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10/11/2020 02:05:30  

Hints at fun to come in 2021, for photographers and industry alike

Sony has announced a drone division called “Airpeak”.…

10/11/2020 02:05:25  

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says its government is now on track to connect 98% of Canadians to high-speed internet by 2026. CBC.ca reports: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and a handful of cabinet ministers held a news conference in Ottawa to launch the $1.75 billion universal broadband fund -- a program unveiled in the federal government's 2019 budget and highlighted on the campaign trail and in September's throne speech. Most of the money was announced in last year's budget. "We were ready to go in March with the new Universal Broadband Fund and then the pandemic hit," Rural Economic Development Minister Maryam Monsef told reporters. The prime minister said the government is now on track to connect 98 per cent of Canadians to high-speed by 2026 -- an increase over the previously promised 95 per cent benchmark -- and to link up the rest by 2030. About $150 million from the fund will be freed up to fund projects aimed at getting communities connected by next fall. Senior officials with the department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development said applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until Jan. 15, 2021, with a goal of having projects completed by mid-November, 2021. Deciding who gets upgraded connectivity first will depend on the service providers applying, they said. The prime minister said the government also has reached a $600 million agreement with Telesat for satellite capacity to improve broadband service in remote areas and in the North.

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10/11/2020 02:02:15  

Graham Trinder was shot in the chest by police called to reports of two men arguing in the street.
10/11/2020 02:02:14  

Two sets of recommendations have differed on whether there should be any exams at A-level.
10/11/2020 02:02:14  

Children say they have been propositioned as they walk to school through Leeds' managed sex zone.
10/11/2020 02:02:13  

Albania emerges as the leading candidate to host England's Nations League game against Iceland on 18 November if required, BBC Sport has learned.
10/11/2020 02:02:09  

The cycling industry is coming up with innovative ways to deter a wave of bike crime.
10/11/2020 01:05:27  

*Hums the GoldenEye theme*

America’s largest radio telescope, at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, has suffered yet more damage after another cable above the reflector dish snapped and came crashing down last week.…

10/11/2020 01:05:22  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Apple has reprimanded one of its largest manufacturers after a Financial Times investigation found that thousands of student interns had worked overtime to assemble iPhones, in breach of Chinese law. After being contacted by the FT, Apple said it had stopped giving "new business" to Pegatron, its second-largest iPhone assembler after Foxconn. However, workers there said the factory was still manufacturing new products ahead of the holidays. Pegatron, which has headquarters in Taiwan but has operations in China, is one of Apple's largest manufacturers, producing iPhones, Macs, iPads and other components for several years. It has also faced recurring allegations about working conditions from campaign groups such as China Labor Watch. Until last month, thousands of student interns had assembled iPhones at Pegatron's Kunshan plant and illegally worked overtime and night shifts, according to former interns and workers at the plant. Chinese government regulations prevent students from interning in factories if the work is unrelated to their studies. The alleged coercive use of students during the factory's peak production periods mirrors the abuses previously found by the FT at Foxconn. Schools and local governments often collaborate to ensure labor supply for big companies in China. The latest disclosures follow the death last month of a worker in his mid-thirties after falling unconscious in a Pegatron dormitory. Apple said: "We have a rigorous review and approval process for any student worker program, which ensures the intern's work is related to their major and prohibits overtime or night shifts. Pegatron misclassified the student workers in their program and falsified paperwork to disguise violations." Pegatron said: "During [a] recent monitoring program conducted by our customer, some student workers at Pegatron Shanghai and Kunshan campus were identified working night shifts, overtime and in positions unrelated to their majors, which were not in compliance with local rules and regulations."

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10/11/2020 01:05:21  

theodp writes: The upcoming "Hack the Classroom: STEM Edition," Microsoft explains, "is a [3-day] free virtual event series designed for K-12 educators, parents, and guardians. The sessions will feature resources and tutorials to help educators support students in learning future-ready skills. These lessons can be easily incorporated into classroom curriculum while preparing for this year's Hour of Code event -- a global effort to teach and demystify coding, during Computer Science Education Week, December 7-13." Microsoft has boasted that the Hour of Code enabled it to reach tens of millions of schoolchildren each year with its drag-and-drop Minecraft-themed tutorials. New for middle and high schoolers this year is the Minecraft Python Hour of Code, which presumably taps into the just-released Python Content for Minecraft: Education Edition (sample Python 101 Lesson). The Hour of Code is run by Microsoft-funded Code.org, whose Board of Directors include Microsoft President Brad Smith.

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10/11/2020 01:02:46  
10/11/2020 01:02:18  

The new VP is history-making but another black woman played a pivotal role in getting Biden his win.
10/11/2020 01:02:18  

What will a Joe Biden presidency mean for the global battle against rising temperatures?
10/11/2020 01:02:18  

The US election sent a record number of women to Congress. Here's how the numbers break down.
10/11/2020 01:02:17  

Campaigning has officially started in Uganda’s upcoming presidential elections.
10/11/2020 01:02:17  

With much travel banned, Australians have turned canola fields into a growing tourist attraction.
10/11/2020 01:02:17  

A new Instagram project celebrates forbidden stories of love in India.
10/11/2020 01:02:16  

They are accused of helping the perpetrators carry out the 2017 attacks that left 16 people dead.
10/11/2020 01:02:12  

Nicola Sturgeon has warned it is "highly unlikely" that there will be any easing of restrictions.
10/11/2020 01:02:11  

Charities supporting LGBT victims of domestic abuse say this has been their busiest year on record.
10/11/2020 01:02:09  

As Hollywood filmmaking stalls during the pandemic, cinema's epicentre shows signs of edging East.
10/11/2020 01:02:05  

People with mental health conditions can find it harder to stop spending too much online, a charity says.
10/11/2020 00:05:23  

Crooks want $17m for decryption key

Compal, the world’s second-largest white-label laptop manufacturer, has been hit by the file-scrambling DoppelPaymer ransomware gang – and the hackers want $17m in cryptocurrency before they'll hand over the decryption key.…

10/11/2020 00:05:18  

According to USA Today, McDonald's has developed a new plant-based platform dubbed McPlant that will debut in markets around the world early next year. From the report: "McPlant is crafted exclusively for McDonald's, by McDonald's," Ian Borden, McDonald's international president, said at the investor meeting. "In the future, McPlant could extend across a line of plant-based products including burgers, chicken substitutes and breakfast sandwiches." The plant-based and chicken sandwich announcements were part of the company's new growth strategy called "Accelerating the Arches." The strategy includes a commitment to the core menu. "There are other plant-based burgers out there, but the McPlant delivers our iconic taste in a sink-your-teeth-in (and wipe-your-mouth) kind of sandwich," McDonald's said in a blog post Monday. "It's made with a juicy, plant-based patty and served on a warm, sesame seed bun with all the classic toppings." Borden said some markets will test the burger next year. Whether or not the vegan-friendly burger will arrive in the U.S. and a potential timeline was not immediately known. "We are excited about the opportunity because we believe we have a proven, delicious-tasting product," Borden said. "When customers are ready for it, we will be ready for them." Beyond Meat, a pioneer of plant-based meat substitutes, said it co-created the plant-based patty that will be part of the McPlant platform with McDonald's.

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10/11/2020 00:02:17  

It comes after six weeks of fighting between Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenians in the disputed enclave.