Discovery, home of Shark Week, enters the streaming wars with Discovery Plus

Discovery, home to HGTV, Food Network, and Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week, is entering the streaming space with Discovery Plus.

Details about the streamer will be revealed at a special event this afternoon, but CNBC reports that Discovery Plus will start at $4.99 with an ad-supported tier, along with a $6.99 ad-free option. The streaming service will launch in January 2021, but it’s unclear if that’s just in the United States or also internationally. CNBC also reports that Discovery is partnering with Verizon to give the telecom company’s 55 million customers a free year of ad-free Discovery Plus. It’s the same move that Disney did with Verizon when the company launched Disney Plus.

The company’s collection of notable brands is likely what executives are banking on. CEO David Zaslav spoke about the company’s approach at a recent conference, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter, noting that “super fans” will want

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The COVID Science Wars – Scientific American

When Max von Pettenkofer shot himself to death in 1901, he left behind a storied career as a hygienist and bitter opponent of Robert Koch, the German physician and microbiologist who discovered the cholera bacillus, Vibrio cholerae. Von Pettenkofer, the founder of the Institute of Hygiene in Munich, disputed Koch’s germ theory of disease, which held that a germ is both necessary and sufficient to cause illness. Von Pettenkofer asserted that germs could only cause disease in the presence of a “local” or environmental factor.

The battle between the two men exploded into a bitter divide over the question of the infectivity of cholera. Koch and his fellow contagionists maintained that the bacterium was spread through the water. Von Pettenkofer and his localists believed that cholera was inhaled as a miasma, which arose from earth contaminated by sewage. Anxious to prove his theory that germs alone don’t account for

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The Luxury E-Commerce Wars Heat Up

According to Mr. Cohen, the brand had received “messages from customers asking why such expensive pieces were selling on Amazon.”

Yet going it alone is also increasingly untenable. LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the largest luxury group in the world, has publicly rejected the idea of working with Amazon, but even its proprietary solution — the wholesale platform 24 Sèvres, created in 2017, with an exclusive arrangement with Dior and Céline — has not gotten meaningful traction with consumers, and it continues to lose money. (The group also made a multimillion-dollar investment in Lyst in 2018.)

“The term ‘platform’ is intoxicating at first blush, but at second, it’s a license to spend tens of billions of dollars before you see any return,” Mr. Galloway, the New York University professor, said.

Enter the Farfetch alliance.

Farfetch, which went public in 2018, has a business model that includes an

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Star Wars: Squadrons Getting New Content After All

The developer behind Star Wars Squadrons said it had no plans for post-launch DLC, but it appears those plans have changed. In a blog post, the studio said the team felt “humbled” by the response from fans and began planning two upcoming content drops. One is coming next week, and the other will follow in December.

The November 25 update coming as part of update 3.0 will add a new map and ship components. The map, Fostar Haven, is adapted from the single-player story in the prologue mission, and the update will make it playable in Fleet Battles and Dogfight mode. The update will also add four new components. Fighters and Bombers can equip a Boost Extension, Interceptors and Fighters will get Ion Rockets, Bombers and Fighters will get Prototype Piercing Torpedoes, and Support ships will get the Anti-Material Rocket Turret for targeting capital ships and deployables.

Then in December,

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Microsoft looks beyond the console wars with new Xbox

A customer carries away a PlayStation 5 console at an electronics store in Sydney on November 12, 2020, on the day of PS5 official launch.

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Microsoft and Sony both released new video game consoles this week: Microsoft has the $500 Xbox Series X and $300 Series S, while Sony has two models of PlayStation 5, starting at $400.

The last generation of consoles released by both lasted about seven years. With the latest systems, Microsoft and Sony are employing different strategies to attract gamers and generate even more revenue from gamers.

A lot is on the line.

The pandemic has given people more free time to play games. Gamers could stay hooked for years to come, which means big business for both companies.

Gaming represents 24% of Sony’s revenue. It’s 8% of Microsoft’s revenue, but Microsoft is more widely held as the third

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The DeanBeat: Sony beats Microsoft with games as the console wars renew

The console wars aren’t simple, but it’s always tempting for critics to call the contest before it even begins. But we saw the folly of trying to call the presidential election in the first few hours after the polls closed. If I were just looking at games, I would call this console launch in favor of Sony’s PlayStation 5 over Microsoft’s Xbox Series X/S machines.

Sony’s game advantage is obvious, but it’s too early to say if it will create insurmountable momentum in Sony’s favor, especially at a time when the hardware is in such short supply on both sides. Both machines went on sale this week, just two days apart, for the same $500 price (with an asterisk, as we’ll see below). They’re going to give us 4K graphics, 120Hz gameplay, and fast-loading solid-state drives (SSDs).

Microsoft’s big game, Halo: Infinite, is nowhere in sight, delayed into 2021. That

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China’s latest unmanned combat systems to enter service, aim to win future wars for PLA: reports

Global Times

By Liu Xuanzun Source: Global Times Published: 2020/11/12 20:33:18

Scientists at a Chinese military university have in the past few years been focusing on developing unmanned combat systems intended to win future wars, and their efforts are beginning to bear fruit. Recent reports show multiple types of unmanned equipment, including an amphibious combat platform and a combat vehicle with a new design concept, that are about to enter military service.

Since 2013, the technological innovation team for unmanned combat systems at the National University of Defense Technology (NUDT) has been making independent innovations involving frontier technologies in unmanned warfare, and it has developed many types of unmanned combat equipment, which will lay the technical foundations for Chinese troops to win future wars, China National Radio (CNR) reported on Wednesday.

One of the projects, an unmanned amphibious platform, won a competitive tender by the equipment department of the People’s

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Apple’s new Macs could revive the PC chip wars, analysts say

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Apple Inc AAPL.O on Tuesday is expected to unveil new Mac computers using its own in-house processor chips, a move that could reignite a race to control the market for desktop and laptop chips and benefit players such as Qualcomm Inc QCOM.O.

FILE PHOTO: Flextronics International Apple factory employees work on Apple Mac Pro computer assembly in Austin, TX, U.S., November 20, 2019. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

The market has been dominated by Intel Corp INTC.O and Advanced Micro Devices Inc AMD.O since 2006, when Apple joined most other major computer makers in using chips based on Intel’s ‘x86’ computing architecture.

On Tuesday Apple is expected to start a two-year process of ending its nearly 15-year relationship with Intel by introducing Mac computers with Apple-designed chips based on computing architecture technology from Arm Ltd, which Nvidia Corp NVDA.O has agreed to buy from SoftBank Group Corp 9984.T

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PS5 And Xbox Series X Have Very Different Star Wars: Squadrons Enhancements

Publisher EA has outlined how some of its more recent games will take advantage of the power in the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S / Series X. Not all games are created equal, though, as there’s a crucial difference with Star Wars: Squadrons on the next-gen consoles.

According to EA, Squadrons will have two different graphics settings on Xbox Series S and Series X, akin to the performance modes found in something like Team Ninja’s Nioh franchise. One, aimed at better visual quality, will improve the game’s lighting model and pushes the game up to 1440p at 60 fps on the Xbox Series S and up to 4K at 60 fps on the Xbox Series X. Meanwhile, the second graphics setting that’s geared toward better performance gets Squadrons up to 1440p at 120 fps on Series S and up to 4K at 120 fps on Series X.

Conversely, Squadrons

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Factbox: A second Trump term could mean fewer regulations, more trade wars and high TV ratings

(Reuters) – If U.S. President Donald Trump secures a second term in the White House, look for an auto emissions battle with California, a bid to downsize Big Tech and more strong audience ratings for cable news.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump gestures as he leaves after holding a campaign rally at Fayetteville Regional Airport in Fayetteville, North Carolina, U.S., November 2, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Here is how a re-election of President Trump could impact six key industries. For a FACTBOX on how these sectors might change if former Vice President Joe Biden wins the election, click.


A Trump re-election would leave U.S. automakers caught in the crossfire of a war over climate policy between Washington and the state of California.

California sued Trump for rolling back national vehicle emissions standards and seeking to cancel the state’s authority to mandate sales of electric vehicles.

Automakers stand to save

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