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Windows 10 Tip: What’s new in Skype for Windows 10 PCs

Today, the new features we announced last month for the latest version of Skype for Windows 10 are beginning to roll out! Let’s take a look at what’s new.

Grab a cup of coffee and catch up on what you’ve missed by clicking the bell icon to access your notification panel.

Your notification panel

From this central place, you’ll see reactions to your messages, @mentions in group conversations, or if someone quoted you. Jump to the conversation by clicking the message in the notification panel.

Looking for that link someone sent you a few weeks ago?

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Quickly find shared content in the chat gallery. Just click Gallery to see media, links, and files. You can also now search for text in individual and group conversations.

If you’d like to get someone’s attention in a group chat, type the @ symbol followed by their name to send them a notification so that they can easily respond to the message.

Type the @ symbol

Status updates are back, too, so you can let your colleagues, friends, and family know when you are and aren’t available to chat by changing your presence – or, set a mood message to share what’s going on.

 Share your mixed reality world 

 Mixed Reality

If you have a compatible Windows 10 PC and a Windows Mixed Reality headset, you can now share your mixed reality world with Skype. As soon as you answer a Skype call via video, the view the other person sees will be your mixed reality world. They’ll see the game you’re playing, or the ruins you’re exploring in HoloTour, or the movie you’re watching in 3D. If you want to switch back to a traditional video call where the person sees you, you can go to settings in the Skype app and change the device to your PC’s camera.

To learn more about what’s new in Skype for Windows 10 PCs, visit the Skype Blog!

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This flood-proof parking garage could automatically pop-up when it rains

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During extreme storms, it’s common for city infrastructure — from roads to subways to parking garages — to flood. 

Architects from Danish firm Third Nature want to build garages that can cope with future storms. They designed a garage that could automatically move up and down as its water reservoir fills with and empties floodwater.

Check out the conceptual structure, called Pop-Up, below.

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The Pop-Up garage has three sections: an underground water reservoir, five levels of parking, and a pedestrian space on top. On dry days, most of the 30,460-square-foot structure could reside underground.

To make sure the garage could be feasibly built with modern technology, Third Nature worked with engineering companies COWI and RAMBØL.

During storms, the garage would use hydraulics to automatically pop up, reducing the chance of flooding.

The water could collect in the reservoir, and then filter out through a connected sewer system. Once the water disappeared, the garage would lower again.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider


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TED just launched a TV series in India starring a Bollywood superstar

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  • TED is launching its first-ever foreign TV series in India.
  • The program, “TED Talks India: Nayi Soch,” will consist of eight parts broadcast in Hindi.
  • Producers expect the program to uplift many India citizens, women in particular.

TED, the media organization made famous for its viral 18-minute talks, has launched its first-ever foreign TV series, “TED Talks India: Nayi Soch.”

Launching on December 10, the eight-part series marks TED’s biggest step yet in its 33-year evolution from a small California gathering to a multi-million-dollar behemoth. The program will air exclusively on the Indian network Star Plus, which reaches some 650 million people around the nation.

A 33-year-old company reaches its biggest fans

TED has spent the better part of the last decade expanding. Prior to the new Indian series, the biggest change came in 2009, with the launch of TEDx —a way for independent organizers around the world to license the TED name and host mini-conferences of their own.

TEDTalks IndiaAccording to TED’s internal data, India is consistently the biggest TEDx organizer of any country. The new series was hardly a coincidence, TED executive producer Juliet Blake told Business Insider. Star TV chairman and CEO Uday Shankar was looking for new content, she said, and TED seemed to be the ideal vehicle for delivering fresh ideas to the masses.

“So in a way they chose us,” Blake told Business Insider.

TED still maintained control over the programming, hand-picking four to five speakers per hour-long episode and vetting the topics of the talks. Blake said she avoided discussions of religion, for example, and leaned on innovative ideas that were relevant to people in India. At one point, Microsoft CEO Sundar Pichai made an appearance onstage via a telepresence robot.

A life-changing experience for ‘many women in India’

Blake added that each talk was written in English and then translated into Hindi for the stage — without any richness of emotion lost, according to host and Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan. On several occasions, Khan said he disregarded his prepared questions for the speakers, instead choosing to speak more from the heart.

“I felt a different kind of attraction to them, or compassion for them, or attachment to them,” Khan told Business Insider.

In addition, TED said gender equality was a priority in the series. At least one female speaker appears in every episode, and Blake recalled one in particular that received a standing ovation from a teary-eyed crowd. After the woman’s talk finished, Blake rushed down from the control room to give her a hug.

“It started off as a brilliant talk,” Blake said. “But it became something more than a TED talk. I think it will be life-changing for many women in India.”

On December 11, the show’s several dozen talks will also get uploaded to the main TED site, where users can watch the videos for free.

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McLaren built a $1 million hypercar that it says is unlike any other vehicle in the world

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  • The McLaren Senna hypercar debuted on Saturday.
  • It’s named after legendary Formula One racer Ayrton Senna.
  • McLaren will on build only 500 Sennas with a price tag of $1 million each.
  • The Senna is powered by a 789 horsepower twin-turbo V8.

Ayrton Senna is arguably the greatest driver in Formula One history and one who made an indelible mark on McLaren. The Brazilian spent six of his 11 seasons in F1 with McLaren during which time he delivered 35 race victories and three world championships.

On Saturday, McLaren unveiled a new $1 million (£750,000) hypercar called the Senna in a ceremony at the company’s headquarters outside of London.

The McLaren Senna will be just the second member of the company’s Ultimate Series, which has remained without a production model since the P1 hybrid hypercar ended its run in 2015.

“The McLaren Senna is a car like no other: the personification of McLaren’s motorsport DNA, legalized or road use but designed and developed from the outset to excel on a circuit,” McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt said in a statement. “Every element of this new Ultimate Series McLaren has an uncompromised performance focus, honed to ensure the purest possible connection between driver and machine and deliver the ultimate track driving experience in the way that only a McLaren can.”

Ayrton SennaAccording to McLaren, the Senna is built to be the ultimate track-focused road car. Thus, everything about the Senna is about putting up insane lap times on the track while offering a comfortable commute on the road. That also means function over form when it comes to aesthetics. 

The Senna is powered by a 789 horsepower version of the McLaren’s 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged, M840TR V8 engine. It’s development of the M840T engine that debuted earlier this year in the 720S supercar.

McLaren has yet to announce any performance figures associated with the Senna. But, I wouldn’t be shocked to see a 0-60 mph time quicker than 2.8 seconds and a top speed north of 212 mph. 

McLaren SennaWith that said, the Senna’s party piece won’t be its straight-line speed. Instead, the car’s forte will be its ability to meld that speed with mechanical and aerodynamic grip to deliver mind-blowing lap times.

The new hypercar built on McLaren’s new Monocage III carbon fiber structure. At just 2,641 pounds, the Senna is the lightest McLaren since the company’s ground-breaking 240 mph F1 hypercar of the 90s. 

The McLaren Senna will make its official world debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show in March. Unfortunately, all 500 Sennas are already spoken for. 

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This Instagram makeup artist just realised that her fiancé photobombed her in a childhood picture before they ever met

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  • The fiancé of this Instagram makeup artist spotted himself in the background her childhood family photo.
  • The photo was taken 10 years ago before the couple had ever met when both families were vacationing on the same beach.

When we think about spending the rest of our lives with someone, we’re often looking out for signs that the person we’re with is “the one.”

A newly-engaged couple, Verona Koliqi and Mirand Buzaku, got exactly that when they discovered they had actually encountered one another 10 years ago — in the form of a childhood photo.

Koliqi told Yahoo Lifestyle that her cousin had found the photo, which shows the family in front of the ocean on a Montenegro beach, on her computer.

Koliqi showed her fiancé Buzaku in order to laugh about her “tomboy” look — and he noticed a kid in the background had a float just like one he used to have, and was dressed as he used to dress.

“He said, ‘Hold up, I think that’s me!'” Koliqi said. “We both looked at each other and said, ‘No way, that can’t be true.'”

However, his family confirmed they’d been at the same beach at the same time, visiting from Kosovo while her family was on holiday from London.

The Instagram makeup artist, who calls herself Verona Vanity, shared the old photo on her page — and the post has now been liked more than 30,000 times.

The caption reads: “One day I was looking at this old beach photo that was taken 10 years ago and showed my fiance (now) the photo so we can have a laugh and run down memory lane, @mirandbuzaku being the type to look behind the photo he noticed the kid in the back had the same shirt,shorts and floaty as him , we analyzed further and confirmed with family members that its him photobombing my family photo.”

The pair met when Koliqi, who still lives in the UK, was visiting her home country of Kosovo in the summer of 2016.

“We exchanged looks every day we saw each other but did nothing,” she said. She made the first move by liking one of his Instagram photos. A year later, he proposed to her at a resort in Turkey.

Mirand shared a photo of the proposal on his Instagram page:

She said yes!💍

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“I never knew something like this could happen, even though I’ve heard a saying: ‘You will have passed your soul mate at least once way before you actually meet up,'” Koliqi told Yahoo.

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The scientific reasons we give our partners pet names — and what they could say about your relationship

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  • If you use pet names, it might be because your mother used them with you.
  • Research shows that using cute nicknames is a sign your relationship is strong.
  • However, it’s important to make sure your partner is okay with the cutesy names, as some people really hate them.
  • Insisting on using terms like “babydoll” when they’re unwanted could indicate disrespect.

The idea of being called “babe” or “sweetheart” makes some people shudder. For others, pet names are so ingrained into their lives that if their partner calls them by their real name, they know something serious must have happened.

If you love to come up with new idioms to show your affection, this could be linked to your mother, according to Dean Falk, a professor of neuroanthropology at Florida State University.

She told Broadly that ultimately, pet names are a bit like baby talk, which exists to help babies learn languages while expressing love at the same time to bond mother and child.

“My hypothesis is an extremely simple one,” Falk told Broadly. “Couples, speaking this way, harken back to their own experience when they were infants and to their first love, their mother.”

Pet names can be a good sign for your relationship…

Whether you’ve earned a new nickname from an inside joke or you’re both the kind of people who use couple-y terms, pet names can be a good sign that a romantic relationship is going well.

Suzanne Degges-White, a professor of counseling and higher education at Northern Illinois University, agrees, saying in a blog post on Psychology Today that using personal idioms is a sign your relationship is solid.

Just like we can get to know our partners so well that a simple glance can convey how we’re feeling, pet names are another way of appreciating that closeness.

One study from 1993, published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, studied 154 couples to look at the correlation between pet name idioms and relationship satisfaction.

The research found that the satisfied husbands and wives reported more idioms than those who were unsatisfied.

However, the use of pet names declined over time. Couples married less than five years with no children used them the most, while couples in later stages used them the least, suggesting pet names are usually conjured up during the honeymoon period.

“I think it’s a really human, natural behavior to take language and shape it for our own purposes,” the lead author of the study, Carol J. Bruess, told Scientific American. “I think that’s how nicknames evolve. We name things, we give things symbols, and over time we tend to naturally manipulate those symbols toward a certain outcome.”

…But only if your partner actually likes them

Still, there could also be a more sinister side. Nicknames should be respectful, and if your partner is repeatedly calling you something you’ve already said you hate, it could be a sign they don’t respect you.

“Sometimes pet names are used to infer power over another,” wrote Degges-White. “Calling a female server ‘Honey’ or ‘Babe’ can be a way to call attention to your view of the role as subservient; it can be the same as calling females in the office ‘girls’ instead of co-workers or colleagues.

“According to many traditions and philosophies, there is great power in naming things and when this power is wielded by those who choose to use it to their own advantage, nicknames and other nomenclature-related communications can do great harm.”

Different languages have their own versions

Rosetta Stone’s website published an article about the “cutest pet names from around the world” around Valentine’s Day in 2014.

In the UK, we tend to use words for animals or food, which also seems to be a general theme around the globe. The French say “Mon Petit Chou” which means my little cabbage, or cream puff. In the Netherlands, people call their girlfriends “Dropje,” meaning candy, and the Spanish say “Media Naranja,” which means half-orange — the suggestion being that when they’re together, they make a whole orange.

In Thailand, a loved one might be called “Chang Noi,” or little elephant, and an Arabic pet name is “Ghazal,” or gazelle. An Italian boyfriend might call you “Orsacchiotto,” meaning little bear, a German may say “Spatz” for sparrow, and a Polish person might call you a little mouse, or “myszka.”

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Facebook and Twitter could reportedly be fined up to £20 million if they don't tackle online bullying (FB, TWTR)

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Social media firms like Facebook and Twitter could face fines of up to £20 million if they fail to tackle cyber bullying on their platforms, according to a report from The Sun on Sunday.

Digital Minister Matt Hancock reportedly announced new powers on Sunday that will force some of America’s biggest tech companies to make their platforms “age appropriate.”

Under the reforms, tech firms will reportedly have to ensure that children’s accounts have the highest possible privacy settings as default.

“This statutory code will require tailored protections to be built into websites and apps for children under 16,” Hancock reportedly told The Sun.

“We all want rules in place so children can be safe and protected online. And at the moment that’s not happening.”

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, which Hancock leads, did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.

Although The Sun calls out Facebook and Twitter, it’s likely that other platforms such as YouTube and Instagram will be impacted by the new laws. 

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South Korea has reportedly banned bitcoin futures

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  • South Korea has banned securities firms from handling bitcoin futures.
  • Exchange operator Cboe launched first bitcoin futures on Sunday night.
  • Huge demand for the product crashed Cboe’s website and sent prices jumping.

LONDON — South Korean officials have reportedly banned local finance firms from handling bitcoin futures, one of the hottest new financial products to launch in years.

Business Korea reported that the Financial Services Commission of Korea issued a directive banning securities firms from taking part in bitcoin futures transactions, citing sources.

South Korea has taken a tough stance on digital currencies, banning initial coin offerings (ICOs) earlier this year. ICOs involve startups issuing their own digital currencies to raise funds.

Bitcoin is hugely popular in South Korea. Mati Greenspan, an analyst with trading platform eToro, said in an email last week: “Recent estimates state that 21% of all global BTC volume are done in Korean Won.”

Greenspan said proximity to North Korea might help explain the higher risk appetite of South Koreans. He added: “After recently going through a political meltdown and ousting the former President Park Geun-Hye, and after watching the CEO of the Samsung go to prison on corruption charges, their faith in the system is currently at a justifiable all-time low.”

Bitcoin was originally created as an anti-establishment currency meant to be above the control of governments.

Bitcoin futures start with a bang

The ban on bitcoin futures was made ahead of the launch of the new products on Sunday evening. Chicago-based exchange operator Cboe began offering bitcoin future contracts on Sunday and was met with huge demand. Cboe’s website briefly crashed and the price of both bitcoin and futures contracts leapt higher.

Hussein Sayed, chief market strategist at FXTM, said in an email: “The initial reaction was beyond expectations with the futures contract climbing more than 20% and triggering two trading halts. CBOE’s website experienced unprecedented traffic which may well have sent a new benchmark; the frenetic activity led to delays and outages.”

Cboe’s product is the first that gives institutional investors such as hedge funds and asset managers exposure to bitcoin. The market allows them to speculate on the future price of bitcoin without having to directly buy and hold the digital currency. This skirts any regulatory and custodian issues that might be presented by bitcoin.

Institutional investors have grown increasingly interested in bitcoin as the cryptocurrency’s price has continued to rise. Bitcoin is up over 1,000% against the dollar so far this year and rose as much as 40% in the last week alone.

Sayed said: “So far, it seems professional investors aren’t willing to bet against the bitcoin, despite the many warnings of a bubble that will burst soon. Many traders aren’t even interested in the price direction, but the listing of the futures contract on CBOE and later next week on the CME will provide them an arbitrage trading opportunity due to the vast pricing differences.”

Futures fears

South Korea’s regulators aren’t the only people worried about bitcoin futures. The digital currency is subject to huge amounts of volatility — swings of 20% on the day are not unusual — and some market participants fear futures contracts could add a large degree of unquantified risk to the financial system.

The Futures Industry Association wrote to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) last week to complain that there had not been “proper public transparency and input” from industry over the products. Banks such as JPMorgan and Citi are also reportedly not clearing bitcoin futures for clients, at least for now.

Sayed said: “The arbitrage trading will lead to improved price efficiency and probably less volatility. After volatility settles down, the focus will return to the price direction.”

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Someone in the UK watched 'Bee Movie' 357 times in 2017

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  • One anonymous Netflix user watched the DreamWorks film “Bee Movie” almost once a day for a year.
  • Yes, really.

We all fall victim to a day on the sofa in front of Netflix every now and again.

But one unidentified Netflix subscriber caused a buzz when they took a movie binge to the next level.

In Netflix’s 2017 “Year in Review,” the online streaming platform revealed that one UK user watched the 2007 DreamWorks classic “Bee Movie” 357 times this year. That works out at almost once a day, or 23.5 days of non-stop streaming.

“Bee Movie” follows the trials and tribulations of Barry the Bee (Jerry Seinfeld), who finds the prospect of working in a hive all his life uninspiring. Barry’s world is turned upside down when he meets a New York florist and decides to sue the human race for eating the bees’ honey.

Netflix found the average UK member only watched around 60 films on the website in 2017.

The American entertainment company honey-combed through mountains of data from November 1, 2016, to November 1, 2017, to work out the most streamed, binged, and loved shows of the year.

But this streamer’s bee obsession wasn’t the only unbelievable fact in Netflix’s report.

The review also found that subscribers around the world collectively watched more than 140 million hours of Netflix a day in 2017 — amounting to over a billion hours a week.

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10 things in tech you need to know today (BTC, AAPL)

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Good morning! Here is the tech news you need to know this Monday.

1. The launch of bitcoin futures, which allows traders to bet on the future price of the cryptocurrency, sent the price shooting up $1,000. Bitcoin futures went live on Chicago exchange group Cboe on Sunday night.

2. Apple has acquired Shazam from $400 million (£298 million). Shazam is a British music recognition and advertising startup which was last valued at $1 billion (£745 million).

3. Android founder and Essential CEO Andy Rubin is back at his phone startup after reports emerged of an “inappropriate” relationship with a colleague while he had been at Google. Rubin said his leave of absence was unrelated to the reports, and that he had asked for time off in early November.

4. Apple’s design chief Jony Ive has taken control of the design team once again. Ive stepped back from his day-to-day administrative duties in 2015, but a wave of criticism about Apple’s products followed.

5. Germany’s intelligence services have found their Chinese counterparts used fake LinkedIn profiles to try and dig up personal information about German officials. Fake headhunters, consultants, and scholars contacted some 10,000 German citizens.

6. Uber has settled a lawsuit with a woman who accused the firm’s executives of obtaining her medical records after she was raped. The complainant had already successfully sued Uber for failing to do a thorough background check on the driver.

7. Microsoft has set up its own internal artificial intelligence university to try and fill the AI skills gap. The programme trains computer scientists who already specialise in a different discipline the “practical sense” of machine learning.

8. A BBC investigation has found sexualised content on gaming streaming site Twitch. The “IRL” section features female gamers who wear revealing clothing while the game, and even sell explicit services through the site.

9. The British YouTuber Alfie Deyes is setting up his own venture to try and persuade his millions of followers to back startups. Deyes told Business Insider he wants to collaborate with and invest in startups.

10. HQ Trivia, the breakout iPhone quiz game, is coming to Android in time for Christmas. HQ Trivia is a live quiz game where winners can get real cash prizes, and games can garner a quarter of a million players.

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