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Microsoft Admits It Messed Up and Axes Xbox Live Gold Price Hike

On Friday, Microsoft announced that it was going to raise prices for Xbox Live Gold during a pandemic, a statement that rightfully ignited anger among Xbox fans. Just a few hours later, Microsoft furiously backtracked and said it had “messed up.” No price hikes would be coming at this time, the company said. It…Read more...
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Facebook Says a ‘Configuration Change’ Is the Reason a Ton of Users Were Logged Out on Friday

Facebook users took Twitter and other social media platforms on Friday to report that they had, for no explicit reason, been logged out of the big blue app. Memes and the phrase “So Facebook” quickly popped up during the incident, which the company apologized for on Saturday.Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Facebook, Twitter, Science, Social Media, Software, Computing, iPhone 4, Operating Systems, Engadget, Internet Privacy, Facebook Says, Social Information Processing, Universal Windows Platform Apps, Criticism Of Facebook


Coronavirus live news: Spain's defence chief quits over alleged vaccination queue-jumping; UK records 1,348 deaths; Israel begins vaccinating teenagers

Vitamin D levels under scrutiny amid Covid surge in Europe; New UK Covid variant may be 30% more deadly, says Johnson; Bulgaria to ease some coronavirus restrictions from 4 FebruaryHome Affairs visa letter forces Australian couple on ‘nightmare’ trip to Covid-hit BritainIsraeli Covid chief’s claim single vaccine dose less effective ‘inaccurate’Covid vaccines: what are the implications of new variants of virus? 6.20pm GMT Portugal reported record daily numbers of coronavirus deaths and new i...
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Coronavirus live news: UK records 1,348 deaths; Israel begins vaccinating teenagers

Vitamin D levels under scrutiny amid Covid surge in Europe; New UK Covid variant may be 30% more deadly, says Johnson; Bulgaria to ease some coronavirus restrictions from 4 FebruaryHome Affairs visa letter forces Australian couple on ‘nightmare’ trip to Covid-hit BritainIsraeli Covid chief’s claim single vaccine dose less effective ‘inaccurate’Covid vaccines: what are the implications of new variants of virus? 5.01pm GMT Thailand reported 198 new infections on Saturday, 180 of which were rep...
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How things work.

At this link, you can find a neat site that explains how camera sensors and lens optics work together to make pictures. It's very informative, starting from first principles, and there are lots of sliders to manipulate for a very hands-on learning experience. Like a quality children's museum except for grownups and you don't have to worry about snotty little fingers having been all over everything. Definitely some first rate edutainment. . [Author: Tam]
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Analgesic culture: can reframing pain make it go away?

The way we think about pain could change how much we actually sufferWe’ve all got a story about pain. Maybe it’s that time you broke your arm skating, or the time you finished the game on a twisted ankle, or the 10 hours of labour without an epidural. Maybe your story of pain is a story of violence, the injury and trauma of an assault. Maybe it’s a story of terror. Or it’s heartbreak, the seemingly endless depths of grief and despair after a loss. Whatever it is, (almost) all of us have experien...
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Coronavirus live news: England reports 710 deaths; Israel begins vaccinating teenagers

Vitamin D levels under scrutiny amid Covid surge in Europe; New UK Covid variant may be 30% more deadly, says Johnson; Bulgaria to ease some coronavirus restrictions from 4 FebruaryHome Affairs visa letter forces Australian couple on ‘nightmare’ trip to Covid-hit BritainIsraeli Covid chief’s claim single vaccine dose less effective ‘inaccurate’Covid vaccines: what are the implications of new variants of virus? 3.32pm GMT Italy will have to rethink its Covid-19 vaccination plans if supply pro...
Tags: Europe, England, Science, Israel, US, World news, Infectious Diseases, Italy, Bulgaria, Johnson, Tunisia, Pfizer Inc, New UK, AstraZeneca PLC, Locatelli, Coronavirus


The pace of coronavirus vaccinations now may determine whether or not we'll need a perpetual cycle of new shots to combat variants

A pharmacist prepares the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Jessica Hill/AP Photo Scientists worry that vaccinations aren't proceeding fast enough to prevent new, perhaps deadlier coronavirus strains from emerging. New variants that can evade existing vaccines could create a cycle in which people need to keep getting new coronavirus shots for years. UK officials said Friday that the variant identified there could have a higher mortality rate than the original, though the evidence is "uncertain." Vi...
Tags: UK, Science, London, News, US, Trends, Bbc, Chicago, South Africa, New York Times, Vaccinations, University Of Arizona, Influenza, Mutations, Anthony Fauci, Emory University


The US is seeing the consequences of the coronavirus' relatively unchecked spread. 3 people who supported that strategy now say they never did.

Hospital workers process COVID-19 specimens in the lab at UMass Memorial Hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts on November 11, 2020. Erin Clark/The Boston Globe via Getty Images The US's horrifying winter coronavirus surge offers a peek at the consequences of a no-lockdown, mass-infection approach. Some public figures — including Elon Musk and Scott Atlas — have advocated for protecting vulnerable people while encouraging everyone else to resume life as normal. Now they're either silent, de...
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Mysterious, 20-million-year-old tunnels in the ancient ocean floor came from 6-foot-long carnivorous worms, a study found

An illustration of a bobbit worm in its undersea tunnel. Courtesy of Ludvig Löwemark Bobbit worms explode out of tunnels on the ocean floor to ambush prey. According to a new study, these worms had 6-foot-long carnivorous ancestors that burrowed under the Pacific Ocean. Researchers found 20-million-year-old tunnels made by these prehistoric worms in Taiwan. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Scientists in Taiwan noticed odd, L-shaped burrows in a set of rocks eight years a...
Tags: Science, News, Biology, Mexico, Animals, Trends, Taiwan, Atlantic, Philippines, Oceans, Geology, Archaeology, Worms, Taipei, Pacific Ocean, Vallejo


Astronomers Have Spotted a Weirdo 'Jupiter' With a Four-Day Year

Nearly 600 light-years from Earth, the exoplanet known as WASP-62b whips around its host star at a breakneck pace. The planet is a hot Jupiter, and despite its gassy constitution, its atmosphere is completely cloudless, according to a study published this month in the Astrophysical Journal Letters.Read more...
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TURBRO Suburbs TS17 Compact Electric Fireplace | $72 | Amazon Gold BoxTURBRO Suburbs TS25 Electric Fireplace Heater | $144 | Amazon Gold BoxRead more...
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Coronavirus live news: Hong Kong orders partial lockdown; UK variant concerns mount

Thousands in Kowloon district put under new restrictions; New UK Covid variant may be 30% more deadly, says Johnson; Germany’s Covid death toll exceeds 50,000Home Affairs visa letter forces Australian couple on ‘nightmare’ trip to Covid-hit BritainIsraeli Covid chief’s claim single vaccine dose less effective ‘inaccurate’Covid vaccines: what are the implications of new variants of virus? 10.20am GMT A new crowdfunding campaign in Malawi has raised $100,000 in a week and helped provide basic ...
Tags: Facebook, Hong Kong, UK, Science, Germany, World news, Turkey, Infectious Diseases, Kazakhstan, Johnson, Malawi, Interfax, Kowloon, RDIF, Coronavirus, COVID


Deborah Birx says she 'always' considered quitting as she faced attacks from within the Trump administration and the science community

Joshua Roberts/Getty Images Deborah Birx says she always considered quitting while working on Trump's Coronavirus task force.  Birx faced criticism from the science community and from Trump for her work.  She says her role and the pandemic were politicized, thanks in large part to Trump.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of former President Donald Trump's White House Coronavirus task force said she always considered quitting. "I mean, why w...
Tags: Politics, Science, Cdc, White House, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Gop, Nancy Pelosi, Republican Party, Donald Trump, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Trump, Trump Read, Margaret Brennan, CBS News Face


Summer holidays cancelled? UK faces big decision on border

Stricter controls appear likely, with government’s approach in stark contrast to that during first Covid waveCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSlumped on the sofa after another day of home schooling, many families will have longingly eyed adverts for getaways: sun, sandy beaches and glittering pools, a much-needed reward after a year in the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic.But ministers are becoming increasingly concerned they may have to ask the British public to sac...
Tags: Travel, Health, Business, Politics, UK, Science, Conservatives, Travel & leisure, Society, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Public services policy, Infectious Diseases, Home Office, Health policy, Boris Johnson



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