology saved her life. Opokua Kwapong, who lives alone in New York, was on a call with her sister, Adumea Sapong, in Manchester, when Mrs Sapong noticed that her elder sibling “didn’t look right”. She raised the alarm after she also noticed her sister’s voice was slurred. Ms Kwapong said…

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Mixer, Microsoft’s answer to Twitch, adds game sales

For ages now, Twitch has allowed streamers to monetize the platform via subscribers, donations, partnerships and digital game sales. Finally, Microsoft is stepping up to the plate with the addition of the ‘Direct Purchase’ feature to Mixer, its own specialized streaming service. ‘Direct Purchase’ allows streamers to feature content, such as demos, full games, or even DLC packs, on their stream which viewers can purchase at the click of a button without even exiting the stream. Between Xbox, Windows 10…

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Temenos agrees to 1.4 billion pounds deal for Fidessa, activist Elliott enters

ZURICH (Reuters) – Swiss software company Temenos said it has agreed a 1.4 billion pound ($1.96 billion) deal to buy British peer Fidessa Group, whose shares traded above the offer price as an activist investor disclosed a stake of nearly 5 percent. The deal on Wednesday came a day after the two companies announced advanced talks for a takeover that would add Fidessa’s equities trading technology to expand Temenos’s customer base in the financial services industry. Fidessa shareholders would get…

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An Especially Tiny And Perfectly Formed FM Bug

It used to be something of an electronic rite of passage, the construction of an FM bug. Many of us will have taken a single RF transistor and a tiny coil of stiff wire, and with the help of a few passive components made an oscillator somewhere in the FM broadcast band. Connect up a microphone and you were a broadcaster, a prankster, and probably set upon a course towards a life in electronics. Back in the day such a…

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Unsettling British pork advertisement / Boing Boing

The aptly-named “Scarred for Life” Twitter account posted this remarkable ad for British pork, dating to some indefinitely creepy moment in the 1970s or 1980s. There should be a corollary for Poe’s law (“it is impossible to create a parody of extreme views so exaggerated that it cannot be mistaken for the thing parodied”) for parodies of British advertisements. Be sure to click through to the thread for more high-quality horrors of UK product marketing. Previously: KFC Commercial, by Peter…

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How to Delete Your Snapchat Account

Snapchat is a funny beast. Some of its features remain hugely addictive, but the company is under pressure to innovate as services like Instagram and Facebook continue to pilfer its ideas. Furthermore, the user base isn’t happy. A recent redesign of the app disappointed many, with people demanding the company bring back the old layout. But based on what Snapchat’s CEO Evan Spiegel said, it seems unlikely: “There is a strong likelihood that the redesign of our application will be…

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How to Delete Horizontal Lines in Microsoft Word That Won’t Go Away

If you’re writing up a long report in Microsoft Word and want to use simple dividers to split up the various sections for readability, all you have to do is type three hyphens and hit Enter for a long horizontal line to magically appear. But once it’s there, getting rid of it can prove challenging. You’d think using the Delete or Backspace keys would work, but that only works if you delete right after hitting Enter. Otherwise, you’re stuck with that…

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Specs for the rumored Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact may have leaked

The Sony Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra. A handful of specs for the rumored Sony Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact may have leaked. The rumor arrives from Swedish Android website Swedroid (via Xperia Blog) only days before the handsets are expected to be unveiled. The handsets are both anticipated to sport a Snapdragon 845 SoC, have 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage space. The XZ2 display is set to come in at 5.7-inches, while the…

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The Opportunity Rover Has Now Operated for 5,000 Martian Days

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. It’s common for NASA’s meticulous engineering to yield above average results. Most space missions are active much longer than the original mission parameters require. It’s not uncommon for probes and rovers to last years longer than expected, but the Opportunity rover is in a completely different league. This plucky little robot has just spent is 5,000th Martian day on the red planet, or just over…

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Watch SpaceX count down to first Starlink satellite launch – GeekWire

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket stands ready to launch Spain’s Paz satellite and two Starlink prototype satellites at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. (SpaceX via Twitter) The primary mission for today’s scheduled launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is putting a Spanish radar imaging satellite in low Earth orbit — but it’s the secondary missions that are really interesting. Riding along with Hisdesat’s Paz spacecraft are the first two prototypes for what’s eventually expected to become a SpaceX constellation of…

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