Day: October 15, 2020

Hayes’ sparkling arrival gives Pirates something to build on

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates began 2020 with plenty of questions. The truncated 60-game schedule provided few answers save for one: Ke’Bryan Hayes can play. Really, really play.

Pittsburgh Pirates' Ke'Bryan Hayes rounds third base after hitting a solo home run off Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks during the first inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

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Pittsburgh Pirates’ Ke’Bryan Hayes rounds third base after hitting a solo home run off Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks during the first inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

The rookie third baseman’s splashy debut — one that finished with a flourish thanks to an eight-game hitting streak that raised his average to an eye-popping .376 — provided an incandescent silver lining in a season at times felt epically long. Losing a major-league high 41 games will do that. Still, Hayes proved he belonged during his first taste of the bigs.

“I was just so excited to finally get the opportunity to come up here,” said Hayes,

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New autonomous Mayflower launches from Plymouth to gather ocean data

Photo: Tom Barnes for IBM

An autonomous ship launched Sept. 16 on a mission to traverse oceans and gather vital environmental data, guided by GNSS and inertial measurement units (IMUs).

Ocean research non-profit ProMare joined with IBM on the Mayflower Autonomous Ship (MAS) — an artificial intelligence (AI) and solar-powered marine research vessel. Following two years of design, construction and training of its AI models, the fully-autonomous trimaran was launched from Plymouth, England.

The ship is guided by both GNSS and IMU technology. It uses two Hexagon | Veripos LD8 receivers, each with two V560 marine antennas. The onboard IMUs include an iXBlue Octans and two Silicon Sensing AMU30s.

Designed to provide a safe, flexible and cost-effective way of gathering data about the ocean, the new-generation Mayflower promises to transform oceanography by working in tandem with scientists and other autonomous vessels to help understand critical issues such as global warming,

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Internet slowness: Is it hampering the pandemic recovery in Britain?

As the United Kingdom claws back from its biggest economic plunge in more than 300 years due to the country’s pandemic lockdown, many in rural England and Wales are concerned that poor internet connectivity could hamper Britain’s recovery.

Britain’s internet speeds lag behind those in many smaller, less wealthy nations. According to a report by the European Commission, high-speed broadband in Slovenia and Lithuania eclipses that across Britain. Estonia, with a gross domestic product of $30.7 billion – a fraction of Britain’s 2018 GDP of $2.3 trillion – trumps the U.K. for breadth and speed of online connectivity.

Samuel Bright, an editor for a digital startup magazine, previously lived in London but returned back to his hometown of Huddersfield during the lockdown. He says connectivity in towns and cities in northern England isn’t so different until you step beyond central areas. “When you venture into more remote areas, it’s like

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Best Apple Watch bands to buy from reputable tech retailers

Earlier this month, Apple introduced the Apple Watch 6, the company’s latest version of its popular smartwatch, as well as an upgraded model of its iPad device. As NBC News Shopping previously reported, the Apple Watch 6 sports three standout upgrades:

  1. A 20-second timer to help encourage customers to comply with CDC’s coronavirus guidance regarding washing their hands for at least 20 seconds to help reduce the spread of Covid-19.

  2. It sports technology that helps measure your blood oxygen levels and claims to have improved how the new gadget will monitor your sleep. Of course, as with all health-related matters, your best bet is to consult with your board-certified medical doctor on the effect of any device.

  3. Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer, also noted the new model is more eco-conscious since it has removed the USB power adapter that usually accompanies new devices.

After you decide which of

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