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Trump’s tweets just might forever prevent his ‘Muslim travel ban’

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Perhaps no politician is as compelled to cram his foot into his own mouth as President Donald Trump. 

Two judges recently issued temporary blocks of the White House's third attempt to ban travel from several majority-Muslim nations, and one cited Trump's tweets as part of the reason the ban should not go forward.

Had it proceeded apace, the ban would have gone into effect Wednesday, when it would have prevented many citizens of majority-Muslim Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen from coming to the United States. It will still effect citizens of North Korea and Venezuela, both of which were mentioned in the ban but unaffected by the rulings of Judge Derrick Watson in Hawaii and Judge Theodore Chuang in Maryland.  Read more...

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Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs will build a futuristic tech world in Toronto

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Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs will develop a futuristic, billion-dollar community along a sizable swathe of Toronto's waterfront.

On Wednesday, the City of Toronto and Sidewalk Labs  — which is the urban innovation arm of Google's parent company Alphabet — announced a partnership to radically re-imagine 800 acres of the city's largely vacant, post-industrial Eastern Waterfront, and turn it into a tech-integrated neighborhood called Quayside. 

Sidewalk Labs released a 196-page document brimming with the company's extensive ideas, including high-speed ferries, parks that can be adapted to the seasons, and robotic waste removal vehicles. Read more...

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Leveraging Artificial Intelligence & GPUs for Cybersecurity

This post is sponsored by NVIDIA. All thoughts and opinions are my own.  Artificial Intelligence (AI) presents a significant opportunity to solve problems previously…

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Polestar 1 Unveiled, is a 600HP Hybrid Sports Coupe That Has a 93-Mile Electric Range

Sleek and stylish, the all-new Polestar 1 touted as an “Electric Performance Hybrid,” or in other words, a two-door, 2+2 seat Gran Tourer powered by a hybrid powertrain generating 600hp and 737lb-ft of torque. It’s based on Volvo’s Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA), and features an Ohlins Continuously Controlled Electronic Suspension ...

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Don’t Pay $400, Get Yamaha’s YAS-203 Sound Bar w/Bluetooth and Wireless Subwoofer for $189.95 Shipped

Yamaha’s YAS-203 Sound Bar with Bluetooth and Wireless Subwoofer works with just about any television to provide an immersive audio experience, and it’s being offered for just $189.95, today only, originally $399.95. Make all of your movies and TV shows come to life with clear, spacious sound. The piano-black finish ...

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Not everyone’s desperate for Amazon’s second headquarters

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Cities have been desperately trying to attract Amazon’s second North American headquarters — but some groups want to know exactly what kind of jobs "HQ2" will bring. 

On Tuesday, 73 civic groups, including unions, nonprofits, religious organizations, and political parties sent an open letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos with a list of "expectations" for the company. 

"We love jobs, we love technology, and we love convenience—but what you’re looking for will impact every part of our cities," the letter reads. "We built these cities, and we want to make sure they remain ours." Read more...

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Volvo’s wave of electric cars starts with a new brand: Polestar

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Volvo made a big commitment earlier this year to put electric motors in all of its vehicles by 2019 — and now the automaker will double down on electrification with an entirely new luxury car brand. 

Volvo and its Chinese parent company, Geely Holdings, just announced that they'll invest about $755 million together to create Polestar, which will manufacture electrified vehicles in China. The new brand will be a "fully consolidated Volvo Cars subsidiary," focused solely on creating electric, performance-first vehicles.

The plans for the Polestar were unveiled at an event in Shanghai, where the first vehicle from the brand, the Polestar 1, also made its debut. The brand new two-door coupé isn't an all-electric car, but it has a hybrid engine that the company claims will offer an estimated 93 miles per charge of range running on electricity alone, which would give it more range than any hybrid currently on the road.  Read more...

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Time for a refresh: meet the new Google Calendar for webTime for a refresh: meet the new Google Calendar for webProduct Manager, Google Calendar

Check your schedule. Starting today, a fresh look and new features are coming to Google Calendar on the web to help you manage your time more efficiently and get more done.

We’re taking a lot of what you know and love from Calendar’s mobile application, like the modern color palette and sleek design, and bringing it to the web with a responsive layout that auto-adjusts to your screen size. We’ve also added more features for enterprises to help teams schedule and prepare for meetings.

New Calendar UI on web

Over the years, you’ve shared valuable feedback on how we can enhance Calendar to better fit your needs and we’re excited to bring new improvements. Now, it’s even easier to manage your schedule at your desk. In the new Calendar for web, you can:

  • See conference room details when booking a room. G Suite admins can now enter detailed information about their organization’s meeting rooms—so employees know where a conference room is located, how large it is, and whether it has audio/video equipment or is wheelchair accessible. Employees can simply hover over the room name in Calendar when they want to book a space, and a hovercard will pop up with details about the conference location and resources.

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  • Add rich formatting and hyperlinks to your Calendar invites. Link to relevant spreadsheets, documents or presentations in your Calendar invite and open them directly from the new “Event Detail” view. This can help you create more detailed agendas and ensure all materials are in one place before your meeting starts.
Rich text formatting in Calendar
  • Manage multiple calendars side by side in “Day” view. Now you can view and manage calendars in separate columns. This makes it easier for employees who manage multiple calendars, like administrative assistants, to schedule meetings on behalf of their teams. Click “Day” view and select the calendars you want to compare.
Side-by-side Day view in Calendar

There are a number of other changes in Calendar, too. Now you can see contact information of meeting participants when you hover over their names in a Calendar invite. There’s also a new way to view and restore deleted items in one place in case you accidentally delete a meeting. Additionally, "Day,” "Week,” and "Month" views are now more accessible, featuring better compatibility with screen readers. For more detail on changes, check out this post.

These new changes in Calendar can help your teams better manage their time, and G Suite admins can enable these new updates starting today. Read this post for more information on rollout options.


And if you use Calendar for personal use, click “Use new Calendar” in the upper righthand corner of the main Calendar view to get started.

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Mario Kart VR Takes Arcade Racing to the Next Level, Complete with Moving Seat

Photo credit: Engadget The HTC VIVE system is cool enough by itself, but pair it with Mario Kart VR? You’ve got an arcade racing game taken to the next level. It can be played at Shinjuku’s Bandai Namco VR Zone arcade and costs $39 USD per ticket, which lets you ...

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If Google Designed a Smartphone for Apple, it Might Look Like the iPhone 5X

Sure, an Apple and Google smartphone partnership may sound far-fetched, or at least for now, but that doesn’t mean it’s not possible in the future. If that were the case now, the iPhone 5X might be one of the potential designs since it has a display similar to the one ...

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