Technologies offer hands-on science options for blind students during remote learning

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – New education technologies are providing more options for blind science students to access laboratory tools and research. Independence Science, a Purdue University-affiliated company founded by blind chemist and Purdue alumnus Cary Supalo, has introduced new tools for remote learning for blind students.

“The Independence Science team is very excited to announce that accessible hands-on science learning is now possible for the blind,” said Greg Williams, who is a blind scientist at Independence Science. “Students from remote locations can now work together on accessible scientific data collection in the laboratory from home, and work with a science teacher or lab partner physically located in a science laboratory.”

Independence Science has introduced a new version of its Sci-Voice Talking LabQuest version 2.3 software, which is designed to improve access to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education for blind students. The new version allows students to remotely connect

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Cyber Monday 2020 iPad deals: Save $150 on iPad Pro, but beware dwindling inventory, limited options

This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2020, CNET’s gift picks with expert advice, reviews and recommendations for the latest tech gifts for you and your family.

We’re not going to sugarcoat it, folks: iPad deals are becoming few and far between. What few deals there were during Black Friday sales were often restricted to $50 to $70 off on models like the iPad Air, or price cuts that required curbside pickup. Now, with Cyber Monday sales starting in earnest on Nov. 30, we’re seeing some discounts return. But for now, you’ll need to be content with only getting decent price cuts if you’re already spending upwards of $1,000 on an 512GB iPad Pro. And many of those you can get come with a shipping date that’s in late December or January — far too late for Christmas.

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Cyber Monday 2020 iPad deals: Dwindling inventory, limited options

This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2020, CNET’s gift picks with expert advice, reviews and recommendations for the latest tech gifts for you and your family.

We’re not going to sugarcoat it, folks: iPad deals are becoming few and far between. What few deals there were during Black Friday sales were often restricted to $50 to $70 off on models like the iPad Air, or price cuts that required curbside pickup. Now, with Cyber Monday sales starting in earnest on Nov. 30, it’s possible we’ll see some discounts return. But for now, you’ll need to be content with only getting decent price cuts if you’re already spending upwards of $1,000 on an 512GB iPad Pro. And many of those you can get come with a shipping date that’s in January (at least for now). 

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New Supersonic Travel Options Emerge On Earth And Mars

Supersonic flight is suddenly a hot topic again, with Aerion Supersonic and Spire Global jointly announcing new technology to reduce high-altitude contrails on a new supersonic commercial aircraft.

Plane contrails are a known contributor to global warming and Spire plans to use its network of satellites to make the best predictions of flight paths to reduce contrail formation. The partnership will “increase fuel conservation, improve operational efficiencies, and reduce the environmental footprint” of supersonic technology overall, said Peter Platzer, CEO of Spire Global, in a statement.

The news comes amid a slew of supersonic aircraft announcements in the last few weeks, including startup Hermeus raising $16 million in a Series A fundraiser, and Boom Supersonic announcing a new collaboration with Collins Aerospace for its own supersonic jet. Virgin Galactic also

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Nintendo Switch Mario Kart bundle for Black Friday? Check restock options at Walmart, Best Buy and more

This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2020, CNET’s gift picks with expert advice, reviews and recommendations for the latest tech gifts for you and your family.

Let me guess: You knew the new Xbox Series X and PS5 were all but impossible to find this year, so you decided to opt for a Nintendo Switch instead. “It came out in 2017 — it’s old news by now,” you thought. Well, we’re sorry to say the Switch is also playing hard to get this holiday season. Despite pandemic-starved inventory channels being replenished in the late summer, the Switch remained tough to get through the fall. And now, thanks to the debut of a special new Black Friday Switch bundle, the one you want will be especially difficult to obtain.

Here’s what you get in the box with the new $299 Switch bundle:

In other words, you’re getting

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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD) – 10 Information Technology Stocks With Unusual Options Alerts In Today’s Session

This unusual options alert can help traders track potentially big trading opportunities. Traders often look for circumstances when the market estimation of an option diverges away from its normal worth. Unusual trading activity could push option prices to hyperbolic or underperforming levels.

Here’s the list of some unusual options activity happening in today’s session:

Symbol PUT/CALL Trade Type Sentiment Exp. Date Strike Price Total Trade Price Open Interest Volume
AAPL CALL TRADE BULLISH 11/20/20 $121.00 $32.4K 21.5K 36.2K
INTC PUT TRADE BULLISH 11/20/20 $44.00 $92.2K 18.1K 14.3K
AMD CALL TRADE BEARISH 12/18/20 $90.00 $301.4K 12.7K 6.8K
TSM CALL SWEEP BULLISH 12/18/20 $100.00 $237.8K 7.0K 2.4K
FISV CALL TRADE BEARISH 01/21/22 $105.00 $400.0K 45.2K 1.2K
CSCO CALL TRADE BULLISH 01/15/21 $41.00 $52.8K 11.6K 1.1K
MSFT CALL TRADE BEARISH 11/27/20 $220.00 $38.0K 2.5K 790
HPE CALL TRADE BEARISH 01/21/22 $10.00 $39.0K 1.8K 325
TEAM PUT TRADE BULLISH 01/21/22 $150.00 $472.5K 181 300
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Beyond the impossible: Lab-grown meat hopes to lure skeptics of plant-based options

This story is part of Tech for a Better World, stories about the diverse teams creating products, apps and services to improve our lives and society.

Winston Churchill foresaw the biggest food innovation of the 21st century back in 1931: “We shall escape the absurdity of growing a whole chicken in order to eat the breast or wing, by growing these parts separately under a suitable medium.”

Today that prospect nears, but is still so new it doesn’t have a widely agreed-upon name: cultured meat, clean meat, lab-grown meat, cultivated meat or, by its detractors, test tube meat. 

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All those terms denote meat grown from animal cells, rather than from a living, sentient animal. I’ll call it cultured meat, but regardless of name, it may start arriving at small scale in 2022 from companies such as Mosa Meat, Memphis Meats, Aleph Farms, and Meatable. It will be positioned as

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Macquarie Bank keeps options open with a multi-cloud tech stack

Macquarie Bank has its sights set on operating 100% in the cloud by the end of March 2022, and it is nearly three quarters of the way there.

“We utilise multiple software-as-a-service platforms (SaaS) but for infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS), we run a multi-cloud architecture for resiliency, technology, and competition reasons,” Macquarie Banking and Financial Services CIO Richard Heeley told ZDNet.

“By running multi-cloud for all IaaS and PaaS, we are always able to have choice in our technology stack. This means better outcomes for our customers.”

The bank’s migration to Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform started in 2016 and involved rebuilding its tech stack from scratch.

“We do not use ‘lift and shift’, and so each of our applications is re-designed to make use of cloud native technology,” Heeley said. “The most obvious example of this is that we reduce all of our applications to a

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Here’s why businesses should embrace flexible pay options

By Joe Korngiebel, executive vice president, chief product and technology officer, Ceridian

Even before the onset of COVID-19, the average American was living paycheck-to-paycheck. Today, approximately 51 million additional Americans have filed for unemployment since the start of the pandemic. According to a recent Ceridian survey of those Americans still employed, one-third said an unexpected expense of $500 would make them unable to meet their financial obligations. The numbers make it impossible to ignore the fact that people are financially stressed.

Beneath all of this lies a systemic issue that attracts fewer headlines than workforce financial topics, like minimum wage, but is equally important: how and when people receive their earned wages. Most employers currently pay their employees in arrears on a bi-weekly or semi-monthly, or even monthly basis. This means that employers retain earned wages, and employees are effectively providing interest-free financing to their employers.

This long-standing practice places

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Trump mulls a future outside the White House as 2020 options fade

WASHINGTON, Nov 13 (Reuters) – With his long-shot efforts to hang on for a second term dwindling, U.S. President Donald Trump is discussing with advisers several media ventures and appearances that would keep him in the spotlight ahead of a potential 2024 White House bid.

In the near term, Trump is expected to campaign on behalf of Republican U.S. Senate candidates in Georgia ahead of Jan. 5 runoff elections that will determine whether Republicans hang on to control of the chamber, the president’s aides said.

He also is considering starting a new television channel or social media company to compete with those he felt betrayed him and stifled his ability to communicate directly with Americans, according to several advisers.

“I think every option is on the table, for a social media to a media company to him announcing he’s running for president the day he leaves,” said a Republican official

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