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Nanometer-Sized Tubes Created from Simple Benzene Molecules

12 days ago   |   By R&D Magazine

NewsFor the first time, researchers used benzene-a common hydrocarbon-to create a novel kind of molecular nanotube, which could lead to new nanocarbon-based semiconductor applications. Contributed Author: University of TokyoTopics: Nanotechnology
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The NYT gets into voice with 5 new Alexa skills, including a daily briefing, quiz and more

The NYT gets into voice with 5 new Alexa skills, including a daily briefing, quiz and more

12 days ago   |   By TechCrunch

The New York Times is expanding its efforts around audio programming and voice assistants, the company announced today. The NYT says it's launching a daily flash briefing for Alexa devices, as well as an interactive news quiz, and - in an interesting twist - it will be introducing “enhanced coverage” in its Sunday paper that prompts readers to launch dedicated Alexa skills to learn more about the stories they're reading.
On weekdays, the Times will offer a short news briefing for Alexa devices that's hosted by Michael Barbaro of The NYT's popular podcast, “The Daily.” Listeners can enable...
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Amazon fires open-source shot with DocumentDB launch

Amazon fires open-source shot with DocumentDB launch

12 days ago   |   By TechRadar

In a move that will surely upset the open-source community, AWS has launched a new database offering compatible with the MongoDB API called DocumentDB. The cloud giant describes its new product as a “fast, scalable, and highly available document database that is designed to be compatible with your existing MongoDB applications and tools.” However, it is essentially a replacement for MongoDB that uses its API but none of its code. According to AWS, its customers have found it difficult to build fast and highly available applications that are able to scale to multiple terabytes with hundreds...
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China cracks down on Twitter users critical of its government

12 days ago   |   By Engadget

It won't surprise you to hear that China keeps a tight lid on homegrown social networks, but it's now doing more to stifle free expression on outside networks, too. The New York Times reported that Chinese law enforcement recently began a crackdown...
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The New York Times wants to use Amazon's Alexa to reach new listeners

The New York Times wants to use Amazon's Alexa to reach new listeners

12 days ago   |   By The Verge

Smart speakers are fast becoming a fixture in many US households and The New York Times is on it. This weekend, the paper is launching a slew of new audio products designed for Alexa-enabled devices, including a daily news briefing, weekly quiz, and audio content tied to coverage in its Sunday print edition.
The flagship product is undoubtedly the daily briefing, which will be a three-minute segment hosted by Michael Barbaro, star of the paper's break-out news podcast The Daily (a 20-something-minute show with millions of monthly downloads). Speaking to The Verge , the NYT' s voice editor...
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Microsoft Bing search engine blocked in China, report says

Microsoft Bing search engine blocked in China, report says

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Nokia Android 9 Pie update schedule revealed by HMD Global

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Twitter testing ‘Original Tweeter' tag to distinguish who started a thread

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Twitter is testing a new tag that will make it easier to parse who started a thread. The new feature, which is starting to pop up for some users, makes it easier to find posts... Read more ...

Microsoft's Bing search engine reportedly blocked in China

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Grab an iPhone SE for Less Than $300

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Apple is offering the discontinued iPhone SE on clearance at a very attractive $249. Read more ...

Boeing just got one step closer to making its autonomous flying taxi a reality

Boeing just got one step closer to making its autonomous flying taxi a reality

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