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Investors urge heavy carbon emitters to set science-based reduction targets

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LONDON (Reuters) – Investors managing around $20 trillion in assets on Tuesday called on the heaviest corporate emitters of greenhouse gases to set science-based targets on the way to net zero carbon emissions by mid-century.

AXA Group and Nikko Asset Management Co are among 137 investors urging 1,800 companies responsible for a quarter of global emissions to act, coordinated by non-profit group CDP.

While more companies are pledging their support for the 2015 Paris agreement on climate change, aiming to be carbon neutral by 2050, not all have been clear about how they will get there.

To help limit global warming to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial norms by 2050, companies

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Foxconn reduced factory won’t qualify for tax credits without new deal, Wisconsin says

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin told Foxconn Technology Group on Monday that it won’t qualify for billions of dollars in state tax credits unless it strikes a new deal for a scaled-back factory complex.

State officials have told Foxconn since last year that it would not qualify for the tax credits without revisions to its 2017 contract because the scope of the envisioned factory has been reduced. President Donald Trump heralded the original deal as a sign of a revitalized American manufacturing economy, calling the envisioned plant “transformational” and the “eighth wonder of the world.”

The deal with Foxconn, the world’s largest electronics manufacturer, was announced by Trump at a White House ceremony and he traveled to Wisconsin in 2018 for the groundbreaking.

Foxconn signed a contract with Wisconsin under then-Gov. Scott Walker in 2017 to earn nearly $4 billion in state and local tax incentives for a $10 billion display

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Amazon Prime Day 2020 Starts Tonight: Best Gaming Deals To Expect And More

Among the countless number of cancellations and delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is Amazon Prime Day, which, you may have noticed, didn’t happen in July as usual this year. Despite multiple delays, Prime Day 2020 is indeed happening, and it’s all going down this week starting Tuesday, October 13.

Despite happening later than usual this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, Prime Day is sure to bring steep discounts on some of the best games for Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Prime Day is also an excellent opportunity to snag consoles and PC hardware at a discount, and you’ll also find sweet deals on gaming accessories, merch, Blu-rays, collectibles, and practically anything on your wishlist. Prime Day is known for having deals on par with Black Friday–and this year, the two events will be happening nearly back to back–so for gamers on a budget, October is sure

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PwC: Blockchain technologies could boost the global economy US$1.76 trillion by 2030 through raising levels of tracking, tracing and trust

LONDON, Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — New analysis by PwC shows Blockchain technology has the potential to boost global gross domestic product (GDP) by US$1.76 trillion over the next decade.  

 

 

That is the key finding of a new PwC report Time for trust: The trillion-dollar reason to rethink blockchain,  assessing how the technology is being currently used and exploring the impact blockchain could have on the global economy. Through analysis of the top five uses of blockchain, ranked by their potential to generate economic value, the report gauges the technology’s potential to create value across industry, from healthcare, government and public services, to manufacturing, finance, logistics and retail.

“Blockchain technology has long been associated with cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, but there is so much more that it has to offer, particularly in how public and private organisations secure, share and use data,” comments Steve Davies, Global Leader,

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Using robotic assistance to make colonoscopy kinder and easier — ScienceDaily

Scientists have made a breakthrough in their work to develop semi-autonomous colonoscopy, using a robot to guide a medical device into the body.

The milestone brings closer the prospect of an intelligent robotic system being able to guide instruments to precise locations in the body to take biopsies or allow internal tissues to be examined.

A doctor or nurse would still be on hand to make clinical decisions but the demanding task of manipulating the device is offloaded to a robotic system.

The latest findings — ‘Enabling the future of colonoscopy with intelligent and autonomous magnetic manipulation’ — is the culmination of 12 years of research by an international team of scientists led by the University of Leeds.

The research is published today (Monday, 12 October) in the scientific journal Nature Machine Intelligence

Patient trials using the system could begin next year or in early 2022.

Pietro Valdastri, Professor

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Apple’s Mac sees strong growth amid coronavirus-fueled PC market boom

Apple’s Mac segment grew nearly 39% year-over-year in the third quarter of 2020 amid double-digit growth across the broader PC market.

As consumers and businesses switch to remote education and work during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, research firm IDC estimates that global PC shipments grew 14.6% in Q3 2020 and reached 81.3 million units shipped.

The research firm also estimates that Apple shipped 6.89 million macOS devices during the quarter, up from 4.59 million units in the year-ago quarter. That represents year-over-year growth of 38.9%, IDC’s estimates show.

“Consumer demand and institutional demand approached record levels in some cases,” IDC Research Manager Jitesh

Ubrani said. “Had the market not been hampered by component shortages, notebook shipments would have soared even higher during the third quarter as market appetite was yet unsatiated.”

Apple’s market share also grew slightly during the same period. In Q3 2020, Apple had an 8.5% share of

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Schiff: If Trump wanted more infections ‘would he be doing anything different?’

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffSchiff: If Trump wanted more infections ‘would he be doing anything different?’ EXCLUSIVE: Intelligence chief briefed lawmakers of foreign influence threats to Congress House panel urges intelligence community to step up science and technology efforts MORE (D-Calif.) on Thursday tore into President TrumpDonald John TrumpDes Moines mayor says he’s worried about coronavirus spread at Trump rally Judiciary Committee Democrats pen second letter to DOJ over Barrett disclosures: ‘raises more questions that it answers’ Trump asks campaign to schedule daily events for him until election: report MORE’s handling of the coronavirus, warning that a rally he plans to hold at the White House on Saturday runs the risk of spreading the illness. 

“Donald Trump held a super-spreader event at the White House. Now he wants to hold another big rally there, and still refuses to wear a mask. I don’t think Donald Trump wants

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A new iPhone feature in iOS 14 we think you’ll love

The next time you use your iPhone to place a food order, rent a bike at a kiosk or set up a smart lightbulb, you may not have to set up yet another app on your phone. iOS 14’s new App Clips feature is a miniature version of the full app that will save you time and storage space.



graphical user interface, application: Panera Bread's App Clip means you don't need the full app to place an order. Jason Cipriani/CNET


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Panera Bread’s App Clip means you don’t need the full app to place an order. Jason Cipriani/CNET

App Clips offer a subset of features you can find in any given application. Without downloading or installing an entire app, you can still use just a “slice” of it for a basic, and one-off purpose, like renting a tourist bike in a new town, placing a reservation at your favorite restaurant or setting up your new robot vacuum cleaner, all without having to install a new app every

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Doorbell camera captures moment Nobel Prize winner is told he won

The reaction of a Stanford professor who was named a Nobel Prize-winner in economics was captured early Monday for the world thanks to a doorbell camera and a persistent colleague.

The Nobel Committee apparently had some trouble contacting Paul Milgrom to let him know the winning news, so his neighbor and fellow winner, Robert Wilson, took matters into his own hands. Wilson knocked on Milgrom’s door about 2:15 a.m. to get his colleague’s attention, according to Stanford University.

The prestigious California school posted a video from Milgrom’s Nest doorbell camera to its Twitter account Monday. Wilson knocked and rang the bell several times before Milgrom seemingly woke up. The exchange is heard through the doorbell’s intercom.

“Paul? It’s Bob Wilson,” he said. “You’ve won the Nobel.”

“Wow,” Milgrom responded.

Milgrom’s wife, who is currently in Stockholm, got the notification on her phone when Wilson rang their doorbell and was able

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Facing an Outrageous Increase in App Traffic Due to COVID-19? Technology Fixes that Facilitate Scaling Up

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Let us be straightforward about it…

Until a vaccine is in place, it would be difficult to bat away the virus of COVID -19 completely. Until then, humans and businesses need to go about their businesses with resilience and positivity. Companies, especially, have to think about whether to scale up or scale down their operations.

As it turns out, if you are into food delivery, logistics, or online learning, without a doubt, scaling up your applications will be on the top of your mind, what with consumers thronging the online stores and apps in significant numbers for purchases, delivery requests and more. The increased demand has pushed applications to their limits and beyond, leading to outages and other such issues. In short, businesses out there are struggling to scale up their applications.

If your company is witnessing an unprecedented increase in business and application load, all that

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