Day: October 14, 2020

Dow ends at five-week high as election uncertainty dims, offsetting lack of fiscal stimulus progress



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Stocks finished higher Thursday, as investors focused on polls showing less uncertainty around November’s presidential election.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also rejected the idea of a standalone bill to aid the airline industry, saying such a measure would need to be part of a broader fiscal stimulus package.

How did major benchmarks fare?

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) closed up 122.05 points, or 0.4%, at 28,425.51, while the S&P 500 (SPX) rose 27.38 points, or 0.8%, to finish at 3,446.83. The Nasdaq Composite (COMP) added 0.5%, or 56.38 points, ending at 11,420.98. All three major equity benchmarks ended at their highest levels in five weeks.

The Dow on Wednesday finished with a gain of 530.70 points, or 1.9%, at 28,303.46, while the S&P 500 advanced 58.49 points, or 1.7%, to close at 3,419.44. The Nasdaq Composite rose 210 points, or 1.9%, finishing at

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Bringing the Ocean’s Midnight Zone Into the Light

Have you ever seen a giant larvacean, the tiny sea squirt that lives inside a giant mucus house? How about a wildly iridescent bloodybelly comb jelly?

If not, you’re far from alone. In the deepest, darkest parts of the world’s oceans, mysterious and remarkable animals abound. But because of the immense cost and logistical challenges involved in exploring those depths, only a handful of scientists, engineers and well-financed explorers such as James Cameron have been able to see these creatures in the flesh.

However, life in the deep sea may soon be accessible to all. Public aquariums around the world are spending millions of dollars on research and development aimed at putting deep-sea animals on display.

Leading the effort is California’s Monterey Bay Aquarium, which plans to spend $15 million over the next two years to create the world’s first large-scale exhibition of deep-sea life, a 10,400-square-foot display named “Into

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Trump administration targets Iran-backed hackers with sanctions, charges

Sept. 17 (UPI) — The Trump administration on Thursday indicted and sanctioned dozens of Iranian hackers as part of a larger multiagency effort to disrupt cyberattacks connected to Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security and its elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Since Monday, the United States has been disseminating warnings and announcing charges against Iran-sponsored hackers, an effort that continued Thursday with the Justice Department unsealing a nine-count indictment in the Eastern District of Virginia charging three hackers with stealing critical aerospace and satellite technology and resources.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced sanctions imposed against the Iranian cyber threat group called Advanced Persistent Threat 39, including 45 associates and a front company over a multi-year malware campaign targeting Iranian dissidents, journalists and international travel-sector companies in at least 15 countries.

“This week’s unsealing of indictments and other disruptive actions serves as another reminder of the breadth and depth of Iranian

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The Internet Of Minecraft Things Is Born

Minecraft has come a long way since [Notch] first thought up the idea that would eventually make him a billionaire. The game can be enjoyed on so many levels and become so engaging that grown adults who should know better spend far more time playing it than working on, say, their backlog of Hackaday posts. As if that weren’t bad enough, now Minecraft threatens to break out of screen with the ability to control a WiFi light bulb from within the game.

For those unfamiliar with Minecraft, it’s an open world game that allows players to interact with blocks of various materials. Players can build, destroy, explore and create landscapes and structures. An active modding community contributes everything from cosmetic texture packs to new block types with extended functionality. It was one of these mods that was leveraged to “break the fourth wall” in Minecraft. [giannoug] used the OpenComputers mod,

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Kitchen gadgets, tech gear, and more on sale already at Black Friday prices

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Cyber Monday has come early this year.
Cyber Monday has come early this year.

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There are still three more months of 2020, which means you have around 100 days to make it a better year. There is hope for us yet. Step one — treat yourself.

For one weekend only, you can slash an extra 20% off these gadgets and gizmos because why the hell not have a huge sale in September? There are deals on kitchen appliances, phone and computer accessories, sanitizing equipment, and more. Just use the code VIPSALE20 at checkout to knock down the price. 

Cashew Smart Wallet with Biometrics and Bluetooth

With fingerprint authentication and integrated Bluetooth, this wallet doesn’t just hold your money and cards — it ensures they’re

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