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Disney Plus is coming to Google Assistant smart displays

Starting today, Disney Plus’ library of TV shows and movies is available to stream on smart displays like the Nest Hub and the Nest Hub Max, Google has announced. Google says all “Google Assistant-enabled” smart displays will support the feature, which should include similar devices from JBL and Lenovo. Content can be started with a voice command, such as “Hey Google, play The Mandalorian on Disney Plus.”

Streaming Disney Plus on Google smart displays was possible in the past using the Chromecast-enabled Disney Plus app on another device to “cast” a TV show or film to the display. Now, it can be done directly from the smart display itself. You can use a voice command to start a piece of content playing, and Google says that the smart display’s touchscreen can be used to pause and resume playback, as well as skipping forwards and backwards.

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Peloton Shares Backpedal as Amazon Unveils ‘Prime Bike’ Rival

A new tech-enabled stationary workout bike from e-commerce giant Amazon.com  (AMZN) – Get Report is looking to nibble on Peloton’s  (PTON) – Get Report pedals. 

Peloton shares traded lower on Tuesday after rival exercise bike maker Echelon announced a deal with Amazon.com to produce and sell its own connected bike called Prime Bike – at a fraction of the cost of a Peloton.

Touted as Amazon’s first-ever connected fitness product, the Prime Bike will give customers access to hundreds of live and on-demand classes, Echelon said in a statement. It will retail for $499 vs. near-$4,000 for a Peloton.

Peloton has been on a tear over the past six months as fitness buffs have turned to the Internet-connected workout-at-home machines and the company’s online interactive fitness classes as the coronavirus pandemic has kept many gyms closed.

Now others like Amazon are looking to take a piece

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China to stick to int’l sci-tech cooperation despite U.S. obstruction



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A robot system is displayed at the 10th China Smart City and Intelligent Economy Expo in Ningbo, east China’s Zhejiang Province, Sept. 11, 2020. (Xinhua/Huang Zongzhi)

BEIJING, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) — As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage and the global economy undergoes severe setbacks, China is again calling for the strengthening of international sci-tech cooperation, an effective way to win an earlier victory over the global health crisis.

However, over the past few months, some hardliners in Washington have taken various measures aimed at China to suppress bilateral sci-tech exchange and cooperation, fully displaying their prejudice and narrow-mindedness.

Under their manipulative influence, the U.S. government has imposed increasingly onerous visa restrictions on Chinese scholars and students, launched witch-hunting investigations into Chinese-American scientists working in the high-tech sector, and blacklisted Chinese high-tech firms.

History has proved that U.S. sanctions will only provide China with further

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The Technology 202: Here are six questions about the tentative deal between Trump and TikTok

Trump told reporters that he had “approved the deal in concept.” 

But Trump’s statements about the deal generated a host of new questions. 

Here’s what we’ll be tracking over the coming days and weeks. 

1. Is this a political win for Trump? 

“Conceptually, I think it’s a great deal for America,” Trump told reporters on Saturday night. 

Trump is claiming victory because such a deal would create more American jobs and tax revenue. The president also said the agreement would ensure the security of Americans’ data. 

But the latest deal is a significant step back from the full-on sale to an American company Trump originally pushed. Oracle confirmed in a statement that its investment with Walmart would account for 20 percent of TikTok Global. 

Oracle said this morning ByteDance will have “no ownership” in the new entity. 

Upon creation of TikTok Global, Oracle/Walmart will make their investment and the

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Dice Celebrates 30th Anniversary and Innovative Tech Advancements | News

CENTENNIAL, Colo., Sept. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — DHI Group, Inc. (DHX) announced today that Dice, its leading career hub for technology professionals, is celebrating its 30-year anniversary. For three decades, Dice has been a leader in the technology career field and continues to drive innovation with the goal of making the recruitment experience as frictionless as possible for technologists and employers.

In its 30th year, Dice has launched a series of important innovations to help technologists further their careers and employers hire the quality professionals they need. “When Dice started in 1990, the total population of those in computer systems design in the United States stood around 413,000. That same subset of tech has more than 2.2M technologists today. With a total of 12M technologists across tech fields in the US in 2020, the growth of the industry is palpable. In the last 12 months, Dice surfaced over

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Samsung’s Affordable Galaxy S20 FE Smartphone Leaked In Video: What To Know

KEY POINTS

  • Samsung will be releasing an affordable smartphone called the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition very soon
  • The Galaxy S20 FE is expected to sell for at least $250 less than the Galaxy S20
  • A YouTuber acquired a unit ahead of release and leaked its specs and features

Samsung is expected to announce a new device during its Unpacked event, which the company calls a “Galaxy Unpacked for every fan,” on Wednesday, Sept. 23. But one YouTuber has already revealed the Galaxy S20 FE, or “fan edition,” ahead of the event.

YouTuber Jimmy Is Promo got his hands on a Galaxy S20 FE unit days before the Unpacked event and created a short video where he shows the device and talks about its specs, as well as why consumers should consider the handset. Here are some key takeaways from the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE video:

It’s cheaper than other Samsung

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Razer’s new feature-packed, wireless gaming accessories aren’t cheap

Razer has released three new wireless gaming products, each in a different category. There’s the $179.99 BlackShark V2 Pro wireless gaming headset that is, in many ways, just like the BlackShark V2 — sans cable. It’s similarly a very comfortable headset that I’ve found easy to wear for hours on end without feeling fatigued or like my head is in a vice. Razer claims it can last up to 24 hours per charge, and the headset is rechargeable via a Micro USB port.

Razer BlackShark V2 Pro

The new BlackShark V2 Pro is just as comfortable as the wired version.
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The visual differences between this model and the $99.99 wired BlackShark V2 are very minor. The Pro has a black Razer logo on it instead of a green one, and it has a 3.5mm jack for wired listening.

It’s also debuting the DeathAdder V2 Pro, a wireless take on the mouse design

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NASA still targeting moon’s south pole for 2024 crew landing

NASA is still targeting the moon’s south pole for a crewed landing in 2024 — but that timeline will be difficult to achieve if Congress doesn’t open its purse strings, and fast, agency chief Jim Bridenstine said.

During a presentation with NASA’s Lunar Exploration Analysis Group last Monday, Bridenstine seemed to suggest that the agency is open to a more equatorial site for the 2024 touchdown, a key milestone in NASA’s Artemis program of crewed lunar exploration.

That would be a big shift for NASA, which has long stressed that the first crewed moon landing since the Apollo days would come near the south pole, where lots of water ice lurks on permanently shadowed crater floors. But Bridenstine just clarified that his earlier words about the 2024 mission, known as Artemis 3, were purely hypothetical.

Related: See the moon like the Apollo astronauts with these epic panoramic photos

“To be

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Jerome Powell Testifies on Economy’s ‘Marked’ Progress: Live Updates

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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin offered an upbeat view of the economic recovery on Tuesday, describing it during a congressional hearing as the fastest rebound from any crisis in American history.

Yet Mr. Mnuchin acknowledged that more than half of the jobs that had been lost as a result of the pandemic had yet to be restored.

His comments came in a joint appearance before the House Financial Services Committee with Jerome H. Powell, the chair of the Federal Reserve.

Both officials projected optimism about the economic recovery so far, but Mr. Powell made clear that many of those gains were predicated on strong fiscal support, including additional jobless benefits and stimulus checks.

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This New AI Technology Could Prevent Ships From Colliding With Whales

Ship strikes are a leading cause of whale deaths worldwide and kill more than 80 fin, humpback, and blue whales on the U.S. west coast each year. Many of these ships are enormous – waterborne towers that are often unable to detect whales or their spouts.

This has led the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to establish speed reduction programs along both coasts to protect endangered right whales in the Atlantic Ocean (via “Right Whale Slow Zones”) and humpback, gray and blue whales in the Pacific Ocean (through a voluntary speed reduction program). These measures are highly effective at preventing vessels from fatally colliding with whales by 80 – 90 percent, but are not adopted by all maritime ships.

“One of our goals is to provide real-time whale presence data that will help

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