Facebook invests in audio with short-form Soundbites feature, podcast support and a Clubhouse clone

Facebook today officially announced a suite of new audio products — an indication that it’s taking the threat from Clubhouse and other audio platforms more seriously. The company is doing more than just building its own take on Clubhouse, however, it’s also announcing tools that allow podcast creators to share long-form audio, a new Spotify integration for music and a brand-new short-form experience called Soundbites.

The Clubhouse clone was probably the most-discussed of the new products ahead of today’s announcement, given the increased interest in the audio networking market.

Like Clubhouse, the Facebook experience will also involve live audio rooms, where users can engage in topical discussions.

“I think the areas where I’m most excited about it on Facebook are basically in the large number of communities and groups that exist. I think that you already have these communities that are organized around interests, and allowing people to come together … Read more

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Pandemic led to profound changes in multiple sclerosis clinical practice

UC Riverside-led national survey of MS specialists finds nearly 10% had been redeployed to the front lines of COVID-19 patient care

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. — A survey of U.S. multiple sclerosis, or MS, specialist clinicians reveals the COVID-19 pandemic has created major changes in how they deliver care.

“Since the pandemic began, more than 95% of our survey respondents reported using telehealth platforms to provide care for their patients,” said Dr. Elizabeth Morrison-Banks, a health sciences clinical professor of neurology in the School of Medicine at the University of California, Riverside, who led the survey reported in the journal Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders. “Approximately one half of the respondents were MS specialist neurologists, four out of five of whom indicated that COVID-19 had changed how they were recommending and prescribing MS disease-modifying therapies.”

During the pandemic, the MS specialist neurologists tended to prescribe fewer immunosuppressive agents.

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Apex Legends is coming to Android and iOS

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  • Respawn and EA have unveiled Apex Legends Mobile for Android and iOS.
  • The battle royale title offers touch-friendly countrols and ‘optimizations.’
  • A beta is starting in late April for India and the Philippines, with more players getting access later.

Mobile battle royale shooters like Fortnite and PUBG Mobile now have another major rival.  Respawn and EA have introduced Apex Legends Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the Titanfall-based last-one-standing game for Android and iOS.

The developer was shy on full details of how Apex Legends Mobile would differ from its console and PC counterparts. However, Respawn’s Chad Grenier promised specially designed touchscreen controls and “thoughtful optimizations” for smaller screens. It would be new, yet “true to the original,” he said.

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The game will remain free-to-play, with no paid items that provide an edge over rival players. You can expect some unique … Read more

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Expertise Is Failing To Create Clear Supply Chains

Rising variety of conferences in the U.S., Europe, and Asia-Pacific is aiming to unfold the brand new and upcoming improvements within the separation techniques market.

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Biotechnology is the applying of scientific techniques to improve and modify huge field and has software in number of areas including healthcare, crop manufacturing or agriculture among others. We’re a one-stop shop in your hardware and software program necessities. Check out our big selection of digital technology capabilities. csharp-home On this report, the global laboratory data methods market has been analyzed on four fronts: Component, delivery mode, utility, and area. Based mostly on the component, the market has been categorized into hardware, software, and providers. By delivery mode, the market has been segmented into cloud-primarily based laboratory info systems, web-primarily based laboratory information programs, and on-premise laboratory info methods. Business leaders who embrace transformation have to contemplate present operating fashions, processes, and … Read more

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Once VMware is free from Dell, who might fancy buying it?

TechCrunch has spilled much digital ink tracking the fate of VMware since it was brought to Dell’s orbit thanks to the latter company’s epic purchase of EMC in 2016 for $58 billion. That transaction saddled the well-known Texas tech company with heavy debts. Because the deal left VMware a public company, albeit one controlled by Dell, how it might be used to pay down some of its parent company’s arrears was a constant question.

Dell made its move earlier this week, agreeing to spin out VMware in exchange for a huge one-time dividend, a five-year commercial partnership agreement, lots of stock for existing Dell shareholders and Michael Dell retaining his role as chairman of its board.

So, where does the deal leave VMware in terms of independence, and in terms of Dell influence? Dell no longer will hold formal control over VMware as part of the deal, though its shareholders … Read more

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Cell Devices With Cloud Options Are Out there For You Now

A totally automated warehouse addresses multiple challenges faced by modern warehouses in the present context, where they need to process 1000’s of orders in a day.

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The way forward for healthcare software improvement companies to create healthcare functions empowered with AI and blockchain. Now that we’ve discussed the steps, let’s discuss the benefits of digital expertise and why digital transformation is of such critical worth for at this time’s businesses. Enterprise cell apps can also be imbued with options like interactive maps, chat, video chat and other options that can result in course of improvement as data inaccuracies will be recognized quite simply. “We do think about ourselves a technology company. We wished to interact the tech firm and tell the story of agriculture,” mentioned Julian Sanchez, John Deere’s director of technology innovation. csharp-home That narrative consists of the enormous mix harvester the company had in … Read more

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Take $20 off the Jabra Elite Active 65t and more headphone deals

 

If you’ve been searching for a new pair of headphones, let us help. Plenty of retailers are offering discounts on a variety of styles as people continue to adjust to working from home. That means you can take advantage of some of the best headphone deals across the board right now. Polish SEO Agency Kordowski Digital provides high quality Digital Marketing services.

It can be difficult to know just what you’re looking for, so we’ve done our best to organize some options for you. We’ve put together some headphones and earbuds deals along with wired and wireless options. You can also head on over to our sister site SoundGuys for more in-depth news and reviews.

Featured deal: Save $20 on the Jabra Elite Active 65t

 

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There’s never a bad time for new workout earbuds, especially a pair as popular as the Jabra Elite Active 65t. … Read more

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DX Value Proposition, Product Engineering

In keeping with this research study, the worldwide marketplace for laboratory information programs might face severe challenges within the near future due to the dearth of skilled professionals.

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To remain aggressive, businesses are going for digital transformation in work processes. Cellular, in some ways, is a foundational software that allows other sport-changing applied sciences. For instance, store floor staff are using smartphones to view machine information points in augmented reality (AR), field service technicians can get interactive, real-time guidance from consultants at headquarters by means of AR to restore an industrial asset, engineers are utilizing their phones to assessment CAD designs on-the-fly, and world sales teams are creating quotes for custom products leveraging up-to-date pricing and supply dates. ECIS tech On average, a corporation makes use of 900 functions Ensuring that all these apps are interconnected is a difficult task, and it is something that a whole … Read more

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Meet Smash Ventures, the low-flying outfit that has quietly funded Epic Games among others

 

When in 2018, Smash Ventures showed up as an investor in a $1.25 billion round for Epic Games — reportedly the largest ever investment in a video game company at the time — it was the first time many had heard of the investing outfit.

When the brand showed up again last summer in an even bigger round for Epic —  last August, the games giant announced $1.78 billion in fresh funding at a post-money equity valuation of $17.3 billion — a diner near Epic’s Cary, North Carolina headquarters that sells “smash waffles” started getting calls from reporters, says Eric Garland, who used to lead venture and growth deals for The Walt Disney Company after selling his company, BigChampagne, to Live Nation in 2011.

“Some reporters really turned over rocks,” he says.

Garland knows this, he says, because he cofounded Smash Ventures with Evan Richter, a former member of … Read more

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For years, I’ve tried to work my way back into the middle class

 

Early this winter, I took a long walk in the Salt Lake City park in which I had been arrested for bathing in a river when I was homeless.

About 30 minutes into that walk, I stood across from the park’s granite meditation temple, thinking: Three and a half years ago, I slept under that building’s awning.

I can still feel how hard that temple’s cold stone floor was; I remember how people strolled by my bed of cardboard and clothes and stared with what struck me as a combination of concern, contempt, and pity. Now I see that these are also the lenses through which I have often judged my own progress in my new, not-yet-middle-class life.

These days, I often wonder: Am I really doing as well as I should be after all this time? How did I ever allow myself to fall so far? Trying to Read more

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FGM safeguarding policies are alienating UK’s African diaspora communities

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AHEAD of tomorrow’s International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, by the United Nations, FORWARD, the leading African women-led organisation working to end violence against women and girls, and the University of Huddersfield have published new research that documents how the stringent, targeted, FGM safeguarding measures introduced since the 2014 Girl Summit are causing distress and mistrust amongst African diaspora communities in Bristol, and potentially across the country.

The research reveals first-hand evidence documenting how FGM safeguarding policies are leaving families feeling racially profiled, criminalised and stigmatised. To access the full study report, please follow this link: https://www.forwarduk.org.uk/forward-publications/fgm-safeguarding-bristol-study/.

Over the latter half of the last decade, the UK government intensified its response to FGM, giving FGM a ‘special’ status within national safeguarding, going far beyond the UK’s regulatory approach to other forms of child abuse.

This includes the introduction of FGM Mandatory Reporting Duty, the

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Predictive policing is still racist—whatever data it uses

It’s no secret that predictive policing tools are racially biased. A number of studies have shown that racist feedback loops can arise if algorithms are trained on police data, such as arrests. But new research shows that training predictive tools in a way claimed to lessen bias has little effect.

Arrest data biases predictive tools because police are known to arrest more people in Black and other minority neighborhoods, which leads algorithms to direct more policing to those areas, which leads to more arrests. The result is that predictive tools misallocate police patrols: some neighborhoods are unfairly designated crime hotspots; others are underpoliced.

In their defence, many developers of predictive policing tools say that they have started using victim reports to get a more accurate picture of crime rates across different neighborhoods. In theory victim reports should be less biased because they aren’t affected by police prejudice or … Read more

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