San Francisco Shock Win Back-To-Back Overwatch League Titles

San Francisco Shock have cemented their status as the best team in Overwatch. They claimed their second straight Overwatch League championship on Saturday, beating surprise finalists Seoul Dynasty 4-2. They also won $1.5 million in prize money, while the Dynasty walk away with $750,000.

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Unlike last year, when they dropped to the lower bracket after their first playoffs match, the San Francisco Shock ran the table on their path to a second championship in a row.

The Dynasty powered their way to the Grand Finals weekend after winning the Asia-Pacific playoffs losers’ bracket. They narrowly lost to the Shock in the semi-finals, before seeing off Philadelphia Fusion and then hot favorites Shanghai Dragons,

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CBP expands facial recognition program to international travelers at San Francisco and San Jose airports

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) this week announced the expansion of its Simplified Arrival program, which uses facial recognition to verify the identity of airline travelers arriving in the U.S. According to a press release, Simplified Arrival is now in use at San Francisco International Airport and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport following recent installations in Detroit and Houston.

As early as 2016, CBP began laying the groundwork for the program of which Simplified Arrival is a part: the $1 billion Biometric Entry-Exit Program. Through partnerships with airlines like Delta and JetBlue, CBP has access to manifests that it uses to build facial recognition databases incorporating photos from entry inspections, U.S. visas, and other U.S. Department of Homeland Security corpora. Camera kiosks at airports capture live photos and compare them with photos in the database, attempting to identify matches. When there’s no existing photo available for matching,

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Fisker To Launch New Technology Center In San Francisco

  • Fisker — the designer and manufacturer of eco-friendly electric vehicles and advanced mobility solutions – recently announced details about its first dedicated engineering and technology center

Fisker — the designer and manufacturer of eco-friendly electric vehicles and advanced mobility solutions – recently announced details about its first dedicated engineering and technology center, which will be located in the Mission District of San Francisco. This facility is going to be the focal point and development center for the company’s software and vehicle electronics, including both in-car and Fisker data center elements.

And Fisker is planning a portfolio expansion to a four-vehicle range by 2025. Along with the the Ocean SUV, the four-vehicle lineup will include a super-sports sedan based on the EMotion concept — an extreme sports crossover and a new segment-changing lifestyle pickup truck. Each vehicle is going to be delivered utilizing durability-tested platforms, battery packs, and component systems from

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San Francisco birds sing differently in the pandemic

San Francisco birds started singing differently in the quiet of the coronavirus lockdown, says a study in Science.



a small bird perched on a branch: The Covid-19 shutdown created a "proverbial silent spring" across the San Francisco Bay Area, prompting the white-crowned sparrow to sing differently.


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The Covid-19 shutdown created a “proverbial silent spring” across the San Francisco Bay Area, prompting the white-crowned sparrow to sing differently.

Before, urban white-crowned sparrow’s breeding territories were almost three times as loud as rural territories, the study found.

But during the pandemic, researchers noted that noise levels in urban areas were drastically lower. In fact, they were consistent with traffic flow in the mid-1950s.

“In other words, the Covid-19 shutdown created a proverbial silent spring across the SF Bay Area,” researchers noted.

By analyzing traffic flow data from the Golden Gate Bridge, researchers found that vehicle crossings from April to May 2020 returned to levels not seen since 1954. While noise recordings are not available from the 1950s, researchers said this indicates that a brief

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Fisker Inc. To Establish New Technology Center In San Francisco

 – ‘Source Code’ office will support design and engineering of software systems to support the Fisker Ocean SUV and future portfolio expansion products

 – Downtown San Francisco location configured to enable employees to work flexibly between remote and office bases

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Fisker Inc. – designer and manufacturer of the world’s most emotion-stirring, eco-friendly electric vehicles and advanced mobility solutions – today announced details surrounding its first dedicated engineering and technology center, to be located in the Mission District of San Francisco. This facility will be the focal point and development center for the company’s software and vehicle electronics, including both in-car and Fisker data center elements.

“With the development of our first vehicle progressing at speed and the company scaling accordingly, we are now establishing the facilities that can support our expansion,” said Henrik Fisker, chairman and CEO of Fisker Inc.

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