Virginia Tech football’s final push begins with No. 3 Clemson

The final push begins with Saturday night’s showdown against third-ranked Clemson at Lane Stadium, with Virginia Tech (4-5, 4-4 ACC) seeking to end a three-game slide and beat the two-time College Football Playoff champions in Blacksburg, Va., for the first time since 2006.

“We have a chance to feel really good at the end of this season,” Virginia Tech defensive tackle Jarrod Hewitt said. “We’ve had a tough couple weeks. We have a chance to pull off an upset which nobody thinks we can do, and we’ve got our instate rival Virginia coming at home, so it can be a very memorable last two games.”

Before turning their attention to winning back the Commonwealth Cup from Virginia in the regular season finale, the Hokies must contend with two Heisman Trophy contenders on the ACC’s top-ranked scoring offense (45.5 points per game) in quarterback Trevor Lawrence and tailback Travis Etienne.


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Xbox update begins rolling out with new dynamic backgrounds and more

Microsoft has an update for Xbox Series X/S and Xbox One that is going live starting today. This patch adds new customization features as well as tags to indicate games you own that use certain next-gen optimizations.

“This month marked the start of the next generation of console gaming on Xbox with the release of Xbox Series X/S, and Team Xbox is excited to continue bringing new ways to make your experience on Xbox even better,” Xbox Experiences program manager Jonathan Hildebrandt said. “Just like we’ve done on Xbox One, we will continue to periodically release software updates designed to improve your Xbox gaming experience.”

Here are the highlights for this update:

  • Microsoft is adding more dynamic backgrounds to personalize the theme of your console.
  • A new “tech tag” will show up in the top right of a game when you open the guide using the Xbox button. Now a
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NASA begins assembling the rocket for Artemis moon mission

The first booster segment of the Space Launch System (SLS) was stacked on top of the mobile launcher at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida earlier this week in preparation for its maiden flight, NASA said Tuesday.

A total of 10 segments will form the twin solid rocket boosters before its first liftoff, which is expected to take place next year.

The rocket is a key part of NASA’s Artemis lunar exploration program, which aims to send the first woman and next man to the Moon by 2024. NASA officials also hope the SLS will be used to reach Mars and other “deep space destinations.”

NASA's Artemis I mission is expected to launch in 2021 with two test flights around the Moon without astronauts

Once fully assembled, NASA said the SLS rocket will stand taller than the Statue of Liberty and have about 15% more thrust at liftoff than the Saturn V rockets that powered the Apollo missions about 50 years ago, making it the most powerful rocket ever

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Airbnb Begins $1 Billion U.S. IPO Effort

Airbnb (ABNB) intends to raise $1 billion in an IPO of its Class A common stock, according to an S-1 registration statement.

San Francisco, California-based Airbnb was founded to develop a two-sided marketplace between property hosts and consumer guests to provide lodging and related services on a temporary basis worldwide.

Management is headed by co-founder, CEO and Head of Community Brian Chesky, who previously earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Below is a brief overview video of Airbnb:

Source: Airbnb

The website aggregates supply and demand globally, provides hosts with pricing tools, scheduling capabilities, insurance coverages, and payment facilitation services.

Airbnb has received at least $3.98 billion from investors including Sequoia Capital, Founders Fund, Silver Lake, Sixth Street, DST Global, Greystar Real Estate, and Accel.

The firm seeks to obtain new hosts as they are the core of supply providers

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Seer Begins $150 Million U.S. IPO Plan

Seer (SEER) intends to raise $150 million in an IPO of its Class A common stock, according to an S-1 registration statement.

Redwood City, California-based Seer was founded to develop instruments to analyze proteins for basic research and discovery.

Management is headed by co-founder and CEO Omid Farokhzad, M.D., who was previously Professor at Harvard Medical School and co-founded BIND Therapeutics, Selecta Biosciences and Tarveda Therapeutics.

Below is a brief overview video of proteomics research:

Source: Sensu Film

The firm is developing what it calls the Proteograph Product Suite, ‘which will leverage our proprietary engineered nanoparticle [NP] technology to provide unbiased, deep, rapid and large-scale access across the proteome.’

Investors in the firm have invested at least $167 million and include Maverick Capital, Invus Public Equities, aMoon Fund, Fidelity, Emerson Collective and T. Rowe Price.

According to a 2016 market research report by Grand View Research, the global market for

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Hainan’s Sanya begins construction of a museum for space science and technology – Science & Space

HAIKOU, November 12. /TASS/. The Sanya authorities have begun construction of a space science and technology museum that is to become a “showcase of contemporary art on display.” According to, all work will be completed in two years.

As the administration of the island specified, the estimated area of ​​the main building will exceed 47,000 square meters. It will be located on the territory of the newly created technopark. The government allocated a land plot of approximately 1.6 hectares for the project. The museum complex will include four exposition and exhibition departments dedicated to astronautics, earth science, the universe and oceanology.

“It will be a model facility that will greatly contribute to the development of the Hainan museums dedicated to science,” said the deputy head of Hainan’s Science and Technology Department Wei Yong.

According to official figures, there are over 30 professional museums and permanent display areas dedicated to

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WhatsApp Begins Rolling Out Payment Service In India

Facebook is rolling out its WhatsApp payment service, which is first tested as a beta in early 2018, for users in India after receiving approval from the country’s regulators. 

India, being WhatsApp’s one of the biggest markets, it’s launch is pretty important for the Facebook owned app. The app rolls out payments in ten Indian regional languages in the latest stable version of the WhatsApp app on Android and iOS. The announcement was made after the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) said that it had granted approval to WhatsApp to roll out UPI-powered payments in the country. 

Facebook confirms the rollout of the service in a blog post. “We designed our payments feature on WhatsApp in partnership with the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) using the Unified Payment Interface (UPI), an India-first, a real-time payment system that enables transactions with over 160 supported banks. We’re excited to join

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Tasmanian government begins finance system shift to the cloud


Image: Tasmanian government

The Tasmanian government is undertaking a state-wide digital industry and service transformation after it published a strategy in March that focuses on the community, the economy, and the government.

The objectives under the government header were to implement securely-managed government information and technology systems that are able to support efficient, joined-up public services; make evidence-led policy decisions; have a skilled and capable government workforce that are digital savvy; and consume cloud-based services.

“As the Tasmanian government’s first strategy for digital transformation, Our Digital Future articulates a strong commitment to helping and inspiring Tasmanian people, businesses, industries, and government agencies through the initial, foundation-building phase,” the strategy [PDF] explained. 

“Digital maturity means much more than embracing new technologies: It is an ongoing process of seeking out, adopting, and encouraging new ways of doing things, challenging and changing conventional practices. It means innovating to remove unnecessary costs and activities.

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Japan Cautiously Begins Arms Technology Exports

In its first breakthrough since easing restrictions on arms exports in 2014, Japan signed a deal to sell US$100 million worth of advanced air surveillance radars to the Philippines. These radars — fixed and mobile — are built by Japan’s Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (MELCO), one of Japan’s five leading defence production companies.

MELCO has signed a contract with the Philippine defence ministry for the radars, which will reportedly be used for detecting stealth fighter planes and missiles. China is the obvious focus. Tokyo has previously supplied defence-related equipment such as patrol boats to Southeast Asian countries like Vietnam and the Philippines. This was part of Japan’s official development assistance (ODA) under its ‘capacity-building’ program, advancing a Japanese narrative driven by ‘proactive contribution to peace’.

Although donated to the coast guards of the recipient nations, the boats are defence-related products — as one analyst noted, ‘the provision of patrol vessels to

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Sale of flagship phone Vivo V20 begins

Bangladesh, Oct. 15 — Global smartphone brand Vivo launched a new flagship smartphone of V-series, the Vivo V20, in Bangladesh.

Earlier on September 9, Vivo announced the launch of this new flagship phone.

The pre-booking was underway until October 15.

From Thursday, Bangladeshi customers will be able to buy the phone from different outlets and showrooms in the country.

Vivo added the revolutionary “Eye Autofocus” technology for the first time in this flagship, which technology can track and focus on moving objects too for clearer selfies.

Besides that, Vivo V20 also has some great technologies including AG glass, dual video camera. The smartphone has a 44MP selfie camera – the largest selfie camera ever. The phone will be available for 32,990 Tk in two fashionable colors – midnight jazz and sunset melody.

Three cameras have been added to the back of the Vivo V20 with a 4,000 mAh battery. The

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