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Upgraded ‘Pokémon Go’ battles will have you swiping on the screen

In addition to the upgraded battle mechanics, Niantic has also introduced a much easier to understand in-game appraisal system. Based on The Silph Road's screenshots, the system now displays your Pokémon's Individual Values (IVs) as three progress bars that turn red when they're full, and you'll be able to switch between monsters with a tap.

Finally, you can take on Team Go Rocket grunts in battle and catch the shadow Pokémon they leave behind. The update with these new features is out in the US, but it hasn't made its way to all regions where the mobile game is available yet. If you still can't see the update in your region, you'll likely get them on Android or iOS in the coming days.

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Take a virtual peek at what future Hyperloop stations could look like

It teamed up with CG/interactive technology company INDG and graphics studio AltSpace (not the same company as AltSpaceVR, which Microsoft acquired late last year) to create the 3D experience. The finished product shows the pod's exterior and interior design, as well as the team's vision of what a Hyperloop station could look like, complete with infographic screens and navigational signage.

The Delft University team won first place in 2017 when it first entered the competition. This year, its third time entering the contest, its pod design will have to achieve the fastest speed among the 20 entries when it's tested in SpaceX's fully enclosed 1.25 km test track. The actual pods and station likely won't use as much wood as their virtual versions, but you can check out a preview of the virtual reality experience below:

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Scientists unveil 3D microscope that visualizes cells without damaging them

A new 3D microscope, called CX-A, can see the internal structure of cells down to the organelles with a resolution of less than 200nm. The microscope works like an MRI machine for cells, taking images from all angles which can be pieced together into a 3D image. The cell is illuminated by a rotating laser which produces a hologram image of the cell in a non-invasive way.

The automated microscope was unveiled by the Nanolive group and comes with software to convert the readings into 3D images with key cell components shown in color.

This technology will allow scientists to study cells throughout their lifespan. Cells can be observed over periods of hours, days or weeks, so scientists can perform experiments by introducing stimuli and seeing how cells react over time. The user selects how often images should be taken and leaves the machine to run automatically for as long as needed.

This could be used for research into "how biological processes work, how organelles interact and how mitochondria form intricate networks," the EPFL says.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2019/07/16/microscope-cells-without-damage/

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The Morning After: Amazon Prime Day strike

The Christmas-in-July shopping event meets some controversy.The Amazon Prime Day strike could be a turning point for workers' rights

At a time when Amazon would likely prefer that all its employees hunker down to meet increased demand, a group of warehouse workers in Shakopee, Minnesota, are going on strike. It isn't the first time the workers in Shakopee have raised their concerns. But it will be the first major work stoppage event for Amazon in the US and could be a harbinger of things to come.

Don't worry about the buttons.How to make the most of that Instant Pot you just bought

With so many recipes on the internet and so many different things you can do with it, where do you even start? In this guide, Nicole Lee attempts to give you a primer on the first steps new Instant Pot owners should take, some tips and tricks on how to use it and a few favorite recipes and source links.

'To protect our world from devastation...'Upgraded 'Pokémon Go' battles are coming, as is Team Rocket

Niantic finally launched trainer battles on Pokémon Go late last year, giving you a way to take on friends or any other random players you come across. Now, the team has upgraded the battle mechanics with charged attacks. After installing the update, though, you'll have to swipe on the screen to collect as many icons as you can to power up your Pokémon's attack instead. Finally, you can take on Team Go Rocket grunts in battle and catch the shadow Pokémon they leave behind. No Jessie or James, though, alas.

Good to know.SpaceX pins Crew Dragon explosion on an oxidizer leak

SpaceX has an explanation for why its Crew Dragon capsule was destroyed during a test. The private spaceflight firm has determined that a "leaking component" allowed liquid oxidizer (specifically nitrogen tetroxide) to enter high-pressure helium tubes during ground processing. When some of this oxidizer was sent through a helium check valve during the launch escape system startup, it reacted with the valve's titanium and triggered an explosion.

Grilling, chilling and a whole lot more.The best gear for your backyard party

Ah, yes, sweet summertime. The few months of the year best spent outside mean time in the backyard, if you're blessed with one. Billy Steele, Engadget's King of BBQ, explains what you need to grill all the things and enjoy the food coma afterwards.

Uniqueness comes at a cost.Sony Xperia 1 review: Powerful, but not sensible

The new Xperia 1 is a powerful, ambitious smartphone that draws on Sony's expertise with hardware. According to Mobile Editor Chris Velazco, that might sound like a winning formula, but the reality of living with a super tall, super high-res device falls well short of ideal. Yes, watching movies on the Xperia 1 is fantastic (assuming your content fills the screen correctly). And the triple camera system, while finicky, will produce some impressive photos.

Unfortunately, the phone's battery life is middling at best, and the benefits of a 4K screen in a device this small can be hard to pick out unless you're really paying attention. Ultimately, the Xperia 1 has some very specific charms, but most people should probably look elsewhere for a more complete package.

The father of AI gets the acknowledgement he deserves.The Bank of England will honor Alan Turing on its new £50 note

The Bank of England has chosen Alan Turing, computing pioneer and a code-cracker during World War Two, to be featured on its new £50 note. Turing contributed significantly to the field of mathematics, but his achievements were not fully recognized during his lifetime as he was gay, which was illegal at the time.

Turing is perhaps most well known for his work on cracking the Enigma code, which was key to Allied intelligence during the war. His life story was adapted for the big screen in 2014 in the film The Imitation Game, and today his name lives on as a benchmark in AI testing.

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UK government puts $620 million behind Jaguar Land Rover’s EV push

The UK government is continuing its electric vehicle push by giving Jaguar Land Rover a £500 million ($620 million) loan guarantee to help advance its position as a global EV maker. This means that should Jaguar Land Rover default, the government will assume its debt obligations up to that amount. The funding pot, from UK Export Finance, is designed to give the UK a foothold in the EV market, and will help support Jaguar as it invests billions in building an electric XJ saloon at its Castle Bromwich factory. The car maker has also promised that from next year all of its models will be available in an electric version.

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Facebook introduces a scam ad reporting tool in the UK

The feature comes as a result of action taken by British consumer finance champion, Martin Lewis. He filed a lawsuit against Facebook last year after his face and brand was used by scammers to tout fake cryptocurrency schemes. Lewis dropped the lawsuit earlier this year after the platform pledged to step up its efforts against scam ads.

From today, all UK Facebook users will have the option to select "Misleading or scam ad" underneath the "Report Ad" menu accessed via the three dots in the ad's top right corner. The ad will then be reviewed and removed. Lewis praised the new feature, noting that it gives more tech-savvy individuals the opportunity to help others.

"Millions of people know a scam when they see it, and millions of others don't," he said. "So now, I'd ask all who recognise them to use the new Facebook reporting tool, to help protect those who don't -- which includes many who are vulnerable."

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Netflix edits ’13 Reasons Why’ suicide scene

While it's been two years since the first season of the show became available for streaming, a new season would attract new audiences who'd end up rewatching previous episodes. According to The Hollywood Reporter, that's also one of the reasons behind the team's decision. The publication says that Netflix will keep an eye out for pirated clips featuring the unedited scene and will be sure to issue takedown notices.

Over the past couple of years, a number of research teams conducted studies looking into the show's impact. Just this May, the National Institute of Mental Health released a study that shows a 28.9 percent increase in suicide rate among people ages 10 to 17 in April 2017, a month after the series began streaming. That said, the study couldn't find a causal link between the show and the suicide rate. Even so, the American Association of Suicidology, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and American School Counselor Association, among other mental health associations, are supporting Netflix's decision.

They told THR in a statement:

"We support the decision to edit the scene in which Hannah takes her own life from 13 Reasons Why. There has been much debate about the series in the medical community. But this positive change will ensure that 13 Reasons Why continues to encourage open conversation about mental health and suicide prevention -- while also mitigating the risk for the most vulnerable teenage viewers."

For those in crisis and in need of immediate help, please visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or call 1-800-273-8255. UK users can visit the Samaritans website or call 116 123.

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Another employee behind the Google Walkout has left the company

Last November, Whittaker and six colleagues organized a walkout after it emerged that Google paid large sums to executives who were accused of sexual harassment. The protesters demanded an end to forced arbitration in harassment and discrimination cases and greater transparency over pay and job opportunities.

Whittaker said that she experienced retaliation after organizing the November protest and was told that her role would be "changed dramatically." Another of the protest organizers, Claire Stapleton was told she would be demoted and subsequently left the company as well. There were further accusations of reprisals at Google's town hall meeting in April.

Whittaker also previously spoke out against Google's involvement in Project Maven, an AI for the US Department of Defense which analyzed drone footage.

Chris Lu, a software engineer at Google, criticized the company's treatment of Whittaker in a tweet, saying "Watching her experience as a whistleblower at Google and a victim of retaliation cannot signal good things for how AI institutions will react to negative criticism. #NotOkGoogle"

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The best Prime Day 2019 deals: Day two, the morning edition

Garmin Vívoactive 3 (non-music version)

Street price: $188; deal price $150

Now available for $150 in Black/Silver, this is a very nice deal on a tracker for fitness enthusiasts who participate in a variety of activity types.

The Garmin Vívoactive 3 is the pick for serious fitness enthusiasts in our guide to the best fitness trackers. Amy Roberts wrote, "Given its essentially limitless workout recording modes, onboard GPS, and very accurate results—even in the pool—this tracker is a good choice for all-around fitness buffs."

1TB Samsung T5 Portable SSD

Street price: $170; deal price $150

Down to $150, this is a new low. Though street price has been steadily falling on the 1TB Samsung T5 Portable SSD, this is still an excellent deal at $20 lower than street price.

on the larger storage recommendation in our guide to the best portable SSD. the top pick in our guide to the best portable SSDs. Staff Writer Justin Krajeski wrote, "The 1 TB version of our top pick provides double the space for twice the price."

Anker PowerCore 10000 PD

Street price: $46; deal price $26

This is a significant drop on the fasting-charging pick power bank we recommend.

The Anker PowerCore 10000 PD is a pick in our guide to the best portable chargers and power banks for phones and tablets. Staff Writer Sarah Witman wrote, "This can charge even large phones like the iPhone XS Max or Samsung Galaxy S9+ from empty to full almost three times and offers the fastest charging speeds of any model we tested. It's roughly the size, weight, and shape of a bar of soap."

Samsung Evo Select 32 GB MicroSD Card

Street price: $8; deal price $6

If you need just a bit of extra storage, this is a new low price on the 32 GB version of the runner-up micro SD card pick.

The Samsung Evo Select is the runner-up pick in our guide to the best microSD cards. Senior Editor Nathan Edwards wrote, "Cheap, reliable, and almost always available, the Evo Select is a good choice for most uses, though its random writes are slower than most of the competition."

ThermoWorks Thermapen Mk4

Street price: $103; deal price $78

If you need just a bit of extra storage, this is a new low price on the 32 GB version of the runner-up micro SD card pick.

The ThermoWorks Thermapen Mk4 is the upgrade pick in our guide to the best instant-read thermometers. Kevin Purdy and Staff Writer Michael Sullivan wrote, "Beloved by the pros, this was the fastest and most accurate thermometer we tested. It also has a rotating and backlit screen, a huge temperature range, and serious waterproofing."

Black Diamond Spot Headlamp (Black)

Street price: $30; deal price $22

This headlamp has seen a falling street price over recent months, but this drop to $22 marks a new low and a solid deal.

The Black Diamond Spot is the top pick in our guide to the best headlamp. Senior Staff Writer Eve O'Neill wrote, "Bright, durable, and long-running, the Spot offers the best mix of the most important features at an attainable price."

Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920

Street price: $50; deal price $40

While this deal doesn't come with a privacy flap, it is a new low on the camera-only version of our pick.

The Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920 is the top pick in our guide to the best webcams. Lead Editor Kimber Streams wrote, "The Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920 is the best option for most people who need a stand-alone webcam, thanks to its superb image quality, ease of setup, and helpful (but optional) software."

Vantrue OnDash N2 Pro Dashboard Camera

Street price: $175; deal price $120

This price is a new low on our interior recording dash cam pick.

The Vantrue OnDash N2 Pro is our interior-recording pick in our guide to the best dash cams. Molly K. McLaughlin and Editor Rik Paul wrote, "This model's two cameras record the road ahead and the car interior. The passenger camera has better nighttime clarity than its competitors."

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Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2019/07/16/the-best-prime-day-2019-deals-day-two-morning/

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Grammarly’s color-coded AI suggestions show what needs fixing

The company tells Engadget that the "majority" of the suggestions will carry over to the mobile keyboard for Premium users. Free users will have to wait until sometime later in 2019.

No matter where the updated editor is available, this could be helpful if you want a summary of needed improvements that isn't quite so overwhelming. It might also help if you want to prioritize your fixes, or if you're deliberately ignoring style errors (say, in a movie script). The timing is certainly apt -- Grammarly's update is coming soon after Google and Microsoft trotted out AI-powered writing tools of their own.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2019/07/16/grammarly-color-coded-ai-suggestions/

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